June 30, 2015

Silver-haired legislators seek votes

Katy Hoffman & Alfie Thompson
Gardner
If you are over age 60 and a registered voter in Johnson County, you should vote in the upcoming Silver Haired Legislature election. The purpose of the Silver Haired Legislature is to advocate for …

OUR VIEW: Kansas Legislature resembles circus side show

It’s been a bang-up few weeks in the Kansas Legislature.
If you’re hearing the music that typically accompanies a circus, you’re not alone.
Politicians have apparently gone a little wonky in Topeka.
In the last few weeks, legislators have proposed …

States, federal government, political parties hold to a James Bond complex

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
Today, American politicians of both major parties — conservatives, “moderates,” and so-called liberals alike — insist that the United States is an “exceptional,” even “indispensable” nation. In practice, this means that for the United States alone …

OUR VIEW: Local elections loom; Voters should go to polls armed with information

With a little more than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. If they haven’t already, voters should be using the next several weeks to acquaint themselves with the candidates …

OUR VIEW: Black History Month recognizes overlooked history

Black History Month collides with the idea of the Great American Melting Pot.
Black History Month isn’t necessary but the contributions of black Americans, as well as some other ethnic groups, for decades were not included in history books. We …

Restoring trade with Cuba makes moral sense

Sen. Jerry Moran
R-Kansas
Guest Columnist
I often say Kansans will try anything once – sometimes twice or even three times. But if we have been trying something for more than five decades and it has yet to work, it …

OUR VIEW: Residents ‘occupy’ city hall

There’s a time and a place to air concerns about every purpose under heaven. The trick is finding the right one.
Unfortunately, a group of citizens failed to do so when they interrupted and virtually hijacked a meeting that was …

Chamber will institute slow, meaninful change

Jason Camis
Chamber President
Guest Columnist
The last two weeks I’ve given you “Jason Camis 101” and “Chamber of Commerce 101.” While I know that many people are eager to hear concrete plans for the chamber, be it big or …

OUR VIEW: School funding decisions belong to voters, not judges

Call it a miscarriage of justice.
A three-judge panel ruled on Dec. 30 that Kansas schools are illegally underfunded.
The Shawnee District Court justices wrote funding for public schools “is inadequate from any rational perspective of the evidence.”
Judges didn’t …

Future of Chamber of Commerce holds promise

Jason Camis
Chamber President
Guest Columnist
Did you know that in September 1975 – a few months after I was born – a group of business leaders in Gardner got together and formed an organization to “advance the economic, industrial, …