Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five lists of five for Sept. 21, 2014…
1. Five things I think I thunk last week…
A. Wellington won big Friday night, although Circle stunk. Love the aggressiveness this group displays. No more injuries!
B. News media types were breathlessly anticipating Scotland voting independence from England. Instead, the Scots voted no. Which proves one thing: We may hate the world, but we don’t really want to change it.
C. Kansas Department of Transportation was here Friday to announce Wellington secured a $1.1 million road resurfacing of U.S. 81 from Harvey to Botkin Street. Kudos to the good folks working at the city of Wellington who do a nice job seeking these grants.
D. Must reading: Wichita Eagle’s “Passionate parents can mean trouble for youth sports,” by Fred Mann and Rick Plumlee about the perils of youth sports and over zealous parents (see story here) Great quote from Ed Scarry, the team director of the Greater Wichita Junior Football League. “If I could take the parent aspect out of Little League football, everything would be great.”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This poll may need a little explaining. The Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Chad Taylor said he is withdrawing from the race in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. Before his withdrawal, the race was a three-way race, with the candidacy of Independent Greg Orman going strong. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is a Republican, has refused to take Taylor’s name off the ballot. Both sides are accusing the other of playing politics. The Republicans are accusing the Democrats of a political ploy to boost Orman and knock Roberts out of office. The Democrats are accusing the Republicans of their attempt to keep Taylor on a ballot as a way to split the vote and get Roberts back in office.
This case is currently in the Kansas Supreme Court. Kobach is stating that Taylor had failed to a statute that requires candidates to declare they are incapable of serving in order to withdraw. Taylor’s attorney says the Secretary of State can’t make that determination.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m turning 50 on Wednesday.
I’m not much for birthdays, anniversaries, or reunions. It’s a cliche but “your life passing you by,” is a rather appropriate reminder for such occasions.
I can’t really remember many birthdays. I remembered my 16th. They buried my grandfather that day. My mother somehow managed to get me to the drivers’ license agency on the same day so I could drive legally.
I remember my 21st… until about 11 p.m.
I don’t remember my 30th birthday but my wife and I were busy trying to make a baby at that particular time so it must have been good.
My 40th? Not a clue.
But turning 50 is a watershed moment.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five lists of five for Aug. 24, 2014…
1. Five things that probably should go away soon…
Ice Bucket Water Challenge - Yes, it goes without saying pouring ice water over one’s head is extremely funny and goes to a great cause, but after viewing 2,426,213 videos on Facebook and this site, it’s time to move on to something else.
Ferguson Mo. – I’m sure there are lessons to be learned here, but I can’t help but think if CNN and Fox News wasn’t there, rioting would have ended long ago.
Detroit Tigers – They are standing in the way of the Kansas City Royals making their first playoff performance in 30 years. It’s almost September and football is about to start, and yet I find myself nervous about baseball.
The summer heat - Oh, I shouldn’t complain because it has been a cool summer. But the 100 degree days which hit this week simultaneously with the start of the fall sports season has been a true bummer.
ISIS – Oh, them. International terrorism appears to be on the upswing. It just feels like something bad is going to happen soon. Maybe we are paying enough attention to prevent another 911 this time.
2. Five things that made Max Bretches cool…
Sumner Newscow note — The following is a guest editorial written by Tracy Heath, Wellington Police Chief. If you wish to submit a guest editorial or letter to the editor for Sunday, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tracy Heath, WPD Chief — You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.
If you or someone you know occasionally drives after drinking alcohol be warned that during the period, August 15 through Labor Day, September 2, there will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunk driving and other traffic laws as Wellington Police Department participates in a crackdown with almost 150 other local police agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol to educate about impaired driving and remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Known as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the crackdown is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
It is not uncommon in Kansas for 61 persons to be injured and 3 persons killed every day on Kansas roads in alcohol-related crashes. According to KDOT, if you are involved in such a crash – in any capacity – you are 2 1/2 times more likely to be injured and 4 1/2 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than if you are involved in a crash in which alcohol is not determined to be a factor. The ratio of death to injury in alcohol-related crashes is almost four times higher than the death to injury ratio for non-alcohol related crashes.
I want this enforcement to remind drivers of several things:
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014…
1. Low voter turnout…
It was a rather strange election. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ruling that put limitations on campaign finance it allowed politicians the ability to spend as much money as they so pleased. That’s why you saw a campaign commercial nearly every moment touting the joys of one candidate over the evils of the other, who loves Obamacare.
Yet for all the bombastic rhetoric, voters basically shrugged their shoulders. Only 19 percent in Sumner County registered voters made it to the polls. It wasn’t much difference elsewhere.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure myself whether I would go to the polls, and only cast a vote, because I was at the election booth doing a story on election turnout.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council had an interesting topic at its Tuesday work session.
The council is starting the city manager hiring search, which might have started that night since a 45-plus minute executive session (closed meeting) was called to discuss non-elected personnel. I don’t know that for sure. I wasn’t privy to the closed meeting.
But before the executive session there was a 20 minute discussion on how the council should conduct the city manager job interviews. Some readers on this website feel the interviews should be conducted in open session. Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer brought the issue up wondering if the council had any legal authority to do conduct open interviews.
City Attorney Mike Brown said the city has no obligation to conduct any of the interviews in public. He did say the city can place the names of the candidates out there for public consumption when the search gets whittled down to a select few candidates.
He said one town in the vicinity did a similar tactic and he said he was aware of four other names who were vying for the Wellington City Manager position when Gus Collins was hired in 2006. He couldn’t recall if the public knew those names though.
For the record, Sumner Newscow has never suggested the city manager interviews should be conducted in open session. Am I against it? Absolutely not. I advocate open government and those open interviews would make a great news story.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Listed below are the three most hotly contested races in next week’s Kansas State Primary. Sumner Newscow is conducting a straw poll on the races where there is opposition:
•The Republican primary battle in Sumner County District 3 between incumbent Cliff Bales of Oxford and challenger Jason Boyd of South Haven;
•The 80th State Representative District Republican race between incumbent Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City and challenger Andrew Lawson of Arkansas City;
•The U.S. House Fourth District Republican primary race between Mike Pompeo and Todd Tiahrt. The polls listed below are not scientific, but have proven to be a reliable barometer of the general mood of the electorate going into election booth. Use this information at your discretion.
In order to make this information as accurate as possible, we urge you to vote only in the polls for those that appear on your ballot next Tuesday or with advanced voting. Maps for the District 3 Commissioners race and the 80th District State Representative race are featured below with the poll question.
We will be featuring a District 3 Commissioner forum on Friday.
Polls in Sumner County are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Information about voting locations are as follows:
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Third District Sumner County Commissioner Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Cliff Bales of Oxford is being challenged by Jason Boyd of South Haven. Only voters in Sumner County’s third district will be voting in this race. The third district is in white in the maps below. Please vote in this straw poll if you are a registered Republican living in the third district and plan on voting on Tuesday.
Click for larger image of Commissioner District Sumner County Map here
Click for larger image of Commissioner District Wellington map here
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The U.S. District 4 Representative Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Incumbent Mike Pompeo is being challenged by Todd Tiahrt. All voters in Sumner County will be voting in this race. Please vote in this straw poll if you are a registered Republican and plan on voting on Tuesday.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for July 27, 2014…
You may have noticed Sumner Newscow ran a little slow last week. That’s because SN headquarters along with my daughter and a friend took off to California for a few days.
There’s a lot to like about California. The weather, the beautiful women, the food.
Trouble is, now that I have returned home, I need a second job – because I was most certainly fleeced.
For example, I checked into a hotel near Disneyland last week and while the room was well beyond triple figures – the city of Anaheim and the state of California knocked on an 18 percent lodging tax on the bill… Eighteen percent!!!
We spent a day at Disneyland where they say all your dreams come true. Yeah, I believe them. I’m having nightmares about next month’s credit card bill.