Canceling tours is
My office just finished notifying hundreds of Kansans that their requests to visit the White House have been declined. The White House has informed Congress that as of March 9, White House tours are cancelled indefinitely due to sequestration.
Every spring and summer, thousands of students, families, veterans and other tour groups travel to our nation’s capital to enjoy all of the history and sights our capital city has to offer. To arbitrarily deny access to a taxpayer-funded, historical building, such as the White House, is seemingly political and clearly cynical.
Sequestration has impacted every branch of government. Like the White House, my office is facing cuts to our operating budget. Yet we have found ways to do more with less, rather than stripping benefits away from our constituents. Yes, tours of the Capitol building will still be provided by my staff, free of charge.
Perception politics have run amok in Washington, and this decision has all the appearances of a political move designed to cause public pain. We all need to work together to improve this country’s fiscal outlook.
Political games like this have no place in responsible governing or constructive debate. The White House’s decision to close public access to the residence of the United States president is not a solution. It is just an example of another problem.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts
Grant will be used for McEntire concert
The Marion County Fair Association would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the Hillsboro Community Foundation for the grant we were chosen to receive.
The $750 will be used to defray county expenses associated with our Susie McEntire gospel concert. None of these funds will pay for the artist’s performance or the professional sound system required. All the money will be reinvested in Marion County businesses. In addition, any profit generated from the projet will be reinvested into the Marion County Fairgrounds by using supplies from businesses within the county.
Our project offers Marion County patrons and people in surrounding communities a venue for wholesome family entertainment by bringing a nationally known gospel artist, to the area. Based on our county’s strong religious background and beliefs, the MCFA feel that Susie McEntire’s country gospel concert is an excellent fit.
Besides creating excitement with an award-winning country gospel artist, MCFA has created an opportunity for families to spend quality time together while providing a safe and secure environment for them to experience Christian witnessing, along with country gospel at its finest.
Susie McEntire’s smile is a genuine one and a familiar one With more than a passing physical resemblance to her sister, Reba McEntire, Susie also shares her big sister’s musical gifts. But Susie has directed her talents to the country Christian side of American Roots music, garnering much acclaim from peers and fans alike.
In addition to numerous awards and nominations from The Nashville Network, Gospel Music Association and Christian Country Music Association, Susie has been named “Artist of the Year” several times in the field of Positive Country Music.
However, more than her notoriety, it is Susie’s kindness and determination in the midst of difficulties, and her genuine compassion for others, that inspires people around her.
Once again, on behalf of the MCFA I want to express our thanks and appreciation to the Hillsboro Community Foundation for their investment in this MCFA project and Marion County. We are humbled by your generosity and support.