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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Sam Brownback being booed question

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Governor Brownback got booed at the KU-Wichita State game. What is your reaction?

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Cue’s blog: This win meant a lot more for WSU than it did the Jayhawks

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Forgive the lateness of the column. I’ve been a bit of a mess leading up to the Wichita State vs. Kansas game today.

Shocker victorySome people may ask why – especially you non-sports fan types. After all, it is only a game.

But for me, as well as thousands of other fans in the area, it seemed more than that.

Today was about redemption, or revenge, or putting big brother in his place. But most of all, it was about not letting opportunity escape.

And WSU won this third round NCAA matchup emphatically 78-65. WSU plays Notre Dame on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in the Sweet 16.

I don’t hate KU.

Special Sumner Newscow poll: Who are you cheering for?

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The Kansas vs. Wichita State basketball game is now set. Who are you cheering for?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The name change at Wichita Airport

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Do you like the name change of the Wichita airport to Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport?

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Sunday blog: Talking S.B. 7, court appointments, state tournament, U.S. flag photo…

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, March 15, 2015…

1. Nixing the school formula…

Barney Fife is keeping Kansas safe from the evils of taxes and public education.

Barney Fife is keeping Kansas safe from the evils of taxes and public education.

If you were to make a movie about the 2015 Kansas Legislative session, would it be a murder mystery in which detectives try to determine who killed the Kansas state budget… or a situation comedy – featuring wacky Barney Fife legislators trying to figure how to refinance the state while also moving elections, prosecuting teachers, and declaring Fantasy Football an official sport?

Friday, the Kansas House attempted to fix the budget gap, by passing bill S.B. 7 – which dismantles a 23-year-old finance formula for Kansas schools. It’s being called the most important bill in 20 years. Of course the legislators have only spent a week prepping and passing it.

The “block grant” bill, if made into law, freezes the current funding to schools for two years while freeing up how schools can budget. The “weighted” formula for which schools get paid extra for educating “at risk” students would no longer be used.   

Sunday Blog: Where’s – the – Beef? PLEASE!!!!

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Some of you old timers – who have reached the age of 45 or older – may have remembered a 1980s Wendy’s Hamburger commercial.

It featured three old ladies looking at this puny hamburger – presumably from McDonald’s or Burger King. One of the old lady kept asking “Where’s the Beef?”

It’s one of those ad slogans that sticks with us for an eternity. It’s been more than 30 years since that commercial first ran, but I still remember it as if it was yesterday. It is so relevant on so many levels.

This whole Wellington Wheat Capital Manor – Wellington Housing Authority board controversy has me asking that very question. “Where’s the Beef?”

I’m not sure I have ever written a story, covered a controversy – where answers are so elusive. Usually, I can pinpoint exactly what is wrong – who are the players, what are the agendas.

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

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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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