Daily Archives: Dec. 13, 2013

Terrorism plot a sobering reminder of danger

grissomterrorThe threat of domestic terrorism just became uncomfortably real for south-central Kansas, with the announcement about a foiled suicide bombing at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. Congratulations and gratitude are due the federal, state and local authorities whose work and collaboration enabled the incident to end with an arrest rather than a deadly blast. The arrest was a sobering reminder that a dozen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, people out there want to kill and maim Americans, and not only in coastal urban centers.

No local say on guns in public buildings

gunconcealedThe new state law requiring cities, counties and other public entities to choose between providing costly “adequate security” or allowing concealed-carry of firearms in their buildings is prompting the Wichita City Council and other governing bodies to throw up their hands and welcome the guns, our Friday editorial notes. The day-to-day impact of expanded concealed-carry may be as negligible as that of the 2006 Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act itself. Still, the 2013 legislation makes a joke of local control.

Open thread (Dec. 13)

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ACA hurting Obama’s approval rating

obamajune2011The rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act hurt President Obama’s approval rating, with a record 54 percent disapproving of his job performance in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed cited ACA as a chief factor in shaping their view of the president this year. “It’s probably fair to say that as goes health care, so goes the Obama presidency for the next year,” Democratic pollster Fred Yang said. The public thinks even less of Congress. “More than half of those polled rated the current Congress as one of the worst ever, by far the most negative verdict going back to 1990,” the Wall Street Journal reported.