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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 204 weeks ago I wonder what the hidden tax breaks the college will get that won’t be divulged until after the elections are over. Some little birdie said that our property taxes are going up and we will be told after the elections. I think these would be good for Wellington but with all the anti-tax people in Wellington this little birdie won’t fly. Report Reply 4 replies · active 204 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down GREAT ComPLAINer · 204 weeks ago I’m sooo offended the architectural elevation has mountains in the background! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 204 weeks ago No commitment on exact location . I guess Mulvane could probably snake in some more Sumner county land and put it by the casino. So much for shop well in Wellington. Report Reply 1 reply · active 204 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 204 weeks ago This statement, if accurate, left me a bit concerned: “If passed, Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, said the money will go toward the construction of the campus and the operation cost sustainability of the campus over a 10-year period. By that time the voters will need to decide the funding mechanism thereafter.” What is the plan after 10 years? Shouldn’t the plan be self-sustainability at that point? My impression of the ballot question is that this is how we get this started, and the only time we’re going to be asked to fund the college through special incentives. The statement above leads me to believe that we might get hit again in 10 years. I’m hoping someone might be able to clarify. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Wellington, and am in full support of the sales tax plan, but if the college can never be self-supported, then we might be barking up the wrong tree. Report Reply 9 replies · active 203 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 204 weeks ago Im all for the college coming here…we need this for our families…yes sales tax may go up to help fund it but well worth it…As for property taxes going up…you should be use to that…they go up every year…no matter what….its frustrating because the money Sumner county got from the casino was to help keep our taxes lower I thought…but the year it went down…then right back up…frustrating as heck…but you either deal with it or you leave town.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Former Wellingtonian · 204 weeks ago Sales taxes are very regressive and hit low income earners harder. Also, if the college cannot be self sustaining after 10 years, the citizens are taking on a huge responsibility to keep it going. Just two things to consider before voting on it. I have no dog in this fight however, and am happy to sit back and see what the citizens decide. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down concerns · 204 weeks ago With colleges going to more and more online classes. My concern is there really a need for a campus? Report Reply 2 replies · active 204 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Guest · 204 weeks ago I already go out of town for most purchases because of our high sales tax. If this passes, I will most likely not shop here any longer. You cannot continue to raise everything in a city EXCEPT the overall income of those who live there. Report Reply 3 replies · active 204 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Guest · 204 weeks ago In a bygone era remembered by some, there was an opportunity to locate CCCC here rather than Arkansas City. The older folks regret and think it was a BIG mistake that Sumner County passed on it at that time. Please don’t make the same mistake again! Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down VVeteran · 204 weeks ago A few things need clarifying for Jessica Lucas, John Munro, SuCo Pride, and Concerned Citizen: The Sumner County Commission minutes @ http://www.co.sumner.ks.us/ElectedOfficials/Commi… contain most of the answers to certain questions. For instance, Jessica is wrong when she stated it was the County Commission who suggested sales tax issue. It was Dr. Rittle though SCEDC Director Davis stating CCCC would entertain a sales tax question on Nov. ballot. Try Aug. 2, 2016 for that minute info. For others, it is not likely a 1/2% sales tax can sustain for a period of 10 years without supplementing. No one has yet stipulated where all the millions of dollars are supposed to be gained (other than a guess). Someone may wish to e-mail Jessica and ask one simple question: Does Cowley County maintain a mill levy to support CCCC collected through property tax or school mill levies? That is where this is headed in 10 years. For those disbelieving a tax increase is coming next year (CueBall), try the Aug. 15, 2016 minutes. Mill levy increase of 4.615 mills this year, it was increased last year 1.974 mills for a total mill increase over 2 years of 6.589. Estimated county valuations is just short of $247 million, up from $244.817 million. It’s all there for people to read. By the way, I reviewed all the County Commission minutes today, and SCEDC Director Stacy Davis used executive sessions to discuss financial affairs or trade secrets, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorships 10 times from Jan. 1-Sept 6, 2016. Transparency will not exits in local government unless someone stops using executive sessions to discuss matters that are germane to public interest. Report Reply 0 replies · active 204 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” More than 75 people attended the Cowley College Sumner Campus kickoff breakfast this morning at the Raymond Frye Complex in Wellington.It was also the first event that featured drawings of the proposed campus.Cowley College is proposing to build a Sumner campus in Wellington providing the half-cent sales tax question is approved by voters. The question will be on the November 8 general election ballot.If passed, Dr. Dennis Rittle, President of Cowley College, said the money will go toward the construction of the campus and the operation cost sustainability of the campus over a 10-year period. By that time the voters will need to decide the funding mechanism thereafter.There was still no commitment of the exact location of the campus, nor a dollar figure presented. But the digital renderings did show that the campus will be a newly built facility that will require some space. There are no plans to build dorms.Much of what was presented, had been spoken about before concerning the benefits of having the campus here. This time, though, it included testimonies from various people of the community.Lori Day, an executive for GKN Aerospace in Wellington, said the proposed campus is essential for this companyâ€™s machining training.â€œWe are really, really excited with the opportunity to train employees and future employees right here in Wellington,â€ Day said. â€œThe opportunities for us is long term and strategic.â€Wellington vocational agriculture instructor Linda Chase said the opportunity to teach agriculture classes here is exciting. Her students are now traveling 23 miles to Mulvane and that limits student participation.Argonia Superintendent Julie Dolley said currently it takes an Argonia student 65 miles to drive to Ark City to attend a class. She said she is excited about a proposed campus in Wellington which would cut that travel time more than half.Rittle said Wellington was chosen for the campus because it is the center of the county and is readily available to everyone in the county within a 25-mile radius.Rittle also estimated that the Wellington campus will have 800 full-time enrollment students at the Wellington campus. Right now he said there are 555 students enrolled at either Ark City and Mulvane.Stacy Davis, Sumner County Economic Director, said the new dollars generated from such a campus is phenomenal. There will be $48.5 million in federal money, $14.7 million in shared money, and $12.9 million in new job creation to Sumner County. She said an estimated $2.6 million of new money will be pumped into the economy.She also said a Sumner County campus will increase the communitiesâ€™ economic productivity and earning capacity, and stem local entrepreneurship.â€œLet me assure you, I have a good relationship with site selectors, whose jobs are to look at various prospective locations for their industries,â€ Davis said. â€œThey are very, very excited about having a college campus here.â€Rittle said Cowley County is currently No. 11 of over 100 counties in Kansas in creating new manufacturing jobs. He attributed it to Cowley Collegeâ€™s campus presence in Ark City. Someone asked about how to sell to the â€˜legacyâ€™ voter – those who no longer have children in college.Rittle said the campus will be readily available for any civic group to host events and helping their grandchildren with costs.State Rep. candidate Anita Judd-Jenkins said in the last 40 years, seven new buildings have been built in Ark City for the Cowley Campus including four dormitories. She said over the years Ark City not only has a larger number of skilled employees but also have a group of students who stay in the community and become working members of the retail and marketing sector.The cost of college was brought up and Riddle emphasized that a large percentage of students go to Cowley to keep their college costs down instead of going to a four-year institution right off the bat.Someone asked to compare the Mulvane campus to the one proposed in Wellington. Rittle said the Wellington campus will be four times bigger and will have significantly more classes.Jessica Lucas, who is a the campaign manager for the Cowley-Sumner Campus proposal, said she thinks the vote will be very close and it will require everyone in the room to go out and convince others to vote yes.â€œRural communities are increasingly aging and people are making less money. This is part of an effort to reduce this trend,â€ Lucas said about the proposed campus. â€œIf we do nothing and vote this down, the cost of living here is going to continue to go up, but it will be spread among fewer people.â€Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.
Cyber Crimes Bill outragelthough Government seems to be unmoved over criticisms of the Cyber Crimes Bill, specifically as it relates to the seditious clause, more organisations and individuals continue to speak out against the move to place an archaic piece of law which in their opinion could affect freedom of expression in Guyana.GCCI President Deodat IndarJoining them is the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) which has expressed its concern over Section 18 of the Bill, which provides a structure for the charge of sedition. The GCCI believes sedition as an offence impinges on an individual’s right to criticise and has no place in a democracy.“As an institution dedicated to advocacy, we stress that the right to freedom of expression is not only a right but a community responsibility. Therefore, we call on all legislators to remove Section 18(1) A of the Cyber Crimes Bill and urge that this Bill remain free of oppressive and archaic charge of sedition, “it said.The Chamber is of the view that freedom of speech and expression of views through debate, discourse and discussion underpin a healthy democracy and foster a conducive environment for development. It is under these grounds they think Government should give serious consideration to removing that clause.However, the organisation said Wednesday that its support the overall intent of the Cyber Crimes Bill which is currently before the National Assembly. They said the overall thrust of the Bill which seeks to give parameters, legal structure and regulations to a space where these are currently absent, is commendable.“The Chamber wishes to re-emphasise its support for the rule of law in society and continues to remain supportive of the equal application of the rule of law, especially as it relates to matters of good governance,” it added, while again demanding that the matter be looked into.Only Tuesday, General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis encouraged Guyanese to refuse to be silenced. Making reference to the Bill, Lewis told the May Day rally, “Let none still your voice, for your voice plays a pivotal role in giving meaning and expressions to your existence.”He said too that it is vital to being part of the social order because everyone is foremost social beings. “Let’s get up… stand up for our rights. Don’t let us give up the fight. Ours is the baton to carry and we must carry it like true warriors. None must stop us in this leg of our journey to create a just society!”According to clause 18 of the Bill, persons commit an offence of sedition when they, “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government.” These provisions have, in fact, excited worry among social media users, young people and Guyanese as a whole.Since the introduction of the legislation, many members of the public have sought to criticise the clauses and Government, while calling for it to be removed from the Bill; the original purpose being to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace.Minister of State Joseph Harmon claimed that people are taking that section of the Bill out of context. He maintained that the words in that specific clause speak to threats to national security.Laid in the National Assembly since 2016, the Cyber Crimes Bill had catered for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer-related forgery; computer-related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity-related offences; child pornography; child luring, and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.A special select committee had been working on the Bill for the past few years, and its report on the Bill was presented recently. That committee comprised Attorney General Basil Williams, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Education Minister Nicolette Henry and parliamentarians Michael Carrington and Audwin Rutherford.The People’s Progressive Party was represented by Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and parliamentarians Clement Rohee, Anil Nandlall and Gillian Persaud-Burton.Recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo reminded that the initial purpose of the Bill was to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace. Instead, he said, the Bill has been converted by the Government to one that, besides the original purpose, protects their Government’s own interests.
THE VICTORIOUS Donegal Senior Ladies footballers are due to arrive back in the county later.Fans wishing to greet them can do so in Lifford at 8pm approximately (get those flags out for the newly-crowned Ulster Champions).Davy McLaughlin’s team are expected to arrive at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny at 8.30pm. Today’s victory over Monaghan heralded Donegal’s first Ulster senior title success. VICTORIOUS DONEGAL LADIES HOMECOMING DETAILS was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal ladiesHOMECOMINGletterkennyLifford