It’s uncertain how much the welfare policies of the Brownback administration are contributing to the growing poverty rate among Kansas children. But it’s clear that the policies aren’t helping and need to change.
Each year puts what President Washington proclaimed the “day of public thanksgiving and prayer” at greater risk from the early onset of Christmas. But this deliciously American holiday still manages to stir up the gratitude as well as the cranberry sauce.
It could be beneficial if the next Sedgwick County manager had a private-sector background, but it should be a requirement that the person have experience leading a large government. That is, after all, what the job entails.
It might be that House Speaker Ray Merrick is suffering from an identity crisis, because apparently he’s overlooking himself and his friends in that group of worthless, money-grubbing, do-nothing state employees.
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But judging from the impressive success of the United Way of the Plains fall campaign, south-central Kansans already are feeling the season’s spirit and sharing their blessings – inclined to contribute as they can to brighten not only the holidays but the everyday lives of their needy neighbors.
The election results and the hiring of a new Kansas education commissioner signal that more innovation and conservative reforms likely are coming to districts, schools and classrooms – at least the kind that won’t carry new costs for the cash-strapped state.
Now that the election is over, state lawmakers are being more honest about the severity of the state’s budget problems – though some are still in denial about the difficulty of balancing the budget through spending cuts alone.
GraceMed Health Clinic has stood out in Wichita for its strength and focus amid all the turmoil in the medical care sector in recent years, increasingly looking like not only a safety net but a welcoming health home with multiple school-based satellites.
Just six days after Gov. Sam Brownback narrowly won re-election, state officials and university economists released new general fund revenue estimates. The upshot: State officials face the daunting challenge of having to slash the current budget and next year’s by more than $700 million.
By planning to have body cameras on every police officer by the end of 2015, City Hall is showing that it’s listening to citizens and stepping up accountability. It’s also trying to avoid a Ferguson-style conflagration – something no one wants for Wichita.
Three days after Secretary of State Kris Kobach won the strong endorsement of Kansans at the polls, a federal appellate court provided a welcome check on his agenda to restrict voter registration. Unfortunately, that decision isn’t final.
Less than a week after the election, new official revenue estimates exposed the ugly truth: The state needs to cut at least $280 million in planned spending before next July, and it will need an additional $436 million in spending reductions or revenue increases next fiscal year. And that’s just to get to zero.
In Kansas and nationwide those who have benefited from veterans’ service to country – which is every last one of us – should do more to show our respect and admiration for them, on this Veterans Day but also year-round.
Because ballots don’t have spaces for kudos and complaints, election results must speak for themselves. Tuesday’s election stated a clear preference for conservative Republican leadership, with most Kansas voters interested in seeing what the GOP incumbents can do with more time in power in Topeka and with full control of Congress.