Letters to the Editor

Faith-based policy

July 12, 2011


To the editor:

I was shocked reading the Journal-World’s headline about closing the Lawrence SRS office. I was not shocked about the closing as much as I was the Journal-World printing a quote by Rep. Paul Davis about Gov. Brownback in the same headline thereby insinuating that Gov. Brownback closed the office. That is not true at all!

Mr. Brownback, as a new governor, inherited the Kansas budget debt. He had to balance the budget. He could not print or borrow more money to pay the debt. He had to raise taxes in a time of poor economy and heavy unemployment or drastically reduce spending. He chose to reduce spending.

Because of spending cutbacks. SRS had to reduce their spending. SRS made the choice to close the Lawrence office, not Mr. Brownback!

Please do not think of me wrong. I’m not a Democrat or Republican. I’m a born again Christian who believes in the truth! Mr. Brownback has been trying to govern on a faith-based system.

Most readers of this letter do not like Mr. Brownback’s idea of governing on a faith basis. But you have to realize the United States is failing fast. We have lost our luster. It is time we wake up and put this country back on its righteous foundation.


Robert Schehrer 6 years, 10 months ago

The Governor is in charge. You said it yourself "He choice to reduce spending". Kansas, like the federal government, has reduced taxes, but continues to spend. We are not over taxed. Federal income tax as a per centage ot the economy is at the lowest level since the 1950's. The Kansas legislature has made major cuts in corporate taxes and estate taxes in recent years and Governor Brownback is looking into more cuts in corporate taxes. My guess is he will propose to completely eliminate corporate income tax. He has said he wants Kansas to be more like Texas.

handley 6 years, 10 months ago

Closing S.R.S offices is not faith based is this what Jesus would do.

Scott Drummond 6 years, 10 months ago

More blah and blah from the weak minded 20% of our population. Just what are the righteous things our homegrown Taliban are doing? Attacking the poor, the sick, the infirm? Enriching their connected friends? Cutting government services.
The only thing more evil than what Brownback and crew are doing is the willful ignorance of people that allows them to do it.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 10 months ago

20 years of this plan proves that repubs are NOT the answer:

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. ( An Entitlement Endeavor) http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  4. Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

And that tax cuts do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs.

  1. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

lunacydetector 6 years, 10 months ago

okay...time for a liberal bigot to start making Christian taliban comments or pope or priest comments....in one, two, three

Pastor_Bedtime 6 years, 10 months ago

What about the vast majority of Kansans who do not share the Brownback-mandated brand of ole-timey religion? Is it bigoted to ram your beliefs down everyone else's throats? I think it's about time we reconsider the tax-exempt status of these snake-handling, bible-thumping churches, before they show up at the homes of non-believers with their pitchforks.

Scribeoflight 6 years, 10 months ago

As someone who has no religious or moral or ethical objection to abortion, selling alcohol alongside food in grocery stores or to reduced cost contraception, I think I have a valid objection to a government that seeks to impose the lifestyle of others on me.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 10 months ago

There is a story (possibly apocryphal) that when Henry David Thoreau dying, Ralph Waldo Emerson sent for a minister. The minister came to Thoreau's bedside and said, "Have you made your peace with God?". Thoreau replied, "Why? I never knew we quarreled." I don't have a problem with my relationship with God. If you have a problem with your relationship, that's your business. It only becomes a problem when my relationship with God becomes your business.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 10 months ago

Here's an interesting question. Under the Second Amendment Establishment clause, having a "Department of Faith Based Initiatives" isn't a problem as long as (and here's the kicker) all religions and faiths are included in that department. A bright light needs to be shone on that "department"; it's policies, mission statement, practices. Just exactly what does this department even do? There is every possibility that Brownback, in establishing this department, violated the US Constitution.

jafs 6 years, 10 months ago


Except it's the first amendment, I think.

I wonder if we'll see any lawsuits about this one.

Olympics 6 years, 10 months ago

A born again Christian using spurious arguments in support of the Fundamentalist/C-street house Governor. Well, considered me shocked by this event. Shocked.

I always love the "i'm not a democrat or a republican", but they support the most extreme views of only one of the parties. Okay, pie-eyed crazy person. It reminds of the always fun statement..."I'm not a racist, but (insert messed up racist statement)."

Lindsey Buscher 6 years, 10 months ago

"Mr. Brownback, as a new governor, inherited the Kansas budget debt."

WTF is a budget debt exactly?

"He had to raise taxes in a time of poor economy and heavy unemployment or drastically reduce spending. He chose to reduce spending."

Because that is a uniquely Brownbutt quality...

Governor Parkinson responding in August 2010 to Brownbutt's spending freeze campaign promise : “We’ve already had a spending freeze. In fact, I haven’t had the luxury of having a spending freeze. I’ve had to reduce spending, so the notion of a spending freeze is really not new news.”

Lindsey Buscher 6 years, 10 months ago

"He had to raise taxes in a time of poor economy and heavy unemployment or drastically reduce spending. He chose to reduce spending."

Brownback's choice was purely political because this is not a zero-sum game...it is possible to do both.

Parkinson's administration managed to balance the budget without cutting services to the neediest among us. And Parkinson signed into law a sales tax increase passed by a more moderate legislature that Brownback opposed, which is now paying huge dividends for the state.

The current budget problems were contrived by Brownback and the neo-conservitard legislature.

lucky_guy 6 years, 10 months ago

I am curious about this "Faith Based" governing. Obviously the GOV doesn't have any "FAITH" in Lawrence. On what is his Faith based? We don't seem to have anything to go on other than the BrownBack administration has faith that the people of Kansas are extremely stupid and need his leadership. He has brought in an outsider (Sidelki) to do his dirty work because he has no "skin" in the game and so what do they care whether the SRS offices in Lawrence function or not? God surely wants the Sodom of Lawrence to be crushed until the blue dot on the red Kansas map is gone.
Here is the thing if you look at the math, God forbid, the SRS office in Lawrence is only 1% of the deficit that the new director needs to cut. Where is the other 99% coming from?

jayhawxrok 6 years, 10 months ago

What a b.s. letter. Zealots like Brownback are a detriment to this great nation and I got news for you - the United States is NOT and WILL NEVER BE a theocracy. That's a fact you need to wrap your head around.

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