December 20, 2014

Community-lending shakedown reaches $128 billion

Robert Romano
Guest Columnist
$128 billion and counting.
That is Investor’s Business Daily’s latest tally of settlements the Obama Justice Department has extracted from the U.S. banking industry in connection with the 2008 financial crisis, as Bank of America agreed …

How to save the life of the next Michael Brown

Camisha Jones
Guest Columnist
Michael Brown. Jordan Davis. Sean Bell. Trayvon Martin. The list of African-American boys and men gunned down at the hands of police officers and vigilantes just gets longer and longer. It makes me numb.
I don’t …

OUR VIEW: Burger King wants taxes its way

The U.S. administration is in an uproar, because Burger King executives want to have it their way where corporate taxes are concerned.
Burger King announced last week that it would buy a Canadian donut shop. In the process, the fast …

OUR VIEW: Edgerton officials should represent citizens

Edgerton city officials are in so far over their heads. If they don’t start heeding reasonable advice and using common sense, they’re going to do irreparable damage to their community.
Take, for example, a proposal to construct an asphalt and …

State plays important role in legislating drivers

Gary Welton
Guest Columnist
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These …

OUR VIEW: America long on laws, short on common sense

It’s no wonder many Americans feel like they’re under attack by the government. As a recent Wall Street Journal article points out, we are – in a way.
It’s a creeping attack that is putting Americans in jail – or …

Members of Congress need to spend more time away from Washington

Rick Manning
Guest Columnist
There are two more weeks until the Congress returns from its traditional August home-work period. While many scoff at the notion of elected officials and some of their staff spending extended time in their district or …

OUR VIEW: Council adds truck scales to 2014 budget

Thanks to the Gardner City Council for adding portable truck scales to an updated version of the 2014 budget. Last week, we editorialized that the lack of scales were a critical oversight in the 2015 budget.
Council obviously heard our …

OUR VIEW: Drivers should be on look-out for school pedestrians

Summer doesn’t actually end until Sept. 21, but school starting signals the unofficial end of the season. The waning summer months coupled with the start of a new school year and the beginning of fall sports practice mean children will …

Walmart treats employees like Pop-Tarts with unpredictable scheduling

Marjorie E. Wood
Guest Columnist
Walmart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant’s researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that’s seven times faster than normal.
How does Wal-Mart …