October 1, 2014

A minimum income will not reduce poverty

Tracy Miller
Guest Column
Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of a government guaranteed income, where the government would pay a monthly cash payment to every American, regardless of need or merit. A similar idea, the negative income …

OPINION: Thanking those who thank true patriots

It’s become almost common place for some people to call patriotism arrogant, nationalist or jingoistic. They say that people use patriotism as a political weapon.
This weekend, it was lovely to see many who didn’t flinch at the idea of …

State legislators disrespect teachers with moves to eliminate due process

John Schrock
Guest Columnist
“I don’t get no respect!” was the catchphrase of famous American comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield.  He died in 2004. The phrase lives on—for Kansas teachers.
The Kansas school finance bill signed April 21 ended the …

OPINION: KCMO should allow free market to work, allow ride-sharing

The Kansas City, Missouri, government dislikes poor people, free enterprise and the environment. At least that’s the idea someone might get from the city government’s recent decision to seek a restraining order to keep a ride-sharing service from operating in …

OPINION: New law will draw back the curtains on arrest warrants

There’s good news at the close of Kansas 2014 Legislative session. Citizens in the very near future will have access to information about how law enforcement makes decisions to make arrests.
It couldn’t come soon enough. Kansas was one of, …

Popular movie seeks to answer the question of whether heaven exists

Gary Smith
Guest Columnist
The movie “Heaven Is for Real,” based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then 4-year-old Colton Burpo as …

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. …