Kansas views on renewable energy, due process, secretary of state race, beef supply, NCAA golf tournament
06/02/2014 12:00 AM
08/08/2014 10:24 AM
Renewable energy – Supporters of the polluting and powerful fossil-fuel industry have a message for Kansans and others eager to improve how Americans consume energy: We are going to do everything possible to derail, delay and demean clean, renewable power. It’s all part of a multibillion-dollar, self-interested scheme by groups including Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council to keep people tethered to old-fashioned energy sources. Promoters of clean and renewable energy must continue providing the positive facts about solar and wind power to the people of Kansas and to legislators often reluctant to base their decisions on facts.
Kansas City Star
Give Gov. Sam Brownback credit. He has held firm in his support for wind farms. Wind farms create jobs, especially in western Kansas. They paid southwest Kansas counties $1.2 million this year, according to the Kansas City Star. But Brownback’s allies, Americans for Prosperity and some shirttail friends of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, spent more than $300,000 trying to defeat the requirement that utilities buy more of their energy from alternative sources. They failed.
Winfield Daily Courier
Due process – As legislators considered the due-process issue, many teachers and their supporters suggested the absence of the state’s due-process provision could result in good teachers being fired without cause by administrators who didn’t like them for one reason or another or who simply wanted to hire someone else. Reason suggests that wouldn’t be the case. Most assistant principals, principals and superintendents are on career paths toward better and higher-paying jobs. To move up, they must show success in their current position, and it makes no sense for them to fire good teachers who can make them look good.
Morgan – Scott Morgan, an attorney and former Lawrence school board president, deserves congratulations for entering the Republican race for Kansas secretary of state. Morgan brings more than the average experience and campaign skill to the task. His knowledge and political savvy help set the stage for an active campaign that will allow Kansans to fully examine incumbent Kris Kobach’s record and evaluate whether his actions as secretary of state have been beneficial to the state.
Beef supply – Soaring grain prices driven by drought mean more expensive livestock feed – so costly that cattle numbers continue to drop as feedlots find it tougher to survive. It’s been so challenging that feedlots in Kansas reportedly are tending to the fewest cattle since 1999. The toll naturally stretches to meatpacking plants that employ big numbers as well. In Dodge City, an undisclosed number of Cargill Beef plant workers recently were laid off. Meanwhile, consumers also must deal with a setback in higher prices as the beef supply shrinks.
Garden City Telegram
NCAA golf – Hutchinson knows how to play host to world-class golf on its big stage at Prairie Dunes Country Club. So it was no surprise to see the community and the club smoothly pull off another big-time golf event. This time it was the NCAA golf championship. Other than some weather snafus – the tournament got off to a soggy start – a community that in 2002 was host for the U.S. Women’s Open and in 2006 the U.S. Senior Open had little difficulty with this one.