April 18, 2014

Council, staff create unstable biz environment

Gardner isn’t open for business, and it has nothing to do with turning down massive abatements for the large project to our west.
It has much more to do with a chronic case of instability and incoherent city government. There …

NSA spying, data gathering makes America a state of surveillance

Sheldon Richman
Guest Columnist
President Obama has some nerve. He opened his speech on NSA spying by likening his surveillance regime to Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. How insulting. They were helping people resist government tyranny, and the …

USD 231 spends thousands to review KORA

The USD 231 district administration has spent untold thousands of dollars – and many hours – writing, reviewing and rewriting its public records policy, racking up attorney bills and making presentations to the board regarding fees and public record access.…

This year marks 100 years of the not-so-great Federal Reserve Bank

Mark W. Hendrickson
Guest Columnist
On Dec. 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Owen Glass Act, creating the Federal Reserve. Looking back, what has the Fed accomplished during the last 100 years?
The stated original purposes were to protect …

As natural gas booms, coal goes up in smoke

Chris Faulkner
Guest Columnist
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions standards have caused an uproar in the coal industry.
These rules limit the amount of carbon new coal-fired power plants can produce. Industry-friendly lawmakers have been quick to voice …

School district should cease blame placing; seek solutions

Discussion was lively at the USD 231 board of education Jan. 13 meeting.
The days of a rubber stamp board appear to be gone, and we thank new board members for voicing concerns of constituents, asking questions and making suggestions.…

Dr. King’s lessons for the climate justice movement

Jose´-Antonio Orosco
Guest Columnist
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize.  One of the most striking aspects of his acceptance speech is the hope he expressed in humanity’s ability to overcome war.  This was no …

The Gardner News offers its legislative agenda

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

NAFTA failing Mexican citizens, forcing them to America

Manuel Perez-Rocha
Guest Columnist
Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans.
Of course, hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished since automotive and tech companies moved their production across the border in …

A joyful goodbye to 2013; no one will miss it

Marta H. Mossburg
Guest Columnist
If 2013 were a beauty pageant, it would be the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. If it were a movie, it would be “Titanic.” If it were a song, it would be “Wrecking Ball” by Miley …