Daily Archives: Nov. 4, 2012

Sedgwick County is due for smooth Election Day

All eyes will be on Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman on Tuesday during her first general election in charge. Will there be more problems with the electronic scanners that poll workers use to scan the photo IDs, as reported during the February and August elections and again during early voting last week? Will close races lead to repercussions from the troubling cases in which at least 64 people in the county received advance ballots intended for other precincts? And will the office release the election results in a timely manner Tuesday night? Or will there be a repeat of the August primary, when an election worker’s error led to the release of incorrect totals early on and the delay of final results until 11:15 p.m.? That was after some candidates and their supporters had given up, and as the state wondered what on earth was going on in Sedgwick County. Every election has its glitches, but more voting problems Tuesday will make it harder for the public to trust the results.

Politics should not get in the way of neighbors

With all the bile and mudslinging in politics today, it was refreshing to read last week about the Lamps and Lieses, next-door neighbors in the North Riverside neighborhood. The Lamps are dedicated Republicans, and the Lieses are dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. Their yards are filled with signs supporting opposing candidates. Yet they haven’t lost perspective on what really matters or how they should treat others with respect. “If our politics causes us to destroy or vilify our neighbor, then what good is the politics? It defeats everything,” Linda Lamp told The Eagle. Alan Lies added: “The neighbor concept is more important to us than politics.”

So they said

“What could be better than New York City at Halloween with our two granddaughters, trick-or-treating?” – Mike Michaelis, winner of the Arts Council’s Gordon Evans Award, unintentionally drawing a laugh at Thursday night’s awards ceremony in taped remarks explaining his absence

“If we’re not here to oppose Brownback, then who will? Nobody.” – Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, who is in a tough re-election race

“I am fairly confident that President Obama doesn’t know I exist.” – Sen. Kelly Kultala, D-Kansas City, expressing frustration to Huffington Post about the Kansas Chamber of Commerce mailings targeting her as an Obama ally