Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Jan. 18, 2015 …
1. Election coming up…
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.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Star Casino just turned 3. It officially opened on Dec. 20, 2011 at Exit 33.
It arrived just six months after I started the Sumner Newscow website, so its state of existence will always stay with me.
Perhaps, a more defining date as far as we Sumner County residents are concerned, was when this county, Wellington specifically, became a player in the casino sweepstakes.
I define time in my life based on two things: sporting events and where I was employed.
I remember reading signs newly erected by Wellington developer Tom McAlister’s on the outskirts of Wellington’s city limits as I was driving to work at the Winfield Courier. Those signs were asking Bob Knight, the former Wichita Mayor who was looking to develop a casino in south-central Kansas to “take a gamble on Wellington.”
By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The movie “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Fracco was originally banned from major theater chains because of threats of terrorism and cyber attack by North Korea. Eventually it was released to art house theaters and can be seen via video streaming.
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2014…
1. The need for Christmas …
This past week was not a hopping one on the news front. We shopped, we wrapped, we met friends and relatives we haven’t seen in awhile, we talked, we reacquainted ourselves with loved ones in different towns and cities. But we didn’t do anything really newsworthy.
That’s great, because the week before was one of the most stunning news weeks in Wellington history that included the murder of a 10-year-old boy, and a personal tragedy of a well known young man.
This holiday season was bittersweet. Christmas is not only a time to remember the birth of Christ, but it is about our renewal of hope within ourselves. Tragedy struck so quickly and stunningly in the heart of the Christmas season this year in Wellington, that it made it difficult to do that.
But for me, the holiday couldn’t have come at a better time. It was much needed therapy.
To the editor:
Tracy, I read your story on the Crusaders Boys win over Kingman and you are so correct we have a team this year (see story here). I wish them the best and will be cheering for them all the way.
I also read your report on the Lady Crusaders. You made mention of the devastating season ending injury to Caitie Williams. Devastating is not even close to the words I would like to yell to the world right now! But in the words of Paul Harvey, “Here’s the rest of the story”!
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts, um… make that three thoughts, on this busy holiday weekend…
1. Damage control…
Much has been made with a lawsuit against the City of Wellington over the demolishing of property owned by a Burden couple on 806 South Cherry Street in April (see story here).
While I can’t say that the city of Wellington adhered to proper procedures in this particular case, I will say the demolishing of structures has always been a controversial, dicey proposition that no one at city hall particularly likes. The city is placed in a no-win situation. Do you leave property that is not only a neighborhood nuisance but a potential health hazard? Or do you risk the alienation of not only the property owners but those who have lived in Wellington and view the condemned property through rose-colored memories?
There’s a lot of gray manner to the whole ideal. Do you tear down this property, while leaving a similar property standing? How do you define condemned property anyway?
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Dec. 7, 2014 – i.e. Pearl Harbor Day…
1. Condoleeza Rice…
My idea of a rock concert? I would have loved to shake my booty last Thursday night to Condoleezza Rice at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at Century II in Wichita.
Rice is infinitely smarter than the Commander in Chief she worked for and should be the first woman U.S. President – although it is more likely to go to you-know-who.
Rice made an interesting point during her speech (see story here). She stated the biggest threat there is to national security is the disparity of K-12 education and she prescribed vouchers at least as a temporary solution. Rice also said she can still look at a ZIP code and tell which students will get a quality education and which won’t.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five lists of five thankful thanks for this Thanksgiving holiday season…
1. Five of the most important things for which I’m thankful …
1. My God — who without him/her nothing is possible.
2. My wife — who I can’t even begin to describe what she means to me and has done for my life.
3. My kids — all three unique individuals, who are outstanding people in their own right.
4. My friends – who keep me honest and laughing.
5. My dogs, every single canine I ever have had — because I love dogs.
2. Five Sumner Newscow things I’m thankful for …
6. My advertisers and readers – who keeps this website rolling.
7. Spellcheck on this computer – for obvious reasons.
Editor’s note: This editorial was written by the Lawrence Journal-World staff on Nov. 29. We are reprinting it because of its relevance here.
Kansas legislators once again are studying different options for moving local city and school board elections.
Their stated goal is to increase voter turnout for those elections. Turnout for local elections admittedly is deplorably low, but all of the proposals currently being considered would create more problems than they would solve.
City and school board elections currently are held in the spring. Primaries, if necessary, are held in March, and the general election in April. All of the proposals being considered would move those elections to November either in even-numbered years, when they would be combined with partisan state and national elections, or in odd-numbered years, when they would be held on their own.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014…
1. Downtown restaurants…
With the opening of Rocco’s Restaurant, in the former Lunchbox location, Monday, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. Downtown Wellington will have eight restaurants in the vicinity. Since moving here in 1992, I can’t remember Wellington having that many.
There is Rocco’s serving Italian, El Chili Verde serving Mexican, Fabiola’s serving Mexican, Barefoot Jerry’s serving American dishes; The Dore serving American dishes; Wishing Well serving homestyle food; Best of the Orient, serving Chinese; The Donut Shop serving great donuts; and Big Cheese Pizza serving pizza.
That’s quite a selection – all businesses owned by local people. It’s as if we have our own food court.
Ultimately, the onus is on you the customers to keep these businesses thriving. Downtown Wellington can only survive if it provides something unique that you can’t find elsewhere in town. But it is a two-way street. You, the customers, have to support these unique businesses.
The downtown has always been the lifeblood of the community – and that hasn’t changed.
If you’re hungry go get something to eat downtown. And while you are there kill two birds with one stone and get a little of your Christmas shopping out of the way.
And if you aren’t downtown, Penny’s Diner, Andy’s Restaurant, The Great Wall, Pig Shack, Good Taste Chinese, Mi Casita and the various fast-food restaurants are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.
2. Veteran’s Memorial…
Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Nov. 16, 2014…
1. Long lost e-mail…
This week when cleaning out e-mails for the first time in years, I stumbled across an e-mail written on January 25, 2013, by my CPA neighbor Lonnie Cooper. I ws hoping to do a story on the local reaction to the latest Sam Brownback tax cuts. The story, like many I plan, didn’t get written.
But reading this e-mail this week made me realize how valid the fears of two years ago has come to fruition.
I’ll share this January, 2013 e-mail now: