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July 8, 2011


To the editor:

Charles Gruber has dared to compare Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach to Quantrill (Public Forum, July 6).

True, Quantrill, too, made a punitive raid on Lawrence. But unlike Brownback and Kobach, Quantrill did not target women and children, the sick and the poor.


Abdu Omar 6 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps not, but Brownback's raid is real and it is very wrong! How can a man who says he is dedicated to the work of his Lord close an instutution whose goal is getting that work done? It is pure politics and he has made a huge blunder. I understand the need to tighten the belt, but not on the backs of women and children who have trouble feeding themselves. We have so many seniors and handicapped that live within this city who do not have understanding of or access to computers. He certainly doesn't know his constituents. Truly, it is time that Sam is relieved from his duties and let the citizens enjoy a life without him. I think it is time to recall him and get a governor who understands the people of Kansas.

Brock Masters 6 years, 10 months ago

You're right. Many people probably share the Anthony Brown view of Lawrence.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 10 months ago

well, when do we start demanding politicians do what is right instead of what is politically astute?

How can it be better for the state of Kansas to take away services to the most fragile.

Brock Masters 6 years, 10 months ago

First one must define "right" in a universal context and that will never happen. You deem his recent actions as wrong and others deem them to be right. Some believe Obama has made the right decisions and others see them as purely political so until there is agreement in what our country's values should be and what is the role of government, there will never be an end to what is considered doing what is political over what is right.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 10 months ago

If you don't like what a politician does, don't re-elect him,. it is that simple. Don't vote for this idiot again.

ivalueamerica 6 years, 10 months ago

i did not vote for him the first time...but that being said, it is obscene to think that is the only answer. Let thousands of disabled loose services, let more children go hungry or stay in abusive situations until the next election.

I am so glad My America is not yours. I will engage now, and directly. Not passively in 3.5 years from now.

jayhawxrok 6 years, 10 months ago

The raid was real, HollisPalin, my family lived here at the time and you can't revise history just to suit your bent politics.

LadyJ 6 years, 10 months ago

I don't think it was meant to be as serious as you took it. Sometimes we just joke around.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Hyperbole is a limited resource, people! If you use it all up now, you won't have any for later.

beatrice 6 years, 10 months ago

... writes the person who called for Obama's impeachment before he even took office.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 10 months ago

I love revisionist history. It's the only kind I know, really. HollisPalin gave me a chuckle, too.

Bob Burton 6 years, 10 months ago

Liberty_One you are very close to the correct answer.. The more SRS gets reduced in size the better off Kansas will be.. We got the Arts this year & we will get public radio next year.. We will get the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013 along with National Public Radio..

jafs 6 years, 10 months ago

The language is revealing.

We "got" the arts, and will "get" public radio, etc.

When people say there is no real difference between the parties, they should note this sort of post.

Brock Masters 6 years, 10 months ago

jafs, do you really believe the dems don't use similar rhetoric? What about Obama's if they bring a knife,we'll bring a gun statement in Philly? Or the boot heel on the throat comment?

Both sides use harsh and unnecessary words to demonize and divide our country.

jafs 6 years, 10 months ago


My point wasn't just about style, but content as well - Democrats aren't the ones cutting arts, education and social service funding.

George Lippencott 6 years, 10 months ago

As Mr. Mertz (noted) pointed out there is no consensus on the role of government. The issue is not providing for the services you mentioned but how much and from whom. If Kansas had not cut education and social services, it would have had to raise taxes. There is no consensus on doing that. Many people feel they are overtaxed as it is. I am one of them!

Contrary to much hyperbole on here, the Tea Party is an anti-tax party not a racist party.

jafs 6 years, 10 months ago

That's fine.

I just want the folks that think there aren't real differences between the parties to pay attention.

George Lippencott 6 years, 10 months ago

On which topic. When it comes to graft, I see little difference.

jafs 6 years, 10 months ago

The topic of the post, George.

Arts, education and social service funding.

George Lippencott 6 years, 10 months ago


The choice was higher taxes or fewer services. Simple

jafs 6 years, 10 months ago

That's correct.

Republicans vote for fewer services, to those less fortunate members of our society, and Democrats vote to retain those services.

That's the clear difference between the parties, as I said.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

But Charles Gruber talking recall is good news.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 10 months ago

Look at the casualties of the War On Poverty. See how many sad cases are now dependent on state goodies. Maybe someday you libs will understand hand outs only make people dependent on hand outs.

Or, maybe you won't for we have a nation where close to 50 percent pay nothing in taxes, but demand a lot. Don't have to tell fortunes to guess what's going to happen in the next decade or two.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 10 months ago

I work for an agency that deals with senior citizens. They haven't the money to pay for the services they would get from SRS and they haven't the means or ability to get to an SRS office no matter where it is outside of Lawrence. They don't use a computer, and they don't know how to do many things the govenor thinks they can do.

And WISSMO, not more that 10% of the population doesn't pay taxes, where did you get your figures? That 10% are people over 65 years of age.

overthemoon 6 years, 10 months ago

perhaps the problem is 50% can't get employment that pays enough to be taxed?

lunacydetector 6 years, 10 months ago

could lawrence's SRS recipients be on the move to topeka or kansas city if lawrence's office does indeed close? isn't this what the elitists want deep down, for lawrence to shrink in size so it is more palatable like the late 1960's early 1970's that the liberal isolationists want?

is the hyperbole from our representative left just hot air like they care, or do they just want it to appear that way?

Terry Sexton 6 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps SouthWestKs & lunacydetector can merge their righteous missions so as to more aptly assault us as Southwestlunacy.

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