Daily Archives: July 21, 2013

Chamber’s ‘pro-jobs’ lawmakers favored higher-education cuts

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s recently released “2013 Pro-Jobs Legislator list” was Republican-only, singling out 24 senators and 71 representatives for their support for “sound business policy that strengthens our state’s economy and attracts jobs.” Of course, many lawmakers who supported the cuts to higher-education funding made the list – including that effort’s ringleaders, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, and Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover. The applauded lawmakers also favored the $2 million cut in state funding for the National Center for Aviation Training, which is crucial to Wichita remaining the Air Capital of the World. Many Kansans would be hard-pressed to see how it benefits the state’s economy and business environment to harm state universities and drive tuition rates higher. As Daniel Hurley of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities recently asked: “What employer would want to move to or expand in a state where the Legislature makes it clear that college access and building a skilled workforce is not a priority?”

City, kids blessed by Wichita Children’s Home

Congratulations to the Wichita Children’s Home on its 125th anniversary, which was Friday. The home started as an orphanage in 1888 and is now a crisis shelter that serves about 5,000 children and young people every year. Karen Countryman-Roswurm, a former resident of the home who now directs the Center for Combating Human Trafficking at Wichita State University, spoke of the dedication and commitment of the staff: “They don’t care how little money they might have. They don’t care how hard the work can be. They help those children day after day after day.” Wichita and tens of thousands of children have been blessed by work the home has done all these years.

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

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

Nation Throws Hands Up, Tells Black Teenagers to Do Their Best Out There

Florida Considers Eliminating Laws Altogether

U.S. Border Patrol Increases Staff by Hiring Cheap Immigrant Labor

Man Who Couldn’t Defeat George W. Bush Attempting to Resolve Israel-Palestine Conflict

Texas Weighs Ban on Women

Michelle Obama Finally Gets Around to Reading ‘Dreams From My Father’

J.K. Rowling Revealed to Be Pseudonym for Newt Gingrich

Netflix Receives 10 Emmy Nominations for Season 4 of ‘Wings’