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.
The Governor's promise during the 2012 election campaign to provide funding for all-day kindergarten statewide is now set aside. The legislature has the more pressing problem of finding a way to more equitably fund schools. They've come up with ideas both parties could agree upon, but how they solve the problem at hand isn't immediately apparent.
While Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin have the attention of the vast majority of news writers, there is another Republican with even greater credentials for the 2016 Presidential race.
The Kansas Department of Transportation and a consultant team led by CFG Engineers of Topeka and RDF Planning & Design of Omaha are developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the Kansas Byways System. This plan will include ideas for making each of the state's eleven scenic and historic byways more friendly to people experiencing them on foot and by bicycle.
Isn't it time to do a new political version of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's famous "Flight of the Bumblebee?" The musical piece has had various incarnations in American culture. In the 40s, it was the theme for "The Green Hornet" radio show. In the 60s, jazzed-up adaptation performed by trumpet player Al Hirt was the theme for the TV show -- and it became a worldwide hit when it was re-used in the 2003 film "Kill Bill."
Tuesday evening, I worked with volunteers clearing out a muddy basement in Ellinwood. Flooding from last weekend's rain filled it with both mud and water. With more rain expected throughout the week, we realized the top priority had to be removing items, rather than shoveling mud.
When I belonged to a church in Golden, Colo., a guest minister visited one year with a message that has stuck with me ever since. He spoke about making a commitment to be part of a community. See, he arrived at the church he now calls home when the community was rife with poverty, drug addiction and crime. At first, the congregation didn't allow themselves to get close to him, assuming he would last about as long as those that came before him--six months or a year at best. After a while, he even began to wonder if he ...
The Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to strike down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, reasoning it is no longer needed in these more enlightened times. The law was created to prevent discrimination against racial minorities wanting to vote.