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Politics

The Next Two Years

Now that a little time has passed since our midterm election, folks have had time to reflect. Many of those people are happy at this point. There are also a lot of people who are still disappointed that things didn’t go better (especially in Kansas). I have been bothered by some of the reaction I’ve seen though. Like in 2012, a lot of it has been, for lack of a better term, ugly. And that’s not something restricted to one group or another. People from both sides of the aisle have been less than pleasant, when the better reaction should be one of a conciliatory nature, win or lose.

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Current Events, SEK

I Don’t Know If It’s Art, but…

To get the ball rolling here, I thought a local matter – of limited conflict – would be a good thing to start with. Brought to my attention recently was the debate brewing within the population of the SEK Art Fest. For the past couple years, the Art Fest has worked with the City of Pittsburg to bring a sculpture competition to downtown Pittsburg. They put together a theme (visualized through the common sculpt the artists use), and then businesses sponsor artists to decorate and present the works for an extended period downtown until a point where they then auction off the works to raise money to support the arts in Crawford County. All in all, A Good Thing™ (save the bit of vandalism that took place, because some people are just dicks).

The issue at hand deals with folks who apparently bought footballs (the subject of the sculpts) this year, and have or intended to repaint them. The question being: is it right or wrong? The answer is yes.

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So, the election is over, and this is too late. But it’s still a good message worth sharing in preparation for future years.

As a side note, I highly recommend the VlogBrothers (Hank and John Green – John being that dude most folks know as the guy that wrote The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) YouTube channel, as well as their companion project Crash Course. Crash Course is especially useful if you’re a teacher looking for resources to spice up lesson plans.

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What is Kansanity?

Welcome to Kansanity. Kansanity? Kansanity. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past years discussing events, culture, and politics. So much so, people have begun to ask me about doing something more formal with those thoughts. In consideration of those folks, I’m starting this site. So, what can you expect? Well, a little of this, and a little of that. I won’t post super frequently, probably, but I will post when necessary, to discuss not just issues affecting the nation and current events, but more specifically things that matter to Kansas and SEK as well (or so is my hope). On top of that, we’ll talk about how to talk about things – how to look at issues objectively, and how to solve problems.

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