Commentary

Wed
11
May

Services aid mental health

By PAT KINNAIRD 
Special to the I-R 
 
As Ellsworth County’s community mental health center, Central Kansas Mental Health Center offers a wide, comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of persons of all ages. Those services include: outpatient therapy for individuals, families and groups; case management for both adults and children, which are provided wherever a person lives, works, goes to school; prevention and education services, including mental health first aid training, community education events, free depression/anxiety screens and educational literature. These are only a few of the services that are available to Ellsworth County residents.

 

Wed
11
May

ELECTION FUN

by Linda Mowery-Denning 

Editor/Publisher 
 

Ellsworth County voters have a busy summer ahead of them if they want to be prepared for the local primary election in August and the general election in November. There’s all kinds of things happening at the federal and state levels. Hillary. The Donald. It should be quite a show. In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t on the ballot, but every House and Senate seat in the Kansas Legislature is up for grabs. Will the voters of Kansas support incumbent Republicans out of habit or will they finally realize that just because a candidate has an “R” after his name, it doesn’t mean he or she knows how to govern?

 

Wed
04
May

May is for Mental Health

BY PAT KINNAIRD

May is Mental Health Month — recognized across the United States as an opportunity to spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about. SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reports that one in four adults experience a mental health problem in any one year. For children the numbers are one in five. Central Kansas Mental Health Center, Ellsworth County’s community mental health center, is recognizing May Is Mental Health Month by sharing information about the number of services available to all Ellsworth residents.

 

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Wed
04
May

KIDS AS ADULTS

It’s sad for our state when a third-grade student demonstrates more maturity than many of the adults in Topeka. In case you missed it, here’s the story, as reported by KWCH in Wichita: Victoria superintendent David Ottley tweeted two photos Friday, after a third-grade girl gave him an envelope with money inside. The envelope said, “Our school needs this money more than I do! I’m giving it to you for new books and activities.” 

 

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Wed
27
Apr

Playing the blame game

by Jerry Marsh 
 
Kansas revenue estimates are down again. It is time to play the blame game, Kansas style.
 
Kansas has earned a national reputation for fiscal ineptitude. Kansans squabble over who is to blame. Gov. Brownback blames President Obama, the U.S. economy, and the Kansas economy whichever is most convenient at a given point in time. The legislators blame the governor, even though the policy could not have passed without legislative support. Democrats blame the Republicans, even though Democratic legislators sat on their hands when they had a chance to cooperate with moderate Republicans on a major fiscal repair last year.

 

Wed
27
Apr

TIME TO GET REAL

Schools, highways should not be sacrificed for tax cuts
 
From Our Readers
 
Where’s the outrage?
 

The Kansas Legislature in election year 2016 seems to be finally realizing the real facts and results of the Kansas Income Tax Experiment. This “experiment” will go down as one of the low points of Kansas history of the Brownback era. To sacrifice education, highway, family services and future revenues demands action by the citizens. Where is the outrage?

 

Wed
20
Apr

THE RIGHT THING

Forbes called it “fiscal snake oil.” The New York Times editorial board: “ruinous.” Just a few weeks ago, late night talk show host Seth Meyers weighed in, “Even when you buy couch cleaner, they tell you to try it on a small patch of fabric first and that’s what happened here. Kansas was the small patch of fabric and not only did the cleaner not work, the couch exploded.”
Wed
20
Apr

Did voters save the day?

By Jerry Marsh 

Preliminary reports coming out of Topeka indicate that hell might freeze over in the near future. Kansas Sen. Jim Denning, vice chairman of the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee, said that the Brownback administration signaled him that the governor might not veto a bill reversing the income tax exemption that bears much of the responsibility for the fiscal mess Kansas has suffered from the past four years.

Wed
13
Apr

Harvest time for affluent

By Jerry Marsh
 
Wed
13
Apr

POOL PLAY

By Linda Mowery-Denning
 
We’ve mentioned this several times in the 15 years we’ve lived in Ellsworth, but it deserves repeating. Beyond the friends we don’t see as often as we’d like, the thing we miss most about Salina is the YMCA. Almost every day over our lunch hour, we slipped into a bathing suit and kept in shape by doing aerobic exercises in the swimming pool. Sometimes for variety, we’d walk or run the indoor track.

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