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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Christmas shopping question

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Have you got your Christmas shopping done?

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Sunday blog: Talking demolition of property; college football playoffs and ACL tears

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, um… make that three thoughts, on this busy holiday weekend…

1. Damage control

Much has been made with a lawsuit against the City of Wellington over the demolishing of property owned by a Burden couple on 806 South Cherry Street in April (see story here).

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

Nothing like a bunch of rubble to raise the ire of the public.

While I can’t say that the city of Wellington adhered to proper procedures in this particular case, I will say the demolishing of structures has always been a controversial, dicey proposition that no one at city hall particularly likes. The city is placed in a no-win situation. Do you leave property that is not only a neighborhood nuisance but a potential health hazard? Or do you risk the alienation of not only the property owners but those who have lived in Wellington and view the condemned property through rose-colored memories?

There’s a lot of gray manner to the whole ideal. Do you tear down this property, while leaving a similar property standing? How do you define condemned property anyway?  

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The earthquake question

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Are you concerned about a major earthquake coming to Sumner County?

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Sunday Blog: Talking Rice, school vouchers, honors courses, Hibbs, and college playoffs

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Dec. 7, 2014 – i.e. Pearl Harbor Day…

1. Condoleeza Rice

My idea of a rock concert? I would have loved to shake my booty last Thursday night to Condoleezza Rice at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at Century II in Wichita.

Condolezza Rice

Condolezza Rice

Rice is infinitely smarter than the Commander in Chief she worked for and should be the first woman U.S. President – although it is more likely to go to you-know-who.

Rice made an interesting point during her speech (see story here). She stated the biggest threat there is to national security is the disparity of K-12 education and she prescribed vouchers at least as a temporary solution. Rice also said she can still look at a ZIP code and tell which students will get a quality education and which won’t. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The what should we do with Obamacare now question

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What do you think should be done with Obamacare now that the Republicans have taken control of Congress?

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Sunday Blog: 5 lists of 5 thankful thanks on Thanksgiving

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five lists of five thankful thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday season…

 

1. Five of the most important things for which I’m thankful … 

1. My God — who without him/her nothing is possible.

2. My wife — who I can’t even begin to describe what she means to me and has done for my life.

This picture taken of the family dog Harley (no longer with us) and Devin, my oldest was taken in April, 2005.

This picture taken of the family dog Harley (no longer with us) and Devin, my oldest in April, 2005.

3. My kids — all three unique individuals, who are outstanding people in their own right.

4. My friends – who keep me honest and laughing.

5. My dogs, every single canine I ever have had — because I love dogs.

 

2. Five Sumner Newscow things I’m thankful for …

6. My advertisers and readers – who keeps this website rolling.

7.  Spellcheck on this computer – for obvious reasons. 

Editorial: Shifting local elections to November is a poor way to address low voter turnout

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Editor’s note: This editorial was written by the Lawrence Journal-World staff on Nov. 29. We are reprinting it because of its relevance here.

Kansas legislators once again are studying different options for moving local city and school board elections.

Their stated goal is to increase voter turnout for those elections. Turnout for local elections admittedly is deplorably low, but all of the proposals currently being considered would create more problems than they would solve.

City and school board elections currently are held in the spring. Primaries, if necessary, are held in March, and the general election in April. All of the proposals being considered would move those elections to November either in even-numbered years, when they would be combined with partisan state and national elections, or in odd-numbered years, when they would be held on their own.

Five thoughts: Downtown restaurants, Veteran’s Memorial, Roundabout, cremation and Quinn

Five Cueball thoughts

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014…

1. Downtown restaurants… 

With opening on Monday, there will be eight restaurants in the area.

With opening on Monday, there will be nine restaurants in the area.

With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. Downtown Wellington will have eight restaurants in the vicinity. Since moving here in 1992, I can’t remember Wellington having that many.

There is Rocco’s serving Italian, El Chili Verde serving Mexican, Fabiola’s serving Mexican, Barefoot Jerry’s serving American dishes; The Dore serving American dishes; Wishing Well serving homestyle food; Best of the Orient, serving Chinese; The Donut Shop serving great donuts; and Big Cheese Pizza serving pizza.

That’s quite a selection – all businesses owned by local people. It’s as if we have our own food court.

Ultimately, the onus is on you the customers to keep these businesses thriving. Downtown Wellington can only survive if it provides something unique that you can’t find elsewhere in town. But it is a two-way street. You, the customers, have to support these unique businesses.

The downtown has always been the lifeblood of the community – and that hasn’t changed.

If you’re hungry go get something to eat downtown. And while you are there kill two birds with one stone and get a little of your Christmas shopping out of the way.

And if you aren’t downtown, Penny’s Diner, Andy’s Restaurant, The Great Wall, Pig Shack, Good Taste Chinese, Mi Casita and the various fast-food restaurants are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.

 

2. Veteran’s Memorial… 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The go to Wichita question

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When you drive to Wichita what route do you usually take?

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Sunday blog: Talking Brownback tax cuts; football debate policy; ‘Wellington Private’; Quinn and more!

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 16, 2014…

 

1. Long lost e-mail…

Brownback mugThis week when cleaning out e-mails for the first time in years, I stumbled across an e-mail written on January 25, 2013, by my CPA neighbor Lonnie Cooper. I ws hoping to do a story on the local reaction to the latest Sam Brownback tax cuts. The story, like many I plan, didn’t get written.

But reading this e-mail this week made me realize how valid the fears of two years ago has come to fruition.

I’ll share this January, 2013 e-mail now: 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The regret posting on social media question

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Have you ever posted anything on social media you later regretted?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The favorite campaign commercial ad question

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What was your favorite campaign commercial?

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Leonard Hernandez: Hospital sales tax vote is vital to the economic growth of Wellington

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by Leonard Hernandez, Sumner Regional Medical Center, C.E.O — I have had the opportunity to live all across Kansas over the last 25 years, but I chose to make my home here in Wellington. I did this because I believe in the power of our community to grow and the even greater community it aspires to become.

Leonard Hernandez

Leonard Hernandez

The sales tax initiative is a big step towards those goals. The idea of the sales tax was born many years ago out of the opinions that were expressed, by many community meetings, by listening to the growing concerns and support over the years for SRMC. The initiative we ask you to support, comes from us, represents us and is for us, those who choose to live here and want to see Wellington grow to its full potential.

Mary Lucas: Consider the ramifications of re-electing Brownback

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The following is a guest editorial written by Mary Lucas of Winfield, a reader of Sumner Newscow:

Mary and Reigner Lucas

Mary and Reigner Lucas

I’m writing this piece in the hopes of cutting through the political noise of the upcoming election. I have a story to tell and I believe it matters.

My name is Mary Lucas and I’m the proud mother of a six-year-old boy. We are the face of Governor Brownback’s experiment.

I’ve seen his ad featuring “Becky,” a young woman attesting to her belief Governor Brownback’s economic solutions are better for her and her family.

I passionately disagree. 

Republican legislators: Facts and myths surrounding the economic condition of Kansas

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The following is a guest editorial written by two Kansas State Legislators, requested to be published by State Representative Kyle Hoffman of the 116th District. “I completely endorse what they are saying,” Hoffman said. 

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Kyle Hoffman

We have read with interest over the past few months as misinformation has been provided on the Governor and Legislature’s education and fiscal record.  As Chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, we would like to address a few of these false claims.

 

Claim: Governor Brownback made the “largest cut to schools in state history.”

Robert Miller: The problem with Brownback’s reckless experiment

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Guest Editorial by Robert Miller — As a lifelong Republican I believe in fiscally prudent and conservative philosophies, including living within my means, saving for emergencies, investing wisely, and working hard to support my family. That’s why I’ve been so dismayed by Gov. Sam Brownback’s reckless economic “experiment.”

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Robert Miller

· Increased Taxes: Brownback’s tax plan gave out huge tax breaks to wealthy special interests, while raising taxes on middle and lower income families. Local property taxes have gone up $300 million and sales taxes have increased $777 million. During my 26 years in the Legislature I heard hundreds of objections about property taxes and sales tax, and worked hard to enact changes to fix those problems.  I don’t recall ever hearing a complaint about the Kansas Income Tax.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The major Sumner County election races

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The following are four polls on races of consequences on next Tuesday’s Sumner County election ballot. We asked who you would vote for as governor last week. You could still vote here.

This is an unscientific poll. Use the poll results at your own discretion.

Who will you vote for Kansas U.S. Senator?

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Who will you vote for Kansas Secretary of State?

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Who will you vote for State Treasurer?

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Wellington voters only - Will you vote for a one cent sales tax to fund SRMC; sunset current half-cent

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Sunday blog: Talking city manager, salaries, Brownback commercial, Mulvane curse and Quinn’s thoughts

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Oct. 26, 2014…

1. City Manager search…

I’ve been in this business for 25 years and even to this day I’m still learning.

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Roy Eckert

So was the case this past month with the hiring of Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert — a man I have not personally met, but was impressive during a phone interview.

I knew the council was looking at Eckert for more than two weeks, but I was at a dilemma whether or not I should share information with the public. After all, my primary job is to inform the public.

I eventually decided it was a privacy issue and until his name became public I would not do anything. That time came on the Friday, Oct. 17 before the official meeting when the council released its agenda and the terms of the city manager agreement. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The governor question

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Who will you vote for Kansas Governor?

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We have a moral obligation to make Seller Park football stadium accessible to all

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board had an interesting discussion the other night.

Wellington school board member Larry Mangan at the Oct. 9 meeting posed a legitimate question to the other elected members in the room: Does the Sellers Park football stadium fit the standards of the American Disabilities Act?

That set off a debate amongst the members, and the answer to the question was never reached. About a decade ago, the school district installed bleachers on the visitor’s side which were indeed ADA compliant for wheelchair citizens. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said by the letter of the law he was told that would make the stadium ADA compliant.

However, he said if the stadium was to be completely rebuilt it would not meet ADA standards. The home stands are not compliant, nor were the restrooms or the paths leading to the stands. 

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