December 22, 2014

OUR VIEW: One item missing in 2015 budget: truck scales

As trucks whiz by and rumble through town, residents complain, windows shake and roads take a beating.
City officials have taken the first step toward ensuring the impact of truck traffic in Gardner is minimal – training a police officer …

Baby Boomers may be reason youths can’t find work

Robert Romano
Guest Columnist
There is no question that younger people are working at a lower rate now than they were in 2000.
What is not fully understood is why.
Why, since July 2000, has the population of those aged …

Obama’s mythical retreat from military force

Peter Hart
Guest Columnist
Here’s a thought: The Iraq War boosters who enthusiastically promoted the idea that a violent invasion would deliver a stable democracy should keep their opinions about the next U.S. war to themselves.
For many pundits and …

Time running out to stop Internet giveaway

Robert Romano
Guest Columnist
Thanks to the efforts of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), on May 30 the House of Representatives defunded the Obama Internet giveaway in the FY 2015 Commerce Department appropriations bill by a 229 to 178 vote.
However, …

OUR VIEW: Citizens rejoice: Council proposes tax decrease

Gardner City Council did groundbreaking work during a marathon meeting on Aug. 4. With the city budget due to the county in less than a month, council members slogged through a series of proposed projects slashing the 2015 budget by …

OUR VIEW: Fair arrives again thanks to tireless volunteer efforts

Fair volunteers have done it again.
While fair goers enjoyed the sights and sounds of the annual Johnson County Fair, volunteers work tirelessly year round to make it possible.
It’s a process so well-oiled, the fair almost seems to function …

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, …