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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The state budget dealing question

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What would be your preference for filling the Kansas state budget deficit?

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Sunday blog: Talking riots, electricity outage, your special day and Quinn

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five thoughts by Cueball and Quinn for May 3, 2015…

1. Baltimore riots…

City police riots are hardly anything new. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have them. The Rodney King Los Angeles riots in 1992 were particularly disturbing.

A man stands in front of a line of police officer in riot gear last week in Baltimore. (AP News photo).

A man stands in front of a line of police officer in riot gear last week in Baltimore. (AP News photo).

I was way too young to remember the civil rights riots of the 1960s.

Maybe I’m becoming more cynical these days, but today’s riots seem a bit more manufactured than the riots of years past. You wonder for some if it is an excuse for people to loot, and are tailor-made spectacles for cable TV news networks like CNN and Fox News, eager for a night of high ratings.

Obviously, I am neither African-American nor live in the inner-city so I don’t understand what it is to live in poverty or to be discriminated against based on the color of my skin.

But burning down a city doesn’t seem like a solution. And I also fail to understand how neutering a police force helps overcome whatever it is people need to overcome.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The concealed weapon without permit question

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Do you favor or oppose allowing legal gun owners in Kansas to carry concealed weapons in public without a license or certification of formal training?

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Sunday blog: Talking 1995, used-up controversies, babysitting Bryant, surveillance videos and Quinn

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 19, 2015…

1. Baseball reunion

1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.

1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.

Former Wellington High School head baseball coach Mike Wilmoth is organizing a 20-year reunion for the 1995 WHS varsity baseball players who won the Class 4A State Championship in Manhattan. The ceremony will be held May 7 at Hibbs-Hooten Field in between the Wellington-Clearwater doubleheader.

It should be a hoot. I was the sports editor at the Wellington Daily News and the memory of that tournament makes me smile. Not only was it the first state championship team I ever covered as a reporter, but it was also the first time I used a cell phone.

It had been raining all week, and the Class 4A state baseball tournament had been delayed a couple of times. It started on a Friday and was supposed to end on a Saturday. But the tournament was delayed way into next week. 

Sumner Newscow poll: The Wichita vote to lessen marijuana possession question

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Wichita voted to lessen penalties on marijuana possession. What's your opinion?

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Sunday blog: Talking Chicken little, utility reserves, city election, marijuana and garbage collectors

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 12, 2015…

1. Chicken Little.

"Kansas, the tornado is coming!"

“Kansas, the tornado is coming!”

It may go down as one of the nuttier weeks I’ve had in awhile when you factor in the election, the website controversies, Easter, and the personal things going in my life. So Wednesday’s non-storm was an accurate metaphor for the week in general.

Wednesday, Chicken Little made a visit to Kansas to tell us the sky was falling. It wasn’t so much the weather information. We should all be informed of possible storms ahead. It was how the news was delivered.

I actually felt bad for that Channel 12 weather forecaster on my tube Wednesday evening. I knew his bosses were telling him to get on screen and babble about an approaching tornado-like storm that was obviously not materializing, knowing full well half the Kansas population was hating his guts because they were missing a critical episode of “Survivor.”

With all the hysteria, I thought at least we could get some rain out of the deal. No such luck. 

Guest Editorial: Health Care Authority Board appointments are the most important positions available

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EDITOR’S NOTE — The following is a guest editorial written by J.P. Buellesfeld, who is owner of Buellesfeld Financial Services Inc.

Recently, Steve Shelley and Kelli McComb resigned from the Health Care Authority Board which oversees Sumner Regional Medical Center. The city of Wellington is taking applications to feel the positions and people can do so at the city of Wellington offices at 317 S. Washington. 

By J.P. Buellesfeld

J.P. Buellesfeld

J.P. Buellesfeld

The Health Care Authority Board for the City of Wellington currently has two openings out of a five member board.  The Health Care Authority Board is the most important authority board in Sumner County as it is 100 percent in control of the governance of Sumner Regional Medical Center.

Sumner Regional Medical Center is one of the largest employers in Sumner County.  The Council of the City of Wellington had no applicants for the first (15) day application period that ended March 25, 2015.  The City Council is currently accepting applications in the second (15) day application period through April 13, 2015.  The City Council will then be appointing two new members to the Health Care Authority Board.  I believe now is a good time to explain how critically important this decision is.

In the case of Verret v. United States, a Texas federal district court upheld an Internal Revenue Service determination that the chairman of a non-profit hospital’s board of trustees was personally liable for the hospital’s non-payment of federal withholding taxes, Stephen Verret had been chairman of the board of Doctors Hospital in Groves, Texas. On appeal, the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision.

Letter to Editor: Wellington Health and Rehab is glad to be here

To the editor:

I’m writing to let you and the entire Wellington community know how excited we are to be managing and operating Wellington Health and Rehab (formerly Sumner County Care Center). It is a welcome addition to the Mission Health Communities family and we look forward to bringing a new brand of quality healthcare and rehabilitation to the area.

As a premier provider of Senior Living and Skilled Rehabilitation Communities in the southeast and midwest, Mission Health is committed to delivering on our promise of wellness and enrichment.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The morning after question

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Now that the election is over, what best reflects your mood this morning?

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Sunday blog: If Wellington is Disneyland, then the mayor is Mickey Mouse

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Commentary by Tracy McCue — Five Cueball thoughts for April 5, 2015…

1. Election Tuesday

Tuesday, Sumner County voters will be going to the polls to elect local city/town council and school board members. These are traditionally the least attended elections of all elections. But in reality, a vote never counts more because you are electing your peers. You might think your one-in-a-billion vote for President of the United States is important, but it’s your ballot on these local issues that truly make the most difference.

Wellington has some really good races this year and some really good candidates especially for mayor and city council.

And this mayor race, is unbelievably important for Wellington.

Whoever gets elected will be:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Gregg Marshall question

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What best describes your feeling about WSU coach Gregg Marshall's decision to stay?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Sam Brownback being booed question

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Governor Brownback got booed at the KU-Wichita State game. What is your reaction?

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Cue’s blog: This win meant a lot more for WSU than it did the Jayhawks

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Forgive the lateness of the column. I’ve been a bit of a mess leading up to the Wichita State vs. Kansas game today.

Shocker victorySome people may ask why – especially you non-sports fan types. After all, it is only a game.

But for me, as well as thousands of other fans in the area, it seemed more than that.

Today was about redemption, or revenge, or putting big brother in his place. But most of all, it was about not letting opportunity escape.

And WSU won this third round NCAA matchup emphatically 78-65. WSU plays Notre Dame on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in the Sweet 16.

I don’t hate KU.

Special Sumner Newscow poll: Who are you cheering for?

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The Kansas vs. Wichita State basketball game is now set. Who are you cheering for?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The name change at Wichita Airport

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Do you like the name change of the Wichita airport to Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport?

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Sunday blog: Talking S.B. 7, court appointments, state tournament, U.S. flag photo…

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, March 15, 2015…

1. Nixing the school formula…

Barney Fife is keeping Kansas safe from the evils of taxes and public education.

Barney Fife is keeping Kansas safe from the evils of taxes and public education.

If you were to make a movie about the 2015 Kansas Legislative session, would it be a murder mystery in which detectives try to determine who killed the Kansas state budget… or a situation comedy – featuring wacky Barney Fife legislators trying to figure how to refinance the state while also moving elections, prosecuting teachers, and declaring Fantasy Football an official sport?

Friday, the Kansas House attempted to fix the budget gap, by passing bill S.B. 7 – which dismantles a 23-year-old finance formula for Kansas schools. It’s being called the most important bill in 20 years. Of course the legislators have only spent a week prepping and passing it.

The “block grant” bill, if made into law, freezes the current funding to schools for two years while freeing up how schools can budget. The “weighted” formula for which schools get paid extra for educating “at risk” students would no longer be used.   

Sunday Blog: Where’s – the – Beef? PLEASE!!!!

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Some of you old timers – who have reached the age of 45 or older – may have remembered a 1980s Wendy’s Hamburger commercial.

It featured three old ladies looking at this puny hamburger – presumably from McDonald’s or Burger King. One of the old lady kept asking “Where’s the Beef?”

It’s one of those ad slogans that sticks with us for an eternity. It’s been more than 30 years since that commercial first ran, but I still remember it as if it was yesterday. It is so relevant on so many levels.

This whole Wellington Wheat Capital Manor – Wellington Housing Authority board controversy has me asking that very question. “Where’s the Beef?”

I’m not sure I have ever written a story, covered a controversy – where answers are so elusive. Usually, I can pinpoint exactly what is wrong – who are the players, what are the agendas.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The e-mail question

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as officials within Governor Sam Brownback’s administration have been under fire with using personal e-mail to conduct governmental business. What is your opinion on the subject?

Should governmental officials use personal e-mails to conduct business?

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Sunday blog: Talking court storming, UCLA, the color of that dress, and H.B. 2345

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for March 1. 2015….

1. Court Storming… 

A tragedy...

A tragedy…

It has been an interesting week for the K-State Nation. First there was the big upset against KU and the subsequent court storming. Then came the controversy over the court storming, the Big 12 reprimand, the apologies, the President of the University pleading for KSU fans in a collegian newspaper editorial to behave themselves, and then finally another big win against Iowa State Saturday which the fans learned their lesson and didn’t storm the court.

I find the whole court storming controversy to be the biggest bunch of hooey since escaped Llamas and the color of some stupid dress. It must be the dead of winter, because everyone is spending too much time on their computers.

The reality is, had ESPN not made it into one of its manufactured controversies of the day, we would have long forgotten about it. After all, K-State fans have done it before. Obviously, Johnny Manziel and Dez Bryant weren’t doing anything stupid at the moment, so ESPN focused its attention on K-State’s court storming and made it into a national catastrophe. Of course, the sanctimonious blowhards on social media were in full force Tuesday calling for stiff penalties and sanctions against K-State.

Oh, get over it, everybody! 

Sumner Newscow Weekly Poll: The storming the court question

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K-State fans stormed the court after the KU upset. What is your opinion this morning?

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