Welcome visitors from sister cities
Seven bicyclists from one of our four sister cities, Tlalnepantla, Mexico, will arrive in Wichita today after having bicycled 1,633 miles in order to participate in the Wichita River Festival’s Sundown Parade on Friday. It is the seventh-annual bicycle trek from Tlalnepantla to Wichita. The trip takes 13 days.
On Wednesday, delegations from our two Mexican sister cities (Tlalnepantla and Cancun) will arrive for a three-day visit. They will spend time with their governmental counterparts, learning and sharing ideas about urban planning and transportation, civil economics and finance, public relations, social issues including immigration, tourism, and matters related to the police and fire departments. They will visit Botanica, Friends University, Newman University and Wichita State University, and the award-winning JR Custom Metal Products.
We welcome our visitors from our Mexican sister cities. Look for the bicyclists and our special sister city guests in the parade on Friday evening.
Wichita Area Sister Cities board
I have been reading about all the people upset that Emerson Open Magnet Elementary School is closing. It seems this would be a great chance for the neighborhood association in that area to get creative and attempt to make a good thing out of a bad thing.
It needs to approach the school board about leasing the property for perhaps a $1 a year. (It has been done for business; why can’t it be done for a neighborhood association?) There may be legal problems to solve, but with the right effort surely these could be overcome.
It is an excellent area. There could be soccer and baseball fields, and the building could be used for volleyball, basketball and as a storm shelter for the area. There could be meeting rooms, bridge-playing rooms, etc.
A board of directors could be set up to manage the facility and work out a finance plan to pay the expenses.
Why not put the building to good use? Make your lemons into lemonade.
GEORGE D. REYNOLDS
The commentary by Derrick Sontag, state director of Americans for Prosperity, had me laughing so hard coffee came out of my nose (“Ad exposes spending truth,” May 22 Opinion).
Hypocritically railing against self-serving agendas, Sontag tried to set himself up as an impartial type of ring announcer: “In the ‘us’ corner, the (not really) undisputed facts. In the ‘them’ corner, Al Gore-boogity, boogity, boogity.”
I never imagined Sontag was such a corporate isolationist. I bet his eye twitches when people talk about the jobs Airbus created in Alabama. I bet smoke came out of his ears when China’s Dalian Wanda Group bought AMC Entertainment. Lord forbid an American company would create jobs in another country, raise the standard of living and thus create new markets for American goods.
You want an inconvenient truth? How about the undisputed fact that Wisconsin lost the most private-sector jobs of any state from March 2011 to March 2012? Or that more private-sector jobs were created during the first three years of the Obama administration than during the first three years of either of the Bush administrations?
If Sontag wants to go toe-to-toe on facts, he is going to have to do better.
The right man
As a longtime resident of Sumner County, I have seen many elected officials come and go. Darren Chambers, our current sheriff, is one of the best.
For 21 years Chambers worked for the Wichita Police Department, where he served in a variety of roles including in the Exploited and Missing Child Unit, the Mounted Unit and a special team targeting street-level narcotics. Chambers was responsible for a group of officers much larger than our entire Sheriff’s Office.
As our county grows and adapts to accommodate the Kansas Star Casino and all that comes with it, there is no better sheriff than Chambers. He understands the unique challenge Sumner County faces in the future and how to anticipate and prevent big-city crimes from happening in our backyards.
I urge Sumner County residents to support the right man for the job: Darren Chambers.