Wichita knows how to show tourists and conventioneers a good time once they get here. Now it’s finally getting serious about attracting them, starting with ensuring that Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau has more money for marketing.
The state likely had no choice but to limit admissions at Osawatomie State Hospital. But this drastic move to ease overcrowding could be harmful and dangerous, and the state needs to implement a long-term solution as soon as possible.
A new law is shining a welcome light on criminal justice as it unfolds in the state and especially Sedgwick County, where two documents released last week detail the reasons for the arrests and filing of criminal charges in capital murder cases.
Gov. Sam Brownback and other leaders at the state and local levels should do more than cross their fingers and hope that the health and well-being of Kansas kids improve. They should pay attention to specific indicators of how children are faring in the state, especially as they look to trim spending amid the state’s budget crisis.
Wichita has seen its own deadly confrontations between police and residents in recent years, without seeing decisions clearing the involved officers lead to unrest, violence and conflagration. But there is a need for greater understanding, better communication and, when things go wrong, more accountability.
There are dance and theater performances, concerts, children’s shows, light displays and special events available to enjoy in the coming days – offering memorable experiences that can end up strengthening families and the community as they stir the holiday spirit.
Given the state’s financial problems, it’s not surprising that Gov. Sam Brownback wants to transfer $96 million from the highway fund to help cover this year’s budget shortfall. It’s also all but certain that more highway funds will be raided next fiscal year.
Because sooner is better when it comes to making midyear cuts, Gov. Sam Brownback is due credit for getting on with it Tuesday and announcing 4 percent reductions to state agencies and fund sweeps aimed at plugging a $280 million state budget hole.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about how well the 5-year-old Intrust Bank Arena is living up to community expectations for big acts and diversity. And everybody is right – except those who still think Sedgwick County voters went wrong in 2004 in approving the sales tax that paid for the $200 million, 15,000-seat downtown venue.
Gov. Sam Brownback might not have known the exact budget shortfall, but surely he had to have an idea that trouble was coming. Others have been sounding the alarm for months. Nope. Never saw it coming, Brownback says.
Republican state lawmakers say they favor smaller and more efficient government. They should demonstrate it by significantly reducing the amount of government at the state and, where they can, local levels.
Attracting little attention and few voters, the spring elections in Kansas are no model of civic engagement. Still, state lawmakers should be wary of consolidating state and local elections in the fall.
Gov. Sam Brownback's claim that he reduced the state's welfare rolls by half in his first term is true. Enrollment in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is under 20,000 persons. But that’s because Brownback made it much harder for families to obtain assistance.
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.