November 27, 2014

Council member responds to merit increase editorial

Kristina Harrison
Gardner City Council President
Merit increases for public staff should not be mysterious. I agree and thank goodness for the city of Gardner they were not; unless they are considered mysterious to some because each individual city employee’s …

OPINION: Calling Hitler a socialist shouldnít be controversial

Danedri Thompson
Itís my fault really. I started a fight on Facebook by saying something I believed to be inconsequential and non-controversial. At least, I thought the part where I stipulated that Adolf Hitler was a socialist was not …

Merit or mystery: Pay increases shrouded in secrecy

Merit increases for public staff should not be mysterious.
Anyone who performs above and beyond that which is normally expected should be rewarded and commended. It would be nice to believe that’s how city of Gardner’s merit increases function, but …

Renewables can put brakes on gas prices

Bob Dinneen
Guest columnist
As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.
With prices rising so fast, …

Rural Kansas students and others deserve a 21st Century education

Sen. Jerry Moran & Ajit Pai
Guest Columnists
As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the …

OUR VIEW: Still time to pack in a staycation, short weekend trip

With sky-high gas prices and summer flying through, it may seem like there’s no time or funds for a vacation.
There remains, however, plenty of time for a staycation, or at the very least, a near-cation.
Long summer days are …

OPINION: State workers get a bonus; Kansas borrows from itself

State workers are getting a raise, but not everyone is happy about it.
Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators approved a $4.5 million expenditure that will give $250 bonuses to state workers. The one-time $250 bonuses will be given …

Kansas revenue shortfalls in April, May are being misrepresented

Nick Jordan
Guest Columnist
Critics recently accused the Department of Revenue of “misrepresenting” research about the state’s revenue shortfall in April and May.
We at the Department of Revenue stand behind our prior statements contained in our April and May …

OUR VIEW: Make truck scales a priority in 2015 budget

It’s time for city officials to invest in truck weight scales. As Gardner City Council members begin planning the 2015 budget, we encourage the governing body to fund the purchase of weight scales.
We said it first in July of …

Censure movement about theatrics rather than common sense

Danedri Thompson
Guest Columnist
The appropriate way to remove people from office is at the ballot box – not in a three-ring circus that serves as an echo chamber of egos.
Unfortunately, that’s not how a loud minority of people …