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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Tuesday April 5, 2011

Law, liberty, and the market symposium this week. This Friday (April 8) a symposium titled “Freedom, Liberty, and the Human Spirit” is offered in Wichita. The event is from 8:30 am to noon, in Alumni Auditorium in the Davis Administration Building on the campus of Friends University. The presenter is John R. Hays, Jr of Austin, Texas. The three sessions are titled Freedom’s not just another word for nothing left to lose; Who’s directing the show, and how can it possibly work without a director; and Markets, liberty, and economic progress. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees should reserve a seat by calling 316-295-5526. The sponsor for the symposium is the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.

Junket for Wichita lame ducks: the costs. Kim Hynes of KWCH Television reports on the expenses incurred by three lame duck Wichita City Council members to attend a training conference. It’s about $8,000. Particularly amusing — if it weren’t so sad — are the remarks made by Roger Smith as he attempts to justify attending a training conference when he — and the other two lame ducks Paul Gray and Sue Schlapp — will serve less than one month after returning from the conference. … It seems that some council members were not very careful with taxpayer funds when looking for airfares, as Gray spent $772.80 and Schlapp $688.80 on plane tickets. Several made the trip spending less than $400 on their ticket, and one for less than $300. Don’t we have a discount air carrier here in Wichita? … Deb Farris of KAKE Television reports, too. In her story Council Member Lavonta Williams and Mayor Carl Brewer attempt to justify the spending for the lame duck members.

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