August 23, 2014

Restaurant association lobbies to subsidize servers

Marjorie Elizabeth Wood
Guest Columnist
Late April doesn’t just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It’s when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association — a.k.a. the “other NRA” — swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying.…

OUR VIEW: Citywide garage sale showcases perks of Gardner, capitalism

Once again, the citywide garage sale is expected to draw hundreds, if not thousands of people to our community this upcoming weekend.
The streets will team with bargain hunters and vendors. There will be entrepreneurs from organizations seeking to raise …

Vegangelicals won’t win people to their side by preaching about veggies

Jill Richardson
Guest Columnist
As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.
Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up …

OPINION: City should hold Chamber financially accountable

Any organization requesting public money should be financially accountable. That includes Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Johnson County, formerly called the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce.
Last January, Gardner City Council members approved providing $20,000 to the local Chamber organization. …

Pay inequality exists between male, female teachers

John Schrock
Guest Columnist
How can pay be unequal for male and female teachers of identical experience when there is only one uniform pay scale at each unified school district?
Each Kansas school district negotiates a salary base for teachers. …

Brownback should heed his own words, pay particular attention to a teacher

Sen. Anthony Hensley
D-Topeka
Guest Columnist
When Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his 2013 State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature he said, “And of all those you could learn from, may I suggest paying particular …

Education is all about money, politics for unions

Dave  Trabert
Guest Columnist
Media reaction to the school finance legislation has been pretty predictable. It focuses almost exclusively on institutions and ignores the impact on students. As usual, it’s all about money and politics.
Unions, media and their allies …

OPINION: April 21 marks Tax Freedom Day

Congratulations, you’ll be working for yourself soon. Prior to April 21, every penny you earned went to feed the monstrous government bureaucracy.
Tax Freedom Day arrives this year on April 21 – three days later than last year. The National …

Streams, wetlands protected by proposed rule

Karl Brooks
Guest Columnist
Protecting Midwestern streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act (CWA) helps our communities and is vital to our health, safety, and quality of life. Local rivers in Kansas – like the Kaw, Arkansas, Smoky Hill, …

Liberals tolerate only that with which they agree

Paul Kengor
Guest Columnist
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve noticed the growing clash between religious freedom and issues like same-sex marriage and forced funding of abortion. Last week, the Supreme Court heard a landmark case on whether …