Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I was in New York City a few months ago, and someone actually asked me if most Kansans had electricity.
I told her, yes, and we are close to getting this new thingy called the Internet. The fact I was holding my smart phone was lost upon her.
I will say this though, even if Kansas has electricity, the Internet and smartphones and all this sophisticated weather equipment to accurately predict the ice storm of the century, we are slow to change on certain issues.
For example, why do we allow private schools to run all over public schools in high school sports?
I have been hearing this for years. People complain that private schools can sport better teams, because they have the ability to recruit athletes from anywhere and still keep their enrollment figures low.
Well, yes that is true. But no one will do anything about it!
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Lincoln Place fiasco needs to be wrapped up as soon as possible, and if it means the demolishing of a century old building, so be it.
The Wellington City Council has been more than patient with the owners of the embattled building on Lincoln and Washington after water flowed through the building on July 14, 2016 due to large amounts of precipitation. Since then the road has been closed because of the fear of building collapse. I’d venture to say if that building did fall down, drivers on Lincoln Street would not be the only ones in peril.
I’m not here to point fingers on what should have, or shouldn’t have been done to save this building, but the fact we are in the middle of January and the road is still closed for six months, is testimony that bureaucracy is live and well in Wellington, Kans. One can pass judgment on either the property owner, the insurance company, the Wellington City staff, or the city council — but it doesn’t matter. The problem is not solved.
To me it’s a problem when Wellington has a legitimate business such as the Regent Theater, whose whole dependency is on foot traffic, is hurt due to a situation that is not the fault of their own.
In the original article this week, someone had asked a legitimate question, “I’m sorry, but how hard is it to go around?”
Editor’s Note: I was looking for an uplifting Christmas story for the season. I thought about this tribute of Darwin Seal who died in 2012. This story was first published on Dec. 2, 2012. I think it is worth a revisit. Seal’s spirit is what Christmas is all about.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — No, I can’t remember the first time I met Darwin Seal.
He was always just there at the Wellington Dillons Grocery Store, bagging my groceries.
I don’t really remember ever not knowing Darwin after moving to Wellington. Somewhere along the line, we became friends, and he was just fun to talk to and I got the impression he liked me.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I read a story the other day which basically said the media is as trustworthy as Lindsay Lohan staying sober at a beer-swilling Oktoberfest celebration.
A recent Gallop Poll stated only 32 percent of the respondents taking their survey said the media reports news accurately and fairly. It gets worse amongst Republicans, whose trust in the media has plummeted to 14 percent. Heck, even Democrats don’t care for the media that much with a popularity rate of 50 percent.
I’m not sure if I can even trust that poll. Didn’t those same poll takers proclaim Hillary Clinton the next President?
And how do you define trust? Do people trust the media so little they refuse to read or watch the news, or do they trust them just enough to decipher what is right or wrong? I guess that’s why I became a reporter. I trust hardly no one – except my mom and she once told me if I played with matches I would wet the bed.
I can’t speak on behalf of my other media brethren, but fairness and accuracy in my reporting is hugely important to me, especially in this age of misinformation. I see so much junk on Facebook and other social media sites that is quite simply not true, that one of my goals is to provide a place that people can come for accurate news. Google analytics statistics have shown you the readers continue to believe in this product at an ever increasing rate. Sumner Newscow’s hit rate continues to grow even after five years of existence.
There is no doubt I and my fellow news reporters make and will continue to make mistakes. As my old Wellington Daily News publisher boss and humorous Jackson Mitchell once said:
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas may be deemed a wasteland by the east and west coast elitists. But few can argue, when it comes to politics and building the new Trump cabinet, Kansas has been the center of attention.
It seems like every Kansas Republican except Bob Dole has been mentioned as a top prospect for a Trump cabinet post.
Our own fourth district U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo has just been named CIA Director.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran was considered the leading candidate for the Secretary of Agriculture post as was outgoing U.S. Congressman Tim Huelskamp.
Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, was up for the U.S. Attorney General’s job.
Why is this? It is apparent Trump, or make that Mike Pence, administration will have a hard conservative slant – and Kansas has a plethora of political leaders, who hold that agenda.
Pompeo has been a good representative for the fourth district. Yes, he is very conservative, but he has been sympathetic to populist causes as was the case with Boeing departure from Wichita, a few years back.
Will he make a good CIA Director? I haven’t a clue. But even the left-leaning NBC News website said this:
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Donald Trump is our President.
I am trying to pinpoint exactly how I feel about this fact this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.
I’ve experienced a myriad of emotions since Tuesday night. On election night I was giddy because I love upsets, chaos and watching people squirm like what those media types were doing on my television set.
Wednesday, I had that “did that really happen?” feeling. Thursday, I was about to come to terms with the whole Trump Presidency thing when I glanced over to my TV while walking by and saw him sitting there with President Obama.
I had to sit down for a second. This was reality. America just elected Trump.
So back to my original point. How do I feel at this specific time?
Well, let’s say hypothetically I have this daughter who is about to marry this guy I can’t really trust. There really isn’t anything I, the dad, could do but make things worse.
So I just pray for the best, and hope everything will come out just fine.
To me, Trump is that son-in-law I don’t want but now have.
While the election was astonishing, everything since then has been so predictable. I would have been surprised if some of those idiots in the inner cities didn’t protest. I was amused by this one girl writing on her forehead, “Not my President.” Well, honey. Yes he is. He got the most votes – so he won the Presidency. Therefore, Trump is your President.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Only 22 percent of the Sumner County electorate voted for Hillary Clinton, the Democrat nominee. That is an astronomically low number for a major party candidate, regardless if she is Democrat or Republican.
While there is probably a myriad of reason why people voted against Hillary, we are asking Sumner County readers the No. 1 reason why they voted against Clinton with the list of selections below.
The following is a letter written by Annarose White, executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce:
To the editor: Sumner County is at a pivotal point. This is our time to make a difference in our communities and schools – long term plans and decisions to invest in our infrastructure for business and that means a yes vote for Question #2 – voting for the half cent sales tax to build the Sumner County Campus of Cowley College. This brings greater investment in our community and significant growth to our bottom line.
As the executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, I can vouch the organization is focused on moving Wellington Forward as well as Sumner County. We are proud to be an area chamber and to be involved the Sumner County Campus of Cowley College in Wellington. The chamber is committed to growing the population and increasing the quality of life, and providing opportunities for business in our community.
So let’s not waste time.
“We need to continue to build a community where our kids and students are proud to stay when they have a choice of moving away,” said Cody White, Superintendent of the Wellington Recreation Commission and Chamber Board President 2015.
The Sumner County Campus brings tremendous opportunity for our young adults to carve out a career that fits their needs, talents and timeline with an opening date of Fall 2018 for students.
The following is a letter to the editor written by Dena Martens of Wellington.
To the editor: Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Cowley County Community College. In fact, our daughter in currently enrolled at CCCC. There is a wonderful program that CCCC offers to the Wellington High School to all of the high schools in Sumner County. It is called Fast Track. FastTrack at Cowley College is a dual enrollment program that provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to start earning college credit prior to graduating from high school. (www.cowley.edu/dual)
We were excited about this program and attended a parents meeting regarding this. They covered all our questions. We were very impressed. Sadly, there was only a handful of parents present. We paid the $598 tuition. Those credits will transfer with her to K-State! What an excellent opportunity.
Now, hear are my problems:
The following is a letter to the editor by Vince Wetta of Wellington:
To the editor: Nov. 8th we have a choice for State Representative in the 116th District. We have an incumbent from Coldwater, 125 miles west, in Comanche County who voted with and supported all the failed policies of Sam Brownback.
On the other hand we have a candidate who will vote to save our schools and hospitals with common sense policies.
Jolene Roitman lives in Wellington and was born and raised in Sumner County. She will represent us in Kansas, not follow Brownback’s instructions. Do not believe ads that mix state with federal issues that are meant to confuse people.