US pledges to reduce Iraq troops as tensions ease

first_imgTensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with lawmakers in Baghdad demanding the expulsion of the roughly 5,200 US troops in the country. American troops were deployed in Iraq from 2014 to head a military coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group. AFP The United States also promised support to prop up the struggling Iraqi economy as the two nations held their first strategic dialogue in more than a decade. WASHINGTON – The United States said Thursday it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as friction between the two countries eased under a new US-friendly premier in Baghdad. President Donald Trump responded by threatening crippling sanctions and, according to US military sources, Washington began planning a vast bombing spree against groups blamed for the rockets. (AFP)last_img read more

To the editor: Please take the time to be informed the old fashioned way

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Thank you for your input. +26 Vote up Vote down Big D · 210 weeks ago It wasn’t too many years ago when there was an opportunity for the packing plant to expand their operations and the city council pushed them away. With that, the employment increase and the increased revenues from employees spending their wages went West to Harper. We want our children to stay local and for people to buy local…..well we need to open to expansion and not just if it fits our personal fancy. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down guest · 210 weeks ago That packing plant is an eye sore and it smells. I was out there yesterday talking to someone in the parking lot of the Chinese place. The smell was awful and the number of flies buzzing around was disgusting. I’ve driven from the packing plant to the round-a-bout and seen a trail of blood on the highway. Very unappealing to say the least. And remember, there’s a crosswalk for the Kennedy School kids to use…streaked with blood from the hauling of hides or whatever from the packing plant. That plant should have never been built so close to town. For you old timers you may recall, when they put that business in it was to be a no-kill plant. That changed. I’m glad they did NOT expand that stinky place. Report Reply +6 Vote up Vote down Chris Hutchens · 210 weeks ago I hope Cowley will include a GED class. Wellington really needs this service. They sponsored the classes that were given at the Senior Center several years ago. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down guest · 210 weeks ago Dynamic Learning Center in Belle Plaine offers FREE GED classes. They are on-line, self-paced and laptop computers are made available to students. Shari Mills can help you enroll – open enrollment any time of the years. Dynamic Learning Center 823 Main St. Belle Plaine, Kansas 67013 Phone: 620-488-5638 Contact Shari Mills @ [email protected] Website: http://bp.getmydiploma.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dynamiclearningcenterbp/… Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 210 weeks ago This is a for profit college. Why should it be subsidized with tax money? If it is profitable then they will come to Sumner County without a tax shake down. We are taxed enough already. It’s time this county cut some taxes. Lets try a novel idea of user fees. Pay for the service as you use it instead of forcing someone else to pay your bills. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 210 weeks ago Cowley College is a Kansas Community College, not a for-profit university. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Belle · 210 weeks ago Great advice Phil White! Get informed people…we need Cowley College and this project in order to grow!! Please let our County Commisioners know you want to be heard!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 210 weeks ago Mr. White: your points are well taken. However, please remember the average resident here has already been drained dry by the city council’s spending beyond our means, law suits, poor real estate transactions, draconian utility increases and a 12 million dollar school security bond. A few of us are still somewhat solvent, but John Q. Wellington is “busted flat in Baton Rouge” – as Janis Joplin would say. The piggy bank is empty, sir. This should (and could) have been done long ago before money was extinct. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down LEAH SOMMERHOFF · 210 weeks ago So well written Phil, it is a great advance for not only Wellington, but for our County. Not to mention everyone it will serve as a great educational resource! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the Editor:  It is looking like we as Sumner County citizens may be presented with an opportunity to take a step toward fighting our county’s population decline by welcoming Cowley College and its superb educational opportunities and technical training programs to Wellington!Phil WhiteSure, it’s a step that will cost each of us money, but it is perhaps the best opportunity our community has seen in quite a while.However, before we as taxpayers begin debating whether we can afford to help support such a facility, we owe it to ourselves to learn what is being proposed, what it truly will cost, and what economic benefit Sumner County can realistically expect.Contrary to what seems to be the trend, the answers to these questions are not found on social media or in anonymous comment sections. They’re found the old-fashioned way: Visiting in-person with those asking for our support. That’s also the best way to ask questions and voice any criticism we may have.We have the opportunity to do exactly that tomorrow, Monday, August 1st. Cowley College President Dennis Rittle and the Sumner County Economic Development will be hosting two town hall meetings. The meetings will be at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Both will be in the Wellington High School Auditorium.Please do everything you can to attend one of these meetings so you can ask questions, voice your concerns, and ensure you are armed with direct information as you consider this important decision.Philip B. WhiteWellingtonFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more