Daily Archives: Nov. 15, 2012

Secession isn’t happening, Brownback says

As of Thursday morning, more than 7,600 people had signed a petition asking the federal government to “peacefully grant the state of Kansas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government” – though many of the signers don’t live in Kansas. But as Gov. Sam Brownback noted, “Kansas is and will always remain a state in the United States of America.” And as House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, told the Lawrence Journal-World: “I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to have a secession debate.” What’s disturbing is that more than a few Kansans apparently do want that debate.

Status quo in House, Senate minority leadership

Nancy Pelosi (in photo) plans to stay as House minority leader, despite Democrats having lost the majority in 2010 and fallen at least 17 seats short of regaining it this past election. Meanwhile, Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell as Senate minority leader, though the GOP lost Senate seats this past election and McConnell failed badly at his No. 1 priority of making President Obama a one-term president.

Special screening about more than just watching a movie

Kudos to the Warren Theatres at 21st and Tyler for offering a movie screening for children with autism or severe sensory disorders. The showing, which will be of “Wreck-It Ralph” at 11 a.m. Saturday, was the idea of Bob Nooe, a counselor at Greiffenstein Alternative Elementary in Wichita. “So many of these kids have never watched a movie on a big screen because their parents don’t feel comfortable taking them,” Nooe said. The theater will make some accommodations, such as turning up the lights more than usual and turning down the sound. Having a child with special needs can sometimes be isolating, both for families and the child. As Nooe noted, the screening will allow the children to get “out in public in an environment where they can feel comfortable and be around others.”