Letters to the Editor

Who’s next?

July 9, 2011


To the editor:

As I read Sunday’s front page article and almost two additional pages about “An Unthinkable Crime” dealing with the abuse of a 6-year-old boy, I thought about the 1945 quote from Martin Niemoeller: “When they, the Nazis, came for the communists, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. When they came for the Jews, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for the trade unionist, I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. When they came for the Catholics, I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for anybody.”

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate all the great freedoms we have in this country. Let us remember the small children in our midst. Who speaks for them? Many times, it is the dedicated workers at the local SRS office. Sometimes a child may slip through the cracks of an overworked staff who must get the monthly paperwork completed at the expense of investigative and follow-up time. But still, it is better to have a service that to have no service at all.

Gov. Brownback, by closing the local SRS office, is denying children, the old, the mentally ill and even the able-bodied unemployed the freedom of having local access to an advocacy service.

We all need to speak up for the continued operation of the local SRS office here in Lawrence. If not, who’s next?


Jeannie Merritt 6 years, 9 months ago

Well I've read this week letters comparing Brownback to Quantrill, a murderer of about 200 civilians, and now comparing him to the Nazis, murderer of millions. What is wrong with the people in Lawrence. You may not like the governor but your hyperbole is laughable. How about railing against the guy in the White House who has run up $3 trillion (that's trillion folks) in deficits, wasted all that money on his ridiculous stimulus when people like Brownback told him it wouldn't work, and our economy is still in the tank. How about some nasty letters against the prez. He's the one stinking up the place.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 9 months ago

Wait a minute, Kanfans, it was Bush who started the bailouts as I recall and we were told by those honorable men, The Fed Chairman past and present, that it was the best course of events to save the economy. What is killing us is the wars we are conducting for no reason. Measure the cost of Iraq invasion and occupation, who had no WMD and wasn't a threat to us, and the deficit. Something is not right and it wasn't the 'guy in the White House' that started all of that or the one who wants to give tax breaks to the weathiest Americans.

I have read this week's letters too, and it is clear that those living in Lawrence can see throuigh the reasoning that the SRS office was closed. Paybacks? Oh yes, Brownback is too honorable to do that? I think that is exactly it. He is the typical lowlife governor, getting votes because he is a "devout Christian". I think not!!

jhawkinsf 6 years, 9 months ago

The biggest problem as I see it is that there are elements of truth in the previous two letters, each representing the extremes of competing ideologies. It's all Brownback's fault. No, it's Obama's. No, it's Bush's. No, no no. The problem is that Democrats can't get along with Republicans and Republicans can't get along with Democrats. And we elect them to govern which by definition means compromise. But reading the letters of wounded_soldier and kanfans and we can see the problem in a nutshell. Our representatives don't compromise because they listen to us and see that we're unwilling to compromise. So in that regard at least they represent us exactly.
Yes, there are problems in Washington and Topeka. yes, there are problems in the county and at city hall. But those problems won't get solved until we solve the problem in the mirror.

couldBmeorU 6 years, 9 months ago

Why Not The Fancy SSI office on Wakarusa .We can assess SSI much easier than all the wonderful people at SRS .They do care and and do not hesitate to say hello in the stores and restaurants.I have been in Lawrence for 20 years.The true Jayhawkers of old Lawrence are like family.I know change must happen and cut backs are a necessity .I also know this will happen to the SRS and none of my bitching will stop it.I just wish we had a chance to discuss any other cutbacks other than this.May be they will create a Red Box for SRS here in Lawrence .I know I will try to provide rides for All my peoples in Lawrence when the time comes that many will be denied benefits due to Transportation issues.We will make it thru this change and Lawrence will grow on and out. Peace and Love to All

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