Daily Archives: Sept. 13, 2011

Perry wore bull’s-eye at debate

Move over, President Obama; Texas Gov. Rick Perry was the main target of Monday’s GOP presidential debate. The other candidates repeatedly pressed Perry about his views on Social Security and his support for vaccinating schoolgirls and allowing children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition. The candidates also challenged how much Perry is responsible for Texas’ economic growth. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, complained that his taxes had gone up while Perry had been governor and that a significant share of the job growth in Texas had been government jobs. He then joked, “I don’t want to offend the governor because he might raise my taxes or something.”

Sexual predator program needs expansion

It’s a problem the state wishes it didn’t have, but its sexual predator treatment program at Larned State Hospital is at capacity and needs expansion. “This population continues to grow,” said Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki. “SRS has an obligation to the people of Kansas to keep these individuals separated from society at large, and to house them in buildings that are both safe and secure.” There are 214 people in the program, and about 18 new residents are admitted each year. Siedlecki is seeking $2 million to remodel a building at Larned to provide space for 34 more people and about $200,000 to remodel facilities at Parsons State Hospital to house eight people who are in transition for possible release, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Wichita found Safdie first

Kansas City, Mo., will be buzzing this week over the striking new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a “curvaceous mass of metal, glass and strings” that will open Thursday as the new home of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet. But Wichita can claim to have discovered its architect first. Moshe Safdie, based in Massachusetts, won the Kansas City commission just eight months after Sedgwick County’s Exploration Place opened in 2000. The Kauffman planners were said to be impressed by Safdie’s dramatic yet economical use of wood and stone at Exploration Place.