Wind power benefits the state
Built in 2005, the 150-megawatt Elk River Wind Farm on the Ferrell Ranch produces enough energy to power more than 60,000 homes. The construction of the wind farm created up to 200 jobs, including eight permanent full-time positions in the community. Additionally, the PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement provides for a total payment of $ 2.25 million ($ 150,000 per year) to Butler County over the first 15 years of the project life.
The wind industry provides economic benefits to Kansas, creating more than 13,000 jobs with $ 8 billion invested in our economy.
For pastoralists and farmers, the wind provides a stable income in times of economic insecurity. The landowner payments I receive from the Elk River Wind Farm have helped me survive the prolonged drought of the past few years.
Kansas has the second best wind resource in the United States. We should use this resource to grow rural economies and support agricultural producers. The highly successful Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) have attracted business development in the state. The wind industry in Kansas has the potential to be a $ 100 billion business.
The RPS does not cost taxpayers anything. Why the legislature would even consider repealing such an effective business development policy is beyond me.
Protect the rich
Shame on US representatives Tim Huelskamp, Mike Pompeo, Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder for vote repeal the property tax. America has had inheritance taxes since 1797. They were established by our founding fathers to protect against the creation of a hereditary elite.
These four lawmakers voted to give the country’s 25 billionaires a tax break of $ 334 billion. They raise the usual duck about the benefits for family farms and small businesses. However, only 120 small businesses and farms (including 100 large ones) in the United States were affected by inheritance tax in 2013, and these were further amortized by other tax breaks. Meanwhile, lawmakers have cut billions in food stamps and other programs crucial to our most vulnerable citizens.
A person who wins the lottery would be taxed 25 to 50 percent. But to win the genetic lottery of a huge windfall from a family heirloom, no tax is required. Billionaires Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and George Soros support high property taxes. Apparently, the financial interests that bought out the Kansas delegation do not.
I’m unhappy with a comment from Wichita State University athletic director Eric Sexton (“Adam’s Approach to the Heart of Conflict,” April 26 Sports). He said he was sorry that some athletes had the “perception” that their complaints about WSU women’s basketball coach Jody Adams were not taken seriously. These were serious allegations that required a full investigation, not just an “investigation”. If these allegations turn out to be true, the university administration must learn from the serious mistakes that have allowed this problem to worsen.
WSU is a first-class university. The management of its services must take this into account.
I graduated from Wichita High School East in the 1960s. We didn’t have a “#Give Letters” (“Tip: Give College Letters to Students with Special Needs,” April 28 Local & State) . We used the process to ‘let them win letters’.
We had students who had polio, with their legs in permanent braces. But by following the athletic guidelines in effect at the time, people with braces could also win a letter. And they wore their jackets as proudly as anyone.
Parents did not sew letters on their children’s jackets; letters were “assigned” rather than “given”.
WWII veterans who received letters in the 1930s and 1940s thought the program was right, as did Korean, Vietnamese and Desert Storm veterans. Now we have decided that the whole program was never right after all.
Now, getting a letter in high school will never mean the same again.
I always prefer “to let them win letters”.
A letter on the history of State Senator Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, who broke the rules was perfect (“Living Rent Free,” April 22 Letters to the Editor).
It seems that those most obsessed with cheating prevention are those who cheat themselves. Not surprisingly, the main proponent of the Welfare Reform Act (O’Donnell) was previously best known for the alleged tax evasion of identifying a house he lived in as a church rectory in order avoid property taxes / rent.
People who think they are special – and that the rules shouldn’t apply to them – project their own selfish views onto everyone else. Because they would go a mile every time an inch is offered, they think everyone would do the same.
However, if people on welfare go on a cruise or buy other luxury services, they have incomes far beyond the meager benefits they receive on welfare. This means that they must have significant sources of unreported income, which is the real issue that needs to be addressed.
The new law, rather than attacking anything, simply serves to denigrate the poor and reinforce stereotypes about who the poor are and how they live.
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