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Memories of William T. “Bill” Davitt

Memories of William T. “Bill” Davitt

Following are remarks prepared and presented by John Todd on the passing of Bill Davitt. My longtime friend and fellow citizen activist William T. “Bill” Davitt passed away on May 14, 2020. His active voice of counsel will be missed in our community. I don’t remember when I first met Bill Davitt but suspect it was in the late 1980s. Bill was a familiar presence walking across the Bitting Street Bridge over the Little Arkansas River on his way to or from home from the former Dillions grocery store at 13th & Waco. He could be seen waiting at the…
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Daily Signal launched today

Daily Signal launched today

Today The Heritage Foundation launches The Daily Signal. It's a news, analysis, and commentary outlet. Since today is its first day, I'll let The Daily Signal describe itself: We know you’re busy. And we’re quite certain you care deeply about the future of our country. We care, too. We care about your communities, your families, and how Washington’s decisions are going to impact you. More and more people are grabbing bites of news from mobile devices on the go -- and they need a place where they can find digestible, trusted news on the most important policy debate of the…
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Gosnell, the movie

Gosnell, the movie

Seeking to tell the story of the most prolific serial killer in American history, filmmakers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer, and Magdalena Segieda ask for your help. The subject of the proposed movie is Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia physician convicted of murder in 2013. Of his crimes, the grand jury reported: "This case is about a doctor who killed babies ... What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy -- and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors ... Over the years, many people came to…
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Kansas traditional Republicans: The record

As Kansas Republicans decide who to vote for in next week's primary election, moderate senate incumbents and many newspapers urge voting for those Republicans who promote a “reasonable,” “balanced,” and “responsible” approach to Kansas government. When we examine the record of the coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats that governed Kansas for the first decade of this century, we see legislative accomplishment that not many Kansans may be aware of. Almost all have been harmful to our state. Most of the moderate Republicans run campaigns promoting themselves as fiscal conservatives. But their voting records often tell a different story. That's…
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The Wichita Eagle on naysayers: a disservice to Wichita

Yesterday's op-ed by Rhonda Holman in The Wichita Eagle reveals a crucial need for a newspaper with at least one conservative voice on its editorial board (Say ‘no’ to naysayers, October 9, 2011). Here are a few ways in which Holman and her newspaper's editorial section are wrong about downtown Wichita development and a few other issues, and how the op-ed is a disservice to the people of Wichita: The real world, according to Holman While Holman cites the "real world" as the need to pour massive subsidy into downtown Wichita, I might ask this question: Why is downtown Wichita…
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