October 10, 2015

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

OUR VIEW: Local elections loom; Voters should go to polls armed with information

With a little more than a month to go before the April 7 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. If they haven’t already, voters should be using the next several weeks to acquaint themselves with the candidates that will be on that ballot. This newspaper as well as a variety of sources Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Black History Month recognizes overlooked history

Black History Month collides with the idea of the Great American Melting Pot. Black History Month isn’t necessary but the contributions of black Americans, as well as some other ethnic groups, for decades were not included in history books. We welcome the reminder that there is more to history than the stuff that makes its Continue Reading

Restoring trade with Cuba makes moral sense

Sen. Jerry Moran R-Kansas Guest Columnist I often say Kansans will try anything once – sometimes twice or even three times. But if we have been trying something for more than five decades and it has yet to work, it is time to change. For a number of years, I have worked to modify the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Residents ‘occupy’ city hall

There’s a time and a place to air concerns about every purpose under heaven. The trick is finding the right one. Unfortunately, a group of citizens failed to do so when they interrupted and virtually hijacked a meeting that was supposed to give residents a chance to provide input on Gardner’s 2016 budget. While protesting to gain attention may Continue Reading

Chamber will institute slow, meaninful change

Jason Camis Chamber President Guest Columnist The last two weeks I’ve given you “Jason Camis 101” and “Chamber of Commerce 101.” While I know that many people are eager to hear concrete plans for the chamber, be it big or small, I’m honestly not ready for that yet. Because I like change and I know Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: School funding decisions belong to voters, not judges

Call it a miscarriage of justice. A three-judge panel ruled on Dec. 30 that Kansas schools are illegally underfunded. The Shawnee District Court justices wrote funding for public schools “is inadequate from any rational perspective of the evidence.” Judges didn’t hang a dollar amount on their ruling, but suggested schools should receive a minimum of Continue Reading

Future of Chamber of Commerce holds promise

Jason Camis Chamber President Guest Columnist Did you know that in September 1975 – a few months after I was born – a group of business leaders in Gardner got together and formed an organization to “advance the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of Gardner and the surrounding area”? What was born in Continue Reading

Republican control of U.S. Congress does not bode well for peace lovers

Sheldon Richman Guest Columnist As we face the new year, the biggest concern for peace lovers is Republican control of the U.S. Senate. While Republican votes don’t reach the key number 60, members of the GOP will still be in a strong position to push their belligerent global agenda. I don’t mean to overstate the Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: LOB ballot seeks trust of USD 231 voters

Trust us. That’s what school officials are asking voters to do in this mail-in election. The ballot question asks voters to give school board members the authority to raise taxes above what they already can. State statute limits the amount of revenue districts can raise via local taxes, or the local option budget (LOB), and Continue Reading