A good idea sweeps Plains

A na­tional park for Kansas?

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - OPINION -

It took a while, but The Star’s call for a new na­tional park in Kansas is gain­ing some trac­tion. Kansas U.S. Se­nate can­di­date Charles Schol­len­berger is now sup­port­ing the cre­ation of a Great Plains Na­tional Park, which we have re­ferred to as “Buf­falo Com­mons Na­tional Park.”

True, Schol­len­berger is a Demo­crat, run­ning not only in GOP-friendly Kansas but also in a dif­fi­cult po­lit­i­cal cli­mate for his party. Still, he’s got this one right, and for the right rea­sons. Schol­len­berger has pledged to sup­port the rather grand idea for a new park in western Kansas be­cause it both pre­serves the na­tive Kansas prairie and “the tourism gen­er­ated by the park could also be­come a po­ten­tial savior to the dwin­dling lo­cal economies.”

Give Shol­len­berger credit for ad­dress­ing one of the most im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing Kansans in the com­ing years — how to boost for­tunes in the western half of the state.

Un­for­tu­nately, in the pri­mary race across the aisle, Repub­li­can can­di­dates Todd Ti­ahrt and Jerry Mo­ran seem to be spend­ing their cam­paign­ing time sling­ing mud at each other, squab­bling about who hates taxes the most and com­par­ing the sizes of their en­dorse­ments. (Does Mo­ran’s from for­mer Colorado U.S. Rep. Tom Tan­credo match Ti­ahrt’s from for­mer Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin?)

They’d both be bet­ter served tak­ing a page from Schol­len­berger’s play­book: Get this cam­paign back on is­sues that af­fect Kansas and Kansans.

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