Time to yodel a big old welcome back to the same old grind from our too brief summer respite. And yes, that does include the umpteen-gazillion presidential candidates returning from their home districts with batteries and bank accounts recharged. With an emphasis on the moolah.
Agriculture is more than an economic industry in Kansas; it is a way of life that relies on hard work, responsibility, and family. Growing up on a farm, I understood that success relied on hard work and commitment, values that we see every day in our farming and ranching communities. This week, I am traveling the state meeting with agricultural businesses to reaffirm our commitment to the success of this important industry. Farming is a source of growth and opportunity for Kansans.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said recently that the Obama administration is in the "final stages of drafting a plan to safely and responsibly" close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay. Our home states of Kansas and South Carolina are being considered as potential sites for housing the enemy combatants transferred from Guantanamo. Defense Department officials visited Fort Leavenworth on Aug. 14, and will be visiting the Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C., on Monday to survey the facilities.
August 26, 2015|
Pat Roberts and Tim Scott
Listening to the national news, let alone the state news, has lately been depressing. But on a local level, there's plenty to feel good about. People in Barton County have heart, and last weekend a select few had a chance to show it in a big way. While many donned their best formal attire to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, these men donned field gear and welcomed some honest-to-goodness heros to our home.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington had a good point to make at the city council meeting Monday, as reported in the Tribune. Snow removal is not just a safety issue. It's a pride issue. The city ordinance, Section 121.12.02, makes it clear that it is the duty of the owner or the occupant of a property to keep the sidewalks cleared. But Partington goes on to suggest that those who can should help their neighbors if they are struggling, either from old age or other impediments. It's the right thing to do for many reasons ...
I get it. When foreigners challenge America, we want our President to scream bloody murder and then send in the Marines to make sure it happens. Forget about talking softly. Go straight for the big stick. By contrast, diplomacy looks weak, like some tin-pot dictator from a nothing-burger country is pushing us around. But in case anyone cares to notice, the world may be falling apart, but Barack Obama has put together a string of surprising diplomatic victories.
It occurred to me when I was on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago. We're really lucky in America to have building codes, established several years ago, that most houses on the market in just about any city must adhere to.
As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the tools for making certain rural students receive a 21st Century education is broadband Internet access. Broadband can be the great equalizer; with an Internet connection, where you live doesn't determine what information and resources you can access.
I spent last week riding a bicycle across the wonderful Sunflower State as part of Bicycling Across Kansas. Now, many people have stopped me on the street, in stores and just about everywhere else and asked me to describe that experience. I say it was both excruciating and exhilarating.