Letters to the Editor

SRS options

July 10, 2011


To the editor:

Let me see if I understand Gov. Sam Brownback’s reason for closing the Lawrence SRS office. I believe the reasons were to save money and that “Lawrence … has several major SRS offices on four-lane roads.” Wait a minute, I can think of an even better office to close, Mr. Brownback: the Johnson County SRS office in Overland Park. I imagine even more money could be saved by closing that office. As for access ease, the Kansas City SRS Office is even closer for the Johnson County recipient than the three offices (Ottawa, Topeka, Overland Park) that the Lawrence recipients would need to access. Citizens in western Johnson County could use the Lawrence office.

Oh, I forgot Johnson County’s overwhelming vote for Mr. Brownback, and Lawrence voted for his opponent. I am sure that isn’t the reason he decided to close the Lawrence office, not the Overland Park office.

I do have a possible solution for us unfortunate citizens of Douglas County. Several years ago several southwestern Kansas counties proposed seceding from the state and becoming a part of Oklahoma. How about Douglas County seceding? Of course, I don’t think I want to become a part of any of the states around us, certainly not Missouri, but we could become the 51st state. We would be the smallest state in the union, but Rhode Island would be happy. I would suggest we name the new state “The Free State.”

One final thought, if they think the closing of the Lawrence SRS office is bad, just wait to see what the redistricting might look like. Will Lawrence become a part of four districts?


LH3867 2 years, 9 months ago

Rumor has it they plan to reduce the number of area offices to 4 and redistrict to match the federal congressional districts. This puts the majority in western Kansas. Someone needs to tell them this is not the fdnot the federal government and if they miss working for them they should go back. Soon please. This taxpayer has had it with the nonsensegoing on in SRS. Time for a legislative post audit on the management of SRS.


Centerville 2 years, 9 months ago

87? Sounds like SRS is the new USDA.


Carol Bowen 2 years, 9 months ago

SRS case workers do more than hand out money. They are problem solvers/coordinators for those who need help, because of insurmountable problems. Maybe, we should change our perspective. How are other communities able to get help, or do they not have access? The entire state should have reasonable access to SRS services.


commuter 2 years, 9 months ago

How many people here on this board that do not want the SRS office to close are willing to increase their taxes to keep it open>????


mr_right_wing 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey, were it possible I have no doubt 90% of Lawrence would be in favor of seceding and becoming East San Francisco (or New San Francisco).

The 10% of us (in this city) who supported Brownback would also oppose that move.

I'm not sure I understand, or completely support this closure, but I did vote for the man knowing some (more than one or two) of the cuts that needed to be made would be painful. .


tbaker 2 years, 9 months ago

I had to look up what "SRS" even means. I didn't realize we had permanent structures devoted to transfering wealth. What exactly does the SRS office provide people that they cannot and should not be providing for themselves? Why is an "office" needed for these things? What could the private sector do and how much cheaper would it be? Answer all that and then I'll ask why does it take 87 people to do these hand outs. People who rely upon some form of assistance from the state need to be set on a path to rely upon themselves.


hedshrinker 2 years, 9 months ago

Why do some people (the Gov and his supporters) think that educated, experienced social workers can be replaced with a computer and voice mail? The work social workers provide is being demeaned by ignorant people who are doing work that apparently is invisible to many or is devalued in the same way their clients are. Kansas today seems to be dominated by people who either care only about power and money (especially if it's cloaked in religiosity) or who disparage anyone with an education or profession as "elitist". Most of them wouldn't know the first thing about helping kids in need of care trying to escape desperate circumstances or elderly and handicapped in increasingly dire straits due to cutbacks in all the things that help them stay safe and sane. Welcome to the Dark Ages Redux.


tange 2 years, 9 months ago

"Oh, I forgot Johnson County’s overwhelming vote for Mr. Brownback, and Lawrence voted for his opponent. I am sure that isn’t the reason he decided to close the Lawrence office, not the Overland Park office."

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.


none2 2 years, 9 months ago

The author's facts are completely wrong.

Southwestern Kansas was not proposing to join Oklahoma. In 1992 there was frustration in the southwest corner with Topeka for increasing property taxes to help subsidize eastern school districts. Likewise, Topeka has been known for exempting areas of eastern Kansas from property tax for their benefit, yet not doing anything similar in western Kansas.

While the heart of the issue was most strongly felt in southwest Kansas, the larger ideal was a state that represents the High Plains greater region: eastern Colorado, western Kansas, northeast New Mexico, the Oklahoma panhandle, and parts of the Texas Panhandle. During the late 1800's, maps showed the area as part of the Great American Desert.

Realize that out their places like Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Amarillo are actually closer that Topeka and Kansas City. While plenty of left wing people think that Topeka being conservative is doing the bidding of western Kansas, the fact is that there hasn't been much investing in western Kansas in a long time.


deec 2 years, 9 months ago

Its 15,6 miles from the Johnson county office to the Wyandotte county off, up I35.


Jimo 2 years, 9 months ago

The need for the SRS is quite high considering how many "job creators" Kansan policies like low taxes and low regulation must be creating.

Or maybe we won't see any results until we finally adopt the no taxes and no regulation model of Somalia. Yes, then we'll see a spontaneous creation of order from disorder, a libertarian nirvana. Or we'll just eat each other.


shovelready 2 years, 9 months ago

The need for SRS in Lawrence in particular must be sky-high. May explain the high number of all the wealth distributionists who comment here.


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lunacydetector 2 years, 9 months ago

gee...not another letter to the editor slamming brownback about SRS. If the office does stay closed, it looks like people who receive aid from SRS will have to move away from lawrence. i'm sure some of the SRS employees will be working remotely from lawrence, so maybe it's not as bad as it sounds.

there were only 150 democrats that went to listen to a few of their comrades complain about SRS closing. misery always loves company but not too much company after all the headlines. at least they didn't burn a pile of bibles.


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