Letters to the Editor

SRS obstacles

July 17, 2011


To the editor:

In reference to the SRS closing, I called the governor’s office and talked to an aide. I asked if the reference made about four-lane roads to other offices meant that one lane would be for those in Lawrence to travel by walking, walking with a cane or using a wheelchair — those that don’t have a car and depend on public transportation. The response was that only a minority of SRS recipients don’t have cars! When I asked him if he could back that up with statistics, he told me we had had a productive conversation and that was the end of the call.

I think we as Lawrence recipients should help out the governor and new SRS boss by calling in and letting them know how many of us have a car to drive to wherever they send us! The new SRS boss would need to know since I was assured by this aide that he wants to make this better. I’ve learned statistics are what government officials like.

Please help our elected officials realize that public assistance does not need to be moved from Lawrence.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

Too bad the new SRS secretary is from Florida. Brownback is from Washington D.C.

They have no plans of altering their decision. Too bad Brownback does not have backbone enough to say that.

How long have Brownback and republicans been lying to their own constituents ?

For at least 31 years they have had them convinced that republicans represent smaller government,less spending and no tax increases = all lies.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls Brownback and republicans are sure they learned all they needed to know about OUR money and founding reckless economies. Republicans have much experience under their belts and they never quit sharing.

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which 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:

  • Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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

How did repubs achieve such corrupt success?

  1. TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros. 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

jayhawxrok 6 years, 6 months ago

Brownback and the far right wingers he's brought in from out of state, care only about their right wing agenda. Kansas and Kansans are just footnotes in the career of a zealot.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

Where is the justification for paying employees of a "Faith Based Initiatives" office out of SRS tax dollars who make decisions by pulling out a Bible? Close that office down and it will free up how many dollars? There is no, zero, zilch, nada, the big goose egg, transparency in Brownback's government. How many "Sunshine" laws are violated that we aren't even aware of? A certain amount of cronyism is expected. We live with it. But this man takes it well over the top.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

What's with this "Ubama" stuff? Racist much? You can't even call the man by his given, legally birth registered name?

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't need to wiki or google it. Barack Obama is neither an Arab or a Muslim. Nor was he named in Arabic. How would you like it if someone changed the spelling of your name based on transliterating it from a language you don't even us? Let's put it this way; my husband's mother is a McCurry, not a MacMhuirrich. My best friend's name is Patrick, not Padraig. No matter what your motivations, it has the appearance, at least, of being pretentious and at most racist.

Liberty275 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't thnk he's being racist. I think he was playing with the similarity between the president's name and the former most wanted villain with the intent of calling the president a villain.

There are websites that aren't associated with racist causes, but where the words used are as racist as can be spoken. Once you see real racism, you will realize usama/osama is not an example and you will probably be ashamed of likening a harmless play on words with the ugliest words you'll ever see.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

A post I well agree with. Although, I have to tell you, my daughter lives in Pratt. It's what she calls a "backwoods, hillbilly, hick town" and I'm not sure you will get much agreement or alliance from them. For the most part these are towns run by one (or a small handful) of families or corporations. If the people vote at all, they vote as they are told to vote. Why do you think only a smidge over 50% of registered voters voted in the last election? Voter apathy alone is not the answer.Voting isn't encouraged. People don't go out and bang the drum for "civic duty" the way they do in Lawrence. When the livelihood of your entire town is based on one corporation that will have no problem pulling up stakes and moving elsewhere if you don't do what you're told, what choice do you have? No, the threat isn't overt. But it's there. The only opportunity these people have to vote is by not voting. Their not voting is a "vote" in and of itself.

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

hahahahahahahaha.....that is funny stuff about Pratt....Birthplace of my 4th generation Kansas hillbilly father. However, what's amusing is she's also describing Lawrence!

Too, Pratt is the hub of commerce in that section of Kansas! It's all relative because there ain't no real commerce in that section of Kansas, save for rich "farmers" and cattle people....again.....rich. It's why Kansas has been having a NET LOSS of "new people" moving into this God forsaken land. Just ask the hillbilly cousins in Greensburg.....whose SRS office with all 4 clients has been left open! They'll tell you....the Greensburg "True Grit" types just how SNOOTY them people in Pratt are!! Same with the fine folk in Kinsley: "Why them people in Pratt are SNOBS!!!! We stay out of Pratt at all costs unless we have to go to their World Class Hospital, that is.....". (Everybody thinks their stuff is World Class.....).

Pratt is a "backwoods, hillbilly, hick town"!! hahahahaaha

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

"The idea that they have only four cases is absurd."

Nah, it isn't "absurd": They're the same four cases, only double and tripled counted. It's kind of like the way Headquarters here in Lawrence counts. A call is a call, right? Wrong: If it is the same person calling each and every night....that's one case....not 365.

So, these same four cases in Greensburg use multiple services. Big deal. They're counted as a "unique" statistic each time any "unit" touches the case. shrug

4 may be a tad bit of an understatement, however. hahahahahahaahhahah . I sorry.

As for you being incredulous about Kansas hillbilly status.....it's hard seeing the forest for the trees sometimes, eh? Don't be hating on the Ozarks like that. This state is full of hillbilliness....and the further west one goes.....the more worse it becomes.

There is a reason why people migrate OUT of these hillbilly places (and that includes the state of Kansas, although Brownback is going to fix that...yessireebobcattail....he's gonna have a land grab and bring tourists to look at the world's largest hand dug well and the tall grass prairie so not a single one of us will have to pay an income tax and first we'll do away with income tax just to prove we're so confident these tourists are going to be coming any day now.....). Certainly there's no migration. Name one community of those you listed that hasn't seen a net loss people wise. It's more than "no jobs". It's the lifestyle.....if it can be called that. It's the closed nature of the places not to mention the closed mindedness or the control exerted by those handful of "families" you made note about. Perhaps your buddies returned to be the proverbial "big fish in the small pond"?

"But what sort of people squatted in Coldwater, anyway? They all sold each other wheat and bacon and corn and beef and farm machinery and squeaky shoes they all talked in the same Galdarned flat, nasal voice about the same Galdarned trivial things day-in-day-out year-after-year---eating, sleeping and growing more rustic and pompous and proverbial (as if the secrets of life with a capital L were to be found in the saws and mouthed over a corner rail or a gutter: You kin ketch more flies with molasses than you kin with vinegar. Where there's that much smoke, there must be some far. First ketch your rabbit. Time is money.) They began their kin, hating each other because of the no-privacy of the place, stunned because of the sulness of the virtues they felt obliged to wear, beckoned at and tempted by the rich vices that each kept from enjoying except in deep, painful secret..." (Apologies to Joseph Stanley Pennell, 1944, in THE HISTORY OF ROME HANKS AND KINDRED MATTERS)

Alceste 6 years, 6 months ago

Your inability to see Kansas just exactly for what it is speaks Worlds as to why it remains the backwater, ignorance prone and laden, Right Wing, religious nut filled state it is. God forbid you were born in Kansas....then again.....it's consistent with that SouthWind.....take a hike, please......or...better yet....buy some of my property so I can get the hey out of this festering wound.....I'll sell a couple of places at 1/5 their "value". Good day.....

Richard Heckler 6 years, 6 months ago

What is Brownback up to?

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

I'd swear that I saw this same tripe on another thread of the award-winning website today.

Jimo 6 years, 6 months ago

Pontius Pilate says: Let them take their chariot.

rtwngr 6 years, 6 months ago

Let me answer the phones for the governor and I'll tell you where you can drive your cars!

Centerville 6 years, 6 months ago

LJW, Oct 10, 2003: SRS Plans to trim regional offices (SRS had closed 26 of its 105 county offices and plans to close another 37 by July 2005, also plans to close four of the eleven regional offices): money quote: "The SRS Secretary's announcement also is part of Gov Kathleen Sibelius' efforts to portray her administration as making state government more efficient."

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