February 10, 2016

Trump’s deportation program draws fire

Robert Romano Guest Columnist “12 million illegal immigrants, to send them back, 500,000 a month, is just not — not possible.” That was former Florida Republican Governor Jeb Bush at the Fox Business-Wall Street Journal Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, Wis. on Nov. 10, stating that deporting illegal immigrants — all of them — would Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Thanksgiving Proclamation

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States Continue Reading

Page’s legacy of public service lives on

Rhonda Humble Publisher Although often used interchangeably, there’s a difference between a politician and public servant. A public servant can be involved in politics, but a politician’s focus isn’t necessarily to serve the public. Bob Page was a public servant in the true sense of the word, and his passing at age 87 leaves a Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Pause for a minute; give thanks

Pause for a minute; give thanks The Thanksgiving season is quickly approaching, and we have a lot to be grateful about. We’re grateful for the wonderful country we live in, and the freedoms we enjoy. Freedom isn’t cheap; it comes with a price, and that price is often paid by our veterans. We can’t say Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Novice council should heed advice of the more experienced

Sometimes, it’s best to get your toe wet before jumping in the water. There’s a lot to be said for historical perspective and learning the lay of the land. Such could be said for Gardner’s two novice councilmen; who in their zeal and enthusiastic support of Gardner seem intent on diving into the deep end of Continue Reading

Trump offers GOP lessons on immigration

Yuri Vanetik & Thomas Tucker Guest Columnists Polls indicate that support for Donald Trump is plateauing  while key challengers like Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are quickly gaining ground. If this trend continues and Trump flames out, the Republican establishment shouldn’t simply dismiss his candidacy as a fad. There are lessons to be Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: City committees could become vanity projects

Gardner City Council created a series of citizen committees that would vet proposals in a several areas. For example, a parks and recreation committee will discuss and have input on parks and recreation projects and events. As envisioned, these committees would be staffed with citizen volunteers as an extra layer of representation and input on Continue Reading

Preservation group seeks public assistance in saving historical grant funding

Johnson County Partners in Preservation The loss of only one penny will have a tremendous impact on the non-profit Johnson County heritage groups beginning with next year’s County budget. That one penny came from a 26 cents per $100 fee on mortgages in Johnson County. Imagine the consternation among Johnson County Heritage groups and our Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Newspapers celebrate 75th anniversary of Newspaper Week

Newspapers celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week this week. The week observes the impact of newspapers in our communities. While the newspaper industry is changing, its relevance remains. Many would say they aren’t newspaper readers today, however, most read several newspaper articles everyday via links to newspaper websites from places like Facebook and Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Romney’s 47 percent are the 43 percent

The infamous 47 percent is actually the 43 percent, according to the Tax Policy Center. The center reports that 43 percent of Americans pay no income tax – not 47 percent as Mitt Romney suggested in his ill-fated bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2012. Romney’s numbers were accurate in 2009, but the number of Continue Reading