Letters to the Editor

Governor’s bias

March 2, 2008


To the editor:

I have been a strong Democrat throughout my life, but this year has given me reason to question the party.

When my husband and I received invitations to the Kansas Democratic presidential caucus, we decided to attend and make our vote count. Reviewing the evening's experience, we wondered if serious consideration had been given to the needs of senior citizens, such as ourselves.

Since such consideration had not been given, it appeared, we were unable to use our vote for the candidate we favored, Hillary Clinton.

Moreover, during that week our governor had taken actions to promote Obama on several occasions. For instance, she wore a T-shirt with Obama's name on it and went to colleges and universities in Kansas asking them to vote for him at the caucuses.

Such activities seem to me improper - for our governor. She should have remained neutral until after a nominee had been selected.

Up to this time, our governor's activities have been an affront to those of us who feel that Hillary would be the party's ideal nominee.

Vera DeMott,


Keith 10 years, 3 months ago

You know, the point of having a prominent person like the governor make an endorsement is to sway voter sentiment toward that person. I can see the letter writers point that her candidate wasn't favored, but it certainly wouldn't have accomplished much for the governor to wait til after the caucus to announce her endorsement.

Bradley Kemp 10 years, 3 months ago

Right Thinker:

If Kansas voters would decline to elect Gov. Sebelius after becoming familiar with her performance, then why did they re-elect her for a second term? Did she become a "wretched woman" only since her re-election?

Richard Heckler 10 years, 3 months ago

Is the letter writing saying Governor Sebelius cannot be involved in supporting the candidate of HER choice as the rest of us do?

The more important issue of the letter is senior citizen care a very hot issue. This current republican neocon party is not compassionate and is wrecking the medicare system. Then again the Bush people believe all should be privatized which if we look carefully will find privatization increases the cost and is more of a guaranteed profit by way of tax dollars.

Privatizing Social Security will only cost taxpayers $4,000,000,000,000 (trillion) tax dollars initially and no one will be managing their own account. Very lucrative fees will come from our tax dollars.


Speakout 10 years, 3 months ago

While I would love to see a woman elected president of the USA, I prefer a woman like Elisabth Dole, Barbara Boxer, or Vera DeMott before some one like Hillary Clinton. Don't you remember all the scandals they were involved with or accused of? All of the lobbyists who have her in their pocket or the great number of people who she owes will run her and run the Whitehouse. Her ideas are mediochre at best. She is running on the platform: I am a woman, elect me! I think a woman could be a great president, but not this one!

kugrad 10 years, 3 months ago

What country have you been living in recently? In the USA, governors routinely endorse candidates prior to the nomination. This occurs in both major parties. There is nothing new, nothing improper in these actions.

jumpin_catfish 10 years, 3 months ago

gender is a poor reason to elect a president. experience and proven leadership will make a better leader, of course. hillary little experience as is the case obama so I guess I'm left with McCain which makes me cringe.

jayhawklawrence 10 years, 3 months ago

I used to foolishly believe all the negative things people said about Hillary Clinton. Watching her in this campaign I have come to admire her.

I imagine it is the same with Governor Sebelius. As a woman, she has had to suffer bias and insults her entire life in the male dominated world of politics.

How dare she think she could be the Democratic Governor of Kansas!

I applaud her accomplishment. She makes me proud to be a Kansan.

How dare she tell us who she prefers as President!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 3 months ago

I don't know which location these people went to, but at the fairgrounds, there were people going outside and leading elderly and disabled into the building ahead of everyone else. Yes, things could have been planned better, but they weren't aware the crowd would be so huge. I'm sorry this letter writer ran into such problems.

So governors aren't allowed to endorse anyone until after the elections? They don't have the same rights as we do? I personally did not vote for Obama, just because our governor endorsed him, and I don't know anyone else who did.

janeyb 10 years, 3 months ago

I don't care who Sebelius endorses. I can make my own decisions.

I thought the Rock Chalk Baroke stuff was tactless. Apparently others did as well. When Commissioner Vic Miller tried to start it at the caucus held at Highland Park High School it fell completely flat. The whole crowd just stared at him.

I actually came on to say it was my first Democratic Caucus and I was very disappointed. It was ill-planned for the size of the crowd and it truly left out the elderly and the handicapped. The Obama advisors certainly knew how caucuses are handled and took complete advantage of it. Hillary missed the boat.

fletch 10 years, 3 months ago

The supposition of this letter is that the governor expressing her opinion for her candidate of choice somehow supersedes yours? And that somehow nullified your vote? That's ludicrous.

Just because your candidate lost in your caucus does not mean your vote didn't count.

Jeff Barclay 10 years, 3 months ago

I guess we all were wrong in thinking it would be Guliani and Clinton.

Speakout 10 years, 3 months ago

Barclay, Thank God that didn't happen. What kind of choice is that? Oh, just like Bush and Gore.

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