Five Cueball thoughts: Talking girls basketball, hirings, local taxes, Boston and prom

first_img4. Boston mess…The Boston Marathon bombing is an unfortunate situation, but it appears just the way of the world. We will have more terrorism attacks, as we will school shootings and other cowardly acts. I tire when people try to politicize these events by blaming the right wing or the left wing. How about blaming the nuts committing the act?It was intriguing two punks were able to shut down the city of Boston for a day. Was this an incredible overreaction?Maybe, elsewhere. But not Boston which is an unique city. It doesn’t exactly sprawl. My wife and I visited Boston years ago and what I remember most was how everything was so close together – like they built the city in an enclosed box. Not sure if I would ever own a car if I was living there. There is no place to park and there is a subway system nearby. So shutting down this town to find a couple of killers seems like a realistic thing to do.Someone made a good point on Facebook the other day. Think about the thousands of people who pitched in to help others during the bombing crisis – even in Boston where people aren’t known to help one another.I truly believe at the heart of most people there is goodness. We just tend to focus on the negative. 2. Local vs. out-of-town…Many people have a misconstrued view on how to select a new coach, or principal or Sonic Burger manager, etc. Way too many people believe a candidate is only qualified if he/she is from some place else. If you live outside of Wellington, for example, you are automatically going to be smarter and more wonderful.Well, Linn Hibbs was our most successful football coach in Wellington history, and he grew up here. We have also hired many knuckleheads who moved to Wellington to screw everything up.Where one currently lives is irrelevant. Think about it. Go outside and look at your neighbors. Those living on your left may be great thoughtful individuals. Those living on your right, may be idiots. It’s stupid to think about one’s address when determining who would best fill a job.It’s not just where you live, either. Think about politics. People get hung up about what party a political candidate is affiliated with. Just because someone is a Democrat or Republican, doesn’t mean squat.I’m a Republican. But I look at Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and cringe. 5. Shout out of the week…I love the Wellington High School prom, and this week’s shout out goes to those who make this magnificent event happen year in and year out – whether it’s the parents, the Project Prom volunteers, the school sponsors, the photographers, the limousine drivers, the citizens who donate their prized vehicle, the businesses who make donations, or the students themselves who are having a great time. It’s always a great time for all involved. 3. Answer to poll question…I asked four tax questions in the weekly poll last week (see poll here: http://www.sumnernewscow.com/sumner-newscow-weekly-poll-the-tax-question/). I’d agree with the majority on three of the four questions. But I strongly disagree on the question: “Do you believe local Sumner County governments spend too much?” which 62 percent of you saying they do.Being an observer of the various local governmental boards, this isn’t the case. First of all, local governments are completely dependent on the tax revenue available to them, so it’s not like they can just spend at free will.But I find those serving on the various local boards to operate conservatively. There are so many local projects out there that need to be addressed, but are not getting completed because  tax revenue is not available. I don’t think governmental employees on the local level are overpaid and I don’t see rampant waste. I also think local governments are also on the low end of the totem pole. It’s easier for the U.S. Government to cut local government funding than it is to cut a huge federally funded project at NASA or the military where there is plenty of corporate contractors ready to fill the coffers of an upcoming big-time political campaign.center_img Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 21, 2013…1. Girls basketball program…The resignation of Wellington head girls basketball coach Kevin Hackerott is of regret. In the past five years Wellington’s girls basketball program has been the most successful sports program at the high school aside from the girls tennis program. More importantly, the Hackerotts have been a huge part of the Wellington community. They will be missed.But now we must look forward. It is of utmost priority we bring a quality girls basketball coach to Wellington. The community has rallied around the program and now considers it a source of pride. Let’s not let it slip back to yesteryear when it was a constant struggle for a team to win just a few games a year.There is an interesting debate in the comment section over whether to pursue Eric Adams, who is now the head girls basketball coach at South Haven and a former WMS eighth grade girls coach. I don’t endorse political candidates, and I don’t recommend hirings. Adams has proven he can coach at the high school level. South Haven was a surprise South-Central Border League contender and got to the state tournament during his first season.But unless I’m part of the hiring process, I have no opinion on who the next coach should be. I don’t know if Adams would want the job if asked. He’s got a good thing going in South Haven. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Cueball Jr. · 381 weeks ago Hey, its your daughter… See I DO get on your website at school. Ok, have a nice day, and tell mom to make something good for dinner. Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Becca Dixon · 381 weeks ago Agree with #2. Why is it if your a hometown boy you get penalized when a job or coaching position becomes available. Doesn’t seem right to me. I think we should give some kudos to the kids who come back home after college to work in Wellington. Thinking of several-Candice Giefer Lira, Whitney Arndt Newberry,Joe Newman, Zane Aguliar. Just to name a few.We need these young people in this community Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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