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To the editor:
Recently I took in a dog that had been turned in at the Cowley Country Animal Shelter.
The dog was in horrendous condition. He was filthy, matted and once clipped. He was skin and bones. The forms the owners filled out at the shelter stated that they were from Oxford.
Of course no name was put down. The dog died tonight after a week and a half with me. During that time he was warm, well fed, watered, clean, and had a soft cushy bed available at all times. I have attached an editorial that I would like you to print. Even if we don’t find out who his original owners were, maybe it will convince other dog owners not to wait so long to give the dog up so that others may care for them they way they should be.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The popular trend among sports talk blabbers these days is to create what is called Mount Rushmore sports lists. The theory is if you owned this rock and were to chisel a monument much like the four U.S. Presidents in South Dakota, who would be on your “mountain” for a specific sport?
For example, the other day, Miami Heat’ Lebron James stated he wanted to be on the Mount Rushmore of NBA Players. He, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Celtic great Bill Russell objected and thought he should be on it.
I love debates like this. And it got me thinking about various Mount Rushmore lists on the local sports level.
Since I haven’t been shot at lately, I decided to compile a Mount Rushmores of Sumner County Sports.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — H.B. No. 2453…
Kansas is in the national spotlight again for all the wrong reasons with a bill called H.B. No. 2453 that proposes allowing public and private employees the right to refuse service based on religious views of marriage.
Translation: We don’t want to serve homosexuals.
The bill passed the House, and now goes to the Senate. If it is passed there then all eyes will be on Governor Sam Brownback to sign it into law.
However, there is some good news. The bill appears on its way to dying thanks to one courageous legislator, who happens to be a Republican.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Forget the Super Bowl (and yours truly is most certainly trying), let’s talk about the Super Bowl Commercials.
We are running a special Monday version of Sumner Newscow weekly poll by having you the reader pick your favorite commercial.
The following are the top five most popular Super Bowl commercials according to the 2014 USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter (see survey here).
Click on the commercial videos below the survey to pick your favorite. Sorry, we are only picking five for this poll. There were 60 commercials throughout the telecast.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Feb. 2, 2014…
1. State assessments…
First of all, congratulations to the Wellington Christian Academy, Conway Springs High School, Argonia Elementary and Conway Springs St. Joselph Elementary for winning the Governor’s Achievement Award for high achievement given only to a select group of schools that rate in the top 5 percent for reading, math and another subject.
Unfortunately, when posting the story it immediately turned into an anti-Wellington public school discussion (see latest scores here).
The whole state assessment story bores me and is as stale as the moldy bread on my kitchen counter. The state assessment scores get released, we do a story, the readers express outrage, the USD 353 administrators and teachers promise to do better, the school board wrings their hands and go into executive session, and the next year the whole process starts over.
Why are we unable to solve this issue?
Wellington Fire/EMS incident report Jan. 23-26, 2014:
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Fifteen years ago, the conditions of two Wellington Victorian-type houses were similar – extremely poor.
One house was located at 224 South F. The other was at 721 West Harvey. Both were dilapidated and decaying and both had captured the attention of the Wellington City Councils for possible condemnation.
Today, the house on F Street has seen its demise, flattened this week with an excavator.
The other house at Harvey is one of beauty now on the National Register of Historic Places – thanks to the vision of one man: Karl Braddick.
Braddick and his late wife Jana moved to Wellington in 2002. Jana, who grew up in Arkansas City, was gravely ill and wanted to spend her last days on this earth near her parents, who were living in South Haven. They both decided to move to Wellington.
Karl likes to restore things – most certainly houses. And he saw two houses that could be restored.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for January 19, 2014…
1. A constitutional crisis in Kansas?…
A Sumner Newscow reader sent me this link of an editorial piece in the New York Times: “What’s the Matter with Kansas Schools?” See article here.
The article outlines the Republican-led Legislature’s cuts in school spending that now sits before the state Supreme Court. “The outcome of that decision could resonate nationwide. Forty-five states have had lawsuits challenging the failure of governors and legislators to provide essential resources for a constitutional education.”
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — So Colorado passed itself a marijuana law.
When I was growing up in my native state, Colorado was pretty much a Republican state. My dad, who was born in Garden City, was fond of saying if you shook out all the Jayhawkers living in Colorado there wouldn’t be anybody left.
That has obviously changed. Colorado has had a population explosion as “enlightened” people from other places moved in because they liked the mountains in their purple haze majesty.
Now new marijuana shops are popping up across the state’s divide producing long lines of customers and great profits. Everybody wants to inhale the moment.
Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Five Quinn’s thoughts for January 5, 2014. If you have five thoughts, send them our way and we’ll have them published – provided they aren’t character assassinations….
1. I was thinking there’s not really a way to describe cold or hot it’s kind of a base to describe other things.
2. Sorry I didn’t Post 25 thoughts the Quinn-mas but, I got really cool have for Christmas. So yay!
3. I really like hot cocoa but I like it with milk because water is just too hot for me. But vote and post in the comments below if you like milk or water in your hot cocoa and if you don’t like hot cocoa. What’s your favorite drink then?