Category Archives: Commentary/Polls

Rains: VNA has met all the requirements for accepting the planning/zoning request

by Cletas Rains, letter to the editor — I would like to respond to Mr. Hisken’s letter to the editor concerning the proposed Verbio North America plant.  First, I understand the concerns raised by the folks who do not want the plant located in their area.  Most of these people are members of ours at Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative and I can sympathize with their perspective of “not in my backyard” position concerning the location.  However, that is not a legitimate reason for denying the permit and zoning change requested.  The developers of this project have met all the requirements set forth by regulation and the requirements of Sumner County, the State of Kansas, and the federal standards.

Mr. Hisken poses several questions about VNA and the financial aspects of the project.  First, he asks what benefit would this operation bring to Sumner County?  Even with a property tax abatement, which is given to nearly every new business, there is the potential of a significant financial gain by the operation of this facility.  If he is addressing tax subsidies, I would note there are a number of tax subsidies being enjoyed by quite a few in Sumner County today.

It’s Friday… What is the new CultureCow, Alex?

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Let’s start talking this weekend by talking about a fantastic development of joining two great American institutions: Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and traditional game shows.  Both streaming services have become the go-to place for original content and the movies we all know and love, but they’ve been lacking in one crucial area: game shows.

Game shows are a great American tradition where anyone can go up on stage and try their absolute hardest to win fame in fortune, albeit for the vast majority, the opposite is ever more likely.  But that all changed last week when Netflix finally pulled the trigger and bought the rights to the very best gameshow of all time: Jeopardy!

Jeopardy is the ultimate test of trivia knowledge and the equivalent of the Olympics for nerds.  The only thing better than an episode of Jeopardy is an episode of Jeopardy where they make Alex Trebek (the host) read rap lyrics in one of their music categories. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Bill Snyder stepping down question







Do you feel K-State football coach Bill Snyder's needs to be replaced?

  • Yes. All good things come to an end. (54%, 188 Votes)
  • No. He is a legend and should stay as long as he likes. (25%, 86 Votes)
  • Who cares? (17%, 59 Votes)
  • I'm a K-State hater. Whatever happens, hopefully the Cats do the wrong thing. (3%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 345

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Letter to the editor: Urge the commissioners to vote ‘no’ on zoning changes

by Doug Hisken, letter to the editor — Now that we have the zoning and permit denial from the Planning and Zoning Commission, maybe it is time to ask these questions. What was the good that was supposed to come from this plant? How much financial benefit would the promoters expect to see?   Would the jobs and the straw purchase make a difference to our overall quality of life in Sumner County?

It looks like the nutrient replacement for the straw and the anticipated property tax abatement there would not be any real financial gain. We just have not heard anything in terms of the overall benefits of this plant and I just would like to know what they are if they actually exist.

There is no question the amount of money being brought into Sumner County is huge.  But what is the actual return on that investment for Sumner County?  What seems to come to the top of any explanation is that Mr. Northrup is only interested in his ability to make money.  If he can’t get the permit, water or concessions he needs, he is on down the road.  Numerous times, it has been stated, “If I can’t make money then I am not going to locate my plant here”. 

Sunday blog: Talking about you, Trimmer, gerrymandering and mail in ballots

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I found something interesting when I woke up Wednesday morning. I got out of bed, ignored the weight scale and proceeded to the shower, checked social media for inane messages, made myself some coffee, wrote a couple of Newscow stories, produced an ad, went out and got the mail and proceeded with the rest of the day.

And you know what? It’s basically the same morning I’ve had for the last 10 years. Yes, Laura Kelly became my Governor, and the Senate became more Republican and the Democrats wrestled away the U.S. House. But, what changed? I’m still paying taxes, doing laundry, driving the same car, writing the same stuff and dealing with the same ill mannered dogs.

Nothing changed. How did that happen? I thought if we elected Democrats we would be overrun by the caravan, or if we voted for the Republicans we would be put in a police state. I got many of phone calls and texts from “friends” telling me how to vote and to vote the right way because the country was on the brink of disaster. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The most important issue facing the U.S. question







What do you think is the most important issue facing our county over the next two years?

  • Immigration (32%, 107 Votes)
  • Healthcare (29%, 98 Votes)
  • The economy (20%, 68 Votes)
  • Another issue not listed above. (10%, 35 Votes)
  • Gun issues (8%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 336

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The what scares you the most question







Since it is Halloween, what is the scariest thing in the world today?

  • The divisiveness of our nation. (29%, 115 Votes)
  • Our President. (29%, 115 Votes)
  • Politicians. (13%, 50 Votes)
  • The answer isn't on this list. (12%, 47 Votes)
  • Millennials. (6%, 22 Votes)
  • Our burgeoning national debt. (5%, 21 Votes)
  • Wellington streets. (4%, 14 Votes)
  • I'm scared of nothing. (2%, 6 Votes)
  • This poll. (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 394

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The campaign TV ads/ mail fliers question







Are you ever swayed by campaign television commercials or mailing fliers?

  • Never. (77%, 225 Votes)
  • Sometimes. Depends on the topic. (13%, 38 Votes)
  • That's why I have streaming/cable. I use the fliers to pick up dog doo-doo. (7%, 21 Votes)
  • Yes. (3%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 292

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The deep state question







Do you believe there is a "Deep State" within the confines of government?

  • Absolutely. It has already been proven. (54%, 147 Votes)
  • Heck, no. That's right-wing paranoia. (21%, 57 Votes)
  • I have no idea. (13%, 34 Votes)
  • I have my suspicions. (12%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 270

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Sunday blog: Excuse me, I’ve got a question

Commentary by John Munro, Sumner Newscow —  I have a question: Does the US Constitution and Bill of Rights really matter anymore?

I’d like for all of you to consider two amendments to our Constitution, the first and fourth.  The first amendment states:  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

John Munro

Our country was founded by Christians and we have always claimed to be a Christian nation.  As of late, that claim has been weakened by both a large influx of non-Christian immigrants and by the secularization of our society, leaving fewer to claim a religious affiliation.  But even so, around 69 percent of the population still claim Christianity as their religion of choice.  If this is still true, why are Christians being so openly looked down upon?

The freedom of speech and the press.  This covers a large area, not only by what we actually say, but also what we write, make pictures thereof, and everything else that conveys some sort of message by any means.  Not only is ignorance rampant, but there are actually hundreds of ways of deliberately creating false impressions or to chastise someone.  We have always relied on moral constraint to limit the abuse of rights, but when that fails, only through the imposition of limits by law can the abuse of rights be reined in. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The ultimate fate of the Kansas Chiefs question







The Chiefs are 5-0 and have this wonderful new QB. What's their eventual fate this season?

  • Are you kidding me? It's still the Chiefs. They will choke. (36%, 113 Votes)
  • They are destined for a Super Bowl. (34%, 109 Votes)
  • They will get to the AFC Championship but will lose to the Pats. (17%, 54 Votes)
  • Ugh, football. (13%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 318

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The downtown tree situation question







What is your opinion on the Wellington downtown tree situation?

  • Pull the rest. (35%, 108 Votes)
  • I'm OK with what they pulled, but we need some downtown. (28%, 86 Votes)
  • I'm not sure I care either way. (22%, 68 Votes)
  • None of them should have been pulled. (15%, 45 Votes)

Total Voters: 307

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Sunday blog: To tree or not to tree, that isn’t the question

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Last week when the downtown tree controversy blew into its full splendor, I couldn’t help but laugh.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

I wasn’t laughing over the situation or that two city councilmen appeared to be about to come to blows at the most recent meeting. I was laughing because of something that was said 20 years ago.

I remember a conversation I had with former Wellington Recreation Director William Weber and he was bent all out of shape with the completion of the downtown renovation project at the time. And I remember this quote as if it was said yesterday.

“Mark my words. Those are the wrong bunch of trees they are putting in. I guarantee you in 20 years they are going to be pulling those trees out because they will be (blanking) up the sidewalks.

Now we all know, Mr. Weber had his issues. But he pegged that one right. That renovation project was completed in 1998. Fast forward to 2018, and, well, here we are.

Honestly, had it not been for the city council brouhaha, and the ensuing social media outrage — where no matter how small the issue is in Wellington it is always Armageddon — I’m not sure I would have noticed the 20 or so trees being pulled.

It was a slow week, but CultureCow still has stuff to soak up your weekend

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Well I have good news and bad news CultureCow readers.  The bad news is, aside from stand out shows like Maniac (which I will be covering next week), this has been a slow week in the world of arts and leisure.  The good news is, that means it’s time for the latest installment of Oldies but Goodies.  And first up, we have a movie that’s near and dear to every niche movie fan’s heart Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Scott Pilgrim made his Netflix debut early this week to the immense pleasure for everyone with eyes and ears.  Watch Michael Cera in perhaps the best role of his career as he plays a man literally fighting for his girlfriend’s heart.  The entire movie is based off a limited comic series by the same name and follows the source material fairly well.  This means that the style of the film is choppy, quick paced, and seemingly impossible, but it works so well.

Scott Pilgrim is perhaps the best edited movie I’ve ever seen, with each cut acting as part of the dialogue, making a clever joke, or just keeping the quick pace of the film.  Not only is the movie funny and well written, it’s also full of some amazing music.  Scott plays base in his band, which makes for a solid B-plot and eventually even finds its way into a battle or two.  Watch as Scott navigates the choppy waters of love and finds what he truly values in a relationship and learns a valuable lesson along the way, albeit in a violent and entirely non-expected way.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The how many states you have personally visited question







How many states have you personally been?

  • 20 to 3 (46%, 157 Votes)
  • 39 to 20. (37%, 128 Votes)
  • 49 to 40. (11%, 39 Votes)
  • I have been to all 50 states. (2%, 8 Votes)
  • I don't really exist. (2%, 6 Votes)
  • I have been to Kansas and Oklahoma. (1%, 3 Votes)
  • I have never left Kansas. (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 343

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Sunday blog: The fishy nature of how Christine Ford’s allegation against Judge Kavanaugh came about

Commentary by John Munro, Sumner Newscow — Last weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced she had a letter, but at the time she didn’t announce by whom, that implicated Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a sexual assault that had happened 35 years prior.  Later in the week, the author of the letter, Christine Ford, came forward and announced that she was the person who had been assaulted.

John Munro

In the letter she claimed that in the summer of 1982, she went to a beer party in a home where the parents were away.  She claims she was dragged into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, who was 17 at the time, and was grouped. He allegedly had tried to remove her clothes, and had a hand over her mouth to keep her from yelling out.  Then, supposedly, a friend of Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, piled on and they all tumbled off the bed, and she got up and ran into a bathroom and locked herself in.

However, through all of this she claimed she didn’t know who’s house it was, where it was located, how she had gotten there, and how she had managed to get home.  Also, she didn’t tell any of this to her parents, account she didn’t want them to know she was at a beer party.  And she claims she never shared any of this information with any of her friends.  Now come on, REALLY?  I’ve been around long enough to KNOW that this just isn’t something that young girls keep quiet about.  If she had any close buds, which I’m sure she did, she would have confided in them.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The how the future will be question







How do you feel about the future?

  • I'm optimistic. Things will get better. (47%, 156 Votes)
  • I'm pessimistic. Things are going to get worse. (35%, 116 Votes)
  • I think things will remain the same. (19%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 335

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Robert Mueller question







Do you approve of the way Robert Mueller is handling the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election?

  • I don't approve. (52%, 172 Votes)
  • I approve. (38%, 126 Votes)
  • I have no opinion. (10%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 330

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Sunday blog: The importance of council quorums and local news

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It most certainly isn’t Armageddon and it is not an indictment on the overall fitness of the Wellington City Council, but it is probably best to figure out a way to have a meeting when a meeting has been called.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

Tuesday night’s meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum, i.e. too few members being present. Three members: Jim Valentine, Jennifer Heersche and Joe Soria were in attendance. Kevin Dodds, Kelley Hawley and Kip Etter had made previous engagements and had informed the city that they could not be in attendance.

It was an unfortunate coincidence that it occurred all three members were absent at the same time. I don’t think any of the council members have been neglecting their duties. There have been plenty of other local elected officials throughout history who have indeed been negligent. These aren’t those people.

Serving on the city council is a call of duty and takes a lot of time with really no true benefits. It is just unfortunate that not making a quorum can tar whatever good work the council does.

Letter to the editor: Watch out for people throwing glass onto the streets, sidewalks

To the editor:

First and foremost,  I am hoping that this letter reaches you all in good spirits. The rain has been absolutely delightful I’m comparison to the very dry summer we’ve been having.  Perhaps the farming industry will flourish without us flooding too awful.  

My main reason for contacting you all is my concern for the safety of Wellington bicyclists.  I say bicyclists but the problem, truly affects all of Wellington, though, cyclists are the ones who are more at danger.  I’ve taken to noticing that a few of our wonderful Wellington citizens have taken to throwing glass onto the streets and some of the sidewalks and intersections.  This isn’t auto glass as you’d see in auto accidents, which breaks in a way that it reduces the chance of being cut up, but paned glass, glass bottles, etc.  If this has already been brought to your attention,  forgive my tardiness. 

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