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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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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The one-man train crew question

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Do you think Burlington Northern Santa Fe should be allowed to have 1-man crews on trains?

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Sunday blog: Talking Wellington resignations, school superintendent moves; more Brownback, and sweet Valentine messages

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015…

1. Change of leadership… 

Wellington leadership changeIt has been a significant week for leadership turnover in Wellington.

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Hansel announced her resignation to take a marketing job at Sterling House.

At USD 353, Wellington school administrators, Larry Roth and Dale Adams, both submitted their resignations to take Superintendent jobs elsewhere.

At the city of Wellington, Wes Bennett, city inspector for over 25 years, announced his retirement this week. Cliff Zens, Interim Director of Electric Distribution and Production, is retiring after 32 years of service. Both guys will have combined retirement receptions on Friday, March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the council chambers. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Brownback executive order question

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers that was put into place by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius eight years ago.

 

What is your view on Brownback's latest action.

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Sunday Blog: Brownback lies and other stuff

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Feb. 8, 2015…

1. Sammy “Alfred E” Brownback… 

Those who are worried about their Second Amendment rights, don’t have anything to worry about – at least if you are living in Kansas.

Governor Sam Brownback needs a gun.

Alfred E. Brownback

Alfred E. Brownback: What, me worry?

The Pied Piper came to visit Kansas this week and Brownback is submitting a proposal to cut spending on public schools and state universities by $45 million. That’s not to mention cuts to the highway fund and the state’s pension proposal, and whatever rock he can snatch funding from under.

The next few weeks could get very interesting for those in Topeka these next few weeks.

I was at the Wellington basketball game Friday night and the usually tranquil group of teachers at the high school were all up in arms. Wellington head basketball coach Brian Buchanan was so cranky he got a technical foul during warmups (I actually made that last sentence up).

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Your favorite Super Bowl commercial

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Super Bowl is over and all that is left is the hand wringing. This is our annual Super Bowl favorite ad commercial contest. We are featuring the top five commercials rated by Billboard Magazine. To see the commercials click on the You Tube videos below.

 

Of these five Super Bowl commercials which was your favorite?

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Sunday Blog: Doing the little things well

Sumner Newscow tribute

Kenny Adams Newscow

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are only about three vehicles, maybe two, that stick out in Wellington as much as Kenny Adam’s old yellow GMC Sierra pickup.

You know the kind of vehicle that marks a person from a mile away. I always wondered if Kenny could have bought himself a better pickup. It probably never interested him.

I know one thing, Kenny wouldn’t have wanted me to write this column today. He was uncomfortable with the limelight and the massive amount of attention he has been receiving on social media sites such as Facebook.

But, for me, mourning is about us. It is our way of coping with a loss of a friend – so we can move on to better things. So I’m writing this Sunday Blog for myself. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The city campaign question

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What do you think should be the central issue concerning the 2015 city council and mayor campaigns?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The State of the Union question

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Do you ever watch the State of the Union speech?

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Five Cueball thoughts: Election filings, utility agreement, college football playoffs, a translation, and Stallbaumer

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Jan. 18, 2015 …

1. Election coming up…

Currently running for a specific seat in many Sumner County races.

Currently running for a specific seat in many Sumner County races.

There are nine days left before the filing deadline closes to run for Wellington City Council, Wellington School Board and all other county races. “Deadline” — which is Jan. 27 — is an appropriate term for this election so far. Because the number of  filings is dead, dead, dead.

I don’t care to lecture. You either run or you don’t want to run. But there are a lot of big time races out there this year, and there has been lots of chatter on the comment section of Sumner Newscow and on various social media websites. There’s obviously a lot of discontent out there.

We have a Wellington mayor’s race that is wide open, we have three open positions for the city council, and there are four positions open for the Wellington school board. There is an opportunity for you to make a difference.

Granted public office isn’t easy and not very gratifying. You don’t get paid, there’s long hours of volunteer work, some people grow to hate you, you have to deal with media types like me, you have all these Internet chatterers, there’s internal politics, misinformed administrators, lobbyists, controversies that seem to materialize out of nowhere. And that doesn’t account for the actual business at hand. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The what you want to watch question

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What did you enjoy watching more this past week?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The hunting question.

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Do you hunt?

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The Kansas Star Casino is 3 years old… Was it worth the hassle of getting it?

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Kansas Star Casino was it worth it

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Star Casino just turned 3. It officially opened on Dec. 20, 2011 at Exit 33.

It arrived just six months after I started the Sumner Newscow website, so its state of existence will always stay with me.

Perhaps, a more defining date as far as we Sumner County residents are concerned, was when this county, Wellington specifically, became a player in the casino sweepstakes.

I define time in my life based on two things: sporting events and where I was employed.

I remember reading signs newly erected by Wellington developer Tom McAlister’s on the outskirts of Wellington’s city limits as I was driving to work at the Winfield Courier. Those signs were asking Bob Knight, the former Wichita Mayor who was looking to develop a casino in south-central Kansas to “take a gamble on Wellington.” 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: “The Interview” question

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By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The movie “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Fracco was originally banned from major theater chains because of threats of terrorism and cyber attack by North Korea. Eventually it was released to art house theaters and can be seen via video streaming.

 

What is your view on how "The Interview" was handled?

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Cueball’s blog: The importance of Christmas was never more apparent this year

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2014…

 

1. The need for Christmas …

This past week was not a hopping one on the news front. We shopped, we wrapped, we met friends and relatives we haven’t seen in awhile, we talked, we reacquainted ourselves with loved ones in different towns and cities. But we didn’t do anything really newsworthy.

That’s great, because the week before was one of the most stunning news weeks in Wellington history that included the murder of a 10-year-old boy, and a personal tragedy of a well known young man.

This holiday season was bittersweet. Christmas is not only a time to remember the birth of Christ, but it is about our renewal of hope within ourselves. Tragedy struck so quickly and stunningly in the heart of the Christmas season this year in Wellington, that it made it difficult to do that.

But for me, the holiday couldn’t have come at a better time. It was much needed therapy. 

Letter to the editor: A devastating injury does not rule out hope

Sumner Newscow letter to editor

To the editor:

Tracy, I read your story on the Crusaders Boys win over Kingman and you are so correct we have a team this year (see story here). I wish them the best and will be cheering for them all the way.

I also read your report on the Lady Crusaders. You made mention of the devastating season ending injury to Caitie Williams. Devastating is not even close to the words I would like to yell to the world right now! But in the words of Paul Harvey, “Here’s the rest of the story”!

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?  

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