February 8, 2016

Twitter may change how we communicate

Danedri Thompson columnist Will 140 characters change the world? I’m beginning to be a believer. If nothing else, Twitter may change the way we live in it. Of course, this is coming from an addict, and I find myself using the micro-blogging site for just about everything. Signing on to Twitter is like joining a Continue Reading

New policies make playing by the rules for losers

Danedri Thompson columnist A lifetime of playing by the rules just looks dumber and dumber every day. The way to get ahead in America these days is to make terrible choices. That’s how you get your very own government bailout. Instead of working hard, going to school, waiting to be married before I had children, Continue Reading

OPINION: Playing by the rules is for dolts

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com A lifetime of playing by the rules just looks dumber and dumber every day. The way to get ahead in America these days is to make terrible choices. That’s how you get your very own government bailout. Instead of working hard, going to school, waiting to be married before I had children, Continue Reading

Gardner puts comprehensive plan on hold

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Gardner won’t be updating its comprehensive plan in 2012. Council members agreed to save the proposed $75,000 expenditure in the 2012 budget. “I can’t see spending $75,000 when we have streets we haven’t touched in a long time,” council member Brian Broxterman said. Under the staff proposed expenditure, $75,000 would’ve been used Continue Reading

Gardner council hears citizens’ budget concerns

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Although she didn’t attend the meeting, Theresa Hall, Gardner quickly learned about a June 20 council meeting that dissolved into an argument. “Good news travels fast in Gardner,” she told council members during an open comment segment of the July 5 council meeting. “But Gardner is still a small town and bad Continue Reading

OPINION: What 2011 graduates need to know

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Dear Graduate, I have some good news and some bad news for you as you prepare to collect your high school diploma this weekend. The good news: Other than the piece of paper that declares you a high school graduate, few people will remember or care what you did at Gardner-Ederton or Continue Reading

Newspaper staff members earn awards of excellence

Two Gardner News writers will be recognized in the 2011 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence competition for stories they wrote in 2010. Reporter Corbin H. Crable received a first place finish in the “Series” category for three articles about southwest Johnson County’s ties to the Clutter murders. His series, called “The Origins of Evil” Continue Reading

OPINION: Kansas has storied history in its 150 years

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Nothing induces road rage like a shiny, Johnson or Douglas County-tagged car sporting the bumper sticker: Kansas, as bigoted as you think. The stickers are a play on Kansas’ tourist theme: Kansas, as big as you think. A Lawrence attorney created several years ago and distributed the bumper enhancers due to concern Continue Reading

OPINION: Individuality goes the way of the Dodo bird

Danedri Thompson There’s a bright orange and blue building in town, and I hope it stays that way. The colors aren’t ones I would choose for anything – shoes, curtains, a rug, a sweater – but they’re unique and interesting. And when new occupants started painting the building, I had a good idea what sort Continue Reading

OPINION: A holiday poem

’Twas the week before Thanksgiving and all through the town, No residents were spending. They were keeping expenses down. Residents’ wallets were tight – not quite filled with cash, While elected officials were planning to raid all their stash. City employees were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of pay raises danced in Continue Reading