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Leader succeeded in business, voluntary efforts

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by Murrel Bland

I was saddened when I received a telephone call letting me know that Pat Sedlock had died Thursday, March 16. Pat had a very impressive record of business and voluntary contributions.

Pat once told me that she came to Kansas City sort of by accident. Her father was a construction worker who followed projects. The family came to Kansas City and their car broke down. They decided to stay here.

Pat was born in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. She attended Argentine High School and worked two jobs—in a dental office and as a carhop at Allen’s Drive-In. It was at Allen’s that she met her husband-to-be—Phil Sedlock. Pat recalled that Phil was “a good tipper.” Pat was a longtime volunteer with the March of Dimes organization. The fact that Phil was a polio victim inspired Pat to be involved. Pat and her husband owned and operated Sedlock Tow service and a service station on Central Avenue.

I recall the 1970s when Pat was part of group that met for morning coffee at the Colonial Cafeteria in the Wyandotte Plaza Shopping Center. The group would discuss community issues including politics. One of the members of this group was the Rev. Ron Holland, the father of our present mayor, Mark Holland. Ron Holland was pastor of Grandview United Methodist Church.

Pat was appointed to the Kansas City, Kansas, School Board following her volunteer efforts encouraging the public to accept the 1977 federal desegregation decision. She ran for mayor in 1979 against incumbent Jack Reardon. Although she lost, she did get a commitment from Mayor Reardon to study the form of city government. In 1982, after a year-long study, voters approved a change in city government from a patronage-riddled commissioner system to one with a professional administrator and council members from districts. I served on that study committee; the chairman of the committee was Dr. O. L. Plucker, the superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas, School District. The change in the form of government was a necessary first step that led to city-county government consolidation in 1997.

Pat founded a commercial real estate agency. Her daughter, Cherise Marie Sedlock, follows in that profession. Pat was a longtime member of Business West, serving on its board of directors. She received the Joe Maderak Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2015.

The funeral service for Patricia Louise Sedlock will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kan. Lunch will follow the service.

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Murrel Bland is the former editor of The Wyandotte West and The Piper Press. He is the executive director of Business West.

Legislative newsletter from Rep. Pam Curtis, D-32nd Dist.

Rep. Pam Curtis

by Rep. Pam Curtis

It was a very busy week as committee work continues as well as consideration of bills on the floor of the Kansas House. We had a special treat on Friday as former Sen. Richard Gannon joined us to play his traditional bagpipes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Thursday was a day of environmental advocacy and outreach,Wealth Day, at the Capitol. Over 200 people joined together under the dome to discuss Kansas Wealth, water, energy, air, land, transportation, and health. It was my pleasure to participate in the Wealth program and speak about the importance of air.

On Friday I joined other members of the House Elections Committee for a presentation and tour at the Shawnee County Election Commission Office. I appreciated the opportunity for this very informative and interesting hands-on discussion of election administration, processes, and new equipment.

Thank you to everyone that visited me this week at the Capitol. It is a special honor to serve as your state representative. I both value and need your input on the various issues facing state government. Please feel free to contact me with your comments and questions. My office address is Room 452-S, Kansas Statehouse, 300 SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66612. You can reach me at 785-296-7430 or call the legislative hotline at 1-800-432-3924 to leave a message for me. Additionally, you can email me at

This week in the House
Several bills passed through the Kansas House this week. Below is a list detailing some of these bills.

Wildfire Relief Bill: HB 2387, An act concerning sales and compensating use tax; exemption for repairing, rebuilding or replacing certain property destroyed by wildfires.

Tax: HB 2162, An act concerning sales taxation; relating to time for payment of tax.

Ad Astra Rural Jobs Act: HB 2168, An act concerning rural economic development; enacting the ad astra rural jobs act which would provide tax incentives for investment companies that finance business projects that bring jobs to rural areas in Kansas.

Health: SB 32, An act relating to mental health care; medical student and resident loan assistance; medical student loan agreements; practice commitment agreements; providing for agreements for the practice of psychiatry; establishing the psychiatry medical loan repayment fund and the rural health bridging psychiatry fund; concerning mental healthcare facilities.

Campaign Finance: Sub HB 2223, An act concerning campaign finance reports for members of the legislature and reports by lobbyists; dealing with civil penalties for late filing of such reports.

“SkyNet” Bill: On Friday the House debated Sub HB 2331: Kansas Information Technology Enterprise. I fully support the cybersecurity portion of the bill but another bill was added to HB 2331 to create a cabinet level agency transferring all executive branch agencies IT spending and personnel to the new “KITE” agency. While I agree in concept to the centralization of IT services, with a lack of a roadmap for the implementation, clarity on which employees will be impacted and assurances that centralizing services will protect uniformity and access to IT services, more work needs to be done before moving this measure forward. Sub HB 2331 will be up for final action on the House Floor when we return on Monday, March 20th.

State of the Judiciary
On Wednesday, the Kansas Supreme Court justices and the Kansas Court of Appeals judges appeared at the Capitol building to give the State of the Judiciary on the House floor.

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss addressed both the House and Senate, speaking on the troubles facing the courts and their employees, raising awareness of the court’s proposal to raise their budget. This is the first time the Supreme Court has appeared at the Capitol to give the State of the Judiciary since 2012. Due to prior tension with a conservative-dominated legislature, the address has been held at the Judicial Center the last few years. The new House Speaker, Ron Ryckman, re-extended the invitation to the House floor this year.

Resolution for Olathe shooting
On Thursday, the Kansas House adopted a resolution honoring the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and recognizing a united community and state. The resolution condemned the recent shooting in Olathe: “These evil acts do not define us, and they will not divide us.”

The surviving victims of the shooting stood in front of the House chamber to be honored as the resolution was adopted.

Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to reflect on women’s contributions to history and to the present, the inaugural holiday beginning in the United States in 1987. Join us this month in standing with and celebrating women in Kansas, across the nation, and the across the world. Read more about Women’s History Month at

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Review: Mockingbird bar has fantastic city view

The Mockingbird Lounge, located at 204 Orchard St. in Kansas City, Kansas, recently opened. The interior features a well-lighted decor with big-screen televisions. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

There’s a new kid on the block with a fantastic view of the city.

The place people are talking about is the Mockingbird, located at 204 Orchard St. in Kansas City, Kansas.

It is located near the Strawberry Hill area of Kansas City, Kansas. It actually sits on top of the hill, and in the summer, this will be a place to go sit outside, have a cold drink and look at the city. The inside is beautifully designed and furnished.

They’ve only been open about two weeks at this location. However, it’s got to be one of the best places to go for a cold drink and a view of the city. Eventually, they’re planning to offer food.

The hours are from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. except for Monday, when they’re closed.

The Mockingbird Lounge, located at 204 Orchard St. in Kansas City, Kansas, offers a great view of the city. The establishment recently opened in this location. (Photo by William Crum)

The Mockingbird Lounge, located at 204 Orchard St. in Kansas City, Kansas, often has many patrons watching sports on big-screen televisions. The establishment recently opened. (Photo by William Crum)

The Mockingbird Lounge, located at 204 Orchard St. in Kansas City, Kansas, features a well-lit interior with big-screen televisions. It recently opened. (Photo by William Crum)