Daily Archives: Oct. 1, 2013

Huelskamp helped fuel shutdown fight

As if Congress needed another roadblock over the weekend to passing a spending bill and trying to avoid a federal shutdown, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, and other House Republicans succeeded in adding one more Saturday night: a “conscience clause” enabling insurers and employers to opt out of covering preventive care for women, such as birth control, on moral or religious grounds. Some religious nonprofit organizations already can be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated coverage of such preventive services. But Huelskamp claimed in a statement that because of the Department of Health and Human Services mandate, “millions of Americans – from Hobby Lobby to the Little Sisters of the Poor – are currently being forced to violate their deeply held religious beliefs.”

Open thread (Oct. 1)

Security changes in Old Town welcome

The stepped-up security measures announced Monday by Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams should help reassure the public about the safety of Old Town in the wake of the Sept. 22 fatal shooting in the nightlife district. The smart moves include increasing police presence in key areas and time periods, better monitoring of security cameras, use of the police helicopter and steps to discourage motorists’ cruising. The patrol statistics over the most recent weekend, including arrests and liquor citations, also sent a welcome message. Now, more eyewitnesses of the shooting should come forward and assist the Police Department, so that the perpetrator can be caught and justice can be served.