Author: Bob Weeks

  • Karl Peterjohn, Lobbyist and Advocate for Kansans

    Karl Peterjohn, candidate for Sedgwick County Commission, is being criticized by his opponent for being a paid lobbyist. It’s a timely slur, as lobbyists are never popular. Lobbying legislators and testifying at the state house is a form of speech that is protected by the First Amendment. Advocacy is one of the ways that people…

  • Karl Peterjohn is not bad for business, after all

    In the story Wichita businesses not leaving home after all, Kansas Liberty finds that criticism of Karl Peterjohn by some Wichita business leaders is a little over-the-top.

  • Wichita School Bond: Causation, or Merely Correlation?

    As part of its argument for the need for a bond issue, USD 259, the Wichita school district, makes the case that students who are involved in arts and athletics do better in school. Recently, perhaps as the result of a request I made, the district’s website added evidence of this. As the USD 259…

  • Karl Peterjohn is Sorely Needed in Sedgwick County

    Wichita business leaders support Karl Peterjohn. The recent opposition by certain Wichita aircraft executives to Karl Peterjohn — a well-respected and strong candidate for Sedgwick County Commission in District 3 — is ill-informed. Peterjohn, an economist by training, has long been an advocate for fiscal prudence and has fought, on behalf of the Kansas taxpayer,…

  • Raising Wichitans’ Taxes in a Recession is Not A Good Idea

    “Democrat Barack Obama says he would delay rescinding President Bush’s tax cuts on wealthy Americans if he becomes the next president and the economy is in a recession, suggesting such an increase would further hurt the economy.” (Associated Press, September 7, 2008) Contrary to assertions by Wichita school interim superintendent Martin Libhart and school board…

  • “Trash The Eagle” Website spotted

    I recently noticed the new website Trash The Eagle. It holds, as you might expect, some criticism of the Wichita Eagle, our state’s largest newspaper. The site is run anonymously, although with a little sleuthing, it isn’t hard to find out who is behind this site.

  • A Different Kind of Hero, A Different Kind of Weapon

    Every action film has a hero who saves the day. In the movie “Flunked,” the heroes are teachers and principals who are fighting the bad guys of declining test scores, failing grades and inferior schools. Their weapons? Creativity and determination. The happy ending? Improved test scores, passing grades and schools so desirable parents are waiting…

  • Flunked’s Steven Maggi Interview

    On October 8, 2008, Citizens for Better Education, the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, and Americans For Prosperity — Kansas sponsored a screening of Flunked the Movie. I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Steven Maggi, the film’s executive producer. Following are some excerpts from our conversation.

  • Is the Wichita School District Hoping For Recession?

    A recent Wichita Eagle article (Economy now is right to support the school bond) USD 259 written by Wichita school district Interim Superintendent Martin Libhart makes me wonder if the school district isn’t hoping for a recession. Here’s why I wonder: right now long-term interest rates for the types of bonds the district will be…