Monday, October 31, 2016

Donald Trump Responds

We asked each of the four Presidential candidates to answer a questionnaire that we emailed their campaigns.  Only Donald Trump's campaign replied. Below are the answers his campaign supplied to our questions.

1) Why do you want to be president?

Values are key. America used to be a great country. Too many people have given up. Mr. Trump never gives up, and will never give up on America. America should always be a place for winners like Mr. Trump, and not losers, like the people slandering him shamelessly on orders from the Crooked Clintons. Mr. Trump wants to be president because he loves America, and America used to be great, and he wants to Make America Great Again!

2) The Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare) was to make insurance more affordable, but has had the opposite affect. What is your plan to fix the excessive cost of health insurance and healthcare?
Competition is king! Look at Canada, or Scandinavia! Their great ideas seemed great at first, but now, if you watch what's happening, it just makes you sad. America will not have the same issue. Mr. Trump knows business, and competition is what will drive down prices, by offering great savings to great Americans who don't need things like coverage for a preexisting condition or low deductibles.

3) Several states have legalized medical marijuana and two states have legalized it for recreational use. Do you favor the legalization of marijuana nationwide? If so, to what extent?
Trump has never used drugs in his life. It is a sad but true fact that Mr. Trump's brother died because of a terrible drug problem in this country, and Mr. Trump personally believes that all drugs stronger than children's aspirin should be looked at to see what exactly is going on. That being said, despite Mr. Trump's personal beliefs, he will not stand in the way if the Congress decided to increase criminal penalties on carrying small amounts of marijuana.

4) The local economy is important to our readers, will your campaign be investing advertising dollars in Kansas? In Missouri?
Earlier in the year, we told the Baldwin Gazette that we promised that the Trump campaign would be opening field offices throughout Kansas. We now regret to announce that we only have the resources to open a campaign office in Wichita, and the Trump campaign will be distributing free media (such as yard signs, buttons, stickers, etc.) for voters to take home. There will be no advertising spending in either state, and the Republican National Committee (RNC) has turned traitor against its own presidential nominee and pulled what we were assured would be a lucrative budget for media ads.

5) What is your budget plan?
Clinton would like you to believe that Mr. Trump's budget plan is a festival of giveaways to the top 1% of the 1%. She would like you to believe that Mr. Trump will ratchet down tax rates so hard that the deficit will skyrocket and the country will be plunged into a dark ages unseen in the modern era. She does not want to talk about her budget plan, of course, a budget plan which is frankly disgusting to even consider--does anyone believe it? No. Stopping loopholes, reducing the budget, bringing new low-price manufacturing jobs to America, thinking deeply about infrastructure but also defense--and it's fine army navy, air force, and coast guard. These soldiers and seamen and shooters for freedom are who we need to defeat ISIS and Make America Great Again don't care about budgets, they care about results. We will bring them the finest results by realizing our vision of the world and our important role in it. We will fight anyone who wants to look at our plans for America. Those who do don't realize that this nation is a nation of laws, and that without the leadership of Mr. Trump this country will continue the disaster it has been for the last 12 years. Without a plan, you have no vision, and without Mr. Trump's vision, this country will have no plan. Mr. Trump's plan also calls for a strong defense of the 2nd Amendment, make no mistake!

6) Do you plan on raising or cutting taxes?
Point of fact, Mr. Trump doesn't like taxes. He doesn't raise them and he doesn't pay them. That being said, Mr. Trump is happy to say that his tax plan is the finest tax plan of any tax plan that's ever lived. An analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center ( concluded that the Trump tax plan would:
*Collapse the current seven tax brackets, which range from 10 to 39.6 percent, into three brackets of 10, 20, and 25 percent
*Tax carried interest as ordinary income
*Repeal estate taxes for those worth over $5,450,000 ($10.90 million per married couple)
*Repeal most tax breaks for businesses
*Repeal the corporate alternative minimum tax
*Impose up to a 10 percent deemed repatriation tax on the accumulated profits of foreign subsidiaries of US companies on the effective date of the proposal, payable over 10 years, to get manufacturing working again.

7) Do you favor a tax plan such as the “fair tax” or “flat tax” that would eliminate the IRS bureaucracy? Why or why not?
Trump believes that there's no such thing as a truly "fair tax." Mr. Trump's tax policy is well-documented as mentioned above. We feel that this will be enough to make the IRS understand that we are being serious about taxes. Lastly, Mr. Trump will hit the IRS like a ton of bricks--firing those with partisan ulterior motives and eliminating the bureaucracy that ties innocent citizens up in audits for years over the slightest accounting issues.

8) How do you propose to improve the public education system? As well as the budget for it?
Look around! Public education is a mess. Everyone knows it, nobody says it. You want to budget it right? How about we just pay the moms to stay at home and teach their kids? Who really thinks some 23-year-old college kid knows what your eight-year-old needs to learn more than you do?

9) How do you propose to improve the life lives of/care for active duty military veterans?
Ask anyone: Hillary Clinton wasted the lives of our brave men and women by pulling out of Iraq too early with Barack Obama. Mr. Trump would make sure their lives weren't wasted by sending them back in there to get the job done, but this time, do it right, as long as it takes!

10) What is your plan to fix/improve social security, welfare and other public care programs?
Reviving Social Security and other public care programs is a top priority in a Trump administration. Social Security is failing in this country, which is a complete disaster and proof that those making the laws in this country are weak and afraid. Donald J. Trump will make sure that Social Security is a rock solid investment, free of debt and receiving a AAA Bond Rating. With investment in our elderly, especially our vets, we can finally fix a broken, disastrous system.

11) What is your stance on drug testing recipients of Government assistance programs?
Mr. Trump has never used drugs in his life. Mr. Trump supports drug testing not just for those receiving government assistance but anyone receiving government funds, from your congresswoman to your mailman to the chief of police.

FBI Reopens Investigation Into Clinton Emails

by Kevin Surbaugh

Just eleven days prior to election day, according to multiple media sources the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) has reopened their investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. According to the reports, a number of new emails surfaced, while the FBI was investigating former Anthony Weiner’s ongoing sexting. FBI Director James Comey is not sure whether the emails are significant or not.
For her part, Clinton told reporters in Iowa on Friday October 28, 2016, that she was "confident" that whatever was in the emails, the would not change the conclusion that was reached in July.
In Manchester, New Hampshire Donald Trump told a cheering crowd on Friday, that he praised the FBI for having the courage to tight the horrible mistake they had to made in July.
In a statement issued by Governor Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President, who said, “With just days remaining before the election, the Democratic and Republican parties are offering a choice between a candidate under FBI investigation, and Donald Trump. Voters deserve a lot better than that. America deserves better than that.
“Integrity, honesty and treating all Americans with dignity are actually important. Is it too much to ask that our President should possess those minimum qualifications?
Johnson concluded his statement, saying “Every ballot in every state and the District of Columbia has a third option, and that option is a ticket with two former Governors, each a Republican elected and reelected in a Democratic state. If ever there is a time when voters should have such a third choice, it is now. And they have one.”
Just three days after alleging the FBI had dropped it's investigation into Clinton's email, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, was silent upon the news that the investigation had been reopened. 

Number Two Baker Football Keeps Record Perfect with 73-26 Win at CMU

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

FAYETTE, Missouri – The number 2 ranked Baker University football team improved to a perfect 9-0 on Saturday, as they rolled past Central Methodist University, 73-26, and 3-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division.

Baker entered halftime up 52-0 and held CMU to just 81 yards of total offense in the first half.

The ‘Cats finished with 705 yards of offense, 231 on the ground and 474 through the air. The defense also caused nine punts.

Four-time Heart Player of the Week Logan Brettell threw for 389 yards and three TD’s on 31-of-40 passing.

11 different Wildcats caught a pass and Adonis Powell led the team in rushing for the second-straight week with 82 yards on 16 attempts and two touchdowns.

Baker had two non-offensive touchdowns, as Tywonn Moss blocked a CMU punt and Indie Allen picked it up and went 88 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Clay Drouillard also scored on an interception, as the picked off a pass in the third quarter and took it 29-yards for a TD. Nate McLaurin also had an interception and returned 37 yards.

Cornell Brown scored twice for the ‘Cats on the ground and Quanzee Johnson, Ladai Shawn Boose, Damon Nolan and Moss each had a receiving touchdown.

Jacob Thomas recovered a fumble for the Baker defense and Allen led the team in tackles with eight.

Nick Becker had the Wildcats’ only sack of the day and Landon Decker led the team in tackles for loss with two.

Baker will return home to take on number 9 ranked Missouri Valley who is 8-1 for the year and 3-0 in conference play and defeated Evangel, 51-3, on Saturday.
NAIA Football Box Score
Baker (Kan.)312114773
Central Methodist (Mo.)0071926

Allen Fennewald Memorial Fund Setup

by Kevin Surbaugh

 A memorial fund was setup a Mid-America Bank,  for Allen Fennewald of Baldwin City who passed away recently.  According to Dave Hill, President of Mid-America Bank, checks should be made out to the Allen Fennewald Memorial Account, which will be administered by Fennewald's son Chris Elniff. Contributions can be delivered to any of Mid-America Bank's three locations in Baldwin City, Lawrence or Wellsville. 

Area Happenings - October 31, 2016

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of October 29, 2016. To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to

October 31, 2016 (Today)

Hogwarts Haunted House at Lumberyard Arts Center
 During Baldwin City’s Downtown Business Trick or Treating, the Lumberyard Arts Center will host a kid-friendly, Harry Potter themed haunted house. Free and open to the public. 
5:30 P.M-7 P.M.

In addition to downtown businesses a number of private homes will be handing out candy. Two such homes, one on Eighth near Dearborn and the other on Jersey near Eighth have decorated yards for Halloween.  
According to, only one home has marked itself as welcoming trick or treaters, that being near Ninth and Jersey (it will have it's Christmas lights on for Halloween).

November 1, 2016

Candidates Forum
 Moderated by Hank Booth
6:30 P.M. - 8 P.M.
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street

November 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 8 - Serving begins at 5:30 p.m.
Ives Chapel United Methodist Church
1018 Miami Street, Baldwin City - 785-594-6555
Dine in or Take Out
Donations Earmarked for Mission Outreach 2017 are:
Age 11 - Adult - $8.00; Children Age 5 - 10 - $4.00; Age 4 and under - Free
Sponsored by Ives Chapel United Methodist Women

November 9, 2016
The Baldwin City Community Senior Mix will meet Nov. 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, 1018 Miami Street. The program, "On the Road Again," will feature Debra McCullough, Baldwin City Recreation. A fellowship and refreshment time will follow. All seniors, 55 to 105, in the Baldwin City/community area are welcome.

November 10, 2016
Turkey Dinner
5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
The United Methodist Women are hosting a turkey dinner and all are welcome to attend!

November 10-12, 2016

Theater Production
7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Rice Auditorium
Baker University
404 8th St

November, 2016
Ives Chapel
Thankful Thursday
6-7 P.M.

December 3, 2016
Breakfast with Santa 9 A.M. (Intermediate Center)
Festival of Lights       6 P.M. (Downtown - outside post office)

December 11, 2016
Baker University's Christmas Vespers
Rice Hall
2 P.M. and 5 P.M.

Every 4th Thursday of the Month

10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St
Baldwin City, KS
Stay in car, line up and drive through

Every Tuesday through October
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays 
 through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS. 
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods. 
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!

Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Wednesdays through October 2016 
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
 Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!

 Every Thursday through October
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm through September at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot - 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS. Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!  

 Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market 
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS
Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Chicken Noodle Dinner on November 8

 The Ives Chapel United Methodist Women is once again sponsoring it's election day chicken noodle dinner. The dinner will be the evening of Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The fundraiser, which supports the churches Missions Outreach, will begin serving at 5:30 p.m. at the church, located at 1018 Miami Street in Baldwin City. 

Dine in or Take Out will be available, suggested donations will be age 11 through adult - $8.00; children ages 5 - 10 - $4.00; ages 4 and under - Free.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Brettell Earns Fourth Heart Player of the Week

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – For the fourth time this season Baker University junior quarterback Logan Brettell earned the Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award, announced on Monday.

The Overland Park, Kansas native led the Baker offense to 683 total yards in the ‘Cats, 55-34, road win over MidAmerica Nazarene, as he threw for 420 yards on 25-of-37 passing and four TD’s. He also ran for 55 yards on 12 attempts.

The junior ranks number. 2 in the NAIA in total passing yards with 2,886 and number 2 in total offensive yards with 3,094.

The 8-0 Wildcats earned its first true road win over MNU for the first time since 1996 on Saturday and will look to move to 9-0 this Saturday, Oct. 29 as they take on Central Methodist in Fayette, Missouri at 1 p.m.

Baker Men's Soccer Ranked Number Six for Second-Straight Week

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University men’s soccer team stayed put this week at number 6 in this week’s NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced by the national office.

The 13-2-2 Wildcats have won six-straight matches and haven’t lost since September 4. They will host Missouri Valley on Wednesday, October 26 at 8:30 p.m. on Senior Night.

Baker has taken on four teams who are currently ranked in the Top 10 and have a 2-2 record against those squads.

Joining the Wildcats in the Top 25 from the Heart of America Athletic Conference, includes number eight MNU and number 20 Central Methodist. The Wildcats defeated CMU, 2-1, in overtime on Monday night.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Baker Football Holds on to Number 2 Ranking

Press release submitted by Tyler Price, Baker University Assistant Athletic Director

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University football team hangs on to the number. 2 spot in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll for the fourth-straight week, announced on Monday.

The 8-0 Wildcats defeated rival MNU, 55-34, this past Saturday and have now won 14-straight games against a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent.

Also joining Baker in the Top 25 poll from the Heart includes number 6 Grand View, number 9 Missouri Valley and number 22 Benedictine.

Baker is one of only three teams left in the NAIA with a perfect record, as they are joined by number 1 Marian (Ind.) who is 7-0 and number 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) who is 8-0.

The ‘Cats will next face Central Methodist this Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m. in Fayette, Missouri.