Opinion

Goodburn, Powers to hold onto seats on Shawnee Mission, De Soto school boards
April 7, 2015
In the only two races involving incumbents on De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards, current board members will hold on to their seats for another four years.
Column: Like a Sports Fan – We Need Voter Fans
February 27, 2015
Linda Leeper describes how Shawnee needs voters like our favorite sports teams need fans.
Mayor’s Column: Proposal from State Legislature Would Negatively Affect Local Elections
February 23, 2015
Mayor Jeff Meyers says bill in the state legislature considering making local elections partisan would negatively impact how Shawnee’s city government operates.
Scott: Do You Know Who You Really Are?
February 18, 2015
Our local columnist Chuck Scott examines his ancestry and implores us all to do the same.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Mudslinging is a political sport
November 18, 2014
The latest column from our local columnist Chuck Scott.
2014 Midterm election results
November 4, 2014
A look at the local races for the Kansas House of Representatives and Chair of the Johnson County Commission.
Local view: Square dancing in France
October 23, 2014
John Beal’s latest column looks at globalization through his latest trip to France.
Analysis: Gay marriage clouds Kansas governor race
October 12, 2014
The re-emergence of gay marriage as a hot legal issue nationally has complicated Democratic challenger Paul Davis’ bid in Kansas to unseat conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Mayor’s Column: November Ballot Issues Critical to City’s Future
October 3, 2014
On November 4th, voters in the City of Shawnee will head to the polls to let their voices be heard on two issues that will help clearly define the future path of our community.
Beal: When it comes to tomatoes, never too much of a good thing
September 15, 2014
I am the most fortunate of men. I have the two things that, according to the song, money cannot buy: true love and home-grown tomatoes.
Train ride provides, enjoyable, unique travel experience
August 29, 2014
My wife and I took a trip to Chicago recently to visit our son, who is attending graduate school there. We brought along our 15-year-old grandson to explore and experience the sights and attractions of the city. It was the most relaxing and pleasurable trip we have taken in a long time.
50th Annual De Soto Days Festival Aug. 28-30
August 28, 2014
The 50th Annual De Soto Days Festival kicks off tonight and lasts through Aug. 30 at Miller Memorial Park in De Soto.
Street maintenance in eastern Shawnee lacking, residents say
August 28, 2014
Residents from the Trail Springs neighborhood in eastern Shawnee presented photographs and testimony of their crumbling streets to the mayor and City Council last week, claiming that the city has its priorities on western Shawnee roads and developments.
Another side to romantic notion of Viking spirit
August 11, 2014
It will probably come as no surprise to anyone who reads this column that I like to watch the travel shows on public television.

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