July 1, 2015

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…

Voters should reward candidates who campaign with humility

Stolen campaign signs.
Whispered innuendo.
Confusing campaign finance laws.
It’s local election time.
For more than two decades, we’ve covered area elections; and we appreciate those who have the courage to put their hat in the ring.
Running for office …

Counter OPEC’s power by boosting American crude oil exports

J.Michael Barrett
Guest Columist
The national average for a gallon of gasoline is quickly approaching just $2. Drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — over 9 million barrels per day — for …

OUR VIEW: Personal touch will help keep small-town feel

Southwest Johnson County has been in the throes of extreme growing pains for the last several years, perhaps for more than a decade. With the intermodal building out, citizens can expect even more drastic changes in the community’s appearance as …