Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013…
1. Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving?
For the record, I do not Black Friday shop. It combines two of my least favorite things to do – looking for things and waiting in line. I’m an in-and-outer kind of shopper and prefer the Mom and Pop stores.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot of controversy these days about department stores starting their big sales on Thanksgiving Day ruining everyone’s spending time with the family. Here’s my response to that.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 24, 2013.
1. $100 sentence…
Today is the beginning of the 30 Days of Christmas promotion starting with a feature on the Wynn Wellness in the blog below. We ended up with 21 businesses participating in the promotion, which didn’t quite reach my goal of 30 businesses, but it was a nice start for the first year of what I hope is a Christmas tradition.
In order to give the 30 days of Christmas promotion a special kick, I am going to give away $100 in cash to the first person who can figure out our Wheel of Fortune type game. It will be the same principle as the popular TV game show but with a twist. We will be using words instead of letters.
Each day for the next three weeks when we feature a 30 days of Christmas business. Within each of these promotions, there will be an underlined word such as this. The words will be released in chronological order. You will need to fill out the sentence. The first person who correctly fills out the sentence and e-mails me the sentence at email@example.com will win $100.
We will announce the winner publicly after the last 30 days of Christmas blog is released.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 17, 2013…
1. The Kennedy assassination…
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. This isn’t a good week for me. I have a lot of other things to do. The last thing I need is to feed my obsession with the Kennedy family and the assassination that is already slightly borderline unhealthy.
A few weeks back I came to an epiphany. After decades of being a Kennedy conspiracy nut, I have concluded Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. I hate that because deep down I don’t want to think that low life little whiney punk was the reason for one of the most tragic and life-changing events in our history.
This Thanksgiving Day, as we gather with family and friends to count our blessings, let’s give thanks for the bounty we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us, and the products we use on a daily basis, didn’t just appear in a store. They got there thanks to a tremendous partnership of farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers, and retailers.
Rural and urban residents are “Partners in Progress” who produce the products, consume the products, and make them readily available through an efficient production and marketing chain.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball and Quinn thoughts for Nov. 10, 2013…
1. Some perspective…
The older I get, the more I tire of politics, and the selfishness of it all. Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans – they all sound like self-absorbed intolerant whiners.
Unfortunately, such rancor seems to be seeping into the local lexicon. So was the case this week with the Susan’s Portrait studio parking lot debate. I was disappointed a few people were balking at something any business person would do, best position their business to succeed. In the wake of all the empty buildings in Wellington, it’s baffling to me anybody would protest anything that might help the local business climate.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Internet is filled with lists.
It seems like every website has a top 10 list of something like “Top 10 states to walk around nude in public,” or “Top 10 cities to die instantly of a heart attack while eating a pile of spaghetti.”
Sumner Newscow is getting in on the act. We are putting together a “Top 10 places to pick your nose in Wellington” list. I just need to get my pictures together.
The other day I received an e-mail that piqued my interest.
A San Francisco based group called “Nerd Wallet” — which appears like a website giving you sound financial advice — put together a list of “The Best Cities in Kansas for Young Families”, see website here: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-cities-kansas-young-families/. The group listed the top 10 cities in Kansas based on five criteria: great school ratings, median home values, monthly homeowner costs, median household incomes, and income change between 1999 and 2011.
And this group determined the top 10 cities were (in order):
Editor’s note — John Gifford, an assistant football coach at Wellington High School, recently announced (very quietly) he was going to retire at the end of the football season. The following prose is written by Garrett Wilson, a 2011 Wellington High School graduate.
Commentary by Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow — Every time I am able to come home, I always make it a point to see a few people. I stop by and see the grandparents. I make a trip to the high school to see some teachers and old coaches. Most of the time it is just a quick hello and I am on my way. One person I always make it a point to see when I am in Wellington is John Gifford.
Every time I come back we talk a little about football. He asks me what I know about this year’s team. Jokingly asks if I can suit up on Friday. But more often than not the conversation turns to life and what is coming in the next few years. He gives me advice and is always teaching.
I had the fortunate opportunity to play for Coach Giff for three seasons as a Wellington Crusader. In those three seasons he did more than just teach me how to block and tackle. He taught me about life and about what it takes to be a good person on and off the field.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Early Saturday morning, a white frost spread across Wellington bringing the advent of winter. Middle School volleyball teams were playing their big year-end league tournaments in Wellington today. There would be youth football at Worden Park, tennis in Topeka, and the usual Saturday morning activity of garage sales, honey-dos and sleepovers. Longtime assistant football coach John Gifford was featured in the bird paper (see story here).
And Wellington residents would wake up with knowledge that the Crusaders had won a huge football game, a 21-19 victory over Clearwater — a good start to the district season that determines who gets into the playoffs. It also guaranteed Wellington’s first winning season in football since 2010.
Life was good – or it least it was supposed to be.
But Wellington as a town went through one of its bloodiest weeks in its long history – and when I mean bloody I don’t mean actual physical violence. There was internal controversy, strife, and real anger not seen here in a long time. And it all started because one single ill-conceived tweet from a bone-headed decision at a haircut football party.
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is coming up next month. How would history been different had he not been shot on that fateful day in Dallas?
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Sept. 29…
1. College weekend…
Sorry for the lateness of this column. My wife and I just got home from TCU in Fort Worth after visiting our oldest son on parents weekend.
Despite dodging Texas drivers — the worst, most despicable group of low-lifers to ever get behind steering wheels — we had a great time. The Super Target Store was doing brisk business as groups of three: Mom, kid and Dad usually in that walking order behind a shopping cart — stocked up on the essentials of bottled water, laundry detergent and packaged junk food that will stay in a freshman’s dorm room by about the time parents get home from the big weekend.