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Category Archives: Commentary/Polls

CultureCow: Party culture: killing kids on Euphoria and Coachella

Commentary by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. There aren’t many times America tunes in at the same time to watch TV anymore.

Everyone over the age of 50 will tell you about the time the whole country turned on the tube to see who shot JR on Dallas. Those born in the ’90s will talk the same way about the Sopranos finale. My generation had the final season of Breaking Bad and the failed promise of the last season of Game of Thrones.

But, with the advent of streaming, we all tend to watch shows at our own pace these days, for better or worse.

Sunday’s premiere of Euphoria season two hopes to reverse that trend. 2.4 million people tuned in last Sunday, marking the single-day streaming record for HBO Max and even more caught up in the days following.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Are you on a diet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is January. So are you on a diet?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: What is your opinion of the U.S. capitol attack 1 year later?

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been almost one year since the attack on the U.S. capitol. Who was to blame?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Would you rather work four or five days a week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you be in favor of a 4-day work week with longer hours during the workday?

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The annual irreverent, irrelevant Christmas poll: What’s the deal with Rudolph?

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — This is our annual irreverent, irrelevant Christmas poll. We psychoanalyzed Santa Claus here.

This year we are taking on Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer…

What bothers you the most about the whole Rudolph the Reindeer situation?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Has COVID-19 affected your Christmas plans?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have your Christmas plans been altered by COVID-19 concerns in any way?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: So who is your favorite Beatle?

With the Disney-Plus special ‘Get Back’ running these days we have to ask…

So who is your favorite Beatle?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Are you worried about the omicron variant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you worried about the omicron variant of COVID-19?

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Sunday blog: Sumner County either grows or it doesn’t

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County, you can’t have it both ways. 

You can either:

1) expand your tax base and share expenses with more people, or,

2) shrink your tax base and share expenses with fewer people. 

If option two is your choice, then be prepared to pay more taxes to meet expenses or cut public services, which means crappier roads, fewer amenities, etc. 

The issue came to a head Tuesday morning when the Sumner County Commissioners denied the zoning change that would have allowed a Wichita real estate agent to start a wedding venue at 80th and Seneca (see story here). 

I’m not going to address the question of whether such a wedding venue should be allowed in that location. Quite frankly, it is none of my business. I don’t live in the area. The only reason I would be out there is to take pictures of an automobile accident or the neighbors inviting me for tea and crumpets. 

CultureCow: Adele’s new album is incredible, but misses out on Spotify Wrapped

by Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Happy Friday. It’s finally December. That means the weather is turning frigid — albeit less so in recent years, the sun is leaving earlier, and that awful Mariah Carey song is approaching faster than ever.

That all boils down to one thing: people are going to be sad.

And that condition is only going to get worse now that Adele dropped her latest jazz-pop classic, 30. Adele said herself that she makes music for “30 – 40-year-olds who are doing therapy” and 30 fits that description to a T.

30, like its predecessors 25, 21, and 19, is a treatise on heartbreak designed to transfer her pure sadness into the listener with marvelous efficiency. This time around, the album is designed with one particular listener in mind: her son.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Are gun sales too strict, not strict enough, or is everything great

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you feel laws covering sale of firearms should be more strict, less strict, or kept the same

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you like the Thanksgiving main course or the leftovers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is better? The actual Thanksgiving meal or the leftovers?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you think the abortion law Roe v Wade should be upheld or overturned?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you think the Supreme Court Court should uphold Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, or overturn it?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: How much do you use on-demand streaming services?

Sumner Newscow report — This will mark the fourth time we have asked this question. We have done so every two years. Our mission is to see if viewing habits of Sumner Newscow readers since 2015, 2017, and 2019.

 

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 2019. Click here.

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 2021 election in Sumner County was boring, but still fascinating

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — My favorite column of the year- the post-election analysis Sumner County style… 

Here are some takeaways: 

Boooring…. 

There were no intense battles or divisive issues driving people to the election booth this year. 

And boy did you stay home because of it. Only 16.3 percent of registered voters cast a vote in the local municipal/school board election this year. Sumner County has a population of 22,836 people according to the latest census. With 2,397 registered voters casting votes Tuesday, that equates to 9.52 percent of the population who actually voted.  

Pathetic.  

In 2019, voter turnout was much higher at 21.59 percent. That was fueled partially by the hot issue of the time: the computer-based Summit curriculum at Wellington USD 353. Two longtime board members lost their seats because of it and a third probably would have, had she decided to run.  

Special Sumner Newscow poll: So are you a KU or Kansas State fan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

With it being Sunflower Showdown weekend, which is your favorite team?

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The construction of Sumner County Hospital has begun

Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 held a ceremony for a new facility to be built east of Caldwell. (Click to enlarge)

Sumner Newscow report — It was a huge day for the Sumner County Hospital District No. 1 and local healthcare in particular with the ground-breaking of the new Caldwell hospital scheduled for completion in 2023.

The new hospital will be located east of Caldwell on Green Street.

Today, the SCHD board of directors and the facility committee celebrated the start of the construction with a ceremony and groundbreaking.

Those who turned the soil included (from left in the picture above): Marshall Love, Marla Nispel, Dean Bruey, Mary Overall (secretary), Brook Bollman (CEO), Duane Nulik (chairman), Roxanne Hutsler (vice-chair), Pam Lungren, Joel Hudson and Clifton Risley.

We will have more details about the construction of the new hospital and how it got to this point in the future.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Did you vote in Tuesday’s election?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you vote in the municipal and school board election on Tuesday?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Are you worried about a Civil War?

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much do you agree with the following statement: "I'm concerned the U.S. is on the verge of another Civil War."

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The history of organized religion question

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout history, has organized religion helped or hindered society as a whole?

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