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Poor precedent

August 13, 2011

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To the editor:

As are most, if not all, citizens of Douglas County, I am relieved that a solution has been reached to keep the local SRS office open. However, since this has been achieved by the substitution of local dollars for those of the state of Kansas, I am concerned that an unfortunate precedent may have been set. Consider, for example, possible future headlines in this very newspaper:

July 7, 2019 — ZOMBIE THREAT IMMINENT!

A spokesman for Gov. Kris Kobach announced today that, due to budgetary constraints, the state would not be able to afford any protection to Douglas County from invading hordes of flesh-eating alien zombies from Missouri. When asked by a reporter why Johnson County, which is on the border, will be protected while Douglas County is not, the spokesman replied, “As President Palin would say, ‘Geography is overrated.’” Douglas County is therefore on its own in this crisis.

July 31, 2019 — VICTORY!

Without any aid from the state of Kansas, the residents of Douglas County have been able to repel the alien host, led by an even larger group of the homeless, local Democratic politicians and former KU football coaches. Gov. Kobach’s office immediately issued a press release praising the effort as “an example of the kind of local initiative which has made this state what it is today.” You read it here first.

Comments

Abdu Omar 3 years, 5 months ago

The scenario given above is ridiculous because there never will be a President Palin. But, in a larger sense, he has a point. If we can overcome state mandates through the treasuries of our local governments, I am sure Brownie will let us do that in other instances and abdicate his responsibility to Douglas County. Our county didn't vote for him and I think this is a retaliation for that fact. He knows who supported him and who didn't.

In my opinion, this man is a terrible governor. He chooses to govern those who are Repubs and if one isn't, he will get you. Is this a good thing? Is he a good governor?

prairie_girl1 3 years, 5 months ago

Agree. Now, it is the county. Next, more will be expected of other govermental levels, such as school districts. It sets precedent.

Ralph Reed 3 years, 5 months ago

@wounded_soldier. I hope your first sentence is true, but there are enough "voters" out there who will vote for whom talk radio and FOX TV tell them to, that it may come to pass. That's what I fear about the electorate today.

The rest of your post is happening as I write this, we both know it. The Gov (saw that appellation on another post and liked it) is vindictive and retaliates against those who dare to cross him. That's why we in Douglas County (not just Lawrence) suffer his rule by fiat. We need to look ahead to the next election and find a solid candidate who can and will beat The Gov.

@prairie_girl1 You could be right.

John Hamm 3 years, 5 months ago

What a ridiculous city. Let's just ante up and pay the "professional" homeless - and let's be realistic many (but not all) of them are - from the citizens pockets instead of the state's.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 5 months ago

From what I have seen in Lawrence and every other city I've lived in, the "professional homeless" are mentally ill and need help. By all means let's crack down on folks who are homeless because they're lazy, but I think that's an extremely small number. You don't know a person's story just by looking at them - even if they have a bottle in their hand. You just don't know.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 5 months ago

Any parent who has paid school fees in Lawrence knows that a "free public education" is a myth here. Everything costs extra. Textbooks, and nearly every single class has a fee attached. Not only special things like choir uniforms and transportation. Ordinary classes.

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