August 4, 2015

OUR VIEW: Guests of community treated to its best

Town was buzzing this week with what makes Gardner special.
Cities reflect the personalities of those who reside there; and despite this weekend’s gloomy weather, Gardner’s best face was shining.
Streets were filled with smiling faces, and driveways were …

Tax Freedom Day a day later this year

Congratulations, you’re working for yourself now. Prior to April 24, every penny you earned went to feed the monstrous government bureaucracy.
Tax Freedom Day arrived this year on April 24 – three days later than last year. The non-partisan Tax …

Council poised to demand change for changes’ sake

Council members appear perilously close to hosting a pointless, directionless work session in the near future.
Members of the Gardner City Council acquiesced to a demand from council members Rich Melton and Lee Moore to host an eventual work session …

Mayor congratulates city council election winners

Chris Morrow
Mayor of Gardner
With the 2015 Gardner City Council election completed and certified by the state of Kansas and Johnson County, I offer hearty congratulations to newly elected Council members Lee Moore and Rich Melton and re-elected incumbent …

OUR VIEW: Kansas legislators need to keep promise to voters with spending cuts

Conservative legislators seem poised to break a promise to voters not to raise taxes. Though the Legislature cut taxes two years ago, a budget deficit looms.
The Kansas Legislature is on hiatus until the veto session, which begins April 29. …

College athletics overshadow college academics

John Schrock
Guest Columnist
“March Madness” is over. Now name the strong academic programs at Duke University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Kentucky, or Michigan State University?
Most Americans can identify their mascots. Most can tell you which …

OUR VIEW: Hard work begins for recently-elected council, board members

Now the hard work begins.
For far too long, Gardner has been marginalized by the project to its west, the intermodal. Although that project has largely been finalized by Edgerton, real challenges remain for our school districts and councils in …

Stop blaming borrowers, hold predatory lenders accountable

LeeAnn Hall
Guest Columnist
Years after Toni Potter’s husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills.
Andrea Anderson, a young student in Oregon, has been saddled …

OUR VIEW: Editorial board offers its endorsements in local races

Gardner residents are fortunate to have seven city council candidates to choose from who bring a variety of skill sets; and we congratulate those who have avoided finger pointing, mudslinging campaigns to focus on the issues.
In the political marketplace, …

OUR VIEW: Elections have consequences; Voters should get to know candidates

With less than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. Advanced voting has already started, and it’s time for voters to acquaint themselves with candidates, if they haven’t already. V…