Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board had an interesting discussion the other night.
Wellington school board member Larry Mangan at the Oct. 9 meeting posed a legitimate question to the other elected members in the room: Does the Sellers Park football stadium fit the standards of the American Disabilities Act?
That set off a debate amongst the members, and the answer to the question was never reached. About a decade ago, the school district installed bleachers on the visitor’s side which were indeed ADA compliant for wheelchair citizens. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said by the letter of the law he was told that would make the stadium ADA compliant.
However, he said if the stadium was to be completely rebuilt it would not meet ADA standards. The home stands are not compliant, nor were the restrooms or the paths leading to the stands.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — My apologies to all those who breathlessly wait for my Sunday blog all weekend. It was THAT kind of weekend.
Columbus Day always nails me. I always have checks to deposit at the bank and mail to be picked up. But there is never any forewarning and I forget every – single – year.
What I can’t understand is why do we celebrate a holiday for someone who got lost?
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Oct. 5, 2014…
1. Homecoming tweaks
The Wellington High School Homecoming and Fall Festival was a good one this year. But like always when you have a community event such as this, there are a few tweaks I would make for 2015. Here are five things I would change for next year:
1) I would not schedule Andale during homecoming. There are reasons why some football teams are “homecoming opponents” and others are not. It’s always a lot more fun to showcase your football team to alumni by beating up on an inferior opponent.
2) The bonfire after the parade was a great idea, but not the way it was presented.
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.