Richard Crowson Commentary

Politicians can run but they cannot hide from political cartoonist (and banjo player) Richard Crowson and his watchdog, Al. Tune in on alternate Wednesdays to hear the latest.

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Well, it’s not quite summertime, but it is Bummertime…

I stood damply beneath a wind-warped umbrella recently in my front yard, the temperature around 40 degrees, waiting for Lucy to find the perfect patch of grass.

What do you know – the president wants to cut Amtrak out of Kansas. So with apologies to Arlo Guthrie:

“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

With those immortal words, our country’s “star” President-to-be famously bragged about how he liked to grab women. These days I find myself wishing he would be a little quicker about grabbing men.

There was a recent report on this station that indicated that some in the “prepper” community are getting bodacious with their underground shelters. They’ve got pools with water slides, bowling alleys and high-end appliances down there. They’re paying millions for these things.

Come gather 'round people, help me understand
What seems to be happening all over this land
What was wrong is now right, what was foul is now grand
Is it me or have we all gone crazy
When crooks are commended by the one in command
The times they are a-freaking me out

Richard Crowson

So they’re saying Medicaid expansion is dead for another Legislative session. The 82 percent of Kansans who support expansion will just have to wait another year.

Crowson: D-e-V-o-s

Feb 8, 2017
Carolyn Kaster/AP

(Apologies to Tammy Wynette…)

D – e – V – o – s
Is Education Secretary
She’s going to make all of our schools
A lot less grizzly bear-y
She may not know a single thing
About e-d-u-c-a-t-i-o-n
But if you give ‘em great big campaign contributions
Then the senators will give you a win


I know we’re almost into February, but some of our Christmas lights are still glowing outside out on our deck. They’re a tangle of multi-colored strands—some old-style twinkle lights, mixed in with newer LED lights. They’re big, little and medium in size, every shape and color, all brightening the long nights of winter.

In times of trouble I like to turn to the Carter Family…only had to change a couple of words this time:

There’s a dark and a Trump side of life
There’s a bright and a sunny side too
Though we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us on our way, on Inauguration Day
If we keep on the sunny side of life

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