Letters to the Editor

Not funny

March 17, 2011


To the editor:

After being aghast at something a Kansas legislator said — again — I feel I need to help them out a little. I read Virgil Peck’s so-called joke about shooting illegal immigrants in Tuesday’s paper. I teach social work practice to master’s students at Kansas University, and I always tell them two things. Black humor is an important way to relieve stress and practice self care, so don’t worry about your impulse to make jokes that sound inappropriate. The impulse is natural. More importantly, though, don’t make these jokes where your clients can overhear them or you’ll hurt them and they will no longer trust you. That’s most important.

Black humor is an essentially human social function but it can be harmful. Act responsibly. Secondly, making dark jokes does not make you funny. It may be an important self-care tool but you are not a comedian. I hope this helps our legislators because, frankly, I am sick of hearing these racist, extremist comments, especially made by this group, in the name of humor. We did not hire you to be funny. We are a state with real problems. Now I beg you all, stop trying to be funny and get to work!


Richard Heckler 6 years, 11 months ago

The man has put Kansas on the nationwide map.

His apology is useless. We know what he is thinking.

RESIGN comes to mind!

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

So planet-killer merrill is a mind-reader now?

Bob Burton 6 years, 11 months ago

KSN did a poll about this, results were about 50/50 on weather to apologize!! Looks like Knasas is split down the middle.. Have a good day..

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

"whether" "Kansas"

And, if so, this just shows that many issues aren't best resolved by a majority vote.

Jan Rolls 6 years, 11 months ago

How many voted? Peck and what was the other person's name? And exactly what and where is KSN?

Bob Burton 6 years, 11 months ago

KSN-TV is in liberal Wichita, Ks.. Thanks for being a spell checker jafs.. Hope you all have a good day..

xclusive85 6 years, 11 months ago

Wichita is not liberal. Sorry! You are grasping there.

George Lippencott 6 years, 11 months ago

That remains to be seen. Lot of legislators who are Democrats

mr_right_wing 6 years, 11 months ago

Every single person reading this, including you, has said something this inappropriate or worse. The thing politicians or anyone in the 'spotlight' need to remember is that the comment could, and probably will be publicized (most likely out of context); regardless of slip of the tongue, joking or sarcasm. It very well could cost you your job, popularity or, in this case office.

Remember a year or two ago; photographs taken of Obama inappropriately staring at two teen Brazilian girls? (So it's not even limited to 'speech')

pizzapete 6 years, 11 months ago

Yea, but it would have to be something like "god hates illegal immigrants" coming from them.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 11 months ago

Ah, the fever swamp of Illinois political corruption.

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

The double standard exists on both sides of the aisle.

BigPrune 6 years, 11 months ago

The guy should change to the democrat party. He'd fit right in with Harry Reid, Fred Phelps and all the rest of the democrats.

George Lippencott 6 years, 11 months ago

Does this guy not represent the people of Montgomery County? If so, he is their problem. They elected him, he represents them and if they are unhappy with his preformance they can remove him.

Why are a bunch of Douglas County residents getting all hot and bothered over something that is not their business? Or to we feel that everything is our business?? Particularly if it is at odds with what we believe.

jafs 6 years, 11 months ago

How narrowly do you define your business?

George Lippencott 6 years, 11 months ago

Posted on the wall in our kitchen (along with Desiderata)

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change The courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference

He is their problem

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