Letters to the Editor

No surprise

July 7, 2011


To the editor:

Come on Lawrence. Really? You are surprised the Republican administration in Topeka is closing an extremely important local office offering needed services to thousands of local people? The front page headline on July 2 reads, “Lawrence shocked by closure of its SRS office.” Well if that is what you want and you want more of the same, just keep voting for Democratic Party candidates. Does the phrase “don’t get mad, get even” come to mind? How about “politics as usual”?

Because I’m just private citizen Gary I can say that, but you’ll find most public figures will not. See Paul Davis’ comment under the same headline. And Gov. Brownback and crew can get away with such behavior without repercussions because the rest of the state’s voters will agree it was a necessary step and continue with the Republican-sponsored agenda. The attitude will be that’ll teach those left leaning liberals over there in Douglas County.

Moratorium on wind-powered generators in southeast Kansas for what reason, over-regulating abortion providers in an effort to close them down, voting fraud laws to fix problems that don’t even exist to limit new registrations into the Democratic Party. Lawrencians and all Kansans start thinking now. What next? What are you willing to tolerate? I guarantee there will be equally distasteful hard-to-swallow pills coming soon from Topeka. Think ahead.


jayhawxrok 6 years, 11 months ago

It often seems everyone west of Topeka votes for any idiot with an (R) by their name on the ballot. It's astounding that a zealot like Brownback can get anything but laughed out of a race...his far right agenda is just part of building his portfolio for a Senate run, where he can stand and point at more idiotic charts while squeaking in a voice he pretends belongs to a stem cell. The collective IQ drop in Topeka when he took office was audible.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

And the moaning and wailing and hate speeching of disappointed progressives did ascent into the firmament and I did LOL.

P Allen Macfarlane 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm pretty sure you had your turn when Sebillius and Parkinson were in office. And if you didn't take it, I'm sure you will at some point in the future.

Fossick 6 years, 11 months ago

And in the dead of summer they were forced to eat Arianna's minstrels. And there was much rejoicing.

tomatogrower 6 years, 11 months ago

So are we suppose to vote Republican just because the rest of the state votes Republican, no matter who it is running for office? If Bin Laden ran as a Republican, most Kansans would vote for him.
Look at what is happening people. Manipulation of services to gain support of oppression. Look at the drug cartel in Mexico that pumped a bunch of the drug money into the community to help people. They expected the people to ignore their activities, and that's what happened until they went to war with other drug cartels. Many extremist Muslims groups open up schools and orphanages, to take in kids to train them for their own purposes.
Our government programs are set up to help people despite their religioun, despite their sexual orientation, etc. Will faith based groups help the gay man? Will they help the person who isn't of their faith? Not unless they agree to be preached to about their "failings". Sure, someone can pretend until they get back up on their feet, then run away from the group, but that would be living a lie. So, does Mr. Blevins think we should "lie" and vote Republican, so we won't be "punished". Turn a blind eye to discrimination, and to the destruction of the US constitution, and they, the Republicans, will take care of you. What a crock. They are only looking to take care of themselves anyway. Wake up Kansas. The Republican party is not what it used to be.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 11 months ago

Brownback isn't interested in the Bible, not anymore than any of the other right wing hypocrites who favor slogans and bumper stickers to actually leading a righteous life.

David Reynolds 6 years, 11 months ago

For all this suddenly surprise by our elected officials representing Lawrence regarding the loss of the SRS office I find very political as they try to cover their own ineptitude.

Where were they when this legislation was being written & implemented? Why were they not living in the offices of those deciding these closings?

All I receive from them are innocuous emails that tell me nothing regarding how they represent us and their specific actions. They were happy when they got their way when Kathleen Sebelius was our governor. Now they whine.

We need to elect people who will represent us!

sciencegeek 6 years, 11 months ago

"Where were they when this legislation was being written & implemented?" --What legislation? The legislature may have requested budget cuts, but they didn't dictate where those savings should be.

"Why were they not living in the offices of those deciding these closings?" --Because it was done behind closed doors, within the offices of appointed officials within SRS. No one outside of a small group of "their kind" has any input, let alone oversight. That is the scary thing here, people--they consider themselves the only ones who know how things should be. Why do you think they toured the SRS offices recently, and said nothing about a possible closure? Because they lie, mislead, scheme and conspire to get their way, and use God as a smoke screen. At least Sebelius and her BEST (translate "Worst") teams allowed discussion.

weeslicket 6 years, 11 months ago

ouch (yes, small town kansas. that ouch will mostly be for you.)

David Reynolds 6 years, 11 months ago

Seems to me the question is who's ox is getting gored. So Lawrence should be spared while some other communities have their offices closed? My point is still valid. If our elected representatives had strong positive relationships with the agencies & other legislatures then possibly things could be different.

We must remember we have a Republic as our form of government structure, not a Democracy. A Republic is a representative government.

Why are we not asking our representatives about their effectiveness?

It is easy to blame the Brownback Administration for everything. That is just the way "politics" is played, everyone is always posturing.

We still have to reduce the cost of government at all levels. If we were to work to solve the SRS issue we, as a state, can come up with a more efficient SRS system of service delivery. Just screaming because Lawrence lost their local office is not going to meet the goal of cost reduction. Lets stop complaining and instead become problem solvers.

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

Brownback isn't even listening to Republicans in the legislature - what on earth makes you think he'd listen to Democrats there?

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