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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down RLS · 247 weeks ago You say in your article that it is not relevant to know about a candidate’s bankruptcy. I disagree and for the very reason you mentioned regarding how the person reacts to the bankruptcy. The reason for the bankruptcy might have been out of their control due to economic times or health issues. But also, we the electorate need to also know how what they did afterward. I will use your example of Abraham Lincoln. He and a friend bought a store. The friend had the money for his half but Lincoln signed a note with the previous owner for his half of the investment. After going broke Lincoln sold his assets but was still short for his payoff but he continued to make payments to the previous owner even though he was not required to do so. However, his partner died and left debt from the store and Lincoln assumed that debt and also paid off his partner’s debt even though he did not have to do so. That shows good moral character and represents a person that does the “right” thing even if not required to do so. That is the reason it is relevant to the electorate if a person has had financial issues in the past. You also mention that the government can not release this information, you are correct but a simple google search will reveal a lot. You mention it is your job to ask for the records. Then why didn’t you? The electorate should have full disclosure of a candidate’s background, good and bad. Does it mean that they can not be a good money steward for the government? No, but that is for the electorate to decide not the media and in this case the media decided by not requesting the information. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Pat · 247 weeks ago I like what you have to say! Very well put. I think all of our city councilmen should have to put their rocks on the table or get out. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Meryl · 247 weeks ago Very well said. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago As far as the Paris attacks, the terrorist again hit a soft target where they knew there would be no or little response to there attack on the citizens of Paris and until it was to late. We have the same problem in this country where all the attacks that have occurred at school and malls have been on again SOFT targets where they can commit the assault with little or no response back at them. It is always to late. When the terrorist do attack in this country again they will again hit a SOFT target. Do we see a pattern here. Yet out president doesn’t even have a clue to what is going on. You can not and will never be able to negotiate with terrorist because they only want to destroy and kill all of us. The president and those that support him will be the first to asked for help when it happens, and they will be asking law enforcement and armed citizens to safe them. These are the people the president and his follower want to disarm and destroy. Time to Wake up America. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 247 weeks ago ” These are the people the president and his follower want to disarm and destroy.” Are you just trying to make a hawk/dove point or do you seriously believe this? Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 247 weeks ago I disagree, the president doesn’t want to disarm or destroy, he can’t even call them what they are: Muslim terrorist. I will say that the majority of Muslims are not terrorist and it is the extremist that make them look bad. But I don’t see our president doing much of anything to destroy them, but I do see him releasing terrorist back to there countries where they go back to trying to destroy us. Bringing all the refugees to this country is a big mistake. They have already noted that terrorist are mixed in with the refugees that are coming here and he is just ignoring the warnings and doing it anyway. With his actions he is helping them to try and destroy us from within. 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 Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Five Cueball thoughts for November 13, 2015â€¦1. Paris attacksThe recent attacks in Paris, France, leads me to three conclusions…1) Itâ€™s miraculous that we havenâ€™t had a major terrorist attack on our U.S. soil since 2001.2) When we humans finally decide to destroy ourselves once and for all, it will come with little or no warning.3) Somewhere, someplace some fringe terroristic lunatics are planning a Paris type attack on this country as we speak and there really isn’t anything we can do about it. As the well orchestrated Paris attacks demonstrated, all it takes is money, intelligence, loyalty and resolve.As for me, I’m not going to think about it and hope someone a lot smarter than me can figure out how to keep us safe. I’m too busy raising my kids, riding my bike and gathering news for Sumner County, Kansas to worry about things I can’t do anything about.â€”â€”â€”2. Financial recordsLast week, when many were having a collective cow about what was or wasn’t said at a Wellington City Council meeting, I thought the more interesting issue was the contention that the financial records of people running for city council should be released to the general public. Some believe if you have difficulty with your finances, there is no way you are qualified to run the city’s business.I couldn’t disagree more. First of all, the government canâ€™t just release personal financial records of its private citizens. That would be my job as a news reporter to go ask for them.Excluded from Wellington City Council because of personal financial hardship.Second of all, it isn’t relevant anyway.Having financial troubles to the point of declaring bankruptcy may result from many things – whether it be a healthcare calamity, a bad risk on a business, or simply bad luck you never know. Oftentimes successful entrepreneurship is as much about luck as it is about skill or smarts.I also disagree with the notion that those who have had personal financial troubles would not be good stewards of our city funds. You know who went bankrupt before he became President? Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Jefferson did too. Walt Disney was bankrupt before he built his empire. Henry Ford, Milton Herscheyâ€¦ etc. Itâ€™s not the bankruptcy, that should be scrutinized but how that person reacts after his/her downfall thatâ€™s more important.Overcoming hardship says a lot about a person.â€”â€”â€”3. Kansas City RoyalsIn case you havenâ€™t heard, the Royals won the World Championship a couple weeks ago. I’ll wear a T-shirt around in case you forget.Â Â I kind of feel bad for those around me who can’t jump on the bandwagon and celebrate like the rest of us. That’s a spoonful of happiness at their disposal. There may be just 10 or 20 dyed in the wool Royals fans in Sumner County, who stuck through 30 years of suck-fest baseball. But who cares? The rest of us are celebrating the fact aÂ World Championship has finally come to the area for the first time in 30 years, and it’s our turn to tell everyone we are better than everyone else.I get accused of being a bandwagon fan, but Iâ€™m pretty consistent in my bandwagon-ism. I always cheer for the local teams to do well on the big stage â€” whether it be the Royals, the Wildcats, the Wichita State Shockers, or the Wellington Crusaders. The only exception I have is the Kansas City Chiefs – because they are, um, the Chiefs. But if they ever win a Super Bowl in the next 1,000 years, I will still be happy for those people around me just because they have suffered so long.As for the Royals, let’s just name general manager Dayton Moore â€” the second smartest guy in America behind KSU football coach Bill Snyder. His team today is the toast of the world â€” built around athleticism, speed, and a bullpen like no other. Hard to believe this once pathetic franchise has turned into something all of baseball now wants to emulate.I have never been a Major League Baseball aficionado and didnâ€™t get trapped in the nationâ€™s obsession with the game until I started watching the Royals intently last season. Now I canâ€™t get enough of it. What a great time to be alive.â€”â€”â€”4. Stupid protesters Are these the dumbest protesters in the history of mankind?Isnâ€™t the whole point of a public protest is to create attention to yourself or to a cause you are promoting or protesting?So what in the heck are these moronic University of Missouri college students so upset about a reporter coming over and taking pictures of them? They donâ€™t want the media to promote their cause?Then you have Madam College Professor at the end of the video, who obviously hasnâ€™t left her herbal tree enclave since the last U of M protest in 1969, demanding that the reporter be physically removed by her entourage. Hey, Moonbeam. Taking pictures on public grounds is completely within your constitutional rights something you should have learned in your third grade social studies class.If this is a future of our country, Iâ€™m thinking we might as well turn over the keys to some third-world despot leader now.â€”â€”â€”5. Shout out of the weekThis week it goes to the Argonia-Attica football team that just qualified for the Class 1A 8-man Div. II state championship game for the second consecutive year.The Titans ripped Axtell 52-0 – which was the same team that beat Caldwell the week before 62-14. The Titans have been so dominating this year that they have played just one fourth quarter all season. In eight-man football if you outscore your opponent by 45 points at the end of the first half you can end the game right then.This could be what next Saturday’s 8-man state championship game will look like.Yet despite its weekly drubbing of opponents, the Titans are going into the state championship game as underdogs. Victoria beat A&A 52-8 in last year’s state championship game and is currently on a 24 game winning streak.Next Saturday when these two teams square off for the state title in Newton, it could be the Ali vs. Frazier battle of eight-man football. I canâ€™t wait.Follow us on Twitter.