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August 15th, 2022
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Sunflower Elementary School teaming up with salons for haircuts

sunflower haircut nightStanley Cordova cuts a head of hair at a past edition of Sunflower Elementary’s haircut and hot dog night. The school will host another night of hair styling this Thursday. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


A new school year is upon the area, and children and parents are preparing for it in several ways, including new clothing and school supplies.

One thing many young people get before heading back to the classroom, though, is a haircut, and for a few years, Liberal’s Sunflower Elementary has been helping families with that expense.

From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. this coming Thursday, the school is once again offering free haircuts, as well as hot dogs, to its students with the help of several local stylists.

Sunflower Assistant Principal Teresa Childress said the event first took place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We as a building decided we would like to have a free haircut night and family night for our students,” she said. “We started that. We did that a year, and COVID hit, so we took a couple years off.”

The event, Childress said, started again last year after COVID case numbers began to decline, and a second event was added during the spring semester.

“We feel it’s a service to our students and their families,” she said.

Sunflower parent coordinators Wendy Aguilar and Mayra Francis contact local stylists to see if they can donate time for the haircuts, and for Thursday’s event, there is a good list of barbers.

That list includes independent stylists Gabby Gomez, Rachel Camacho and Brianna Saldana. Stylists from several salons are donating time as well, including:

• Pure Bliss Salon and Day Spa – Stanley and Tara Cordova, Silvia Pando, Amy Williams, Claudia Garcia and Amy Martinez

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Defund the new IRS agents next year



As if the Mar-a-Lago raid was not enough to doom the Democratic Party they are passing a bill this week hiring 80,000 new IRS agents to go through our garbage, spy on us, tap our phones, subpoena our bank accounts, monitor all our financial transactions, all with the goal of catching us in a lie on our tax returns and soaking us for back taxes, fines, penalties and even imprisonment.

And the Democrats think this is popular! They believe that the public is anxious for the government to realize extra revenue to shrink the deficit and think they will approve of these tactics. Of course, they say that they are only aimed at rich people we all understand that the threshold of being rich drops down to the level of a limbo bar when the IRS is applying it.

So, what are the Republicans going to do? They can’t stop it from passing because it’s part of the reconciliation package but next year they can take bold action. Here’s what I propose:

If we take both houses — or even just one — when the 2023-24 budget comes up for a vote in Congress, I believe that we Republicans should defund the extra IRS agents. Strike out the appropriation.

The reconciliation bill now passing is only an authorization. To spend the money and hire the agents, they need an appropriation, and we can stop them. A simple majority will be enough to strike the appropriation because we will use the same reconciliation bill tactics that the Democrats used to hire them in the first place.