Sunday blog: Talking Worden Park, no elections, blowing long streaks and a shoutout…

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Sunday, March 30, 2014…1. Worden Park roadWellington has one of the best multi-sports facilities in south-central Kansas with Worden Park.Accident at Worden ParkWith its combination of youth baseball/softball facilities, a nationally acclaimed go-kart complex, youth football/soccer fields, walking trails, premier playground, and the location for various other events such as demolition derbies and Fourth of July fireworks show, Worden Park has been the go-to facility for special events in Wellington. Worden Park has brought in countless dollars to the community from outside sources.But Monday night a roll over accident occurred just north of the complex that brings up what could be a ticking time bomb. The roads leading to and from Worden Park are made of dirt. East 20th Ave. North is a busy thoroughfare that serves both the park and Wellington Christian Academy. The number of young inexperienced, and out of town drivers who use the road is tremendous. The road needs paved – before someone gets killed. Yes, people have been driving country roads from the advent of automobiles. But you are also talking about a generation of drivers who aren’t used to navigating on loose gravel in an area where there are a lot of young drivers. Being one who grew up in the country, if you don’t know how to navigate loose gravel, it becomes a serious situation.Plus, as one Sumner Newscow reader said it’s an image thing. Do we really want to force visitors to drive down a dirt road within our city limits?The city of Wellington has done a great job of redoing Vandenburgh, reconstructing Lincoln Avenue, etc. Now is the time to address the issue of paving East 20th Ave. 3. Blowing a streakThere are streaks, and then there are great big long spectacular streaks. Wichita State’s basketball team had a wonderful 35-game winning streak that ended in heart-breaking fashion when Fred VanVleet’s buzzer beating final shot against Kentucky fell off the side of the rim.In the pros, another streak came to an end. On Saturday, the NBA Philadelphia 76ers were vying for the longest losing streak of any pro team in any pro sport before suffering a heart-breaking victory over the Detroit Pistons. They had a 26-game losing streak – and hadn’t won since January.Think about 26 games. High school seasons don’t last that long. Have the Washington Generals lost that many games against the Harlem Globe Trotters? Many wars are fought and won in a two-month time frame.But now with that unfortunate win, the 76ers will just be a bad team forgotten.Maybe next year, 76ers. 4. Saying I hateI always hate it when I’m arguing with someone or want to respond to something I’ve heard from third-party sources and people tell me to “take the high road.”Translation: “You need to shut up.”That’s annoying. 5. Shout out of the week How can you not give it to the Wellington High School teachers and student body, who spent Wednesday volunteering their services and raising money to help Houston and Dietra Sober visit their mother in Seattle, who is being treated for cancer.One thing you can say about Wellington. We may fuss and fight amongst ourselves. But when it comes to helping one of our own, no town does it better.Follow me on twitter.High schoolers throughout downtown was giving the area a clean look.center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (12) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +16 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 332 weeks ago “Plus, as one Sumner Newscow reader said it’s an image thing. Do we really want to force visitors to drive down a dirt road within our city limits?” I have lived on the south side of town for 50 yrs and we still have DIRT ROADS and no one is worrying about our IMAGE on the south side. Hell “H” street is the first road you can turn on from the south and its DIRT. ENOUGH OF THE BS and LIVE WITH IT. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down guest · 332 weeks ago Heres a thought take a percentage of the revenue taken in from all these entertainment activities and pay for it that way!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Tiffany · 332 weeks ago As one of those young drivers that droves the country roads and made mistakes, lets please remember that our children do have to learn to drive on all road conditions as we did too. They are going to make mistakes that could result in accidents but we have to hope and pray that they don’t get hurt. Let’s not use the younger generation as an excuse to pave a road that is only city to the park and county after that. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down notlla · 332 weeks ago Those of us who live south of the tracks drive on dirt roads every day. No one cares about our roads. Maybe they need to do a little better job of grading the road up there. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 332 weeks ago Here we go with the roads again… This time I agree, your kids live in Kansas and they should know how to drive on dirt roads before you turn them loose with the keys. As for the visitors, most of them also live in Kansas, therefore they should be used to a little dirt from the road. I also agree that who ever is in change of grading that road should be more attentive knowing that it is used often by many people. It is less than three blocks of dirt and it is causing all this. I have an idea! Everyone get out and walk and you won’t have to worry about the car sliding. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 332 weeks ago Take the high road. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down ronco · 332 weeks ago short wheelbase cars like the one in the picture are very unstable on gravel roads. How about just some 20 mph speed limit signs. Another street in town that has been neglected is Mill from Woodlawn to C street, talk about an adventure and has been for 40 years. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 332 weeks ago There are a lot of older neglected streets in Wellington but it seems they only want to fix ones near schools and in rich neighborhoods. I truly believe they should start with them and work forward from there. I wonder why they are running up and down Lincoln and Harvey with the overloaded concrete trucks to fix Lincoln on the east side. USE THE BROKEN DOWN ROADS to traverse and save the ones already fixed so we don’t have to waste money again to re fix the damage on the good ones. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mom of a teen · 332 weeks ago First, the road to Warden is and always has been very wash board like. I would love to see it done to acomidate the heavy traffic. I had hoped it would be done when my children played baseball. We do have a lot of roads in town that need attention and my hope is that our city gets to them all! I am hoping to see more big fixes done right and not patching to last a year or two. On our kids helping out Patti I am truely proud of our kids. It is great we can come together for anyone! Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down puppetsplus 44p · 332 weeks ago Not sure how the people who live on H street might feel–what happens to their taxes.. 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Nothing to do? Well, this Tuesday get yourself out to the election polls, and vote for your favorite city council candidate. Oh, wait a second… There is no election.For the first time in 50 years, Wellington will not be holding a city council election. That was due to the restructuring of the city council in which the board was reduced from eight to six members, terms were expanded from two to four, and every election will be held on odd number years only. That is until the State of Kansas decides to move everything to November. But that’s a different issue.In years past, Wellington council members served two year terms with four of them up for election on one year and the other four on the other. A lot of these elections had council members unopposed.Kudos to the city council and local citizen J.P. Buellesfeld for implementing such a system that is not only cost saving to local taxpayers but saves us a lot of time. Do we really need another election?last_img

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