Daily Archives: May 12, 2014

Jenkins received special treatment on CPA title

jenkins,lynnThe Kansas Board of Accountancy shouldn’t have given U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, special treatment in allowing her to continue to call herself a certified public accountant even though her license expired in 2012. The CPA title is supposed to be used only when a license is active, but the board decided that Jenkins could continue to use the title, provided she doesn’t perform any services for the public as a CPA. Dan Sweetwood, executive director of the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy, criticized the Kansas board for seeming to be influenced by Jenkins’ political office. “She’s misleading the public,” he told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “It’s politically sensitive, but so what?”

Open thread (May 12)

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Reid wrong on Koch Industries’ role in climate change

kochindustriesSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continued his rhetorical assault on the Koch brothers last week, later earning three Pinocchios from the Washington Post’s Fact Checker feature for claiming they “are one of the main causes” of climate change. Referring to a study by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Reid said Koch Industries ranked “as one of the nation’s biggest air and water polluters, period. In one year Koch Industries released 31 million pounds of toxic air. How much is that? It’s more than Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil and General Electric combined emitted.” Not so, the Fact Checker found, noting the study puts Koch Industries 27th among polluters, that Dow and Exxon Mobil “actually had more than double the emissions of Koch Industries” and that Koch doesn’t even appear on global lists of the top carbon-emitting companies. The Fact Checker concluded: “We understand Reid’s overall point, but it’s important to stick to the facts when making such claims.” Meanwhile, Politico reported last week that the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity “intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives.” No wonder Reid is rattled.

Are school security scanners really needed?

southeasthighNew security systems being tested in four Wichita public schools seem like an expensive solution in search of a problem. The systems scan the driver’s licenses of parents and other school visitors and check them against a nationwide database of sex offenders. In addition to privacy concerns and logistical problems, including the fact that the offices at some schools aren’t by the front door, it is unclear why this system is needed. Are there sex offenders wandering the halls of schools? Based on feedback through Friday, the district plans to select a preferred system and begin using it districtwide this fall. Here’s some feedback: Skip the scanners and put the money in the classrooms.