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Letters to the Editor

State damage

July 13, 2011

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To the editor:

This governor is hurting our state.

Mr. Brownback has put like-minded, out-of-state cronies in positions here, some of which are newly created, to make consequential decisions often without due process. Closing many SRS offices in Kansas, especially the one in Lawrence, was one too many lethal drops into his kettle of toxic, service-cutting brew. This was done behind closed doors with what appears to be very little proof of money saved, people hurt, appropriate solutions and with no communication with those affected until it was done.

This is total disrespect for the democratic process and Kansas citizens and disregard for the historical traditions of previous governors (Republican and Democrat) from Alf Landon on, who committed the Kansas tax dollars needed to care for our poor, ill and needy and all the things that make Kansas a community not just a place. To put the record straight, I am willing to pay more taxes to this end.

Comments

jlw53 2 years, 9 months ago

If the writer is so willing to pay more taxes, she is free to send a check to the state for as much as she wants. Those willing to donate can save the SRS office if they desire it strongly enough.

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SilverShadow 2 years, 9 months ago

And you proved my point, the rich must be protected no matter the cost to others. After all these tax breaks have created full employment. Oops, guess I missed that memo.

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 9 months ago

It's not a tax increase ya Rep moron, it's just reversing a pererse credit that did NOTHING to stimulate jobs. The rich did just fine under Clinton, no reason to think they won't with the same rates they had then. Why do you Reps defend such obviously idiotic notions? Just to be opposite? LOL, how mature.

NOT.

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scott3460 2 years, 9 months ago

Some of us told you all so.

It sure ain't pretty trying to feed your kids on the lies Faux "News" and the republicons told you, is it?

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jayarch 2 years, 9 months ago

interesting how the editor edited the title. pretty low key compared to the first sentence of the letter.

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deec 2 years, 9 months ago

Clearly some posters have reading comprehension issues. Ceasing the capitol renovation has been mentioned repeatedly, as has placing a moratorium on new highways. Using in-house employees rather than private contractors. Not firing experienced agency administrators and replacing them with incompetent cronies at higher wages. Direct your fellow travelers in the legislature to stop passing laws that will absolutely need to be defended in court, such as laws modeled on other states' laws that are already in the courts. And yes, repeal the tax cuts from the last decade that were passed with the promise of creating vast numbers of new jobs. The jobs have not materialized, so the cuts should be repealed.

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ksrush 2 years, 9 months ago

Why is it the only thing you whiney libs can think of in terms of reducing the defecit is raise taxes, especially on the rich. Seriously, its almost every freaking post, The rich have too much, the poor dont have enough. These posts sound more like angry 3rd graders. You know Brownback wont tax so come up with something original. Place rants here.....

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 9 months ago

Brownback had no problem sticking us with the legal bill for his Koch Bros lawyers in the Planned Parenthood suit....could have used the AG at no extra expense to us taxpayers but Nooooooooo, he's got to have his right wing extremist buddies and stick us with the bill. He closed PP on religious grounds, no conflict existed with them using state money for abortion, it didn't happen, never happened, and he had to be a weasel about it in getting it done no matter what. Cut the arts, cut SRS in blue Lawrence, but work to push thru not so disguised racist laws under the guise of battling voter fraud - even though there's been like 7 cases in the entire history of the state. He's a train wreck.

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purplesage 2 years, 9 months ago

I suppose that's how we got Sebelius, and Finney before her? No one with an (R) beside the name?

After a string of mush middle governors, we finally have one willing to take on the building budget crisis. I don't agree with every decision Governor Brownback has made. However - when there's no money, there is no money. The state is constitutionally prohibited from carrying a deficit. Hard choices are inevitable. And, no one likes being involved in the hard part of the choice.

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Liberty_One 2 years, 9 months ago

"To put the record straight, I am willing to pay more taxes to this end."

But why give it to the government? There are many charities that help the poor, ill and needy and a much higher percentage of your money will actually go towards helping people. Let's face it, it's not that you want to volunteer your own money, you want to "volunteer" your neighbors' money too.

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bobberboy 2 years, 9 months ago

in the last election only 50% on voters showed up. So Brownback won with more than 25% of eligable voters. He thinks he has a mandate - but he is gravely mistaken. People should really get out and vote or this is what happens !

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jayhawxrok 2 years, 9 months ago

Brownback is about Brownback and furthering his right wing extremist agenda. Sadly many in this state would vote for anyone with an R by their name. It's hard to think of a less suited person to be governor than Sam Brownback, zealot.

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