Letters to the Editor

Removed from reality

July 14, 2011


To the editor:

So, according to Gov. Brownback, closing the Lawrence SRS office is no big deal because “clients can always access needed services in the Topeka or Kansas City offices or by the Internet.” How?

Is the governor so far removed from reality that he doesn’t know that poor people generally cannot afford a car or, if so, the current gas prices? Poor people do not have Internet either. Asking our library and other overburdened offices to teach them how to use the Internet simply is inconsiderate at best. But our governor has an answer for all of this: “Let them eat cake.”


Brock Masters 6 years, 9 months ago

Yes, SRS has not handled this well, but remember, it is the legislature, including those from Lawrence that also share the blame. They imposed a budget reduction on SRS which caused the need to cut. And, perhaps those from Lawrence didn't vote for the cut, they deserve blame because they were so ineffective in fighting against it and letting everyone know the consquences of the cuts until it was too late.

weeslicket 6 years, 9 months ago

wow..... there's a nice bit of revisionist history for you !!

Brock Masters 6 years, 9 months ago

Ok, what part is incorrect?

SRS has not handled this well The legislature cut SRS's budget Our delegation were ineffective in stopping the budget cut They reacted to the cuts instead of being proactive and realizing it was a possiblity.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 9 months ago

Jeez, Fred, can't you just accept that this mess was created by Republicans, and Republicans alone?

xclusive85 6 years, 9 months ago

Bozo, just so you know, SRS office closures have been happening for years. They started under Sebelius, a Democratic governer, when the state and country was not in a depression/recession. Assigning blame to one political party is wrong.

thewayitis 6 years, 9 months ago

Yes a few may not have a car or a computer (ever heard of Freenet?), but they have cable tv, flat screens, money for cigs, tattoos, alchohol and whaterver else. You count every ABLE BODIED needy person in Lawrence that REALLY can't make it without assistance and what do you have ...Maybe a hundred people? that's tops. How many of those people actually have to go to the office on a regular basis? 10 a month? A cab ride for or a bus once a week is a thousand times less than that monster building costs a week. There are a thousand solutions to this problem and fortunately the first step has been made.

If we didn't have an SRS there wouldn't be any money to hand out for tattoos. Don't tell me it's not out there because I see it EVERY DAY where I work. Money from Vision used for groceries and thy use real money for all the other unnecessary crap that others can't afford because they are responsible.

Hip Hip horay for Brownback!! this is the type of common sense Gutsy guy that will keep Kansas from going bankrupt.

speedy47 6 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm... Wonder what that 'common sense, Gutsy guy' is gonna do with his welfare (farm subsidies) this year?

deec 6 years, 9 months ago

So of the 10,000 people living below the poverty line in Douglas county, all but a hundred of them are slackers? My father, who was a 20 year veteran and worked until he was old enough for social security after retiring from the military, was a lazy bum when he had 2 massive brain stem strokes and medicaid paid for the nursing home?

Kendall Simmons 6 years, 9 months ago

Boy...I'd love to give you a reality lesson about Freenet/cable/flat screen TVs/tattoos, etc. but I'll stick to asking you this...what on earth gives you the idea that you have a CLUE about who does/does not get help from SRS, much less should/should not?

Do you seriously assume that because someone "looks" able-bodied...in your opinion... there's nothing wrong with them? Do you seriously think that the only people who actually 'need' SRS help are...what? In wheelchairs? Blind? Show some sort of physical disabilities that you recognize and decide "well, yeah, I can see that they can't work"??? If that's the case, I have a TON of people I would love to introduce you to...that would smash your stereotypes - assuming you were honest about it.

Or perhaps you're one of those people who believes that, if the State/SocSecurity gives someone $605 a month disability, then they darned well better spend every penny of that on what YOU think they should spend it on. Plus they darned well not earn any money on the side...even though they're actually allowed to make a small amount more...because that PROVES that they can work...and that they're nothing but leeches.

So let's avoid mentioning that getting your elderly neighbor's mail for her when you get your own and bringing it to her (and checking on her well-being at the same time and being paid $50 a month to do so by her family) is not the same thing as being able to hold down a full time job. Heck, that would destroy one of your stereotypes, right?

And shame on me for paying a homeless guy I know $25 to shovel my sidewalks and driveway this winter after the big snowstorm. And DOUBLE shame on him for accepting the $25. He should have gotten a REAL job! (Of course, he'd just gotten out of Osawatomie the week before because he'd had a psychotic break, but we won't mention that. I mean, he LOOKS able-bodied. And LOOKING able-bodied is all that matters, right? Right???)

If you haven't figured out by now that there are slugs in all walks of life and in all levels of society, then you haven't been paying attention. To quote the immortal Dan Quayle, "it's a terrible thing to waste one's mind"...so stop doing it!!

Mike Ford 6 years, 9 months ago

herr brownback lives in the ayn rand world of "I got mine go find yours" world of selfish people who think 2011 is 1985. Christianity is about punishing the least capable to these people south and west and north of Lawrence, right?

allamerican4ever 6 years, 9 months ago

south west and north are all keeping the srs office they have. ottawa, oskaloosa and topeka

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