Richard Crowson

Editorial commentator

Richard Crowson is not only a editorial commentator for KMUW. He's also a cartoonist, an artist and a banjo player.

You might have heard him play with his band Pop & The Boys or with his wife at their standing gig at Watermark Books & Cafe. Richard is also KMUW's editorial cartoonist.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Richard Crowson: A Brave Man In Sedgwick County

If I may be boastful for a moment here, let me just say that you are listening to the voice of a very brave man. I didn’t realize I was brave—in fact, I’ve lived my life fairly oblivious to my own courage for lo, these many years.

But at a recent Sedgwick County Commission meeting, Commissioner Richard Ranzau proposed allowing folks with concealed-carry handgun permits to tote their pistols into many county buildings, including mental health facilities. Commissioner Karl Peterjohn agreed, saying, “I feel safer in a building where concealed carry is allowed.”

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Commentary
9:14 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Crowson Cartoon: Budget Deal

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Richard Crowson: The Silence Of The Climate Change Denier

When the temperatures get above 100 week after week, when walking the dog makes me realize it’s going to be another 2-shower day, when I can pick fried green tomatoes right off the vine, already fried and I find myself smack dab in the middle of another blistering Kansas summer, I like to kick back and enjoy the silence.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Richard Crowson: The Cat Days Of Summer

When I got out of bed this morning, our dog Lucy did her usual dance of jubilation. Her front paws shot up in the air repeatedly, making a mockery of gravity, and she wiggled all over, enthusiastic at the sight of my awakening—sighing and huffing, then pouncing about and just making a general spectacle of herself.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Richard Crowson: A Historically Low Note

Have you ever tried to play a violin? It’s crazy hard. There are no frets on the fingerboard, so you have nothing except your ear to tell you whether you are putting your fingers in the proper places. Meanwhile, your other hand is sawing the taught, stretched horsehairs of a violin bow across those very same strings. Horrible, shrieking noises ensue for the first few weeks, or months, or—sometimes—years. The closest thing to that sound I can think of might be something like what would occur if a high-pitched dentist drill was being applied to the teeth of a cat in heat.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Richard Crowson: How Not To Be A Punchline

I don’t Tweet. I’m not sure why. I’m an introvert – maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe I get everything I have to say out in my editorial cartoons or in my banjo playing.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Richard Crowson: O, Rapturous Summer

All the talk lately about the Rapture that didn’t happen has put me in the mood to remember a rapture that I used to experience repeatedly: The last day of school before summer break. I remember how delicious that day was. Going to school on that day was a hollow formality. Mostly, we just picked up our report cards, fidgeted our sticky legs in our wooden desks for a few moments, and popped out of that school like tightly wound little springs—all joy and expectation.

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Commentary
7:18 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Crowson Cartoon: Embrace the Arts

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Richard Crowson: Irony Alert!

Man, talk about irony… there’s been enough irony in the air lately here in Wichita that they should be running crawls across the bottom of our TV screens: “Warning! Heavy irony in Wichita area atmosphere. Please wear protective head gear especially when in the vicinity of the Wichita City Hall.”

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Richard Crowson: The Royal Wedding? Snooze...

Are you as excited as I am about this royal—yawn—wedding thing?  Brother.  I’m sorry, and maybe it’s a guy thing, but weddings of any sort have never really done that much for me.

I view the royal wedding about the same way I view NASCAR.  It’s not really the sort of thing I can get into, but I’m glad it’s there for all those people who seem to enjoy it so much—they’ve got to have something to do.  Come to think of it, that’s probably what a lot of folks say about banjo playing, I guess.

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