Talking is better than bombing

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, says he has “grave concerns” about the nuclear deal negotiated in Geneva, Switzerland, between Iran and the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, which includes the United States, plus Germany.

If that’s a surprise to anyone, well, you better pull your head out of the political sand and  get back into the real world because the political BS just never ends. Continue reading

Olathe news briefs for the week of Nov. 25

City Council
The Olathe City Council will next meet Tuesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall for a regular session. Regular sessions are broadcast live on OGN (Comcast channel 7, AT&T channel 99 and on the City’s website). To see the complete agenda for this meeting, visit the City’s website at OlatheKS.org.  For a recap of the previous Council meeting, visit the City Clerk’s webpage.

Never Miss Trash Day Again
Thanks to a new application called Olathe Trash Day, residents can now look up their waste collection schedules, sign up for weekly reminders via text, email, Twitter, and phone call, and print customized calendars based on their own address.

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Motorcycle victim identified

The victim of a single motorcycle accident on south Lakeshore Drive and west 151st Street at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, has been identified by the Olathe Police Department as Jordan Fields of Olathe.

Fields was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This case remains under investigation by the Olathe Police Department Traffic Unit. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-7500 or 913-971-6950.

Thanksgiving – A time for celebration and safety

From the Olathe Fire Department:

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for celebration, family and friends. Although safety in the kitchen is always crucial, the threat of fires in the kitchen triples on Thanksgiving Day, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Home cooking fires occur more often on Thanksgiving Day than any other day. Help ensure a safer Thanksgiving holiday celebration with these tips:

Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food – unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Keep things that can burn like towels, paper, curtains, etc. away from the stove top.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking – loose clothing can catch fire.

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Brownback to receive special invitation today at KanCare meeting

Dear Gov. Brownback, KanCare officials:

My wife and I cordially invite you to pull an eight-hour care shift in our home

Madame chairwoman, KanCare oversight committee members and distinguished guests, I come before you as a KanCare recipient, advocate for people with disabilities and policy adviser for the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association.

I would like to thank the oversight committee for the hard work facing the 11 members in helping to shape a managed-care system that is fair, balanced and fiscally responsible for thousands of Kansans like me.

As I have stated in my Oct. 7 testimony before this committee, under new managed-care rules in Kansas, I face a 76 percent drop in care, a move three of my doctors — primary care physician, MDA doctor and respiratory doctor — say is wildly unrealistic and a move my wife says will force her to file for divorce. Reductions in hours would also cause me to be forced to seek care in an institution.

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