To the editor:
Last November's election sent a message that voters are fed up with the corrupt practice of "earmarks" - representatives shoveling money around the country with no debate, knowledge or accountability.
On the other hand, we do expect our representatives to advocate for our best economic interests. It's still a big part of the job description, but it has to be done legitimately and in the light of day. Friday's Journal-World editorial argues that Nancy Boyda's participation in efforts to land the National Bio and Agro-Defense facility should be limited to hosting a "cocktail party." What a shortsighted and patronizing attitude!
Nancy Boyda represents all of K-State and a large part of Kansas University. Her district includes both Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley. It would be absurd for her not to be vitally interested in and involved with our state's effort to obtain this important project.
A successful application for this facility will require a major effort on the part of our most able political, scientific, educational and medical citizens. Let's hope the Journal-World can get behind our effort and stop worrying about the 2008 election.