October 8, 2015

Stop blaming borrowers, hold predatory lenders accountable

LeeAnn Hall Guest Columnist Years after Toni Potter’s husband passed away from pancreatic cancer, debt collectors in her state of Washington were still relentlessly hounding her about his hospital bills. Andrea Anderson, a young student in Oregon, has been saddled with $150,000 in college loans as she pursues her dream of becoming a social worker. Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Editorial board offers its endorsements in local races

Gardner residents are fortunate to have seven city council candidates to choose from who bring a variety of skill sets; and we congratulate those who have avoided finger pointing, mudslinging campaigns to focus on the issues. In the political marketplace, if you have something good to offer, it’s wise to trumpet it rather than wasting time criticizing your Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Elections have consequences; Voters should get to know candidates

With less than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. Advanced voting has already started, and it’s time for voters to acquaint themselves with candidates, if they haven’t already. V Voters should be using the next several weeks to get to know the candidates who Continue Reading

Voters should reward candidates who campaign with humility

Stolen campaign signs. Whispered innuendo. Confusing campaign finance laws. It’s local election time. For more than two decades, we’ve covered area elections; and we appreciate those who have the courage to put their hat in the ring. Running for office is more than dividing into teams and cheering your squad on; it’s about good governance. Most Continue Reading

Counter OPEC’s power by boosting American crude oil exports

J.Michael Barrett Guest Columist The national average for a gallon of gasoline is quickly approaching just $2. Drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — over 9 million barrels per day — for these low prices. With American energy production booming and gas prices plummeting, it’s difficult to Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Personal touch will help keep small-town feel

Southwest Johnson County has been in the throes of extreme growing pains for the last several years, perhaps for more than a decade. With the intermodal building out, citizens can expect even more drastic changes in the community’s appearance as well as in the atmosphere in the core of the southwest communities. For those of Continue Reading

Brian Williams helped pave the way to U.S. war

Sheldon Richman Guest Columnist The scandal of the month is NBC anchor Brian Williams’s shabby bid for self-glorification by falsely claiming he was in a U.S. military helicopter forced to land in the Iraqi desert after being hit by ground fire in 2003. Of course so-called news people shouldn’t make up stuff to look good, Continue Reading

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 older adults and provide a voice for the older community at the state and federal Continue Reading

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 bills to eliminate public notices in newspapers, suggested increasing gas taxes, sales taxes and a Continue Reading

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 the rules are different. Particularly in international affairs, it — the government and its personnel Continue Reading