Daily Archives: Sept. 8, 2010

Perkins needed to go

perkinsLewIt’s hard to stomach that University of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins still will be paid about $2 million, even though he retired this week, a year earlier than planned. But it likely is best that KU did what it had to do to move out Perkins. Though he had some impressive accomplishments, particularly in upgrading athletic facilities, Perkins lost credibility in the past year with a ticket-selling scandal and a report of extravagant travel expenses. As Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz wrote, “Perkins sat on top of a kingdom for a while at KU, but as king he became sloppy and arrogant.” He needed to go.

Quran burning could endanger U.S. troops

koranburnPlans by the 50-member Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., to burn the Quran on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, could do real harm to the war on terrorism and put U.S. soldiers at even greater risk. Gen. David Petraeus, head of Multinational Forces in Afghanistan, has warned that the burnings would “undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence.”

Open thread 9/8


Six may be too quiet

New AGWith a few high-profile exceptions, such as Tuesday’s filing of charges in the murder of a Great Bend teen, Attorney General Steve Six’s tenure has been “as boring as a seminar on corn leaf rust” compared with those of predecessors Phill Kline and Paul Morrison, noted Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson. “He comes off as a pragmatic public servant, seemingly more interested in making the office run right than pushing party dogma or using his position as a political springboard.” He concluded: “That’s proven to be fantastic for Kansans who need services from the attorney general’s office, but will it be enough to get Democrats out in November?” A recent SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, had Six trailing challenger Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, 54 to 34 percent.