first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare by Michael Reagan I’m burned out on Trump TV.I don’t need to hear any more of his speeches or read one of his tweets.I don’t want to watch every little thing President Trump does or says deciphered, misconstrued, attacked, defended, debated or analyzed on my TV every night by his many enemies and few friends.To try to get some actual news Thursday morning I turned over to the Fox Business Network to watch Stuart Varney and the gang.FBN covers real stuff and talks to real reporters about the ups and downs of stocks, the impact of President Trump’s trade deals on the economy and stories about the accelerating death spiral of the once-mighty Sears – the Walmart/Amazon of the 1900s.But even on FBN I couldn’t escape Hurricane Trump, that permanent category 5 media storm that blows away or crowds out the important national and global news of every day.The big Trump-related story of the morning was the continuing fallout over Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about former Barrack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s looks.The tweet caused ABC to instantly cancel her highly rated “Roseanne” sitcom and led Robert Iger, the boss of parent company Disney, to call Jarrett right away to apologize.FBN’s focus on Roseanne was a perfect example of how low the mainstream media have fallen when it comes to practicing real and important journalism.She topped the news on virtually every channel, butthe big story of the day should have been President Trump signing the “Right to Try” bill, which finally gives terminally ill patients the federal okay to use experimental medications that have not yet been fully approved by the FDA.Barr’s tweet was also the latest example of the double standard that permeates the liberal mainstream media’s “news” coverage of President Trump.Barr, who made herself a juicy target for liberals by proudly calling herself a Trump supporter, was immediately canned and shamed by the leftwing media industrial complex.Keith Olbermann, Joy Reid, Alec Baldwin, Bill Maher, Don Lemon and “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee – all card-carrying Trump haters – have said vile, crude and crazy things about Trump and his family.They did so with little or no harm to their careers.It’s safe for a liberal celebrity to call Trump a racist or a Nazi, as Olbermann did, or to call Ivanka Trump “a feckless c-,” as Bee did in her monologue Wednesday.They’ll usually get applauded, defended or given every benefit of the doubt when they pull a Roseanne. They almost never have to apologize.For example, Joy Reid’s homophobic blogs from 10 years ago have been glossed over or excused, and this week she and former riot-starter Al Sharpton were co-hosting a town meeting on racism at MSNBC.Christians, Sarah Palin and conservatives are fair game for nasty name calling and low blows in the liberal media.But if you say anything about a Democrat or a progressive, especially if it has any racial connotations, you’ll be a goner overnight like Roseanne.Her biggest mistake was openly supporting Trump. That made her a marked celebrity.She had a history of dumb and politically incorrect tweets, and she didn’t disappoint the liberals.What she tweeted about Jarrett was wrong, not funny – and plain stupid. But if she deserved to be sacked for what she said, then so do Olbermann, Reid and a bunch of other liberals.But Olbermann, a sportscaster whose nasty Twitter tantrums about Trump would embarrass a three-year-old, was recently rehired for about the 12th time by Disney’s failing ESPN sports network.Bee apologized Thursday for “crossing a line.” TBS also apologized.That’s all they’ll have to do to amend for their sins.Bee gets a few points for saying she was sorry, but the liberal comedian was never in danger of losing her late-night job.She knows the new rules of political trash talk – it’s not what you say, it’s who you say it against.FOOTNOTE :  THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED BY THE CITY COUNTY OBSERVER WITHOUT OPINON, BIAS OR EDITINGlast_img read more

South-Central Economic Development open house to be held at Theurer’s tonight

first_imgThe Transportation Work Team is focusing on four categories: transportation choices; connections between transportation and land use; maintenance of the system; and regional structures. The team developed goal statements for each category as follows.1.     The regional transportation system should include strategic, responsive, and sustainable transportation choices.2.     The regional transportation system should support and complement how property is used by connecting where people live, learn, work and play while minimizing environmental and resource impacts.3.     Strategic maintenance and improvements that promote the integrity of assets in the regional transportation system should be given a high priority.4.     In order for local jurisdictions, partners and stakeholders to better collaborate, cooperate and coordinate decisions on transportation issues, an ongoing regional transportation forum should be established.At its next meeting, which is at 10:30 a.m. September 12 at the WSU Metroplex, the team will develop strategies to support each of the goal statements. The focus of the next meeting, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. September 11 at the KU School of Medicine, will be to identify considerations for each of these areas. Working for a Prosperous South Central Kansas FHEA The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that as part of this plan, a Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA) be conducted. The FHEA team reviewed the framework of such an assessment and then discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the regional housing market as follows. After considerable conversation, the Workforce and Business Development Team determined the following as its areas of focus.Regional workforce and business development vision/mission through a marketing initiative around an identified image.Business Development: including focusing on gaps in economic development plans; distribution of economic development leads; focus on specific economic clusters, support for entrepreneurial development.Workforce Development:  including focusing on regional skills/job assessment; identifying workforce needs; retaining students and trained workforce; gaps in the workforce support system.The team also finalized its vision for its work together as: The discussion of the Water Work Team centered on the narrowing the focus of the work team into three sections: Regional Water Supply, Conservation and Education and Value of Water.  Their focus is as follows: Regional Water Supply:Emphasis on the supply/demand relationshipDetermine focus elements (conservation, cooperation, etc.)Identifying deficits in dataRegional drought resiliencyProviding data regarding alternative rate structuresData regarding alternative water supplyCooperative model for all users/service areas (urban, rural, suburban, agriculture)Potential long-term regional projectsConservation and Education:Realizing the tangible impact individuals can haveDevelop universal topics for education (relevant to urban, suburban, rural)Education regarding the value of waterData regarding historical usageEducation pertinent to land use planning/zoning regulation/HOAsMunicipal awareness of the costs related to their water consumption/productionValue of Water:Water in economic developmentDetermining consistent cost dataEconomic opportunities for drought resiliencyValue of water related to rate structuresEffects of aging water production infrastructureThe Water Work Team’s next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. September 18 at the WSU Metroplex. The next meeting of the Built Environment Work Team is at 10:30 a.m. September 12 at the WSU Metroplex. Natural Resources City of Wichita Principal Planner Scott Knebel discussed with the Built Environment Work Team form-based codes, traditional zoning and planned urban developments. According to Scott, form-based codes provide greater flexibility to allow more density within development. More traditional zoning is more heavily regulated, with a focus on the automobile, large setbacks, significant parking requirements and separation of uses. The full presentation can be viewed HERE. The team also reviewed its data collection needs and clarified information being sought. Our six work teams have been working throughout the summer and into August. Information on work team activities including agendas, meeting minutes, background information and more can be found on the South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan website.  Here’s a summary of their August activity. The next meeting of the FHEA subcommittee is at noon September 12 at the WSU Metroplex. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. September 27 at the Sedgwick County Extension. At an upcoming meeting, the team hopes to schedule a video conference with other regions successful in collaborating on workforce and business development issues. The Natural Resources Work Team has begun to brainstorm the following strategies related to collaboration around their identified focus areas:Identify trends in the region;Share information/standardized outcomes;Coordinate on policies, information, training for the region around regional plan topics;Identify a non-government agency to serve as project leader for continued work;Accept regional assistance to assist in team’s decision making processes;Establish a regional structure for agreement on projects;Define a structure for regional boards to get a more diverse representation of participants;Adopt table-top crisis planning exercises to examine “what if” scenarios;Attempt to fix probable costs and itemize them from a few of the past “problems”;Refer to air issues like “airsheds”, similar to watersheds;Inventory current collaboration efforts to determine how to be regionally impactful;The team reviewed focus topics including land use planning, water quality, air quality, solid waste, floodplain management, and habitat/wildlife.  Next steps will be to develop goal statements around the focus issues.center_img A collaborative and regional environment that coordinates assets and implements strategies to grow businesses and create jobs in South Central Kansas. Transportation Workforce and Business Development Let’s Talk ProsperityUnderstanding that the way to ensure that the South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan reflects the desires and aspirations of the region’s diverse communities is to involve citizens, communities and organizations in the decision-making process, a comprehensive community engagement plan is being implemented. To find out who’s talking about the South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan, check out our events calendar. Water Strengths:The five-county region was not as susceptible to the economic uncertainty and instability in the housing market as the rest of the country.Housing is affordable in South Central Kansas.Housing tax credits are available.Weaknesses:Developers typically construct homes for sale and not for rental purposes.Few choices for housing on all levelsLack of quality low-income housingAging housing infrastructure Healthy Communities The next meeting of the Workforce and Business Development Team is September 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Wichita Workforce Center. Built Environment The Healthy Community Work Team re-affirmed that it would focus on the following six themes:SmokingAccess to dentists/physicians/specialists/mental healthWalk/Bike/Physical InactivityFood Quality and AccessEducationTransportationThe team then conducted the first of two brainstorming sessions related to these themes, preliminarily identifying alternatives to address challenges within each of these themes. The results of this brainstorming can be found HERE. Submitted to Sumner Newscow – There will be a community open house on Monday, September 30 at Theurer Auction Realty at 802 East 16th Street for all members of the community to come share their ideas for building better communities.Topics include: quality jobs, safe and attractive neighborhoods, a healthy environment, and housing/transportation choices. The meetings are designed to be flexible open houses, so folks are encouraged to show up at their convenience between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.The following is a synopsis what South Central Kansas Prosperity has been doing as of late: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Jim · 358 weeks ago I attended, and this did not seem like it was “for community input”, it was to get support for what they already had done to support their agenda. The data was skewed by the Sedgwick County data for averages. We need to know more whether they have a hidden agenda to promote more government oversight and management of the counties. When will their grant money have reached its goal of providing information. What did they originally plan to accomplish? Data collection can be misleading if they were asking the wrong questions and if they were gathering it from the wrong groups. Then if they take that data and try to prove it as persuasive information to groups that will support their agenda. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sumner Taxpayer · 358 weeks ago South Central Economic Development has but one real goal. Wichita and Sedgwick county want control over the counties surrounding them. I was proud of our County Commissioners when they declined to join a venture pushed by Sedgwick county. Do you really think Sedgwick county has our best interest in mind? Remember grant money is tax money. This whole thing is a waste of taxpayer money. We should tell them to stay in Wichita! Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 358 weeks ago How many people attended this? I just saw this. Report Reply 0 replies · active 358 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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! 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English championships will showcase girls’ golf

first_img21 Jul 2015 English championships will showcase girls’ golf The skills of the leading girl golfers in the country will be showcased in Norfolk next week when almost 200 young players contest three English championships.Sheringham will host the older players who will take part in the English girls’ championship, while Royal Cromer will test the competitors seeking English girls’ U16 and U14 titles. All three championships will be played simultaneously, from Tuesday to Thursday, 28-30 July.There’s much to play for, with three places up for grabs in the England team for the Girls’ Home Internationals. The successful trio will complete the side which will bid for an eighth consecutive title, joining the five players who have already been selected.Those who have secured their places are Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill), who will all play at Sheringham; and Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) who is targeting the U16 title at Royal Cromer. Prior tied second in last week’s English women’s championship at Hunstanton, Allen tied 14th and Fuller, who shot a first round 66, was 16th.A team of four U16 players will also be selected to play Switzerland at Heswall.There will be a strong local challenge, with seven Norfolk girls playing in the U16s at Royal Cromer and two in the girls’ championship at Sheringham.Those at Royal Cromer include Amelia Williamson (Image © Leaderboard Photography), a member of the host club who has just completed a winning triple in schools’ golf, capturing national, U16 and south-east titles. Williamson and county girls’ champion Jasmine Campbell (Royal Norwich) impressed last week when they both completed all four rounds of the English women’s championship.They are joined by county champion Amy Taylor (Bawburgh), Ellie Brown and Megan Mann (both Barnham Broom), Chloe Rowswell (Eaton) and Abigail O’Riordan (Thetford).At Sheringham, the players include Sian Fenn-Green (Swaffham) and Tara Davis (Barnham Broom).All three girls’ championships have attracted an international entry with players travelling from across Europe as well as from the other home countries.All competitors will play one round on each of the first two days. Then, the fields in the English girls’ and the English U6 girls’ will each be cut to the leading 36 players and ties, who contest the final 36 holes on the last day. The U14 field – which includes two 11-year-olds – will be cut to the leading 18 players and ties who play the final 18 holes on Thursday.In addition to the three championships, the final of the Abraham Trophy will take place at Royal Cromer on Monday 27 July when 22 youngsters will play-off for the title of the most improved girl golfer in the country.The finalists, who have qualified on the basis of handicap reduction, include Amelia Williamson, Chloe Gibbs (Royal Norwich) and Maisie Farrelly (Dereham).Click here for the webpage for the English girls’ championshipClick here for the webpage for the English U16 and U14 girls’ championshipsClick here for the Abraham Trophy webpagelast_img read more