first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue — Five Cueball – GO SHOCKS! – thoughts for March 31, 2013…1. Election Tuesday…Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can also celebrate the fact another election will be two days behind us. While 15 candidates is a noble number for those running for the Wellington City Council, it makes for way too many candidate’s forum. I thought I might have to stab someone if I had to do one more candidate feature by the end of the week. I wasn’t the only one suffering from candidate forum fatigue. By the end of the week the city candidate forums were getting less than half the hits from Sumner Newscow readers as the ones featured earlier in the week.Still, the forums are vital especially if you are in a bit of a quandary on who to vote for, the political forums. Two candidates chose not to do political forums: Noah List and Russell Rains. Lynne Tompkins bowed out of the race. The rest of the forums are listed here:Kim Woodrow is here.Vince Wetta is here.Chase Weber is here.Jim Valentine is here.John Tracy is here.Lannon Taylor is here.Larry Shimer is here.Terry Nunemaker is here.Jarod Nance is here.Jan Korte is here.Kelly Green is here.John Brand is here. 4. School board at large…Local citizen J.P. Buellesfeld should again get praise for initiating the new “at large” city council system. It will indeed be interesting to see the results. Sumner Newscow will be having live results Tuesday night with a blog.Wellington School District, USD 353, should adopt a similar format for school board candidate elections in the future.This year is a classic example of why the school would benefit from “at large” positions. In one district there are three candidates, while in another district Jason Newberry is going unopposed. It would make more sense that all seven candidates were running together for three open positions.One reader wanted me to note that every voter in the USD353 district will be voting for all school board candidates, not just the one’s in their district.There are a lot of things to vote for this Tuesday. Hope to see you there. But try to cast an informed vote. 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 (7) 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. +4 Vote up Vote down Mary Hunt · 384 weeks ago Oh my gosh! GO SHOCKS! I am one pumped-up Shocker fan!! I LOVED my years at WSU and am so proud to be an alum of this great university! And not afraid to show it! Back “in the day”, we slept in our cars over night waiting in line to get the very few student basketball tickets that were offered at that time at Henry Levitt. It was a great time — the era of Antoine, Cliff, Aubrey and X. I’ll never forget sitting talking to X in the commons, saying “hey” to Cliff with his big grin walking across campus. They were really still just kids…kids responsible for bringing so much basketball enjoyment to so many people. And it’s a family affair as my parents and siblings all graduated from WSU. I don’t know this team personally, but I will be wishing them well in the Final Four! “Rip ’em up, tear ’em up… Give ’em hell, Shocks!” Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 384 weeks ago a new tax ? wasn’t the casino going to line all the streets with gold and let us sit around sipping champagne? Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 384 weeks ago And yes a great shoutout to the shockers Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustME · 384 weeks ago Any information on just how much a 1/2% sales tax would generate? Maybe if we wouldn’t notice it art the register, the mooches that take it won’t notice it not coming in. Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Concerned · 384 weeks ago No new tax. 1/2% doesn’t sound like much until you add the 8+%. We had the tax for the jail, it should have stopped there. The appraisal value has increased 63 million dollars and with the casino money,that should be enough. The jail should be operating at a profit according to the hype before it’s building. Enough is enough. Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Glen · 384 weeks ago Did Sumner County lose its County Clerk? The Sumner County Clerk website is almost never updated. Under Legal Notices it shows the next election is the August Primary. There is no information of an April election. Is there a legal requirement that the County Clerk provide election information? I have been looking on the website for information for a few weeks and can’t find out anything there. What is the problem? If we don’t have a County Clerk any more, then maybe we should get one? Report Reply 1 reply · active 384 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 384 weeks ago The data transmission requirements to update the web site, would cost too much. We would need another 3/4% tax increase to fund it. Of course, this would only be for 4 years, then it would expire….unless the find something else to fund with it. Report Reply 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 2. Sales tax issue…The Sumner County Commissioners are asking voters to retain a half-cent sales tax for funding of Futures Unlimited, Sumner Mental Health Department and the rural ambulance services (see story here). This is a county-wide sales tax.While it appears that Wellington has a higher than average sales tax rate at 8.5 percent, especially when you compare it to Wichita at 7.14 percent, keep in mind that even with $100 worth of groceries, you are only paying slightly more than a $1 here. Heck, you can lose that in pocket change at the Turnpike gate driving up to Wichita to get groceries.I have never voted against a sales tax proposal, because it is the fairest of all taxes and ones that few people notice. Everyone is paying for items purchased. I’ll probably get lynched for saying this, but I’ve venture to say you could add an additional dime of sales tax on any item sold and few people will notice (except the really big ticket items like a car). The cost of goods sold has always been a negotiable item anyway.Commissioners say that if the sales tax doesn’t pass, they will implement a mill levy increase. Voters, especially property owners, should be wary of any possible increase to our property taxes. With Governor Sam Brownback’s ill-fated quest to eliminate the state’s income tax, property tax owners are at peril as local governments attempt to make up for budgetary shortfalls.Retaining the half-cent sales tax seems like a no-brainer. I voted yes on my advanced ballot.center_img 5. Shout out of the week…How can you not give this week’s shout out of the week to the Wichita State Shockers? The last time a Missouri Valley Conference team made it to the Final Four was when Larry Bird led Indiana State in 1979. WSU hasn’t been here since 1965. I was 1 at the time.In fact, WSU is just one of four teams from a mid major to make it to the Final Four. Enjoy it for all its worth Shocker fans. You might not see the Shockers again in the Final Four for another 48 years. Chances are a lot of us won’t be around in 48 years. 3. Things to remember…Please remember Wellington city voters when going to the polls Tuesday that the list of city council candidates are on two pages of your electronic ballot. Twelve candidates are on the first page, and three on the second ballot. The school board races are featured thereafter. In the end, the electronic ballot will ask you to recheck your ballots.I advanced voted on Friday at the Sumner County Clerk’s office. I wasn’t confused. The ballot seemed very straight forward to me. As the old cliche states: “When in doubt, read the directions.”last_img