Friends of FOP endorses candidates

The Friends of the FOP, the political action committee for the Kansas City, Kan., Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, has announced its endorsements.

Lodge No. 4 is a fraternal organization that is made up of current and retired law enforcement officers of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

The Friends of the Kansas City, Kan., Fraternal Order of Police endorsements for the Nov. 4 general election:

Governor: Paul Davis
U.S. Senate: Greg Orman
Kansas Attorney General: Derek Schmidt
Congress, 3rd District: Kelly Kultala
Secretary of State: Jean Schodorf
State Representative, 33rd District: Tom Burroughs
State Representative, 36th District: Kathy Wolfe Moore

Letter to the editor: ‘Disturbing trends’ in Kansas

Dear editor,

I was not born in Kansas, but have chosen to live here for more than a decade because of the good people and quality of life.

Unfortunately, I see some disturbing trends in my adopted state. Thanks largely to a misguided crusade against income taxes, the state now comes up millions of dollars short in revenue each month. Both Moody’s and Standard and Poor have downgraded the state’s credit rating.

However, my greatest concern is an erosion in the quality of education. School districts are financially strapped, leaning heavily on local property taxes and new fees to make ends meet. Parents I know say their children’s classroom sizes have grown considerably. And, school districts are now allowed to hire people without an education degree to teach certain subjects. This is not right.

Historically, education has been a high priority in Kansas, and that must never change. This shared value transcends our differences and makes our state stronger.

Kansas needs a new direction, and that is why I am voting for Paul Davis for governor. I ask Kansas voters to cast their ballot and choose candidates who will preserve and restore the quality of education our children deserve.

Sincerely,

Marge Gasnick
Kansas City, Kan.

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Eastern Conference leader D.C. United plays Sporting KC Friday night

Sporting Kansas City meets Eastern Conference leader D.C. United on Friday night at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The nationally televised match will kick off at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

Sporting Kansas City is tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with the New England Revolution heading into Friday’s match.

The trip to the nation’s capital comes after a three-game home stand which included two victories in the CONCACAF Champions League. Most recently, Sporting KC fell to the Revolution 3-2 despite a pair of goals from Paulo Nagamura and Dom Dwyer in a two-minute span.

D.C. United is undefeated in its last four matches across all competition, most recently defeating the Philadelphia Union 1-0 last weekend at RFK Stadium.

Luis Silva’s 10th-minute strike helped to secure D.C.’s 15th victory in 2014 after finishing last year with just three wins and 16 points. Silva has 11 goals since the beginning of June, third most in MLS.

Dom Dwyer is second in MLS with 20 goals scored this season, breaking the club’s previous single-season record. Dwyer has scored in five straight appearances across all competition, tying Preki (1996) the longest such scoring streak in club history.

With a goal on Friday, Dwyer would be the first Sporting KC player ever to score in six straight competitive matches.

D.C. United has an MLS-best eight clean sheets at home and a 10-2-3 record at RFK Stadium this season. Its 10 home wins are tied for second most in MLS and their 11 home goals allowed are fewest in MLS, however D.C. United will be facing a Sporting KC squad that leads MLS with eight road wins.

D.C. United defeated Sporting KC in the previous two matches this season, a 1-0 result on May 31 and a 3-0 victory in August. With a win or a tie on Friday, D.C. United would become the first Eastern Conference team to clinch a playoff spot in 2014.

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