Daily Archives: Sept. 29, 2013

Public concerned about Old Town safety

A SurveyUSA poll of Kansans sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, underscored the importance of safeguarding not only Old Town-goers but also the nightlife district’s reputation in the wake of last weekend’s fatal shooting spree. When respondents were asked whether Old Town was safe, 37 percent said “somewhat,” 27 percent said “not very,” and 16 percent said “not at all,” while 55 percent said reports of violence there make them less likely to visit the neighborhood. Forty-two percent said police could be doing more to make it safe.

Kansas still struggling in U.S. News’ university rankings

When then-Gov. Mark Parkinson challenged the Kansas Board of Regents in 2009 to improve the state universities’ standings nationally, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Kansas as 96th among 260 national universities and put Kansas State University in its third tier (between 134th and 196th) and Wichita State University in its fourth (between 197th and 260th). Parkinson proposed a 10-year goal of vaulting KU into the top 50 and K-State into the top 100 and having no Kansas institution in the bottom tier. Since then, the institutions’ leaders and the regents have sought to increase graduation rates and enrollments as well as court research and other funding. But in the U.S. News rankings released last month, KU was 101st, K-State was 135th, and WSU’s unpublished ranking was in the bottom one-fourth. The regents recently voted to ask Gov. Sam Brownback to restore tens of millions of dollars of higher-education funding cut last spring. On our Opinion pages Sunday, WSU president John Bardo writes about his strategy for significantly boosting enrollment and enhancing quality.

So they said

“I want to thank you for being truly senatorial and basically doing what senators do, and that is respecting everybody’s point of view.… I’d be happy to buy you breakfast.” – Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., addressing the long-talking Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, early Wednesday

“This, we believe, won’t take a single calorie off the plate of kids, but it will make some adults who are laying around, make them go to work.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show, defending food stamp cuts and requiring able-bodied recipients to work

“By not adopting Medicaid expansion you’re leaving not only a lot of federal dollars, but a lot of people on the side of the road.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking in Kansas City, Mo.