It might be that House Speaker Ray Merrick is suffering from an identity crisis, because apparently he’s overlooking himself and his friends in that group of worthless, money-grubbing, do-nothing state employees.
As the fight over immigration heats up on Capitol Hill, some national observers are noting the exit polling indicating Gov. Sam Brownback received 47 percent of the Latino vote when he won re-election this month, compared with 46 percent for Democrat Paul Davis.
The Keystone XL pipeline is supposed to transport crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Canada makes money, and the oil companies make money when they sell the refined products to the highest bidder. How does that morph into energy independence for the U.S.?
From 2009 to 2011, Obama and the Democrats held power in both houses of Congress and he did nothing on immigration. Now that he has neither house of Congress, he’s ready to act? Playing politics or incompetent, it’s one or the other.
In a season that’s supposed to be about empathy, it’s worth thinking about that context: daily life, outside the Thanksgiving spotlight, for a group of American workers trying to play by the rules, at companies whose goal is to keep labor costs as low as possible.
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But judging from the impressive success of the United Way of the Plains fall campaign, south-central Kansans already are feeling the season’s spirit and sharing their blessings – inclined to contribute as they can to brighten not only the holidays but the everyday lives of their needy neighbors.
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, said: “Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer” (“Lawmakers divided on how to plug budget hole,” Nov. 16 Eagle). What a great morale builder.
I see the Wichita Police Department is testing technology that does indiscriminate scanning and analysis of license plates (read: owner of car) it sees on the road including time, date and location. This is nothing less than a shameful mass surveillance on U.S. citizens without a specific warrant.
Every U.S. president pushes the limits of his constitutional powers. More than a few have exceeded those limits. But the size and scope of what President Obama would do with 5 million illegal immigrants by executive order is simply unprecedented in our history.
The Big Ditch has been a blessing for flood control but a curse for traffic in west Wichita, where development has boomed in the decades since the floodway was built. So it was great to see one long-sought fix open Friday – the flyover bridges connecting I-235 to 13th Street west of the ditch.
A new government report came out right after the election that might have changed the minds of some voters. It reported that the United States has now had 56 consecutive months of private-sector job growth – the longest streak in U.S. history.
Why was the polling off? One reason is that polls have a tougher time predicting close races, and having multiple close races may have driven uncertainty and electoral volatility. Also, new developments in campaigns have made polls less relevant and helpful in determining winners prior to votes being cast.
The Obama-Xi agreement on greenhouse gases commits China to begin cutting carbon emissions 16 years from now. On the other hand, the United States must double its current rate of carbon cutting to meet a new, more restrictive goal by 2025.
The election results and the hiring of a new Kansas education commissioner signal that more innovation and conservative reforms likely are coming to districts, schools and classrooms – at least the kind that won’t carry new costs for the cash-strapped state.