The Wilks brothers have been buying up land in the West and reportedly have closed access to local residents for hunting and recreation. Now, they’ve apparently purchased 172,000 acres of timberland in Southern Idaho.
The very legislators who deferred $100 million in state payments to Kansas Public Employees Retirement System in order to balance the budget are the very same legislators who are taking advantage of a nice and cushy retirement plan for themselves.
Here is another reason the Legislature needs to revisit its tax cuts: Community-based services for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are underfunded and struggling to pay bills and keep employees.
In criticizing the Sedgwick County Commission’s decision to restore the Community Health Improvement Plan coordinator, commissioners Richard Ranzau and Karl Peterjohn find name-calling helpful: “Nanny-state progressives” and “nanny-state drones” (Aug. 19 Opinion). Their name-calling is as uninformed as it is unimaginative.
Unless discrimination against an individual can be proved, these voter ID laws should be upheld. Otherwise, expect more votes from dead people, illegal aliens, people with false addresses and even Mickey Mouse.
Citing that Democrats outnumber Republicans 12:1 in faculty positions at the University of North Carolina, Senate Majority leader Phil Berger suggests that Republican job candidates are discriminated against when they apply for university positions unless they “toe the line from the left.” However, it seems likely that there may be other, more objective explanations for the imbalance of party affiliation.
It’s not easy being a teacher these days, especially in Kansas. But as USD 259 begins classes this week – as other area schools have already done – teachers will once again prove themselves to be dedicated, caring professionals concerned with helping their students grow and succeed.
In legal briefs filed this month, attorneys for the state argued that the Kansas Supreme Court should follow the lead of the Texas Supreme Court, which ruled in May that school funding in that state was flawed but satisfied that state’s constitution.
The Sedgwick County Zoological Society is pleased that the county will no longer pursue the operating agreement changes and will instead focus on a funding arrangement. This approach will allow the society and the county to move forward in a positive manner and continue to deliver the quality experience our community expects and deserves.