Category Archives: Commentary/Polls

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The worst President in U.S. History question

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Last week we asked who was the greatest President in U.S. history (see poll here). This week we are going to ask who is the worst President in U.S. History. We are using the same presidents except we are substituting Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon for George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt.


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Sunday Blog: The case that participation trophies aren’t the reason our kids are soft

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A few weeks ago, I came up with a new way to package my more light-hearted opinions. I’m calling it: “Dumb Facebook things,” because, quite frankly, there are an infinite of wrong, misguided, miserably stupid opinions on social media. Let’s begin…

Ah, the participation trophy controversy. If only we didn’t hand out so many of these trophies after games our kids would be tough-minded, logical thinking, God-fearing, hard-working individuals who would bring this country to world dominance and unlimited prosperity… just like their parents and grandparents have done.

As this article points out, giving away the participation trophy has made our kids “soft” and “entitled.”

I find this argument stupid, for so many reasons.

First of all, who are getting these participation trophies? I’ve covered sports for about 30 years now. I’ve raised three children, who have participated in thousands of sporting/dance events, and I can’t begin to tell you how many high school games I have witnessed. I don’t remember ever once seeing a “participation trophy” being handed out – definitely a medal and a ribbon, but not a trophy. Maybe it is a California thing, but here in Kansas, I simply don’t see it.

Part of the reason is most sporting leagues and/or tournament organizers are poor. If they have any money at all, they are throwing it into upgrading their equipment or uniforms, not stupid trophies that don’t mean anything.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The greatest President in U.S. History question







Who is the greatest President in U.S. history?

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Sunday blog: Your handy dandy guide to arguing for climate change

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newcow — In the last few weeks, we’ve seen the largest youth-led demonstration of all time to strike against climate change and in the next few weeks, we’re predicted to suffer through the hottest October on record. 

We are experiencing a slow-moving extinction-level event that gathers speed every year, and while people all over the world are dedicating their lives to this cause, the deadline to turn the ship around is ever creeping closer.  Whether you call it “global warming,” “climate change,” or anything else, this is an emergency on a global scale, which everyone seems to recognize outside of the most powerful country in the world (and the second-highest contributor to the problem): the United States of America.

Due to decades of lobbying, political messaging, and general disrespect for settled science, the most developed country on Earth can’t seem to do anything meaningful to address this disaster.  I can’t even blame it on all Republicans because, as I’ll get to in a minute, the vast majority of them believe in and want to do something about, climate change, but they’re being overlooked by their own representatives. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The 2-years and 4-years later on demand streaming question

Sumner Newscow report — This marks the third time we have asked this question and wondered if things have changed as far as the viewing habits of Sumner Newscow reader since 2017 and 2015.



How much on-demand streaming from places like Netflix and Hulu do you view these days?

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Here were the results of the same poll in 2017. Click here.

Here were the results of the same poll in 2015. Click here

Sunday blog: The corporatization of the community is Wellington’s biggest problem

The vacant building that once housed KLEY-KWME for more than 50 years is a sad reminder how powerless a community can be.

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — People on social media are fond of pointing out that Wellington “isn’t the town it used to be” because of our high taxes, our high utility rates, our lack of leadership, our schools, blah, blah, blah, yada, blah.

The reason why Wellington is not the thriving burg it once was is because:

a) Our farmers/ranchers don’t make the kind of living like they once did;

b) The digitalization of retail such as companies like Amazon has made it too difficult for brick-and-mortar mom and pops to compete.

c) The urbanization of America is ubiquitous (credit that to Dr. Larry Pacey who wrote that on Facebook a few months back).

And, most importantly, d) The corporatization of the community.

Nothing illustrates this more than last week, when Wellington had its local radio stations, founded by the great Ed Hundley in the 1960s, shut down due to corporate incompetence.

Letter to the editor: It is time to eliminate Summit from the Wellington school district

Open Letter to the USD 353 School Board Members

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My daughter, who is 15 and in ninth grade this year, has always loved school.  She has declined to miss a day of school when given the opportunity. She has never complained or given us trouble about anything school-related.

So it has been surprising and unsettling for us as parents to see her, less than two months into the new school year, dreading each school day, appearing haggard after a day of school, and crying over her homework at night.  I want to make my concerns public, as what affects my daughter affects the other children in this district as well. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The impeachment question







Do you believe President Trump should be impeached?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The UFO question







In your opinion, does the U.S. government know more about UFOs than it is telling us?

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Sunday blog: Climate change or climate fraud?

Commentary by John Munro, Sumner NewscowIt seems that Dr. Michael Mann’s “hockey stick theory on climate change” has hit a rather unpleasant truism.  It’s obviously false, and has been from the get-go. Let me explain:

John Munro

In 2008 Dr. Mann presented his “hockey stick graph” showing a flat, stable temperature range extending back over 500 years, then showing a sharp rise in global temperatures beginning around the first of the 19th century, or the start of the industrial age, when we began to use more and more coal and oil for manufacturing, and producing more carbon dioxide, among other chemicals released into the air. 

However, Mann failed to note the temperature rise that continued into the 16th century and the “little ice age” that occurred for some 150 years beginning in the early 17th century until the late 19th century.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The ‘how safe do you feel 18 years later’ question

It has been 18 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attack, how safe do you feel?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 question







It's football season. How will the Chiefs do this year?

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CultureCow: Swifties Unite! Taylor is back with her new album and she’s in love

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. Welcome to week 2 of Taylor Swift’s newest album Lover and judging how much the hype has died down, I think it’s safe to say this album doesn’t carry the same weight her previous work has.  Back in 2017, when Taylor went into her dark(?) phase and came out with Reputation, it was all anyone could talk about for weeks.  This time around, however, it seems everyone is content to let Lover go the way of the Fearless album.

You may also remember how I went a little off the rails on Reputation by doing a deep dive into each and every song, and while I haven’t learned from that mistake this time, I promise at least a little more brevity, so let’s get started:

I Forgot That You Existed

Great way to start off the album.  It’s fun, it has some really catchy lyrics, and it sounds like vintage Swift.  One of my biggest takeaways from this album is that after Reputation, Taylor was at a crossroads of changing as an artist and aging with her fanbase or playing back to the younger Billie Eilish generation she left behind; she clearly chose the latter.  While that’s a good career move for her and we’ll still be able to enjoy her music, I was in the camp really looking forward to the next chapter of her style.

Cruel Summer

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Jeffrey Epstein question







What was the likely death of disgraced financier and convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein?

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Sunday blog: The reasons we got fat

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I saw this photo on Facebook the other day with the tagline, “A beach in the 70s. Not one fat body.”

I had to laugh. The night before I was staring at a picture of my mom and dad in their 20s, taken I believe in 1962. I hadn’t arrived yet to implement my version of hell and heartbreak. My parents were young, beautiful and skinny. Dad couldn’t have weighed more than 150 or 160 pounds.

I thought about that. Why was he so skinny? My dad has rarely dieted and I guarantee you he wasn’t counting calories at age 24. He didn’t stay skinny. As I grew, so did his stomach – the same type of stomach I am now lugging around today.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

It isn’t hard to figure out why we are fat. We eat too much. We don’t exercise enough. We eat out all the time.

After looking at that photo, I decided to snap one of my own. While driving to the Wellington High School football scrimmage yesterday morning, I decided to first take a picture of the McDonald’s Drive-Thru at 10 a.m. — not normally a high-traffic eating hour. Five cars were waiting in line. The parking lot was full. The rush hour noon crowd was still an hour away.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The products you have used over the past month question







Which of these products below have you used at least once over the past month (unlimited voting)

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Sunday blog: Empty pools in August don’t make much sense, but neither does starting football and school

Today, temperatures hover near the 90s. But it was a lonely place at the Wellington Aquatic Center.

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I was driving by the Wellington Aquatic Center the other day, and I looked out at the empty concrete pool – the water drained, the annual Doggie Dive now history.

I then glanced over at my car’s thermometer, that somehow tests the outside temperature. It was registered at 100 degrees.

At that point, I came to an epiphany:

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

We, humans, don’t do the weather very well.

Here we have this gorgeous pool. We have all these children with nothing to do and we have these triple-digit temperatures. And we can’t figure how to mesh it all together.

Tomorrow, high school football players will strap on helmets and run sprints in the heat. Simultaneously, down the street, girls will be chasing tennis balls. Then there are those pain-loving cross country runners – who run lots of miles in this heat up over hills and across landscapes.

Yet, the pool sits empty. It’s almost like I’m living within this Saturday Night Live episode I can’t seem to escape.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The social media addiction question







Are you addicted to social media?

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Sunday blog: How do we prevent mass shootings? We don’t

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I don’t think there is anything we can do about these mass shootings.

Tracy “Cueball” McCue

I hate to sound fatalistic, but these mass shootings are random. There are no patterns. They are rarely the same weapons. They involve people with different personalities. The motives are always different.

The two mass shootings Saturday before last involved two people on opposite sides of the political spectrum. The killer in El Paso was a right-wing nut job wishing to mow down Mexicans. The killer in Dayton was a left-winger, who had some perversion issues.

People who make mass shootings a political issue are misguided. This is about anger. This is about hatred. This is about isolation and hopelessness. And it permeates America.

Hate is more than mass killings. I’m covering a murder trial this week here in Wellington. That too is a crime of hatred. How do you prevent hatred? Not sure you can.

But I do believe there are little things out there that could “help” prevent mass shootings of the future. It’s simple:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The why do these mass shootings keep happening question







Why do you think we continue to have so many mass shootings in this country? (Vote for 2)

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