May 26, 2015

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, …

Republican control of U.S. Congress does not bode well for peace lovers

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in …

OUR VIEW: LOB ballot seeks trust of USD 231 voters

Trust us.
That’s what school officials are asking voters to do in this mail-in election. The ballot question asks voters to give school board members the authority to raise taxes above what they already can. State statute limits the amount …

School ruling an opportunity to invest in education

Rod Stewart
Guest Columnist
As children return to school after the Christmas break, they probably don’t realize the fate of their public school education career will be based on decisions by the Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the …

OUR VIEW: Paper offers its legislative agenda

Many entities, especially public or taxpayer funded entities, offer legislative agendas to elected officials. The agendas layout items of concern and areas in which legislators may expect a visit from a lobbyist on their behalf.
The Gardner News doesn’t have …