Daily Archives: April 20, 2011

Sedgwick County commissioners deadlock on money for Project Access health-care program

A program that helps connect Sedgwick County’s poor with access to health care will go without $250,000 it had counted on for now because of political gridlock.

Four Sedgwick County commissioners couldn’t reach a majority when voting Wednesday on an agreement with the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation and the city to partner on Project Access. In August, commissioners voted to put $250,000 into the county’s budget to support Project Access. Wednesday’s agreement would have solidified that commitment.

Because commissioners didn’t approve the agreement, Project Access won’t get the money, which represents slightly less than a third of its budget, for now. The non-profit group hopes commissioners will reconsider when a fifth commissioner who was absent Wednesday returns.

“We’re being deluged with phone calls right now. We have patients calling asking ‘What’s going to happen to me?’ ” said associate executive director Anne Nelson. “This is a really critical decision that has been made that affects our program.”

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TV mogul Norman Lear to bring original copy of Declaration of Independence to Eisenhower Library

ABILENE — One of the last original copies of the Declaration of Independence and a visit from a famed television producer will highlight a week of activities beginning Monday at the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.

On public display starting Tuesday will be a “Dunlap Broadside,” one of the original printing run of 200 copies of the Declaration that were printed overnight on July 4, 1776, and distributed to the colonies to drum up support for independence. Only 25 still exist.

The document is identical to the Declaration displayed at the Library of Congress and actually predates the better-known caligraphy version at the National Archives in Washington.

“It’s basically taking this document to the people rather than the people having to travel to Washington DC to see it,” said museum spokeswoman Samantha Kenner.


Television producer Norman Lear, whose family foundation owns the Broadside, will start off a week of observances with remarks at a reception at 6 p.m. Monday at the library.

Lear is best known for producing a string of hit shows in the 1970s including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, One Day at a Time and Sanford and Son. He is also known as a longtime supporter of progressive, civil rights and First Amendment causes and is founder of People for the American Way.

Monday’s event will also feature private viewing of the Declaration and a performance reading by the Great Plains Theatre. Read More »

Commissioner Peterjohn says President Obama offended him

Moving politics off the local front to the national, Sedgwick County commissioner Karl Peterjohn said he was offended by President Obama’s recent comment that Republicans were trying to turn the United States into a third world country.

Peterjohn, a Republican, recalled starting his term on the commission wearing a button of the president.

He said Republicans on the commission have worked well with Democrats (there is one on the board now) to get business done.

Peterjohn said he did not vote for President Obama but will be hoping for change in 2012.