As talented as Eric Sexton may be, it’s not a good idea for him to serve both as Wichita State University’s athletic director and as vice president for student affairs. Those jobs are too complex and too important for one person.
Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders approved less than half of the $1.1 million in additional funding requested by eight school districts. The money came from an “extraordinary needs” fund the Legislature created to help school districts unusually harmed by the new block-grant funding system or facing other unforeseen expenses
I’ve always been proud of my WSU alum status and enjoyed WSU’s contributions to the community, especially the fine arts programs and the athletic teams. Current administrative policies, coupled with the enormous emphasis on athletics, are a serious deterrent to the university’s purpose and mission.
While we broadly lament inequality, we treat it as some natural disaster imposed upon us. That’s absurd. The roots of inequality are complex and, to some extent, reflect global forces, but they also reflect our policy choices.
Kansas was back in the national headlines this week as Uber overreacted to a legislative override of a veto by Gov. Sam Brownback by shutting down in the state – making Kansans look like rubes who can’t get on board with this app-based ride-sharing service. Both sides in this dispute have merit.
If the new Sedgwick County Commission majority votes to shred multiyear funding agreements with the Sedgwick County Zoo, Exploration Place and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, the damage will extend to the community’s ability to trust the county and its word.
Have any of the Sedgwick County commissioners ever gone to the farm and petting zoo area and talked to the people working there? Have they ever sat on one of the benches there and listened to the excitement in the children’s voices when a little goat or lamb nibbles grain from their hands?
A House panel has revived legislation to hand prosecutorial powers to the Secretary of State’s Office – something the current officeholder, Kris Kobach, badly wants so he can go after what he perceives to be an epidemic of voter fraud in the state. This is a bad idea, which is why lawmakers wisely have dragged their feet on the bill so far.
Give credit to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Senate Vice President Jeff King for acknowledging that the Kansas Open Records Act should be updated to reflect current technology. But is it really necessary to spend months rewriting the law?
Conservatives aren’t anti-government, but we are anti-big government. We reject the lawless actions of Tim McVeigh and Scott Roeder. Lawlessness is an honor badge for Democrats like Lois Lerner, the Clintons and Barack Obama.
As Sedgwick County Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Karl Peterjohn keep talking about their determination to hire a businessperson rather than an experienced professional as county manager, they increase the possibility that it will happen. That’s because their expressed disdain for professional governmental managers – and even for the very government they head – will ensure a paucity of high-level, experienced applicants.