• P.J. Griekspoor

    Farm Families Could Bear Heavy Load in School Fund Cuts

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 16, 2012

    I got a reminder this week from my Farm Progress colleague Holly Spangler in Illinois that the school funding crisis is nationwide. This is a struggle that faces not just farm families but urban families as well. In Wichita, my family is faced with losing the school community of which we have been a part for six years. Our 219-student Open Magnet, Emerson, is on the USD 259 chopping block, apparently because the community of which we are made is diverse enough that no one school will be…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    FCC Has Pulled Plug on LightSquared

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 15, 2012

    It looks like the LightSquared battle is won. The controversial system that originally promised to bring cell phone service to every nook and cranny of America at the cost of overpowering GPS signals in areas around its towers, was effectively shut down when the FCC denied permission for its tower build-out and said it would rescind the conditional approval it granted a year ago. There will be public comment and there's a always a chance that things could change, but it is not likely. It…

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    Immigrant Policy Provides Interesting Divide

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 4, 2012

    I can't help wishing I could be a fly on the wall when the inner circle of Gov. Sam Brownback's advisers get together to talk about immigration. The conversation has to be interesting. On the one hand we have the new Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, elected in the great Tea Party sweep of 2010 on a campaign to stop voter fraud, which until he ran for office, no one in Kansas had ever thought much about. Stopping voter fraud is the thin veil that covers his real agenda, which is driving…

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