Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said a demand that he release his income tax returns was “silly.” Maybe so. But what is really silly – and irritating – are the hoops that Kobach made a 92-year-old woman – and many others – jump through in order to exercise their right to vote.
As the community prepares for Police Chief Norman Williams to retire Sept. 6, and for Deputy Chief Nelson Mosley to take over as interim chief, City Manager Robert Layton is smart to launch a thorough operational assessment of the Wichita Police Department. He also should engage the community in the search for a new top cop.
Here’s the hype from Gov. Sam Brownback: He recently announced a goal to help create 100,000 private-sector jobs over a new four-year term if he’s re-elected this fall. Here’s the sobering reality: Brownback’s first term has provided little evidence that he can come close to making good on that pledge.
There’s no harm in having fresh eyes and minds consider how to make Kansas public schools more efficient. But what seems like the state’s umpteenth effort to do so should put as high a value on schools being more effective – and on what those who teach in and lead schools have to say about how to better meet those goals.
So some teens who might have benefited from the continuing operation of the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch are going instead to youth residential centers far from Wichita and their families. It’s an unsurprising yet sad footnote to a July closure that nobody originally wanted and that should have been avoided yet somehow wasn’t.
With Friday’s unveiling of more specifics of his envisioned innovation campus, Wichita State University president John Bardo further showed that he sees the institution as a big-time player in the real-world economy rather than an ivory tower. His 20-year vision is no-holds-barred, for Wichita as well as for WSU.
Drinking water can’t look swampy or taste like brine. That’s why Wichita had better heed two recent reminders to assure the quality as well as the quantity of its future water supply, whether or not voters approve the sales tax in November.
Foster care is the state-sanctioned safe haven for children who have experienced abuse or neglect, so the recent death of a 10-month-old foster child in a hot car stands out during a tragic few months in Wichita that also saw 3-year-old and 19-month-old boys die in separate accidental shootings and a 3-year-old girl allegedly murdered.