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Wichita mayor’s counterfactual op-ed

Wichita mayor’s counterfactual op-ed

Wichita's mayor pens an op-ed that is counter to facts that he knows, or should know. In the pages of the Wichita Eagle Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell wrote: "The city of Wichita has held its mill levy steady for the past 22 years."[1. Mayor Jeff Longwell: Property tax lid needs exemption for public safety. Wichita Eagle. Available at www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article74286642.html.] That's the mayor's opinion. The facts, as can be easily found in government documents, are that the Wichita mill levy rises nearly every year.[2. Weeks, Bob. Wichita property tax rate: Up again. Voice For Liberty in Wichita. Available at.bobw7.sg-host.com/wichita-government/wichita-property-tax-rate-up-again/.] Since 2005…
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‘Trump, Trump, Trump’ … oops!

An event in Wichita that made national headlines has so far turned out to be not the story news media enthusiastically promoted. When two Wichita State University students -- one a Muslim and also a student leader -- reported they were victims of a hate crime, national news media took up the story. A Washington Post headline read "'Trump! Trump! Trump!' attacker allegedly yelled as he beat Hispanic man, Muslim student." USA Today headlined with "Muslim student claims attacker yelled 'Trump, Trump!'' From the Wichita Eagle: "A Muslim student at Wichita State University says he and a Hispanic friend, who…
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What else can Wichita do for downtown companies?

What else can Wichita do for downtown companies?

With all Wichita has done, it may not be enough. Within a month, these two headlines appeared in the opinion pages of the Wichita Eagle: Investment in downtown Wichita is impressive [1. Brownlee, Phillip. Investment in downtown Wichita is impressive. Wichita Eagle. March 5, 2016. Available at www.kansas.com/opinion/editorials/article64129977.html.] State and local leaders need to help meet Cargill’s needs [2. Holman, Rhonda. State and local leaders need to help meet Cargill’s needs. Wichita Eagle. April 1, 2016. Available at www.kansas.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/now-consider-this/article69534982.html.] The second headline was in response to the news story "Cargill plans to move its Wichita headquarters -- but where?" [3.…
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Kansas support for higher education

How does Kansas state support for higher education compare to other states? In the Wichita Eagle, Chapman Rackaway contributes a satirical look at Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and his handling of Kansas government. And, the governor deserves many of Rackaway's jabs. But there is something that needs clarification, which is the contention that Kansas is a backwater state when it comes to higher education funding, at least compared to Washington state. (Chapman Rackaway: How about Brownback as K-State president?, April 8, 2016.) Rackaway writes: "That Washington State could pay [departing Kansas State University president Kirk] Schulz so much more is…
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Wichita Eagle, where are you?

Wichita Eagle, where are you?

The state's largest newspaper has no good reason to avoid reporting and editorializing on an important issue. But that's what the Wichita Eagle has done. In November 2014 Wichita voters rejected a proposed Wichita city sales tax. The largest portion of that tax, $250 million, would have gone towards expanding the capacity of the Aquifer Storage and Recharge, or ASR, project. The Wichita Eagle editorial board urged voters to approve the tax. It told readers that spending $250 million on ASR would "assure a future for Wichita with enough water." "The needs are clear," the editors wrote, adding "Investing in…
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Small and weak government?

Small and weak government?

Do corporations prefer the marketplace or a large and powerful government? A letter in the Wichita Eagle criticized the marketplace and the power that corporations purportedly hold over it. (Government needed, February 28, 2016). This letter refers to an op-ed by Charles Koch (Charles G. Koch: Sanders and I agree on a few issues, February 19, 2016, originally published in the Washington Post) A few remarks: The letter-writer states: "It was also no surprise to read that his solution is very small and weak government." Reading the Koch op-ed to which the letter-writer refers, I didn't see a call for…
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Was Jesus a socialist, according to Crowson

Was Jesus a socialist, according to Crowson

If you've ever wondered when is the time to start ignoring Wichita Eagle editorial cartoonist Richard Crowson, perhaps the time is now. Here's what Lawrence Reed had to say on the topic of this cartoon: "The fact is, one can scour the Scriptures with a fine-tooth comb and find nary a word from Jesus that endorses the forcible redistribution of wealth by political authorities. None, period." For more from Reed on this topic, see his essay Rendering Unto Caesar: Was Jesus a Socialist?
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