This could be another editorial about the upcoming elections, the state’s budget woes or the Ebola outbreak. But why bother? What most Kansans want to talk about right now are the Kansas City Royals. And who can blame them?
Though the candidates’ aides would beg to differ, the only clear winners in most campaign debates are the voters. But in Wednesday’s final face-off between Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and independent challenger Greg Orman, the battle-hardened Capitol Hill veteran again was eclipsed by the new guy with the appealing if vague call for actual problem solving.
If the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission follows Secretary Robin Jennison’s recommendation and takes the redbelly snake off the state’s threatened list, it will be avoiding a political fight by discounting science. It also will set a bad precedent for the next time somebody wants to ignore the scientific experts for reasons of cost or convenience. And the next.
Wichita gets cooler every October about this time, in more than the meteorological sense. This is when the Tallgrass Film Festival entertains and enlightens audiences with an eclectic array of screenings and related events, bringing together movie lovers and moviemakers while making Wichita proud.
With the last of the Wright Amendment’s dumb restrictions finally history, south-central Kansas travelers will share in the benefit of new long-distance options on Southwest Airlines out of Dallas Love Field. But that will only be true as long as Southwest serves Wichita – a cause that will require more fliers, more public subsidies and continuing political will at City Hall, Sedgwick County and the Statehouse.
Kansas, a state that can be proud of its quality of life, should be doing more about a category of deaths – children. The toll is especially troubling in Sedgwick County, which has had one of the highest rates in the nation of infant mortality among African-Americans and was the site of nearly a third of the state’s child deaths by murder and suicide in 2012.
As Wichita’s economy continues to lag the state’s, in part because of aviation manufacturing, the Wichita Area Technical College is way out in front of its peers in readying a diverse workforce for the rebound.
Much of Wichita looks like a city of plenty, even after all the layoffs and funding cuts of the past six years. But it’s also home to a growing number of people who strain every day to meet their basic needs, starting with enough food for themselves and their families, and who need more help from their neighbors.
The U.S. Supreme Court made history Monday by not taking up five states’ same-sex marriage cases, meaning such unions may soon be lawful in 30 states including Kansas. Most people knew such a day would come, but the speed and sweep of the change came as a surprise.
Though Wichita is between police chiefs, city officials have newly committed to equipping all Wichita Police Department street officers with body cameras. That’s a needed step sure to promote public trust as well as citizen and officer safety.
So the legal battle over the U.S. Senate race in Kansas ended where it started a month ago – with Democrat Chad Taylor out of the race, his state party looking pathetic, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach seeming more partisan agent than impartial election overseer. At least the absentee ballots can go out now.
The public has long suspected that corporations and other big donors pay for access to politicians. But documents mistakenly published on the Republican Governors Association’s website laid bare how crass and commercial the selling is – including a menu listing what access can be purchased at what price.
The latest enrollment figures show that learning is a growth industry in Wichita – good news, especially given the area’s glacial recovery of jobs since the recession’s aviation layoffs. But the higher head counts will bring some greater challenges, especially for increasingly diverse USD 259.