It’s taken a few years, but the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel is finally paying off for its owners … the people of Wichita. The City of Wichita bought the facility 12 years ago. Last week Mayor Carl Brewer received a check for $150,000 … profit from the hotel’s operation. In the past, profits have been put back into renovation and upkeep of the facility. The City now expects profit checks for the next decade.
Meanwhile, on the county side … repeat offenders are clogging the criminal justice system. Sedgwick County Commissioners were told last week the county’s repeat offender rate is higher than the rest of the state’s … and that state money to deal with the problem has been cut. There is concern that public safety is suffering.
And the Maize school board has decided to stop random drug tests for students who participate in extracurricular activities. The school district on Wichita’s northwest side has spent more than $31,000 since 2007. In that time, four students tested positive for drug use.
Our thought for today is from Laurence J. Peter:
“There is no stigma attached to recognizing a bad decision in time to install a better one.”