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Veto justified

May 12, 2005

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To the editor:

In his letter criticizing our governor for her veto of the legislation which would require some, but not all, clinics to be licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Mr. Reitz (Public Forum, May 3) overlooked some important factors. First, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said several times that if the bill were designed to apply to all clinics where same-day surgery is performed, she would gladly sign it. Second, with her nearly 11 years of experience in state government she could see that such a divisive law would be very poor public policy if enacted.

During this last legislative session, Sebelius made some proposals that would have been very good governmental policies had they been set in motion. Notable were her health care plan, carefully crafted in cooperation with our Republican insurance commissioner, and her proposal for at least some campaign finance reform. She had previously offered a plan for funding the public schools greatly superior to the one this Legislature cobbled together. She supports all-day kindergarten, a strongly stabilizing influence on the children and their families, their communities and their futures. Our governor is clearly thinking of all of the living people of this state and how to make their lives and the state of Kansas better.

Sarah Casad,

Lawrence

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