Category Archives: Commentary/Polls

Sumner Newscow poll: Do you think Wellington/Sumner County is a good place to raise a child?







Do you feel like Wellington/Sumner County is a good place to raise a child?

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Sunday Blog: Our obsession of Caitlin Clark may cloud the fact she isn’t ready for the Olympics

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I have been trying to pinpoint what it is about Indiana Fever and former Iowa Hawkeye Caitlin Clark — the most famous women’s basketball player in the world — has so many people worked up about everything that happens to her. I came up with a great analogy.

Clark is the little girl basketball player, and her devoted fan base is overbearing sports parents.

I know a little about overbearing sports parents. They have been part of my life for more than 30 years. They are well-meaning people who only want the best for their children. But sometimes, that comes at a sacrifice to everyone else around them: the coaches, the refs, the other teammates, the sports reporter, the school, the dog, the cat, and those who innocently have to work with these parents who have absolutely nothing to do with the sport the darling is playing for.

There seems to be an ownership with her that I haven’t seen with any other athlete. Some feel:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you believe the verdict was justified?







Do you believe the guilty verdict in falsifying business records case against Trump was correct?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: How long can you go without a cell phone?

How long (while awake) can you go without your cell phone before you miss it?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Will artificial intelligence help or hurt us in the long run?

Sumner Newscow report — We asked this question a year ago, and wondered if people have the same opinion since a lot has come out about it since the original polls.

Do you think overall artificial intelligence will help or hurt the world?

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Sunday Blog: The path to happiness, isn’t so rigidly defined

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Having lived a lifetime in hot water for something I’ve written, I’m guessing what Kansas City field goal kicker Harrison Butker is feeling now.

He probably feels like the kicker who missed a 25-yard field goal that cost the Chiefs a trip to the Super Bowl.

Butker is now in the center of a firestorm for comments made during a commencement ceremony at Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kans. He would have been better getting up and offering this 10-second speech:

“Follow your dreams. Be a good person. Be honest. Do something you love. The End.”

My two big takeaways:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you agree with Harrison Butker?

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas City Chief field goal kicker Harrison Butker is taking heat for a controversial graduation speech he made at Benedictine College last week (see story here).

In one particular quote he states:

“I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolic lies told to you. Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into the world.”

Do you agree with his assessment?

Did you agree with Harrison's Butker's statement?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: How long should a movie be?







What is the ideal length for a movie for you to comfortably sit through?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you think Kansas should have assisted with Texas border crisis?







Do you think the Kansas Legislature should have earmarked $15.7 million to assist in Texas border immigration issue?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Was it right to ban TikTok giving it a nine month ultimatum?

The TikTok 'ban' bill has just become law. Your thoughts?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you believe in the advancement of wind energy in Kansas?

Do you support the advancement of wind energy in Kansas?

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: So what was your thoughts of yesterday’s solar eclipse?

What was your feelings concerning yesterday's solar eclipse?

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Sunday blog: Taking responsibility

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is too bad Derrick Prichard, owner of Aahn’s Pace, decided to take an adversarial path in his parting statement to closing his business.

He states:

“Unfortunately during the time we were open, it became apparent to us that many people in the city of Wellington do not support a children’s home or an organization who provided many jobs to the citizens of the community… Far too often social service and caring in foster care is under appreciated or over criticized.”

Undoubtedly, Aahn’s Place and the ‘City of Wellington’ have had a difficult relationship since the residential group home for children ages 10-18 opened in early 2018.

But your exit can soften the blow and create a more positive legacy.

Now, if I were in charge of Aahn’s Place, this is how I would have written my parting statement:

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Did you attend church this past Easter weekend?







Did you attend church last Easter weekend?

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Sunday blog: Why did that fire truck cost $1.9 million? Because it just does

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow: The cost of things is one of the greatest mysteries of this thing we call capitalism. Why does food cost the way it does? What about that plumbing bill? Why is the rent so high?

But nothing tests the good of my Easter soul more than the cost of moving vehicles.

The other day, I was driving my SUV just south of Wichita. Suddenly, the warning light came on. I needed to go to the dealership IMMEDIATELY, the dashboard read.

The car was running perfectly fine until then, and I hadn’t noticed a change in its performance — except after the warning light came on, it would no longer let me use the cruise control or that thing that keeps me from driving off the road.

So I decided to veer left instead of right to visit my friendly dealership. A drop of slobber escaped my gaping mouth.

It turned out I needed to replace a “thermal control valve.” The mechanic even sent me this nifty text message video while I was waiting—a five-minute dissertation showing the car’s motor using words I didn’t understand. In summary, if I didn’t get this valve replaced, “the car will blow up into a million pieces, and I’ll die a slow, painful death.”

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Have you gambled more since Kansas legalized online sports betting?

Since Kansas legalized online sports betting, have you done more gambling?

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Letter to the editor: Wellington girls are deserving state champions

Editor’s note: The following is a letter to the editor by Kenneth Miller of Wellington. If you wish to submit a letter to the editor, send it to Please include your phone number so we can verify your letter.


To the Editor:

I proclaim some self-evident truths to the institution of high school basketball in the state of Kansas. I know some people show concern about speaking out on the subject, but I feel very confident about standing up for all public high school basketball teams in the state! I contend the Wellington High School women’s basketball team won the high school state basketball championship with an overtime victory over McPherson High School, then lost a very close, competitive exhibition game against a Kansas City area all-star team.

Private schools should have their own state championship tourney! Unlike the public schools, they all have the opportunity to recruit players from anywhere. The state championship was created because it rewarded any community that has a rare opportunity for a team with a successful record to compete at the state level.

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: Do you have a passport?







Do you have a passport in your name?

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Sumner Newscow Letter to Editor, Guest Editorial policy

By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner Newscow strongly encourages signed guest editorials and letters to the editors which have been traditional staples of the printed newspapers.

Letters to the editor and Guest Editorials will be treated prominently as regular news blogs, and with little editing only for basic clarity, grammar, and syntax.  We will feature editorials and letters on Sundays. Sumner Newscow will not discriminate based on political leanings.

Contact us here at 620-326-0717 or e-mail us at if you so choose to have one published. The comment section will not be pulled for either guest editorials or letters to the editor. Thank you notes and cleverly disguised political candidate advertisements are not considered legitimate editorials.

Sunday blog: When it comes to the most bang for our buck, is Wellington ready to purchase such an expensive fire engine?

Proposed aerial fire apparatus.

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I look at this purchase of an aerial platform fire apparatus — i.e., fire truck with a big ladder — like going out and shopping for a pickup.

You can either buy that fancy $100,000 pickup with chromed wheels, big tires, and a shiny grill or purchase a used one that hauls whatever you need to the dump for significantly less money.

I’m not saying Wellington does not need a $1.8 million aerial truck. I would rather do a little more shopping and comparison pricing before making such a purchase.

People raised holy hell over purchasing the old Karl’s Boot and Shoe Repair building for a Heritage Park project that has seen very little progress in the past two years. But that was a $40,000 purchase. This new fire engine purchase would pay for 40 Karl Boot Shops. For $1.8 million, the city of Wellington could purchase a significant portion of downtown.

In 2016, the City of Wellington financed a new irrigation system for the Wellington Golf Course. That created a firestorm in Wellington I hadn’t seen since former Chamber Director/Mayor Shelley Hansel proposed not allowing horses in the Wellington Wheat Festival Parade. That irrigation system, which has kept the Wellington golf course lush and moist for seven years, cost the city $226,000. Do the math. The city would have to purchase eight golf course irrigation systems for what we are going to pay for this truck.

This is a significant purchase I’m not sure we, the Wellington taxpayers, are ready to make.

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