Detroit – Kansas City has its share of problems. But it’s nowhere close to being another Detroit. The financial and social challenges that face Kansas City are well-documented. These woes shouldn’t be minimized and merit continued attention. However, an analysis of data shows that – as challenging as some things are in Kansas City – they are a whole lot worse in the Motor City.
Kansas City Star
Higher ed – It was clear during the past legislative session that lawmakers and university leaders weren’t on the same page when it came to higher-education funding. The result was a budget that seemed almost punitive to universities and the Kansas Board of Regents, who felt forced to offset funding cuts with increased tuition – which was exactly what legislators didn’t want. This is a standoff that must, for the good of the state, be called off. Appointing an interim legislative committee to visit the six state universities could be a step in that direction.
Voters “in suspense” – Funny how Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was so worried once upon a time about seven alleged cases of voter fraud in five years. It was on that basis that he led the charge for a new voter-ID law. And now that Kansas has some 12,000 people who registered to vote but are in limbo pending the production of the state-required identification, Kobach is nonplussed. Sorry, Secretary Kobach, but 12,000 is a big number. It is appalling to write off that many potential voters. Maybe it is you who should be put into “suspense.”
The Secure and Fair Elections Act, intended to prevent voter fraud from taking place, has resulted in about 12,000 legal residents unable to take part in the electoral process. It is incumbent on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to bring the 12,000 into the electoral process, even if it results in 12,000 votes for whoever challenges the secretary’s re-election bid. The SAFE Act is a farce, and Kobach should be held accountable at the polls.
Hays Daily News
Energy credit – Renewal of a federal tax credit generated the kind of energy needed to power new wind projects. Proof of as much has come in a push toward wind farm development in western Kansas and beyond, with one such project recently taking a step forward. The Buffalo Dunes Wind Project planned by Lenexa-based TradeWind Energy and Alabama Power Co. would stretch through Grant, Haskell and Finney counties. Developers of the proposed 250-megawatt wind farm recently signed an agreement for $260 million in tax equity funding for the project.
Garden City Telegram
Bowyer – Whatever anyone thinks of Clint Bowyer, he thinks enough of Emporia to share his success as a professional race-car driver with his hometown – and, for this, he deserves a huge tip of the cap. Bowyer, for the sixth consecutive year, hosted a major fundraising event for his 79 Fund through the Emporia Community Foundation, choosing to spend his short “vacation” away from the track helping to add $370,000 for charitable endeavors, most aimed at benefiting local and area children. Take a well-earned victory lap, Clint. You’re a winner here.