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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: the ‘what to do with current healthcare law’ question

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What would you like to see President-elect Trump and Congress do when it comes to the health care law?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Christmas shopping question

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How much of your Christmas shopping have you done?

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Sunday blog: Trump’s Kansas politician gaze; Wellington City’s problematic policy with utility bill distribution

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas may be deemed a wasteland by the east and west coast elitists. But few can argue, when it comes to politics and building the new Trump cabinet, Kansas has been the center of attention.

It seems like every Kansas Republican except Bob Dole has been mentioned as a top prospect for a Trump cabinet post.

Our own fourth district U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo has just been named CIA Director.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran was considered the leading candidate for the Secretary of Agriculture post as was outgoing U.S. Congressman Tim Huelskamp.

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Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, was up for the U.S. Attorney General’s job.

Why is this? It is apparent Trump, or make that Mike Pence, administration will have a hard conservative slant – and Kansas has a plethora of political leaders, who hold that agenda.

Pompeo has been a good representative for the fourth district. Yes, he is very conservative, but he has been sympathetic to populist causes as was the case with Boeing departure from Wichita, a few years back.

Will he make a good CIA Director? I haven’t a clue. But even the left-leaning NBC News website said this:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Trump Presidency ending question

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How do you think the Trump Presidency ends?

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Sunday blog: Trump is our President – and all we should do now is chill

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Donald Trump is our President.

I am trying to pinpoint exactly how I feel about this fact this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

I’ve experienced a myriad of emotions since Tuesday night. On election night I was giddy because I love upsets, chaos and watching people squirm like what those media types were doing on my television set.

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Wednesday, I had that “did that really happen?” feeling. Thursday, I was about to come to terms with the whole Trump Presidency thing when I glanced over to my TV while walking by and saw him sitting there with President Obama.

I had to sit down for a second. This was reality. America just elected Trump.

So back to my original point. How do I feel at this specific time?

Well, let’s say hypothetically I have this daughter who is about to marry this guy I can’t really trust. There really isn’t anything I, the dad, could do but make things worse.

So I just pray for the best, and hope everything will come out just fine.

To me, Trump is that son-in-law I don’t want but now have.

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While the election was astonishing, everything since then has been so predictable. I would have been surprised if some of those idiots in the inner cities didn’t protest. I was amused by this one girl writing on her forehead, “Not my President.” Well, honey. Yes he is. He got the most votes – so he won the Presidency. Therefore, Trump is your President. 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The anti-Hillary Clinton vote question

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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Only 22 percent of the Sumner County electorate voted for Hillary Clinton, the Democrat nominee. That is an astronomically low number for a major party candidate, regardless if she is Democrat or Republican.

While there is probably a myriad of reason why people voted against Hillary, we are asking Sumner County readers the No. 1 reason why they voted against Clinton with the list of selections below.

What was the No. 1 reason why you voted against Hillary Clinton?

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Letter to the editor: Why Economic Growth matters to Wellington and all of Sumner County

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The following is a letter written by Annarose White, executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce:

To the editorSumner County is at a pivotal point. This is our time to make a difference in our communities and schools – long term plans and decisions to invest in our infrastructure for business and that means a yes vote for Question #2 – voting for the half cent sales tax to build the Sumner County Campus of Cowley College. This brings greater investment in our community and significant growth to our bottom line.

As the executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, I can vouch the organization is focused on moving Wellington Forward as well as Sumner County. We are proud to be an area chamber and to be involved the Sumner County Campus of Cowley College in Wellington. The chamber is committed to growing the population and increasing the quality of life, and providing opportunities for business in our community.

So let’s not waste time.

“We need to continue to build a community where our kids and students are proud to stay when they have a choice of moving away,” said Cody White, Superintendent of the Wellington Recreation Commission and Chamber Board President 2015.

The Sumner County Campus brings tremendous opportunity for our young adults to carve out a career that fits their needs, talents and timeline with an opening date of Fall 2018 for students. 

Letter to the editor: Why I am voting no on Cowley College in Sumner County proposal`

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The following is a letter to the editor written by Dena Martens of Wellington. 

To the editor: Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Cowley County Community College. In fact, our daughter in currently enrolled at CCCC.  There is a wonderful program that CCCC offers to the Wellington High School to all of the high schools in Sumner County.  It is called Fast Track. FastTrack at Cowley College is a dual enrollment program that provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to start earning college credit prior to graduating from high school.   (www.cowley.edu/dual

We were excited about this program and attended a parents meeting regarding this.  They covered all our questions. We were very impressed.  Sadly, there was only a handful of parents present.  We paid the $598 tuition. Those credits will transfer with her to K-State! What an excellent opportunity.

Now, hear are my problems: 

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Cubs winning the World Series question

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The Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, how do you feel?

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Letter to the editor: On Nov. 8 we have a choice for State Representative in 116th District

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The following is a letter to the editor by Vince Wetta of Wellington:

To the editor: Nov. 8th we have a choice for State Representative in the 116th District. We have an incumbent from Coldwater, 125 miles west, in Comanche County who voted with and supported all the failed policies of Sam Brownback.  

On the other hand we have a candidate who will vote to save our schools and hospitals with common sense policies. 

Jolene Roitman lives in Wellington and was born and raised in Sumner County. She will represent us in Kansas, not follow Brownback’s instructions. Do not believe ads that mix state with federal issues that are meant to confuse people.

Sunday blog: There will be a blank spot on my ballot

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The last thing this world needs is one more opinion piece about the 2016 Presidential Election. For that I apologize.

I vowed to myself I was not going to comment about this election until it was over. I almost made it. I was content to just let things go, and wake up on Nov. 9 knowing that the election is over and we will soon have a new President. Then I could get on with my life, hoping I’ll never have to live through another election like this.

But then two things happened. Wednesday morning, as I was getting my cup of coffee, taking my ADHD medicine and trying to determine whether to supply Sumner County news in my skivvies or actually getting dressed, Frank Luntz was on CBS This Morning making some sense (see video here).

Luntz is this short stumpy man you see on Fox News after a debate interviewing undecided voters. I like Luntz. He is one of the few newscasters out there who seems not to be a political hack.

The CBS reporters were asking him why there is so much divisiveness. He said one of the issues is no one wants to talk about the real issues. He stated:

Letter to the editor: Time to bring the hard right home

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The following is a letter written by Dr. Larry Anderson of Wellington:

To the editor: The Wellington office of the Farm Bureau of Kansas held a delegate forum at the Donut Shop early this year, where we heard Sen Dr. Abrams, Rep Kasha Kelly, and Rep Kyle Hoffman describe the challenges they face in performing the duties of their offices, the reasons why they felt that Gov Brownback’s ideas for Kansas were the right ideas, and why they continued to oppose Medicaid Expansion.

The Kansas Legislative bodies were still in session and I sent the three of them the same letter thanking them for the time they spent with us in Wellington, but sharing with them that if they did not approve Medicaid Expansion that session, I would join a growing movement to get them defeated.   I have supported Dr. Abrams from his days on the Kansas State School Board, would count him as a friend, and was not surprised when he returned my last winter’s contribution to his campaign as he stepped down and identified Mr. Alley as his replacement.

A supporter of Mr. Alley called me and I advised her that I was planning to vote for Don Shimkus for that senate seat, but that if Mr. Alley would call me and tell me that  as  a  Republican,  he would fight to undo the damage that Gov. Brownback has caused, then I might reconsider and vote for Mr. Alley.   Mr. Alley has not called me back!!   Our votes allowed Anita Judd-Jenkins to defeat Kasha Kelly in the Republican primary.    TWO  down,  ONE to go!!

Letter to editor: Vote for change in Topeka

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The following letter to the editor was written by Mary Cole of Wichita.

To the editor: Rep. Kyle Hoffman (Incumbent, KS House District 116) has been bad for you and for Kansas.

Kyle voted for Gov. Brownback’s 2012 Tax Cuts for 330,000 business owners, who now pay no state income tax. Huffman voted for the biggest tax increase in Kansas history in 2015) [sales tax increased, mortgage interest and property tax deductions reduced to 50 percent, all medical expenses deductions eliminatedKyle voted for the (Unconstitutional) School Block Grants (2015). 

Kyle voted “yes” for an unbalanced budget, which left Gov. Brownback to cut over $100 million to balance the budget (2016).  In 2014, Kyle attended an ALEC Policy summit at taxpayer expense.

Letter to editor: Voters should cast their votes for Jolene Roitman and Don Shimkus

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The following letter is written by Terry Deschaine of Wellington: 

To the editor: I would like to urge voters to vote for Don Shimkus, candidate for Kansas Senate District 32 and Jolene Roitman, candidate for District 116 in the Kansas House of Representatives, in the upcoming November election. Our current senator, Steve Abrams, has chosen not to run for re-election.  Since Governor Brownback’s initial election as Kansas governor, Sen. Abrams has been one of his staunchest supporters in Topeka.  He has supported Gov. Brownback’s ideological agenda, including our budgetary mess caused primarily by the exemption given to business owners from paying Kansas income taxes, massive transfers of dollars from the Kansas Department of Transportation and other departments in his attempts to try and balance the budget, inadequately funding our schools and refusal to even consider KanCare (Medicaid) expansion.  

Sen. Abrams handpicked the candidate currently running on the Republican ticket to replace him, Larry Alley.  It appears that Mr. Alley’s views and agenda would be very similar to Sen. Abrams’.  Since Gov. Brownback’s approval rating is currently 50th out of 50 governors in our country, I believe it is time to replace those legislators that continue to fall in line with, and support our governor’s failed policies.

Jolene Roitman is running against incumbent Kyle Hoffman.  Mr. Hoffman’s record in Topeka shows that he has voted in support of Gov. Brownback’s agenda on 97% of his votes cast since Brownback was elected governor.  This demonstrates a complete loss of touch with the wishes of the constituents he was elected to represent.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The World Series question

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Who are you cheering for in the World Series?

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The official unofficial Sumner Newscow Straw Poll vote

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Who will you vote for as President of the United States?

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Who will you vote for Kansas State Senator District 32? (Countywide vote)

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Who will you vote for Kansas State Representative District 80 (vote only if you are in district)

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Who will you vote for Kansas State Rep. District 116?

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How will you vote on the Cowley County Campus proposal in Sumner County requiring a 1/2 cent sales tax for 10 years?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The confidence level of the election question

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How confident are you that your vote will be accurately counted in the upcoming election?

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How confident are you that votes across the country will be accurately counted in the upcoming election?

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Sunday editorial: The cumulation of debt and Sumner County college students

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps, one of the most important aspects concerning a proposal to bring a community college campus to Wellington few are talking about is the financial debt now being incurred by today’s college graduates – including those in Sumner County.

Being a parent of two students currently in four-year universities, it is shocking how expensive college is. The overburdening financial strain parents and students alike are now facing to obtain a college education is astronomical. Few will argue that this college-age generation seeking a better way of life are already behind the economic eight-ball when they receive a college diploma.

Yet in the ultimate Catch-22 situation, not earning a four-year college diploma, will leave an individual at a significant disadvantage in future career endeavors.

Some people are arguing that a half-cent sales tax will add to Wellington and Sumner County’s already burgeoning tax load. I would argue this is a financial opportunity the community can not afford to pass up for their own personal economic good. Bringing a community college to town will be a tremendous savings for anyone looking to obtain a four-year and/or post graduate degree.

I stumbled across a Consumer Report article, “Student debt – lives on hold” which outlines the plight of millions of Americans, who went to college seeking a better future but were now facing crushing debt from student loans. All the while a financial industry has been making record profits off these loans.

Sunday blog: My annual hand-wringing column on the high school football team

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Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I’m a little late this year with the annual “hand wringing about the high school football team” column. Usually, I am cranking out my angst column by week 2 or 3. It’s week 5 this year. I’m slow on the switch.

Perhaps, it’s my age and I don’t care like I used to. For example, Saturday K-State blew a 16-3 lead against West Virginia and I was like over it 10 minutes later. In years’ past, it would have taken me the whole weekend.

It also might be because I’m suffering with a “been there, done that” mentality. This marks the seventh consecutive year the Crusader nation is suffering from “we aren’t as good as we used to” angst. After all, 2009 was the last year, Wellington was both winning games and making playoffs.

Maybe it is becoming repetitive. I’ve been spending time holding down the comment section with the same kind of comments that were being said last year and the year before. The readership is restless. I did let one slip through from a gentleman that was rather comical. He somehow related the plight of the high school football team to higher utility rates. I love it. We should wrap up all our social media rants in one big colossal “Wellington stinks” paragraph.

I can do one better. I think the Wellington City Council is to blame for the plight of the football team because the Etter-Hansel controversy caused the high school players so much stress that they couldn’t perform to their capabilities (that was sarcasm by the way).

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Presidential Debate question

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So who won the Presidential debate Monday?

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