A warm welcome to all the professional golfers and others connected to the Web.com Tour, which is back at Crestview Country Club for the Air Capital Classic. While the champion can look forward to receiving $112,500 on Sunday, the community is certain to share in the winnings.
State leaders need to stay cool and focused as the special session on school finance begins Thursday in Topeka. Finger-pointing won’t keep schools open. What likely will – finding and equitably distributing $38 million, which was the idea endorsed last week by Gov. Sam Brownback.
When Sedgwick County commissioners issue proclamations and give speeches on things they can do nothing about, they waste resources – and create doubt about whether they even understand what their jobs are.
Maybe there is a conversation to be had about allowing private ambulance service within Wichita for nonemergencies. But the way to start it isn’t for the City Council to break the 12-year agreement with Sedgwick County that keeps the county-run Emergency Medical Service comprehensive and strong.
Those standing firm against expanding Medicaid in Kansas have their reasons, however politically contrived. But, as predicted, their inaction is harming the health care industry, which represents 9 percent of the state’s economy.
Legislators and the governor should stop taking legal advice from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and start taking some responsibility for the chaos created by the law requiring people prove U.S. citizenship to register to vote.
Gov. Sam Brownback acted properly when he ordered the Legislature to meet starting June 23. But will extremist Republicans and Brownback really commit to finding a solution that would serve more than 450,000 K-12 students in the state?
Ethical canons prevent the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court from responding to name-calling or worse. So others will need to defend them strongly as their rulings, integrity and impartiality are assailed by elected officials and partisans from now through the Nov. 8 general election and beyond.
It’s a red flag when union contract issues are debated at length by elected officials in a public meeting, reflecting badly on the negotiations to that point. But the Sedgwick County Commission’s handling of a new contract with the firefighters’ union Wednesday was troubling for several reasons.
Gov. Sam Brownback is smart to call for a review of the state’s tax revenue estimating process. The state needs to determine why estimates have been so far off and how to make them more accurate. But the review needs to be honest. That means being open to the possibility that Brownback’s tax cuts are contributing to the missed estimates.
Gov. Sam Brownback acted responsibly Tuesday in calling a special session of the Legislature to respond to the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling that equity must be restored to K-12 school funding by June 30. To the governor’s further credit, he said, “I will do everything I can to keep this session focused on education.”
Last week’s candidate filing deadline made it official: Voters can either endorse Sedgwick County government’s narrowing agenda, which is in step with County Commissioner Richard Ranzau’s view “that the common good is actually a myth.” Or they can stop it, by electing county commissioners who will resume treating public health, quality of life, economic development, regional planning and cooperation like high priorities.
On Thursday, almost a dozen officers and deputies were working several issues outside a home on south Mosley. Since the first of the year, police have received 31 calls on that particular property. Such trouble spots sap resources from law enforcement. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita EAGLE)
"Problem properties" an increasing issue for local law enforcement