Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for May 12, 2013…
I’m not going to crank out a Pulitizer Prize column here. It’s graduation Sunday at the McCue household.
My oldest, Devin, is graduating from high school. You know the oldest and most overused cliche in the history of mankind is “where did the years go?”
An active professional basketball player in the NBA recently came out as being gay. What would be your opinion if someone you worked with closely in your profession declared himself or herself gay?
Editor’s Note: This week I’m turning over the Sunday blog to Richard Rayl. I couldn’t top this letter below…
To the board members of Wellington District 353:
I must say, I’m pretty irritated about the 9th street ball facility. I go there to watch my grandson play ball and enjoy watching all the kids play, but I don’t know what you as board members are thinking,
Why in God’s name can’t you the members have a porter potty and that facility?
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 28, 2013…
1. An end of an era…
Speaking for myself here, the closing of Wellington Family Practice Clinic is sad from a historical perspective in that it will be the last link to Wellington Hospital which operated on south Washington, south of the railroad tracks for most of the 20th Century. It was the first hospital that my wife, Tami McCue, practiced at as a physician. Wellington Hospital was consolidated with St. Lukes Hospital to become Sumner Regional Medical Center in the mid-90s. Wellington Family Clinic was spawned from it with a large proportion of former Wellington Hospital employees.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County was recently featured in a front page article of both the Sunday Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle about the amount of federal money taken by residents (see story here).
So we decided to ask you a series of questions on taxation.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, minus one, for April 14, 2013….
1. The bombshell…
A month ago I got an e-mail from someone who told me a couple of Kansas City Star reporters were coming to Wellington to do a story about Sumner County because it was a “typical county in Kansas.” Yeah, right. I knew that was trouble. It is never a good day when big city newspaper reporters from faraway places or the crew from “60 Minutes” are in the neighborhood.
To the Editor:
We all say that children are our priority, that they deserve to be happy and healthy, and live in stable, loving homes. We also say that they are our future. Even more, when asked we say that we know child abuse and neglect is a serious problem; in fact research shows that 90% of the public continually asserts this. Still, child abuse and neglect persists. It’s true that child abuse has been shown to be on the decline nationally, but this trend is confused by ever-changing reporting laws and inconsistent data collection from state to state and community to community.
Equally as important, there is no national vision or plan for children, all children, and their families. Nor are there any benchmarks which would allow us to know whether we are even successful enhancing child and family well-being.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Friday was a good evening for Wellington. More than 1,000 people attended Memorial Auditorium to attend the John Michael Montgomery concert.
Afterwards the two downtown bars were packed with people, not to mention the countless people that hit a fast-food restaurant that came into and left town.
Now comes the ultimate question. Was this a one time event or is it a sign of similar events to come for Memorial Auditorium built in 1923?
Commentary by Tracy McCue — Five Cueball – GO SHOCKS! – thoughts for March 31, 2013…
1. Election Tuesday…
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can also celebrate the fact another election will be two days behind us.
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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for March 24, 2013….
1. March Madness…
Longtime Cueball readers, and I know you are, know how much I love the NCAA basketball tournament. But this year’s tourney has been exceptionally sweet.
The tournament pretty much includes every college team I’m interested in: Colorado State, my alma mater; Kansas State, my adopted home school; KU, the No. 1 sports program in the state of Kansas; and Wichita State, our local up-the-road college sports team. And then there are always the various illegitimate, ill-conceived tournament brackets I have filled out.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are so many levels of outrage I feel after some punk(s) decided to burn the playground at Island Park in Winfield Thursday night.
The Island Park playground is located where the annual Isle of lights Christmas display is held. Many Sumner County parents of little monsters are familiar with the playground — where children can frolic, climb walls, hide in castles, run over bridges, and do the usual things little kids do.
Quite simply, the playground is cool.