Daily Archives: Nov. 19, 2012

Southwest flights are great news for Wichita

It is great news – both for business and leisure travelers – that Southwest Airlines has committed to operating five daily flights from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, starting June 2. The discount carrier will have two daily flights to Dallas, two to Chicago and one to Las Vegas. The only unfortunate news in the announcement Monday was that Wichita will lose its three daily AirTran Airways flights to Atlanta. But the Southwest flights to three major markets will more than make up for this loss.

No need for cursive in a digital world?

The Nov. 12 article by The Eagle’s Suzanne Perez Tobias on whether Kansas schools still teach cursive writing drew the attention of Washington Post blogger Alexandra Petri, whose response was headlined, “Abandon penmanship!” To Kansas State Board of Education member Walt Chappell’s contention that “there are all kinds of situations where you have to know how to write longhand,” Petri declared: “Nonsense! As an exercise, writing things by hand is up there with cobbling shoes and shoeing horses. If your only justification for the need to teach something in schools is that ‘if the power goes out, dang, won’t it be useful to have crossbows,’ possibly it is obsolete.” Last week, the state board heard a report that 90 percent of districts still teach cursive writing at the elementary level. The new Common Core standards for English do not include cursive writing, but the state board could decide to add it to Kansas’ version.

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Petraeus Started Affair Last Year to Cover Up Benghazi, Says Conspiracy Theorist
Conservative Megadonors Spent Week Yelling at Their Money
Needy Nation Breaks Down After First Full Week Without Being Pandered to by Politicians
As Syria Spirals Into Chaos, the Media Ask: Is It Really Over for Justin and Selena?
Nation Horrified to Learn About War in Afghanistan While Reading up on Petraeus Sex Scandal
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Christmas Album Plunges Nation Into Double-Dip Recession