Republican legislators: Facts and myths surrounding the economic condition of Kansas

first_imgClaim: The State Budget is in troubleFact:  Many of the people making this claim should look in the mirror as the State ending the fiscal year prior to the Governor taking office with a negative $27 million ending balance.  Thankfully, the ending balances and reserves bounced back to the point of $709 million for fiscal year 2013.  The Governor and the Legislature understood the importance of the strong fiscal position as we knew the tax cuts would decrease State revenue and that it would take some time for the economy to turn around.  We also know that we have some work to do in regards to the State Budget.It was announced a few weeks ago that the State budget office had found $101 million in efficiencies from five different projects that do not include a reduction in services or staff and that there are other similar projects underway. These kinds of efficiencies along with a growing economy will be how our State will respond to the challenges ahead.Sen. Ty Masterson Chair, Senate Ways and Means CommitteeRep. Gene Suellentrop Chair, House Appropriations Committee Follow us on Twitter. The following is a guest editorial written by two Kansas State Legislators, requested to be published by State Representative Kyle Hoffman of the 116th District. “I completely endorse what they are saying,” Hoffman said. Kyle HoffmanWe have read with interest over the past few months as misinformation has been provided on the Governor and Legislature’s education and fiscal record.  As Chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, we would like to address a few of these false claims. Claim: Governor Brownback made the “largest cut to schools in state history.”Fact:  In the previous Administration, funding was propped up by $200 million of federal stimulus money. That federal money went away in Governor Brownback’s first budget, but he has increased State funding by over $270 million since that time.  As a result, Kansas spends more now per student than ever before on K-12 students.  Even when taking the increased investment to KPERS out of the equation, Kansas still spends more now per student than ever before. Claim: The Kansas economy is lagging the nation.Fact:  The income tax cuts were intended to stimulate economic growth, primarily through cutting the income tax for small businesses to zero as they employ the overwhelming majority of Kansans.  The tax cuts have had a positive effect on small businesses.    Small business income has grown by 26% and has one of the highest growth rates in the country.  This small business income has led to growth in jobs and wages.  Kansas has the 2nd highest growth rate in the country of job gains by new and expanding businesses since 2013.  Hourly and weekly earnings and wage growth has been higher than 3% for July and August of 2014 when compared to July and August of 2013, easily surpassing our neighboring states. Private sector job growth is 54% higher since 2011 than it was from 1991 to 2010.   In the last available quarter (4th quarter of 2013), Kansas saw a large increase in real GDP.  Rate of growth surpassed the national average and almost all states in its designated region.   All of these indicators point to a strong economy moving forward. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/el… Without Snyder’s knowledge or consent. What a slime. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/ar… Facts and math are hard. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago Your response to claim #2 is False. It is true that more than 15,000 new businesses were incorporated in 2013, the first year of the governor’s tax plan. But Brownback ignores that more than 16,000 businesses were either dissolved or forfeited because of failure to pay fees. About 4,500 of these businesses were reinstated, putting the total increase in businesses at 3,600, less than the year before. However, all of these numbers are inflated, because some of the new businsses are also old businesses. The governor’s tax plan enabled certain types of businesses, such as limited liability corporations and S corporations, to pay no income tax, so many businesses that had other types of incorporation dissolved and then reformed as LLCs or S corporations. The Kauffman Foundation, looking at the number of new businesses created for every 100,000 people, ranked Kansas as 45th among all states in new business formation. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/el… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Mel · 301 weeks ago Just another Brownback yes man……….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Credence · 301 weeks ago We have already experienced the liberal economic experiment, which is increased taxes, more spending, low economic growth and exodus of businesses and citizens. Why do people think we can tax ourselves into prosperity? Paul Davis is in favor of higher taxes leading to more spending. How does this improve our economic situation? This article provides facts from people who actually know what our financial condition is at the state level. Spinning the facts to by those with their own personal agendas does not change the fact that Kansas is better economically today than we were under Kathleen Sebelius and we have an opportunity to improve what Brownback has started. Going back to the days of taxing and spending will not provide a secure economic future. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Expert Week 10 NFL Survivor Pool Advice, Tips, Picks for Knockout Football Pools

first_imgLast week saw a chunk of NFL survivor pool entries knocked out by the Packers’ and Jets’ losses, but one of those teams is back among this week’s top picks. As teams get used up and the games become tougher to pick, data-driven advice becomes more important. Fortunately, the experts from TeamRankings are here to help by breaking down the five most popular knockout picks for your Week 10 football pools. Before getting into the pros and cons of those teams, here’s a reminder that TeamRankings the only site that provides customized picks that maximize your edge in survivor pools. Since 2017, TeamRankings subscribers have reported nearly $1.5 million in survivor pool winnings. Check out their NFL survivor pool picks, football pick ’em contest picks, and NFL betting picks. We built our NFL Survivor Picks tools to do all of the necessary number crunching to figure out the best pick(s) for your pool. You simply answer a few questions about your survivor pool’s size and rules and enter the teams you’ve picked so far. Then, it provides customized Week 10 pick recommendations based on the latest matchup data, Vegas odds and public picking trends.The result? Since 2017, each year on average more than 30 percent of our subscribers have reported winning a survivor pool.We invite you to give it (and all our other premium NFL tools) a try. Good luck in your NFL survivor contests and office pools this week! More From TeamRankings:Football Pick ’em Picks | NFL Survivor Picks | NFL Betting PicksLast week’s survivor pick analysisThe three most popular choices from Week 9 survived, though it was dicey. San Francisco got a closer game from Arizona than expected, winning by three points. Seattle went to overtime at home against Tampa Bay and won the toss and drove for a winning score. Green Bay and the Jets, the next most popular entries, were not as fortunate. With their losses, plus some other smaller ones, the public survived at an estimated 86-percent rate for the week.Our subscriber recommendations largely avoided the popular 49ers and Seahawks, and were heaviest on Buffalo against Washington, with 36 percent on the Bills. After that, three other teams were each recommended to about 16-17 percent of our subscribers: Carolina, Cleveland, and Dallas. Carolina and Dallas got the win, but Cleveland managed to lose a game against a quarterback who had never started, despite having more yards and fewer turnovers. As a result of that, and a few other recommendations, our subscriber recommendations advanced 78-percent of the time.Overall, the public has survived at approximately a 16-percent rate to Week 10, and our recommendations at a 17-percent rate. Our subscribers also have a higher percentage of 49ers, Vikings, Bills, and Chiefs still available for future use compared to the public, which could be important in coming weeks.WEEK 10 FANTASY RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 10 NFL Survivor Pool Pick Tips, AnalysisThis week features two teams being selected by around 40 percent of the remaining public entries so far. They each look like the safest choices this week, but should you stay with one of them or take a little more risk and fade both to play for the big upset? Those are the choices those in survivor pools this week.New Orleans Saints (vs. Atlanta)Survival Pool Pick Popularity: 45%Point Spread: -13Drew Brees is back, and the Saints have an attractive matchup against rival Atlanta, who are 1-7, allow 30th in points allowed per game, and have a league-low seven sacks. New Orleans has also been little used in survivor until now. In fact, their highest popularity figure until this week was five percent of the public entries taking them in Week 8. That means most entries have them available, and a large percentage are using them as the highest win odds team of the week. Our models put them at 83-percent win odds.That high popularity figure takes away some of their value in a week with two other options with greater than 80-percent implied win odds based on the betting market money lines.This week does look like the best option to use New Orleans based on projected win odds, and the only remaining week where we currently project them as a top three option by win odds. They do, though, have three other weeks where we project their win odds at 70 percent or better and could be a good future lower popularity play.Indianapolis Colts (vs. Miami)Survival Pool Pick Popularity: 40%Point Spread: -10.5The Colts have not been a popular choice until now in survivor pools and likely will not be again for the rest of the year. So, if you want to use them, this is the spot to do it. The win odds are currently at 81 percent from the betting markets, and our odds are a little lower at 78 percent. Jacoby Brissett’s status is still uncertain, and that could be holding down some of their value and is something to monitor. Veteran Brian Hoyer would get the start if Brissett cannot start.Regardless, they are one of the safest choices this week. As with the Saints, their value is somewhat held down this week because their popularity is pushing 40 percent.Baltimore Ravens (at Cincinnati) Survival Pool Pick Popularity: 6%Point Spread: -10Unlike the two most popular options, the  Ravens have already been a very popular survivor choice in multiple weeks. That’s why their pick popularity is down at six percent, a small fraction of both the Saints and Colts, despite having similar win odds playing against winless Cincinnati on the road. That means they look like the best value of the most popular options, but there is also a high likelihood that they are not available to choose.Baltimore also has the best future value of any of the most popular choices this week, and in particular, look like an attractive choice in Week 15 when they host the Jets.Green Bay Packers (vs. Carolina)Survival Pool Pick Popularity: 2%Point Spread: -5.5Green Bay sneaks into this list at only two-percent popularity, with over 90 percent of the public going with the top three choices. They are a tier below the top choices in terms of safety, and our models give them a 69-percent chance of victory against Carolina.That heightened risk is countered by the lower popularity and the payoff potential for an upset of one of the top two choices. While either the Saints or Colts losing is not super likely, there is roughly a one-in-three chance that at least one of them falls, wiping out at least 40 percent of remaining entries.If you do not use Green Bay in this spot, they are an attractive option in Week 14 when they host Washington.Kansas City Chiefs (at Tennessee) Survival Pool Pick Popularity: 2%Point Spread: -5.5This section has been updated on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ETThe game was off the board on Tuesday while we awaited official news on Patrick Mahomes’ status. On Wednesday, the line opened at Chiefs by four and quickly moved up to 5.5 points. That line seems to reflect a belief that Mahomes is likely to play, as our full season predictive ratings would have the Chiefs at 6.1 points better than Tennessee on a neutral field (this game is in Tennessee).The Chiefs have pretty good future value, and if you have not burned them yet, they look like a safer option in both Week 13 (vs. Oakland) and Week 15 (vs. Denver), at which point it is expected that Patrick Mahomes will certainly have fully healed.They are currently in the same safety profile range as several other options this week, in the tier behind the Colts, Saints, and Ravens. Our models give them a 69-percent chance of victory, which is a drop-off in safety, but one which is offset by the much lower pick popularity (see Green Bay discussion).Given the volatility in the early point spread and the remaining uncertainty around Mahomes’ status, it’s best to keep an eye on this situation throughout the week.More From TeamRankings:Football Pick ’em Picks | NFL Survivor Picks | NFL Betting PicksGet our Week 10 Survivor Pool pick recommendationThe teams above are the most popular survivor picks of Week 10, but that doesn’t mean one of them is the best pick for you. Your best NFL Week 10 survivor pick is the one that offers the ideal balance of safety, pick popularity, and future value for your specific pool.last_img read more

Blaming Nick Saban for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is a pointless exercise

first_imgBut Tagovailoa wouldn’t have played on Saturday if he, his family, Saban and the Alabama medical staff weren’t all in agreement he was healthy enough to take the field. This will be debated over and over and over again, not just through the end of this season, but anytime Tagovailoa’s injury resurfaces in the future. Every time, someone will recount how Saban decided to let Tagovailoa play against Mississippi State.If this is indeed the last we’ve seen of Alabama’s star quarterback, it’s a heartbreaking end for one of college football’s great representatives over the last three seasons. His is an amiable, fun-loving personality who propelled Alabama’s traditional rush-based offense into an exciting aerial attack. In short, Tagovailoa made Alabama — and college football — better simply by playing.No one knows that better than Saban. Whether you like his decision, it’s only piling on to blame him for Tagovailoa’s injury. Alabama beat Mississippi State 38-7 on Saturday, a miniscule, secondary result compared to the grim reality facing the Crimson Tide moving forward in 2019.Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s season — perhaps his collegiate career — is over. Alabama said as much after he exited Saturday’s game with a dislocated hip in the Tide’s final drive before halftime. Instead of traveling back to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on the team bus, he left Davis Wade Stadium in an ambulance and was taken via helicopter to Birmingham for further evaluation. Tagovailoa’s injury immediately engendered heated responses across social media. One of the most prevalent reactions — and unfair reactions — was to blame Alabama coach Nick Saban. Fans and objective observers alike said the Alabama coach shouldn’t have allowed Tagovailoa to re-enter the game, let alone play in the first place.MORE: Tagovailoa re-injured in game vs. Mississippi StateIt’s true that Alabama didn’t need Tagovailoa to beat Mississippi State. The same could be said of Western Carolina next week, and all but two of the Crimson Tide’s regular-season games. Tagovailoa could have sat out against the Bulldogs and Catamounts and got closer to 100 percent for Alabama’s Iron Bowl matchup at Auburn on Nov. 30.But Tagovailoa loves to play college football. He entered this game not quite 100 percent, but clearly felt well enough to play for his team. Knowing he lobbied Saban to enter the game for one final drive is part of what has made him one of college football’s best these past few seasons. It also makes his injury that much worse. Three plays into that lobbied final drive, Tagovailoa was injured.With hindsight, it’s obvious Tagovailoa should have stayed on the sidelines. But it’s hard to keep a player who enjoys the game as much as Tagovailoa off the field. Saban told ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath at halftime he allowed Tagoailoa to remain in the game to practice a two-minute situation, but it’s more likely he obliged to his magnetic star quarterback’s request for one last drive on the day.It’s easy to call that a mistake on Saban’s part, but those fans blaming him for Tagovailoa’s injury would be better off wishing Tagovailoa well.Coaches don’t play or withhold their players with injuries in mind; Saban said as much when McGrath asked him about his decision. The fact Saban described Tagovailoa’s injury as “a freak thing” in postgame shows it had nothing to do with the high-ankle sprain he suffered before Saturday’s game. It was something no one could plan for, or expect.Those people who blame Saban for Tagovailoa’s injury didn’t seem to harbor the same resentment for him when Raekwon Davis, DJ Dale and receiver Henry Ruggs left with injuries. Because it’s unreasonable to expect Saban would know those players would get hurt. It’s the same for Tagovailoa.MORE: Recounting Tagovailoa’s injury before LSUThat still leaves anger for people saying Tagovailoa shouldn’t have played at all on Saturday. Maybe Saban wanted to keep Tagovailoa’s legs fresh under him after watching his early struggles against LSU following a three-week layoff. Maybe Saban wanted to wrack up style points, knowing his team no longer controls its destiny in the College Football Playoff. Or maybe it really was as simple as practicing a two-minute drill, or acquiescing to Tagovailoa’s request.last_img read more

SN college football rankings Week 15: Alabama loss sets final stage of Playoff bids

first_imgMORE: Playoff picture: Four in, three to watchAs for Sporting News’ rankings, Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan all fell after their respective losses — the latter two in particular after blowout losses to Big Ten rivals. The Crimson Tide, while still ranked in the top 10, have been completely eliminated from Playoff contention and will have to settle for a New Year’s Day 6 bowl. Only one thing separates us from the final pairings of the 2019 College Football Playoff: conference championship weekend.The final Playoff-contending teams were whittled down yet again on Saturday, with fifth-ranked Alabama and eighth-ranked Minnesota losing to Auburn and Wisconsin, respectively, in Rivalry Week. That sets up a mad dash among Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma and Baylor for the fourth and final Playoff spot, assuming Ohio State and Clemson win this week. Of course, the winners of those respective games all saw big jumps, including the Buckeyes, which leaped LSU for the top spot in SN’s latest rankings. Other movers include Cincinnati, which lost a hard-fought American Athletic Conference matchup with Memphis on Friday, and Virginia, which ended a 15-year losing streak to Virginia Tech to break into the top 25.With that, SN’s full top 25 college football rankings ahead of the Week 15 slate of games:Sporting News Week 15 college football rankingsRankTeamChange1Ohio State (12-0)+12LSU (12-0)-13Clemson (12-0)—4Georgia (11-1)—5Utah (11-1)+16Oklahoma (11-1)+17Baylor (11-1)+28Alabama (10-2)-39Wisconsin (10-2)+810Auburn (9-3)+811Oregon (10-2)—12Penn State (10-2)—13Notre Dame (10-2)—14Florida (10-2)—15Memphis (11-1)—16Boise State (11-1)—17Michigan (9-3)-718Minnesota (10-2)-1019Navy (9-2)+120Iowa (9-3)+121App State (11-1)+122Cincinnati (10-2)-323SMU (10-2)+124Louisiana (10-2)-125Virginia (9-3)NRMoved in: VirginiaDropped out: Virginia Techlast_img read more

Sunday blog: Perhaps it’s time to officially make SRMC a municipal hospital

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (28) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 272 weeks ago Government run health care. You have a very novel idea there Cue! 🙂 Karl Marx tried your idea of government run health care. It didn’t work out so good. Time to sell the hospital to an independent company. Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Larry · 272 weeks ago Well you can change the name and do whatever they want, but it is still going to be a money pit. The people of Wellington need to decide what they want and that is whether to have the hospital or not and if yes is the answer live with the cost of supporting it. I live in a small town south of Albuquerque and we have no hospital. It is on of the fastest growing areas in the state. The closest hospital is in Albuquerque that is 25 miles away. It doesn’t seem to bother the people here not to have a hospital that close. They did have one here when I moved here in the early eighties and it close because of a lot of the same problems the SMRC is having. People moved on and it has seem to work. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Nonya · 272 weeks ago I totally agree!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 272 weeks ago Nail hit on the head! None of the other city buildings pay utilities. The relationship between the hospital and the city as I understand it, is the hospital was sold to the city for a small sum when it was St Luke’s with the stipulation that it would be run by an independent board. This board in turn answers to the city council. There for the city is in control of the hospital. Why does the hospital pay for mowing, up keep on the parking areas, pay for utilities, and why is everyone so confused about why the hospital is in a bind? Look at even the BIG DOGS, Wesley, and Via Christi, they to are struggling. All hospitals have taken a hit. Both Wichita hospitals have changed management and cut cost and lost lots of money. I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know writing rude and uneducated comments in the news cow may make you feel better but won’t solve any problems. By the way if you are soo concerned about the hospitals situation pay your bills, use it and there is still an open position on the board, fill it. Report Reply 2 replies · active 272 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down craig · 272 weeks ago We are going to see a lot of families leave Wellington over the next few years. People avoid this tax-happy city now… and for good reason. We have problems that are not, and have never been, adequately addressed. Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down local guy · 272 weeks ago Why would the City want to get into the health care business? It is a losing proposition. I have always supported the hospital because I felt it was an important for our community. To some degree I still believe that. I wonder if ALL the doctors in the community maximize all the services that are offered. I would think a referral outside of the community would be a last resort. I would agree that it appears that the citizens want to keep the hospital and the jobs that go with it in Wellington. So do we give them a pass on utilities? Is that fair to other businesses in town? I guess as a citizen I would like to see all the numbers when it relates to our utility fund. How much is needed to keep our rating, how much are we short or long. One question also is how much money goes into that fund each year? Then after seeing that I guess we could determine a plan for the city and SRMC Report Reply 5 replies · active 271 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 272 weeks ago I would like to know how much of the money that has been pulled from the utility fund was specifically used to fund the hospital and the percentage the hospital support was of all the money pulled from the utility fund. This community in the past has indicated that they want a hospital by passing a sales tax that supports the hospital. Hindsight is 2020 but at the time I thought it was a mistake to not renew the hospital tax that expired. Also, we just passed a sales tax for the hospital so why did we not pass a sales tax high enough to support the hospital including utility bills. I think we should let the community decide again by passing another sales tax that this time is enough to support the hospital and not have to take out of the city general fund. Also, this would allow the entire community to support the hospital and not just property owners (through mill levy increases). This will then decide if we want a hospital by voting to fund it and it would be provide clear cut accounting on where the money is coming from and going to. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Rick Clift · 272 weeks ago When will city council members realize this is more hospital then this city needs. Cut the size and the cost in half. Anybody that needs anything serious done that is not an emergency is going to Wichita if they value their life. Please reconfigure this white elephant and make it what it should be an ambulatory, emergency and baby delivering facility. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down No one special · 272 weeks ago I’m not against a city run hospital. I mean it’s not much different from an other business. There is supply and demand, equipment and buildings to upkeep and employees to pay. Each department has a budget, the city council and administration should be able to figure out how to work together to make it work. At least then they couldn’t play the blame game. I do think that the hospital is city owned and we should now stop talking about the utility bill. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 272 weeks ago If you are comparing Wellington Hospital to the Wichita Hospitals you have a problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Can anyone tell me the difference between the Sumner Regional Medical Center and, say, the Wellington Fire and Police Departments?Yeah, yeah. I know the fire department is there to put out fires and deliver sick people. The police department is in charge of throwing bad guys in jail. The hospital is there to fix our boo-boos and keep us from dying.But essentially, all three institutions do the same thing— provide a community service unlike any other city department whether its utilities, the park department, etc.So why not make SRMC a municipal hospital and stop this us vs. them mentality?At Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting, SRMC was getting hammered over not paying for city utilities. In a nutshell, it was one government institution hammering another governmental institution about the amount of taxpayers money they were not receiving from the other.(see story here). It is obvious this system of billing SRMC for utilities isn’t working.Utility non-payments are nothing new for SRMC. I remember writing a Wellington Daily News article in the late 1990s or early 2000s when the hospital was not even 10 years old, about the city abating utilities for the hospital. As outlined by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields Tuesday, SRMC has had utility abatements for 27 of the last 60 months and hasn’t made a payment since Oct. 2013.Through it all, the council has been a good friend to the hospital. But that seemed to change Tuesday night.If you just dropped in from a planet from a galaxy very far away last week, you would have thought SRMC and the city were suddenly at war. The council has been a great friend to SRMC through the years. But Tuesday seemed like a spitting match – a battle of wills. Grant you this wasn’t the prevailing attitude of all the council members — Kelly Green and Jan Korte were the exceptions. But there was enough animosity elsewhere to make SRMC officials concerned.And I can’t help but think, that such a sudden adversarial attitude toward SRMC had little to do with changes in hospital board practices, as it is the sudden financial bind the city of Wellington has itself in over the utility reserve fund.Perhaps we need to restructure how this monolithic government is working on the local level.The city is fussing over the hospital not paying its utilities. But the police and fire departments don’t pay their utilities either except for items like natural gas which is outside the city of Wellington umbrella. Do I think the SRMC board is derelict in its duties? No. If we were living in the town of Sunnyvale, Wonderful where we live in bliss and harmony, I’m sure the SRMC would pay those utility bills like every other institution. But, unfortunately, SRMC is fighting a war of bureaucracy both federally and statewide. The battles SRMC are fighting are unique to them and rural hospitals across the state.Here’s a solution to the utility crisis. Close SRMC. Then the city will no longer have to worry about utility bill payment. Problem solved. Let’s start a new chapter in Wellington history.But this isn’t what the people want. Every sales tax referendum that has been presented to the Wellington voters has passed by overwhelming margins. We are talking approval in the 70 percentile. People want a hospital, and if Wellington is to grow and sell itself to others, having adequate medical facilities are essential.People ask me who owns the city. I’m not sure. SRMC has a CEO, who serves under a board of directors appointed by the city. The board submits meetings of minutes to the city council on a monthly bases. SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez comes to a council meeting every month to issue a report. Two City Council members serve on the hospital financial board – who by the way are Green and Korte. It seems SRMC is only independent in name only.Like it or not, the City of Wellington and SRMC are in a long-term marriage.So if you are married, why not sleep in the same bedroom? Bring the hospital in much like the fire and police department.Former council member John Brand made a point a few years back that he had worked in a community for which the city managed the hospital. He said it wasn’t a good situation for which the city manager was running the show and expenses were filtered through city hall.I’m not suggesting that. I’m thinking more under the lines of how the Wellington Recreation Commission is set up for which it is a separate entity but still is under the supervision of USD 353 and the city of Wellington.Korte made the point Tuesday night that things are getting better at SRMC. They are fighting a war, and are almost winning. The city needs to give them time, she said.Whether you believe that or not, what other alternative do we have but to give them time?If SRMC is fighting a war for survival, doesn’t it behoove us the city to Wellington to supply the ammunition to win the war?Perhaps, a merger one for all, and all for one, may be the best solution for this community.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 13, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, July 13, 2015•1:26 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 100 block of E. Lincoln.•2:40 p.m. Maria L. Ybarra, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective brake lights and no proof of insurance.•8:02 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity at Wellington Lake.•8:58 p.m. Cassandra Townsend, 51, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with defective headlight.last_img

U.S. Women’s Baseball team wins gold medal at Pan Am games today

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Amy · 263 weeks ago Congrats Riley! very proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Ryleigh Buck, a Wellington High School senior, and the U.S. Women’s baseball team clinched gold in the Pan Am games in Ajax, Ont. today with an 11-3 victory over Canada Sunday.Anna Kimbrell hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to open up a close game off with two outs in the frame and restored a five-run lead for the U.S., one inning after Canada had clawed back to score three.American starting pitcher Sarah Hudek, who hit in the clean-up spot, also drove in three. Michelle Snyder had two runs batted in and Samantha Cobb and Jenna Marston added an RBI apiece.Hudek gave up three runs on four hits while walking five and striking out two over 3 1/3 innings. Stacy Piagno pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball the rest of the way.Jenna Flannigan, Kelsey Lalor and Amanda Asay had RBIs for Canada.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Provencio, Reedy waive preliminary hearing; cases set for arraignment on Oct. 1

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Jolanda O. Cayate · 258 weeks ago Wow No Comments??? Idk wat to think??? Report Reply 1 reply · active 258 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Guest · 258 weeks ago People have better things to do than waste their breath on these two defendants. It is just unfortunate Greg and Bryan and their families have had to suffer. Report Reply -2 Vote up Vote down Jolanda O. Cayate · 258 weeks ago Really? But the other family hasn’t? Wen the so called adults take it out on the kids in the family, Hello? It Is not their fault!!! I live for the day wen the OTHER side of the story is finally heard! That family has been thru enough!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 258 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 258 weeks ago I wait for the day the “other side” receives a public education! If you are going to write a statement in regards to defending whoever you are defending, at least use spell check! Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Guestalso · 258 weeks ago The defendants are to blame for THEIR actions. Regardless what the victims could have, would have, should have done. There is absolutely no reason why a 50some year old man should have spent a week in the hospital and nearly lost his life, from the hands of another “man” he was only trying to help. Report Reply 1 reply · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jolanda O. Cayate · 257 weeks ago U kno these so calld victims r also to blame for their own injuries or should I say it’s unfortunate the other guy walked away with jus a few scratches but u kno y dnt u jus sit during trial n hear the other side of the story instead of making assumptions Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down guest · 257 weeks ago It also isn’t right that the other two could have lost their lives when they got ran over by the vehicle maybe the victims shouldn’t of tried to relive their glory days and fight with people 20 or 30 years younger Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Jolanda O. Cayate · 257 weeks ago I see my other comment ddnt get posted n all I sed was, I ddnt use spell chk n I dnt need anyone correcting how I choose to talk n if I dnt live up to ur expectation well then dnt read my comments! It’s called Freedom Of Speach!! Jus Saying. Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down 1212 · 253 weeks ago Has there been any update on this case since the arraignment was set for Oct 1? Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Nick Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 21, of Caldwell today have waived their right to a preliminary hearing and will enter pleas of either guilty or not guilty during a formal arraignment hearing scheduled for Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Sumner County District Court. Both men are facing at least two felony charges stemming from the alleged April 22 assault of two Caldwell men in their 50s in rural Sumner County.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer also dropped one felony charge — aggravated robbery, a level 3 felony — which stated the two defendants deliberately stole one of the victim’s pink Cadillac after the alleged attack.Sylvester ProvencioNick ReedyBoth men are facing at least two felony and three misdemeanor charges for the attack of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55, of Caldwell which occurred four miles east of the community.The preliminary hearing was scheduled today at 9:30 a.m. at the Sumner County District Court. Much of the morning was spent with a lengthy private conference amongst attorneys during the morning. The preliminary hearing got underway at 11:45 a.m. but was called for a lunch break thereafter. When the hearing reopened at 1:15 p.m., Spencer announced that the defense team wishes to waive the preliminary hearing. He also said he is dropping the aggravated robbery charge.Preliminary hearings are usually conducted so that the judge can determine whether there is enough evidence to bound the defendants over for trial. Usually, the defense has nothing to lose in a preliminary hearing as the burden of proof is always on the prosecution.Spencer said by waiving the hearing, the ball is now in the court of the Reedy and Provencio defense team, who must determine whether to plead not guilty and take their chances with a jury trial or to plead guilty and await sentencing from a judge.“I’m going to prepare this case as if we are going to jury trial,” Spencer told Sumner Newscow. “Whether or not they wish to plea bargain is entirely up to them.”Reedy and Provencio are facing six charges including aggravated battery, a level 4 felony, which states:“(The defendants) knowingly caused great bodily harm to another person, to -wit Greg Schneider, by punching and knocking Schneider to the ground and continuing to punch and kick him while he was helpless on the ground and caused Schneider to have a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body and cuts and abrasions which required stitches and staples.”See more details of the alleged crime here).Both Reedy and Provencio were in court today represented by private attorneys. They are currently residing in Caldwell, after posting bond earlier this year.Reedy faces two felonies and three misdemeanor charges, while Provencio has an additional sixth charge of disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor, because he threatened Nispel and Reedy did not, Spencer said.When the hearing started, Spencer delivered an opening statement to McQuin stating he wished to call six different witnesses, submit evidence, and introduce two different 911 tapes after the alleged incident which took place at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.Spencer said there was a third person involved in the incident, Austin Townsend, who was with Reedy and Provencio at the time when the pickup they were in got stuck in the mud east of Caldwell. Spencer said when Schneider and Nispel stopped to help them and the situation turned adversarial, Townsend left the scene by running back to Caldwell which was about four miles.McQuin then asked the two defense lawyers if either one of them had an opening statement. Jess Hoeme, a defense attorney for Provencio, then spoke and asked the judge that Count 6 in the criminal complaint, the aggravated robbery charge, be thrown out.Hoeme contended that there was no way to prove that the pink Cadillac — owned by Shawna Schneider, the wife of Greg and used for her Mary Kay cosmetic business — was stolen by Reedy and Provencio after the attack.Hoeme said the men were fearing for their lives at the time because Nispel was using a pickup as a weapon against them. He said them getting into the Cadillac was a spur of the moment thing and an act of self defense.The Cadillac was eventually found back in Caldwell in a yard of one of the defendant’s relatives with the motor still running.Spencer said afterwards that the aggravated robbery charge would have been very tough to prove at trial and that led him to the decision to agree to drop the charge.After the alleged attack, both Provencio and Reedy were moved to Sumner County Jail where the judge placed a $100,000 appearance bond upon their arrival. Provencio bonded out on a $100,000 cash bail on May 22 after McQuin had refused to reduce bail during the first hearing in which he was to have no contact with the victims.Reedy remained in jail custody until June 11, 2015 when McQuin granted the request of his defense attorney Sal Intagliata who filed a motion to “Reduce the Bond” to $25,000 that included stipulations that he was to have no contact with the victims and have no alcohol.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Tuesday, December 1, 2015•12:34 a.m. Melissa J. Hauser, WF, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and defective tail lights.•11:39 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 2600 block N. A, Wellington.•1:42 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.•2:34 p.m. Officers took a report of a noise complaint by known subject in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to mailbox in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.•4:08 p.m. Officers investigated a minor in consumption of alcohol in the 200 block N. Ash, Wellington.•4:16 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was referred to juvenile court.•6 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute by a known subject(s) in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more

Wellington tennis team competes in highly competitive Andover Invite; Long places 1st in No. 2 singles

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington varsity tennis boys did well yesterday at Andover finishing with 21 points in the eight team tournament.  With only two tournaments under the Crusaders’ belts and therefore not much of a record against quality players to use for seeding, all their entries got the No. 8 seed out of eight teams.  Brock Edward finished sixth and got a good win over a good Hesston player, Daniel Holthus in the process. He finished sixth.Will Long finished in first place taking home the gold medal in No. 2 singles.  “Will played remarkably well and got the attention of not only all the players he competed against but also many coaches commented on his ability to keep the ball in play and hit consistent shots,” said Allen Keller, Wellington head tennis coach.It was billed as a “doubles tournament” with many good area doubles teams competing and it held up to that, Keller said. “Both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams competed well but are pretty inexperienced, and it showed against the seasoned teams they played against,” Keller said. “However, both won their final matches of the day against Wichita Independent teams and finished seventh.”Both doubles team finished seventh.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more