Why I voted ‘Yes’

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

I know there are people urging Olatheans to vote against the sales tax increase to improve roads. Although I think Olatheans, as well as Americans in general, are being taxed too much, I voted YES on this mail-in ballot for two simple reasons: 1. With a sales tax people from other communities throughout the county, people from other states who are here and spend money, help pay for the street improvements; and 2. If the sales tax issue does not pass, I believe the city council, at some point in the near future will raise the city’s mill levy to pay for the improvements thus putting the entire financial burden on Olatheans alone.

Johnson County Vet Day ceremony to honor chaplain

A Kansas Congressional Medal of Honor recipient will be remembered at Johnson County’s 2013 Veterans Day Observance. The public event at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Overland Park will include the dedication of a new panel added to the memorial’s red granite wall in honor of Chaplain Emil Kapaun, a Roman Catholic priest and U.S. Army captain, who died on May 23, 1951 as a prisoner of war.

The events takes place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, located at the corner of 119th Street and Lowell Avenue in Overland Park. Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, will emcee the ceremony. Continue reading

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