To the editor:
I did not vote for Sam Brownback and oppose many of his policies. Nonetheless, I find the recent admiration for rude behavior wrong. Emma Sullivan has a perfect right to tweet what she wants. True, Brownback’s staff should have ignored the tweet. If a member of the national championship basketball team meets with President Obama and tweets during that meeting a similar type of remark “hesucksalot,” I suspect that university will not just say kids will be kids. There would be repercussions. If Ms. Sullivan despised Brownback so much, then she shouldn’t have attended the conference or she should have held her tweet for a later time.
Members of Congress have always universally applauded the president when he enters to give the State of the Union speech, regardless of their political party. Recently a congressman was admonished for yelling “he lied” at Obama. He should have been admonished. I thought principal Krawitz did the right thing, asking for an apology. Inappropriate behavior should have consequences. Ms. Sullivan will find that with her future jobs, if such behavior continues.
Brownback’s staff did not go to the media. They reported the behavior to Statehouse for a Youth in Government, which went to principal Krawitz. Marlon Brando was one of our greatest actors, but he lost a lot of friends by having a protester represent him at the Academy Awards. The venue was wrong for his actions.