Daily Archives: Feb. 16, 2014

Open thread (Feb. 16)

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Is climate-change denial now official Sedgwick County policy?

Arctic MeltSedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau left no doubt that he was speaking in his official capacity when he testified last week in Topeka in favor of a resolution that opposes President Obama’s climate action plan. His written testimony began: “The Sedgwick County Commission would like to voice our support for” House Resolution 6043 “and encourage the committee members to support its passage.” In his remarks, he also criticized Obamacare and a short-lived USDA program called “Meatless Mondays.” But does the full County Commission really deny, as the resolution does, that human activity has anything to do with global sea level and that greenhouse-gas emissions have anything to do with Earth’s temperature? If so, it’s at odds with 97 percent of climate scientists and the major U.S. scientific agencies.

Answer racist graffiti with more art

muralgraffitiThe colorful mural at 21st and Park Place was painted by teens to celebrate the message that “immigration is beautiful” – which makes the racist vandalism of it seem all the more ugly. Delano’s Bluebird Arthouse also was targeted, presumably because it hosted a meeting of an artists group connected to the mural. Now, the community should respond to the sickening graffiti by helping Armando Minjarez and the others in ICT Army of Artists enrich north Wichita and other neighborhoods with more bright, enlightening public artworks.

So they said

roberts3“The New York Times does not get to define what it means to be a Kansan.” – Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., in a statement regarding a Times story about how he has made his voting residency the Dodge City home of two campaign donors

“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not respond to repeated inquires about Roberts’ residency status.” – from a CNN Political Ticker story on a Milton Wolf ad challenging Roberts’ ties to Kansas

“He gave the president exactly what he wanted, which is exactly what the Republican Party said we did not want.” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, in the New York Times, on House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to vote on a clean debt-ceiling bill

“We urge our state’s leaders to put Kansans first and say ‘no’ to Medicaid expansion.” – Americans for Prosperity Kansas, in its legislative priorities