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New Perspective on Immigration Debate

SALINA, Kan. - For a fleeting moment Albuquerque, NM, resident Antonio Diaz Chacon was a hero. Upon witnessing the forcible abduction of a six year-old girl he jumped in his pickup truck and chased the kidnapper until the suspect crashed his vehicle into a light pole. When the individual took off on foot Diaz Chacon reached into the van, grabbed the little girl and whisked her to safety.

For his heroism Mr. Diaz Chacon was honored in a special ceremony by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who recognized his bravery with the presentation of a special plaque hailing his effort in foiling the kidnapping.

But shortly thereafter it was revealed, and the young man admitted, that he is an illegal immigrant. Suddenly, he is the focal point of a renewed debate over immigration policy in our country. And many are quick to demonize immigrants. Examples abound.

Fathoming Our Oil Folly

SALINA, Kan. - Monday, Aug. 22, Kansas staged its own contribution to one of the most important national climate change discussions in decades, thanks to the Eisenhower Center and the KSU Institute for Civil Discourse. The topic: TransCanada's Keystone XL oil pipeline for Alberta tar sands oil. Final decision on XL's final leg is due soon from the U.S. State Department.

TransCanada (TC) wields a big stick: Canada is our single largest oil supplier, ahead of Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.

The Aug. 23 Salina Journal story noted the strong audience response to one suggestion. The Kansas Legislature gift-wrapped a present of an estimated $50 million tax abatement that TC doesn't need -- and that no other states gave. When Jim Prescott, TransCanada's representative, insisted his company is a responsible, good neighbor, one citizen suggested TC's good neighbor policy should extend to gifting that $50 million to desperate Kansas kids and schools, where most of the taxes would/should have gone anyway. This reverse-gift idea received strong audience applause.

Prescott did not make that offer.

TOPEKA, Kan. - Jane Carter, executive director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE), issued the following statement in response to Governor Brownback's proposals for voluntary retirement incentives:

I am quite disappointed by the Administration's announcement of the Voluntary Retirement Incentive proposal. To be very clear, KOSE is not opposed to voluntary retirement plans in general. However, it is essential that all factors be considered before enacting a Voluntary Retirement Incentive. The State has not, at this point, considered those factors nor met its legal obligations to KOSE. [Read more here]

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