November 27, 2015

U.S. Congress makes strides during productive year

Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-KS Special to The Gardner News Thanks to the will of the American people, last November the Republican Party was entrusted with the majority in the United States Senate to go along with our majority in the United States House of Representatives held since 2010. Altogether, we have responded by being the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Drivers beware: With school starting, kids will be out walking

Summer doesn’t actually end until Sept. 21, but school starting signals the unofficial end of the season. In the Gardner Edgerton School District, the first day of school is Aug. 13. In the Spring Hill School District, students will begin classes on Aug. 18. The waning summer months coupled with the start of a new Continue Reading

Uncomfortable truths necessary for honest debate

Danedri Thompson Columnist The biggest story rarely told is finally getting a tiny bit of play. It’s getting far less than it should, because the story makes people uncomfortable. Well, prepare for some discomfort. The Center for Medical Progress is an organization that reports and monitors medical ethics and advances. CMP is the organization responsible Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: City uses bad logic to grease wheels for adding staff

Hold on to your wallets, citizens of Gardner. Though the proposed 2016 city budget will likely not result in tax or utility rate increases, city staff aren’t ruling out exorbitant increases in outer years. That’s despite a budget proposal that should yield almost a 30 percent increase in revenue next year due to two factors: Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: County fair epitomizes joys of small town living

There’s no reason to leave town this weekend – not with the Johnson County Fair firing hotter than the temperatures. Hopefully the heat won’t keep people away from what for many former local youth is a right-of-passage. Every kid should get to spend one evening each summer at a county fair. The scent of funnel Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Gardner residents should plan to attend budget public hearing July 20

There are plenty of ways to make your voice heard. Be it going to the polls on Election Day, writing letters to the editor or to City Hall, or making phone calls to your local, state and federal government officials, an informed people who are involved in the governing of the place in which they Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Court decision puts Mission driveway tax on life support

It’s not often we have reason to be appreciative of the Kansas Court of Appeals, but today, the Court deserves a proverbial pat on the back for putting the kibosh on a controversial driveway tax in Mission, Kan. The court ruled last week that Mission’s tax, which imposed a fee based on how much traffic Continue Reading

U.S. declares its independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Kansas Senate passes awful tax hikes to fill budget gap

Kansans are getting a tax hike, if a bill passed by the Senate makes its way through the House and Governor. Absolutely no one is cheering – not even the people screaming that we must feed the ever-growing and always hungry Kansas bureaucracy. Those who wanted to “raise revenue” hoped to do so by rolling Continue Reading

Will Congressional spending pigs squeal this summer?

Rick Manning Guest Columnist Summer is here, and in Congress that means it is spending season. The time when appropriators’ eyes turn to buying those extra little frills that make being a Member of Congress such fun. The budget has been set, and now it’s time to spend that nifty $3.8 trillion dollars that has Continue Reading