The following are The Eagle editorial board’s recommendations for the Nov. 4 general election. We offer these recommendations as information to consider as you make up your own mind about the candidates and issues.
Nationally, the Republican Party is toning down its anti-immigration rhetoric, realizing it needs to attract Hispanic voters if it wants to win elections. But the Kansas Republican Party apparently never got that message – or it just doesn’t care.
Gov. Sam Brownback said this week “that one of the key functions of governor is picking judges.” He’s right. But he has given Kansans further reason to doubt his ability to handle that responsibility with his use of the Carr brothers case in an appalling campaign ad and his extraordinary call for two Kansas Supreme Court justices to be ousted.
Gov. Sam Brownback insists his radical income tax cut program is going to revive the Kansas economy. But since the tax cuts took effect in January 2013, a review by the Kansas City Star shows that 31 other states have added jobs at a faster clip than Kansas has over the last 21 months.
Wichita is being misjudged and deprived by major promoters, who seem to think nothing but country and wrestling will sell at Intrust Bank Arena. So it’s worth a try for Sedgwick County to ask private management firm SMG to create a $200,000 “event promotion fund” over the next three years to generate more bookings, including of diverse acts.
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.