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What about Wichita?

“I was born here in the city
With my back against the wall
Nothing grows, and life ain’t very pretty
No one’s there to catch you when you fall”

“In the City” –  by the Eagles – written by Wichita native Joe Walsh

Many of us here at this humble little blog call Wichita, Kansas home. Some are life-long residents and others, like me, are transplanted from points beyond. Much to the chagrin of some, I am not going anywhere soon, since two of my three children live here as do all of my grandchildren

Wichitans are a bit schizoid. We live in a city that can’t make up it’s mind whether to be a small big city or a large small town.

We have a number of factors working against us. One, Wichita doesn’t have a whole lot to offer in terms of attracting tourists. We are largely a one industry town, and we live and die with that industry. Our populations centers are divided between relative wealth and abject poverty.

Our city and county governments are largely directed by morons that feel the need to hire an overpriced outside consultant to do all their thinking for them.

So, is Wichita, Kansas ever to become more than a refueling stop on a trip from Dallas to KC?

Well, we do have a few things going for us Wichitans. In general, we are not complete idiots,  we have the Old Town and the Delano districts, a good library system, a decent downtown arena, WSU, Lawrence-Dumont stadium, an okay road system and a world-class zoo.

Other cities in our region have managed to pull themselves up and move beyond the truck stop mentality. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Omaha have done fairly well for themselves.

So what is it going to take for Wichita to move forward?

Well, for one, we need to collectively decided just who the Hell are we. Are we tobacco chewing, gun toting, redneck hicks or are we a bit more sophisticated than that?

What are your thoughts? Where do we go from here?


William Stephenson Clark

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Friday, 1/1/10, Public Square

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Monday, 12/21/09, Public Square

The Winter Solstice occurs exactly when the earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun; this is commonly known as the shortest day and the sun’s daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.  The seasonal significance of the Winter Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.

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Tuesday, 11/17/09, Public Square

The Public Square on this blog is where you bring anything that interests you, any question, all things you want to ‘talk’ about.  Those things you want to talk about can be topics of importance or more like visiting over the back fence.  🙂   I’m wondering what each of you wants this blog to be.  Are we doing OK?  Do you have suggestions?

According to wiki, “a blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.” When PPPs was introduced, the intent was everyone who wanted to would introduce topics, make thread headers, and it wouldn’t be maintained by an individual but by our community.  That intent hasn’t changed and the invitation is still open; however, no one should feel obligated!  If something is on your mind, or there is a subject you would like to see a thread dedicated to, you may start it yourself or request it be posted.  Your input is valuable and always appreciated!

There are a bazillion blogs and we all are surfers and seekers.  So bring back the info you find interesting, we’ll all learn and grow from the travels of each of our fellow bloggers!

fnord

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Thursday, 10/22/09, Public Square

Autumn-TreesHave you noticed how colorful the Land of Oz is nowadays?  Yesterday I had errands which took me out and about — I marveled at the beauty of the trees, the shrubs.  And, we’ve had so much moisture the grass is still green so we’re surrounded with color.

Choose the topic, start the conversation, this is your thread!

fnord

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Sunday, 10/18/09, Public Square

poor ins companiesOn this day of rest should we pause to recognize the insurance companies?  Yes, and our recognition is that those greedy folks need to be brought down!  I’m unwilling to give up hope that health care can be about care instead of profits.

Today is  a legal holiday in the state of Alaska, marking the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867.  Although the territory was sold to the U.S. in March, it was not until the 18th of October that year that the Commissioners arrived in Sitka and the formal transfer was arranged.  The original ceremony included 250 uniformed U.S. soldiers, who marched to the Governor’s house in Sitka at “Castle Hill,” where the transfer was made. It was here that the Russian troops lowered the Russian flag and the U.S. flag was raised.

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Saturday, 10/17/09, Public Square

world wakes up

I hope the picture above is the kind of world you woke up to!   What’s on for your weekend?  What shall we talk about on this open thread?

fnord

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