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.
This week’s start of another year for the more than 51,000 students of USD 259, as well as parochial schools and other area districts, finds the classroom the most important place in K-12 education, as always. But some big things playing out beyond those walls will affect how children learn, and how much districts spend teaching them.
Governor’s race – During an Election Night interview, Gov. Sam Brownback was asked why voters seemingly were unhappy – or at least divided – with current GOP officeholders, many of whom faced stiff challenges from low-budget and lesser-known opponents. The answer – and we know you’ll be surprised by this – is President Obama, who apparently is not only destroying the economy and the world, but who has also reached his hands deep into the Kansas GOP to create a rift. “Well, I think a big part of it is Barack Obama,” Brownback answered. “A lot of people are so irritated at what the president is doing, they just want someone to throw a brick.” That’s right. People are so irritated with Obama that 37 percent of Republican voters cast a ballot for Jennifer Winn, who hardly campaigned at all, instead of Brownback.
Gov. Sam Brownback thinks that two credit-rating agencies have downgraded Kansas because they “don’t like you cutting taxes,” and that a lot of Kansas Republicans voted against him and other incumbents Tuesday out of frustration with President Obama. Then there is reality, which apportions him some responsibility for the state’s fiscal trouble and his related unpopularity.