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More than 600 gather at public forum to vent frustration with closing of Lawrence SRS office

Some of the sounds from the public forum on the decision by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

July 12, 2011

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SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki discusses closure of Lawrence office

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki spoke with Lawrence Journal-World editors Monday, July 11, 2011, about the planned closure of the Lawrence SRS office. Siedlecki said there was no chance the Lawrence office will be spared closure, but maintained there will be some SRS presence in the city. Enlarge video

Kathleen McGee, a Lawrence woman with numerous disabilities, said Monday she owed her life to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

One of more than 600 people who attended a public meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., McGee said she didn’t understand the mindset of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, which has announced that it plans to close the Lawrence SRS office.

McGee said she read the comments of SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr., who said closing the Lawrence office was necessary for budget reasons, although, he added, it was a difficult decision. He compared it to asking a family to sacrifice a child.

“This is America,” McGee said. “And this is Kansas. We don’t sacrifice our children. We help them.”

Her comments were echoed repeatedly in a sometimes emotional meeting as people who are served by SRS, their advocates and numerous others said the planned shutdown of one of the largest SRS offices in the state was needless and senseless.

Listening to the speakers were Douglas County legislators, city and county officials, law enforcement officers and clergy. No one from SRS was there — officials and staff were invited to the meeting but declined to attend.

Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said the comments would be compiled and delivered to Brownback and his staff to try to persuade them to change their decision.

“Facts don’t lie, and I believe the facts are on our side in keeping this office open,” he said.

Earlier Monday, Siedlecki, meeting with reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World, repeated his contention that those needing SRS services in Lawrence will be able to access them online or travel to Topeka, Kansas City, Overland Park or Ottawa, once the Lawrence office is closed.

To the folks meeting at Plymouth Congregational, that was nonsensical. Many of the people receiving assistance don’t have dependable transportation or the ability to travel, they said.

And many of the services that SRS offers, such as medical assistance, cannot be accessed on the Internet.

Retired District Court Judge Jean Shepherd said the biggest loss would be the loss of relationships between SRS and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Cottonwood Inc., school officials, law enforcement and others who all work together as a team to help people.

“We will get some new social worker in Wyandotte County who doesn’t know anyone in our community,” she said. It will result in the wrong placements of children in foster care and failures in getting children out of dangerous situations, she said.

Others said the loss of SRS will increase the strain on already overburdened local agencies and nonprofits, diverting them from their missions and resulting in fewer people receiving help. That will lead to an increase in crime and more disasters, they said.

Marion Dyer of Lawrence said the Brownback administration’s priorities were out of whack because he is advocating tax cuts while cutting services to needy Kansans.

“This pain we are feeling now will never go away,” she said.

Siedlecki has said the closure of the Lawrence SRS office will save about $413,000. He said the agency had to cut $42 million including $1 million in administrative costs under the budget approved by Republicans in the Legislature and Brownback, also a Republican. Eight smaller SRS offices are also being targeted for closure.

Siedlecki said SRS would continue working with local officials to see about getting free office space for a much smaller SRS operation. The current office has 87 positions, and SRS officials have said those employees can be absorbed in neighboring cities.

But many at the meeting said the move out of Lawrence would prove more expensive to the state in the long run through increased crime and public safety costs.

“The welfare of our community is in peril,” said the Rev. Peter Luckey, senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational. He said even though the state faces tough economic times, the problems shouldn’t be “placed on the backs of the people who are the most vulnerable among us.”

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Alceste 2 years, 9 months ago

“We are really focusing on the idea of universal access – of being able to serve our customers in non traditional ways. In many instances, customers can contact their caseworkers online or by phone to apply for or manage services,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. “The physical location of an office does not hinder our ability to provide services.”

Read that last sentence several times. Read it and weep. http://www.srs.ks.gov/News/Pages/4132010.aspx

("The decision to close the offices was made as part of ongoing efforts to provide services and supports to Kansans in need through the most efficient and cost effective means. The Wamego and Abilene locations were chosen for closure due to small caseload sizes, close proximity to other SRS offices, and the increased ability to provide services outside of the traditional office setting.") Man.....it's dejavualloveragain........only in Lawrence now? Can't be.

I don't recall anyone in Lawrence troubling themselves over those 2010 closings. Too, it reads like the current SRS secretary is only moving forward with what some other clown started? I'm confused. Not......

It's just business as usual here in Kansas. Back to you, Chet. shrug

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 9 months ago

If having a place for SRS workers to assist in filling out paperwork for clents. then the lowest paid workers can stay in town and do the work at Independence INC. it can volunteer space. The next place for space is the Senior Center downtown, and the next place is Bert Nash. The higher paid staff members can be reassigned to Johnson County or Wyandotte County. The JO leaves Lawrence every day to Johnson county. I don't know what all the fuss is about. No one has been FIRED, those presently employed should be happy to have a job.

Would those who oppose Olive Garden be happy to have a small place there? I am sure Olive Garden would love to have the customers. After all,McDonald's had space at their restaurants for have a fund raiser for Hillcrest school and McDonald's made money from the venture.

So which is it? Independence INC, Bert Nash, Senior Center or do you want PopEyes to donate space?

No workers have been fired. NO recipients have been denied any service. So what is the outcry about? It seems that the rent and expenses are the issue. I don't hear anyone complaining about those costs? And even the Journal World cannot offer up a good story to explain how cutting out the shredding costs at 19th and Delaware will be saved if the same paperwork is created elsewhere. Ah, that now is interesting. With this local closure ,some of the nonsense visits and paperwork may get a bit more streamlined. We shall see.

In the meantime, no one is Fired, so get busy for a job change and move on in your lives. If SRS is the only thing Lawrence has to worry about, then the town is in trouble.

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dadt 2 years, 9 months ago

People, people, people, you just don't understand. All these folks on SRS assistance just need to pray harder.

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tange 2 years, 9 months ago

It's so hot that my now-daily burnings of Sam, in effigy, have become lackluster.

/ ah, if only Sam were human, affording a spark of spontaneity

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gudpoynt 2 years, 9 months ago

According to this document (http://bit.ly/nC7IST) Siedlecki's email address is:

Robert.Siedlecki@srs.ks.gov

I'm sure he'd be interested in hearing from some of us.

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swan_diver 2 years, 9 months ago

Nothing's going to change until the fight is taken to the enemy, the way the Egyptian and Syrian people have fought back. Until enough of the populace in Lawrence and its surroundings are feeling more pain, emotional and otherwise, it's going to be business as usual. The shills for business who've taken over state offices won't relent until they get their heads cracked -- the way they're cracking heads across Kansas. The rank and file will need to organize collective forms of protest to alter the current equations.

The man knew what he was doing when they finally ended the draft in '73. By now, the lemmings have come home to roost, with nothing asked of each, in public or military service.

Until these criminals in the political class are dealt real pain in several forms -- they're not going to stop taking their marching orders from the men-folk of the leading families of the Corpocracy.

This would include the principal inmate at plantation headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 9 months ago

one more thing.. the lady for the elderly in Salina was obviously hoodwinked by the wolf in sheep's clothing that Seidlecki is!!

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 9 months ago

oh.. and I don't plan to desert this community at a time when perhaps I can make a, if ever so small, difference in it. Home is where the heart is and Lawrence is my heart! ~~always has been, always will be, until my last breath.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't refute all that you say..but YES, I have been labeled the "eternal optimist." lol But I would rather live with optimism than pessimism. It's just a more comfortable state of peace for myself. I don't deny that things look worse than grim where politics for our state and nation as a whole have gone... on both sides of the isle. I am a Christian Democrat however, Christian first of course, and that seems to make my life much more fulfilling, rather than thinking that the evil will win, my faith tells me, and has often shown me, that will not be the case in the end. Maybe that mean "end times", but either way, in the meantime I will stand and hope and pray for what is GOOD and the God in people!

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Alceste 2 years, 9 months ago

Cont.:

This Everhart person personifies what the NEW SRS is going to be all about. Get used to it, or, as you travel west.....pass the state line and see if Colorado ain't a tad bit more friendly......Salida's pretty nice.....

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Alceste 2 years, 9 months ago

"I have a feeling, and I hope and PRAY I'm correct, this is only the beginning!" writes poster larrytowngirl.....

It does appear that both of us are seeing a beginning. My vision of the future, which is generally spot on correct, is far darker than yours. Take off the rose colored glasses which are standard issue and fare here in Lawrence: Brownback & Company are going to make certain that during the next four years, Kansas shall become an even more Talibanesque charade of a state than it already is. It's already started, if you hadn't noticed. (Did you trouble yourself to monitor Brownback whilst the dear lad was in Washington....a U.S. Senator no less? Did you stop to notice how he voted in our U.S. Senate on one social program after another?). His importation of Right Wing zealots...and that rabble shall continue to straggle in as people throw in the towell and holler "What's the use?!!"......underscores his intentions for this state. And, GUESS WHAT? That's how the majority in this state want it!!

Read on the SRS website the joy and adulation his puppet is receiving: http://www.srs.ks.gov/News/Pages/6_23_2011.aspx I rather suspect that is how the majority within SRS think and, more importantly (sadly) FEEL: quoting a running dog supervisor in Salina from the article: “There’s a level of professionalism coming from the Secretary and his staff, it’s like there’s a different attitude,” said Linda Everhart, Supervisor for Elderly and Disabled for Salina and Concordia." Salina ain't that far west as far as west goes in this state. Keep going west and find out what them peoples bees thinking about the Brave New World being created by Brownback vis-a-vis SRS and other social service programs. Have you been using your fine internet connection to read how he and this guy from Florida are being received in the rest of the state???? Guess what? THEY LIKE BOTH OF THESE BOYS!

Understand, further, the emphasis is going to be on chasing down $150.00 FRAUD recipients (overpayment is the federal term.....FRAUD is the Kansas term) rather than in processing applications. Note, again from the same newsspeak:

"She said employees were also very receptive to Siedlecki’s anti-fraud priorities. The agency is in the midst of hiring an anti-fraud director that will coordinate those efforts in an attempt to cut back on abuse agency wide. [Another imort from Florida or, at the very least, a hard core, Right Wing, card carrying member of Opus Dei, the John Birch Society, et. all.]

“We sometimes see it, but there’s nothing we can do about it. We suspect it but we don’t have the means to do anything about it,” Everhart said. “We’re hopeful that when we get the additional fraud staff we can have a different attitude, where people don’t come in and just expect us to give.” (Cont.):

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Alceste 2 years, 9 months ago

Your "letter"....which may be viewed here: http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/galleries/2011/jul/11/lawrence-srs-public-forum/#c1683967 does not offer one single, solitary, cogent suggestion as to the $400grand Brownback & Company want to save. One can almost see the salt stains from tears on the missive, but all it's going to do is make the recipient laugh. Sorry....but that's the way things work in Kansas. Don't mourn: Organize.

While you're at it, please ask those "spokes" as you describe them....you know: CASA, Kaw Valley, .....this "....network of agencies ....." you refer to why they're not stepping forward to prevent this closure? Where was DCCCA last night? Ok, Bert Nash had a person there....but that person didn't come across as very indignant about the closure (how much money does Bert Nash get from SRS each year, by the way? Do you know? Perhaps that dollar figure has something to do with the most pregnant silence from that quack operation??).....

larrytowngirl: You conclude your letter with "Please open your heart and mind to the Lawrence community and allow for further investigation into truly useful resolutions to this situation." You understand, right, who you're appealing to? You understand that as far as he and his are concerned they did their "....further investigation into truly useful resolutions....."? It's YOUR turn to come up with the "useful resolutions". Well, yours and these "spokes" you've referred to. My money says them spokes are more interested in #1 than they are children or the poor and working poor.

This proposed closure can be very useful to Lawrence: It will demonstrate, or prove otherwise, just how well people and these "agencies" stick together. So far, Brownback & Co. seem to have been very successful in seperating the wheat from the chaff. Brownback's really good at that wheat stuff....

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verity 2 years, 9 months ago

A question:

Those of you saying that we, the people, rather than the government should be taking care of the needs of those among us who need help.

Are we not the government? At least, I thought we were supposed to be, although that's rather questionable these days since so much money is involved in buying politicians.

Yes, among communities like the Amish, the community can take care of it's own. However, most of us don't chose to live in that kind of situation. There has to be some sort of overall plan and organizations to back that up.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 2 years, 9 months ago

I wrote a letter to Brownback this morning. I accidentally posted it in the "blog" from the meeting last night. I tried to post it here, but it was deleted. I assume because I had already posted it. However it is still on the "blog" article. I encourage those of you who are expressing support for this action to read it. I think it says a lot about what the closing of the SRS here in Lawrence would do to the entire community.

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StirrrThePot 2 years, 9 months ago

Take the hint, Lawrence. First, Anthony Brown proclaims that Lawrence and Douglas County are to liberal and we must be forced to change, now the SRS office will be closed.

Join the Brownbackenfurher's Gestapo or DIE!!

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Centerville 2 years, 9 months ago

"I don't think Brownback understands what being poor and disabled is. He's probably never had to struggle for the basic things in life." Talk about breathtaking ignorance...talk about living in the KDP/Rothschild bubble. If you had some curiosity, you might learn some very interesting things.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 9 months ago

This is so awesome! I cant wait to get my free Kansas State Nazi Club card in the mail. If there is still a mail system left to deliver it. I mean gosh, do we really need mail here....we can all just walk to topeka or overland park right?

The people that support the eradication of social services have been drinking that delightful hardline conservative kool-aid. Pick yourself up by the boot straps, and that means YOU - guy in the wheelchair with NO family and YOU TOO Mentally Disabled person left on a doorstep.

Oh i guess there is one discrepancy, the nazis just executed all the Old, Disabled, and Needy with gunshots to the back of the head.....Brownback and the rest of his supporting crew of wannabe swastika monkeys would rather them all die nice and slow.

Good job people, oh im sorry HEIL ADOLPH BROWNBACK

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

Anyone know how much brownback gets from his farm subsidy every year?

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Kat Christian 2 years, 9 months ago

I don't think Brownback understands what being poor and disabled is. He's probably never had to struggle for the basic things in life. He's probably had someone there to pick up the slack for him one way or another. Yes, I'm sure he's worked hard to get where he is, with help I'm sure. So he and other's like him do not know what struggle really is. This is why it is so easy for him to take away from the most needy. And he calls himself a Christian? I question that in him and will say so to his face. I don't think this man really knows and understands who Jesus is. There's a difference of knowing the Bible vs knowing Jesus. Politicians to my estimation are far removed from that reality, because their agenda is about them - not the people. Or maybe just a select few people the ones that fit into their clique. Brownbackmust think everyone owns a car because it is 2011. He must think everyone has an income, because I think he must think anyone can be hired to any job. Think again dude - its called profiling and if you don't fit in you don't get hired no matter how good a worker you can be. And everyone has access to computers or knows them. Have news for you there are still so many people who do not understand how computers operate and some are just not able to grasp the concept. Not that they are stupid either. Closing this office is a disaster waiting to happen. Perhaps that is what he is waiting for - he must be bored with himself and his career. Perhaps he thinks he can save us after the chaos begins from this closing so we'd think he's our savior. I just don't know how to rationale this any other way.

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monarchs20 2 years, 9 months ago

This isn't about money, when we passed the budget there was a big argument between the house and the senate over how much we should leave in the bank. The senate wanted something like 10 million the house something like 70 million. They compromised on 80 million. I have no idea either, we have idiots in our legislature but I digress. After that we got the first quarter revenue numbers and the state came in almost $50 million over projections. We have plenty of money to rent a building in Lawrence.

Rob Sidlecki moved across the country away from his kids and divorced wife, twice. This is the man who thinks the problem with poverty is women caring for children on their own. Ask his two kids and ex-wife about that.

No, the reason why this was closed down is clear, it is clear beyond any reasonable doubt. It isn't that the 4th largest population in the state doesn't need services, it isn't that we can't afford rent, it isn't even that this administration is hostile to poor or disable people. The reason this office closed is because Douglas county votes for Democrats. Expect more of the same naked partisanship in redistricting.

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consumer1 2 years, 9 months ago

If Lauring Henderson is for it. I am against it!!

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

It's not that there is no money for SRS in Lawrence or elsewhere. Where is the hard evidence? Is this new admin telling the truth?

It is more that this group of thinkers don't want to spend OUR tax dollars this way. WHY?

What are they doing with OUR tax dollars that are no longer supporting SRS?

Where is the money going? Why aren't these big government thinkers giving OUR tax dollars back to US?

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consumer1 2 years, 9 months ago

SRS cannot seem to distinguish between the people who actually need the services and those who just want the free ride. The problem lies is statistics that increase the budget each year. The more SRS can tell the state of their increase numbers based on needs the more money they get, which increase the size of the buracracy (top heavy). This creates lots of nice fat jobs for buracrats and increases the meal ticket for those that are just getting the free ride. Shame on SRS for feeding the useless on the pain and tears of those who really need the services. That is, those with real disabilities.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

By Doug Orr

The opponents of Social Security will stop at nothing in their long crusade to destroy the most efficient retirement system in the world. Opponents have taken two tracks to attack Social Security.

The first is to claim the system as it is will fail, and the second is to claim that privatization is a better way to provide for retirement security. The first claim was the favorite from 1935 to about 2001.Then the privatization claim became the vogue. Now the first is back on the table.

With corporations routinely defaulting on their pension promises, more and more workers must rely on their individual wealth to make up the difference. The stock market collapse at the turn of the millennium wiped out much of the financial wealth of middle class Americans, and the collapse of the housing bubble has wiped out much of their remaining wealth.

Making any cuts to Social Security now, either by raising the retirement age or cutting benefits, would have a huge impact on their remaining retirement income and are not necessary to “save the system.” In fact, to make the most of the modifications currently being proposed by Obama's commission would be the height of folly.

More info not rhetoric: http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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Alexander Smith 2 years, 9 months ago

This is sad to see happen. There is no reason to be doing this because there is too many cases here. It is one thing to save money but our "GREAT" republican Governer sees just the dollar value and not the human value. If he wants to save money, how about we start streamlining the budget for contractors that overcharge and abuse the business with the state. Better yet, get a real manager to handle city repairs. Since when does it take 5 to 8 city workers to stand around and watch a trench being made?? This is were we are losing money. Also, get rid of the stupid unions. These have to be some of the laziest people and abuse of funds that exist in our economy today. They won't lift a finger unless its in their contract.

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Richard Payton 2 years, 9 months ago

Sam Brownback just proved he doesn't care about the people that have more needs than him. I can only hope he is a one and done governor of Kansas. Many folks mention that Lawrence's rent is high at the SRS office. Overland Park has a lower case load and I assume the same rent as Lawrence? Ottawa, Leavenworth SRS offices handle more than Lawrence SRS office? I would hope that our children that need help receive more support not less.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 9 months ago

Brownback and Siedlecki have ignored the reaction to this ever since it was announced. They refused to attend any of the meetings (to which they were invited) or even send a representative to do nothing but take notes. Their steadfast refusal to even acknowledge that their is protest over this is a type of hubris I don't think I have ever seen before. Other parts of Kansas aren't taking notice of this and could care less. But it's a type of mentality along the lines of "First they came for...and I did nothing." that just may, in the end, turn around and bite them in the backside.

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BloodBot 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank God we got rid of another Socialist appendage! Those who will work have less taxes now, so they may give willingly to their neighbor, and not have the government steal and re-distribute like they do in Russia.

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Centerville 2 years, 9 months ago

What a difference 40 years makes. Now we're wailing and gnashing and being 'dismayed' that a bloated, intrusive know-it-all government department is going to leave.

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bd 2 years, 9 months ago

Someone call a WWAAAAAAAAABBUUUULLAAAANNCCE!

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irvan moore 2 years, 9 months ago

it's interesting that we have a carpetbagger as head of SRS who is suddenly an expert on what Kansas needs.

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love2fish_ks 2 years, 9 months ago

This reminds me of a temper tantrum of a child. It is painful to stand on your own two feet when you have not stood in years. It is painful to become self reliant when use to self loathing and self pitty.

We have created a dependency class. This meeting of 600 is another example of Greece like behavior in the U.S.

Making someone dependent and keeping them dependent, may feel good, but is of no value to the individual.

It is not the job of government to take care of people. Self reliance. And when self reliance is not possible, then it is the duty and the responsibility of the family. Yes, the family. Not the taxpayer. Familes and society was stronger before we had these agencies and the Govt nanny is holding us down.

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nut_case 2 years, 9 months ago

"Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said the comments would be compiled and delivered to Brownback and his staff to try to persuade them to change their decision."

I say Gov, you've got 600 hard core libs in Lawrence who REALLY aren't going to vote for you in the next election. Pull more stunts like this and they REALLY, REALLY won't vote for you.

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Alceste 2 years, 9 months ago

The "elected officials": They spoke REALLY loudly as far as I am concerned. Their yelling began when they said they weren't going to say much if anything. It grew to an all out shouting match when it was said notice of the closing was discovered buried in an email. And then they started using foul political speak even suggesting they were going to lobby Brownback & Company. They're small, little people on a par with many other "leaders" in this community.

Why don't you be a tomatothrower instead of a grower?

That meeting was nothing but a waste of time. There was no planning. There was no organization. There was no leadership or concepts placed anywhere to combat what Brownback wants to do. He will continue to rest on the singular issue of the close to $400,000.00 in operating costs of the Lawrence SRS buildings that he wants cut out. If anybody thinks Siedlecki dreamt this up....oh boy oh boy.....and as for the remarks about "the legislature ordered these cuts"....where do you think their marching orders came from?

It was disgusting and at the same time amusing watching and listening to the likes of tomatogrower cry and kvetch and not organize. "Leaders" could have stepped forward and used the time in a constructive fashion instead of using the time for a collective cry. Instead, the dopes just sat around and applauded each other. And, again, I'll ask/state the obvious: Where are all the "friends of Lawrence SRS" in terms of who they do business with; outfits such as Kaw Valley; The Farm; heck...even the regressives over at CASA; the other vendors; the KU School of Social Welfare, etc., etc., etc. What a joke. Don't mourn. Organize. Yeah, I was there listening to politicians. I heard PLENTY.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 9 months ago

"I swear -- by my life and my love for it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." John Galt it's time this town got some new panhandlers

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getreal 2 years, 9 months ago

McGee said she read the comments of SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr., who said closing the Lawrence office was necessary for budget reasons, although, he added, it was a difficult decision. He compared it to asking a family to sacrifice a child.

So, sacrificing our children is the new Christian value? Boy I can hardly wait for the faith based initiatives!

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 9 months ago

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DRsmith 2 years, 9 months ago

This is great. Nothing makes me happier than reading the comments on the LJ ever since Brownback became governor. Face it, you all are finally on the wrong side and will just have to suck it up. You knew all along this is a conservative state. Don't like it? There is always California.

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Jackie Jackasserson 2 years, 9 months ago

Interestingly, the cost of the SRS building is less than the cost in salaries for the newly developed department of faith based initiatives in SRS. With about 13 all new positions and what appears to be all new to SRS employees the minimum cost for salaries alone is above 500,000.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

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Thursday, July 14, 2011, 7 pm

Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Siedlecki,from Florida and the beltway, was brought in as the hatchet man. Which does not necessarily represent fiscal responsibility. People working under Bush/Cheney were reckless not fiscal conservative.

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

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 ================================================================ Social Security privatization would raise the size of the government’s deficit by another $300 billion per year for the next 20 years. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html ================================================================ This does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

• Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. • http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

How would the rest of the U.S. economy be affected if the private accounts replaced the current system?

Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk—it would likely put the entire economy at risk. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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ResQd 2 years, 9 months ago

OK, I'm a little confused, so please bare with me. If the building is the issue, why doesn't the school district donate one of its closed school. Wouldn't that resolve most of the issues?

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PaladKik 2 years, 9 months ago

We are going to have to eat our peas. The state, that is the people that are required to ante up hard earned money, cannot afford to take care of SRS customers anymore.

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justajoke 2 years, 9 months ago

No one knew about this until the Friday press conference. Plus it is pretty hard for the owners of the building or anyone else to get answers when the Crew won't return any phone calls. They are wanting people to quit or retire and I am sure some will. But I bet there will be layoffs too. They have already done away with 8 positions in the KC Metro Region in the last 3 weeks by firing them or forcing them to retire. Oh but don't think they didn't bring another one of there own in to replace...

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Erin Graham 2 years, 9 months ago

The major expense is the building lease. (according to the PDF files linked on this article). Were the people working in this office given any notification they were on the chopping block? Any chance to look around for a building that would offer cheaper rent? Maybe there's a building somewhere that could be purchased for a reasonable price?

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Erin Graham 2 years, 9 months ago

Is there any way to guarantee he actually sees/reads the comments from the meeting? I hope his people catch some heat from this. Flood his office with email, phone calls, organize a protest on capitol grounds.. something! I wasn't at the meeting, but hope that enough people stand up to this to change it. Take the collective passion down i70 so he can SEE who this affects and the community support. My heart aches for the people that use this office.

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sci4all 2 years, 9 months ago

"The current office has 87 positions, and SRS officials have said those employees can be absorbed in neighboring cities."

How is any money saved by merely reshuffling employees to other parts of the state?

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RiverCityConservative 2 years, 9 months ago

We don't have a governor; he's a priest. And he's brought a national agenda to solve problems that don't exist here. What a mess he's making.

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SouthSide 2 years, 9 months ago

Are you telling me the governor didn't have the guts to attend this meeting?

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