County appraiser: Positive news…finally!

report cover pageAfter several years of presenting disappointing news and negative percentages in his reappraisal report, Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome now doesn’t mind traveling around the county spreading the news to city councils and chambers of commerce that the local market value for the county final is positive.

“We’re definitely going in the right direction,” Welcome said Thursday, March 21. “We’re on an upswing. I would say the low was probably 2009 and if you start looking at all the different products that we have as far as office, retail, apartments and everything, 2009 seems to be the low point.

“We built 651 homes that year and last year we built 1200-plus homes. So we’re starting to see the recovery and the recovery usually comes in this way. You start with apartments, second is industrial, third is office, and fourth is retail.” Continue reading

This abortion bill is a slap in the face to women of violent crime

How ironic that the ultra-conservatives in the Kansas House, including Gov. Sam Brownback, don’t want judges telling them how much money to spend on public education, but yet they have no qualms in dictating what medical physicians tell their patients in private conversations prior to getting an abortion even if some of the required propaganda isn’t supported by the mainstream medical community.

These ultra-conservatives cry foul when the federal government requires contraceptives be provided by private hospitals and by physicians who are against their use because of religious views, yet they are eager to force state government and their views into the private offices of doctors and telling them what to say to patients no matter if they agree.

Physicians take a Hippocratic oath; ultra-conservatives apparently take a hypocritic oath! Continue reading

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