Monday, August 3, 2020

HHS COVID hospital utilization site shows available capacity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) new hospital utilization website shows utilization and available capacity for all states, and the results for Kansas and Missouri are very encouraging.  Only 3% of...

Executive order keeping schools closed flies in face of actual science

Despite compelling evidence that the spread of COVID-19 in schools is unlikely, and that closing school -- and keeping them closed -- is actively harmful to students, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly on July 20,...

Kelly administration rejects COVID open records requests

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly wants to delay opening schools and is hinting at closing the economy this fall over the rise in COVID cases over the last few weeks, but the state refuses to...

Study: schools and colleges can safely open during COVID

A new study from The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP) says America’s schools and colleges can safely reopen during COVID-19.   The authors say, “With the pandemic expected to endure until 2021, and...

Kansas school shutdown extension likely hurts students

Despite recommendations from pediatric experts and others saying schools be opened, Democrat Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced Wednesday she would be issuing an executive order July 20, extending her school shutdown until after Labor...

Bari Weiss’ unconscionable treatment at NYT no surprise

Bari Weiss is a self-described "left-leaning centrist," who the Washington Post says, "portrays herself as a liberal uncomfortable with the excesses of left-wing culture."  She resigned as a columnist for the New York Times this week...

Wichita Eagle climate change reporter fails objectivity test

In December of last year, the Sentinel raised concerns about the objectivity of a new climate change reporting position for the Wichita Eagle. Those concerns appear to have been fully justified. The Sentinel was concerned that...

7 Kansas counties have more government jobs than private jobs

The Kansas Department of Labor just released data showing seven counties had more government jobs than private-sector workers in the fourth quarter of 2019.  It’s likely worse now since about 107,000 private workers lost...

COVID case hype pushes fear despite good news in the data

There's considerable good news in this week's COVID-19 update but you wouldn't know it from media and many government officials, as their COVID case hype seems mostly about pushing fear and more government control. ...

Kansas has 9th highest state and local sales tax rate

According to the Tax Foundation 2020 mid-year sales tax ranking, Kansas has the ninth-highest combined state and local sales tax rate in the nation at 8.68%.  The state rate is 6.5%; the average local...