A good idea sweeps Plains
A national park for Kansas?
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.