Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

Council seized the opportunity on airport name

eisenhowerCongratulations to the Wichita City Council majority for voting to rebrand the airport and properly honor a famous Kansan in connection with next year’s opening of the new $101.5 million terminal. Tuesday’s 5-2 vote approving the name of Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was an optimistic statement about the city’s future – in sharp contrast to some of the opponents’ negative remarks at the meeting. And there will never be a more cost-effective time to do better than the “Mid-Continent” name – a ’70s castoff from the airport in Kansas City, Mo. – nor is there a Kansan more worthy of such a tribute than the nation’s 34th president.

Open thread (March 4)

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What indeed is the matter with Kansas?

stateseal“Our state’s politicians praise unrestricted free enterprise,” political science professor Mark Peterson wrote. “They promise better schools, highways, economic boosterism and support for children. What they have delivered is a severe reduction in tax revenue partially offset with heavy borrowing through the state transportation department to help pay state government’s general expenses. And they engage in antics that waste time, money and the state’s reputation in every quarter of the land. What indeed is the matter with Kansas?”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

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

Arizona Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill: ‘Let’s Focus on Discriminating Against Mexicans’

Academy to Give Oscar Runners-Up Detailed Progress Reports Outlining Where Stars Can Improve

Expressing Deeply Held Political Opinion Referred to as ‘Gaffe’

Winter Olympics Inspire Nation’s Youth to Try Sports Their Parents Can’t Afford

Dick Vitale Undergoes Annual Bracketological Examination