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Letters to the Editor

Selling freedom

April 9, 2012

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To the editor:

In his recent commentary, Dolph Simons Jr. devotes almost half a page to extol the virtues of Charles and David Koch. He wonders why the people of Lawrence and Kansas don’t appreciate and respect them. Where is the love, asks Mr. Simons? Let me assure him that the Kochs’ modus operandi is well known throughout the country, and it’s not very flattering. Many are convinced these two men think big money will buy them all the government they will ever need to control every phase of our lives. The words plutocracy and robber barons come to mind.

Once government as we know it is diminished, who will protect us from the  plutocrats? I often think of Enron and the heartache that cost millions of Americans. That’s one example of deregulation that the Kochs would greedily embrace if given the chance.

Our tendency is to fear destructive forces from outside our borders, but I fear a greater source of danger comes from within. Let’s not sell our hard-fought freedoms to the high bidder. The Kochs of the world will work hard to convince us they have answers to all our problems. However we should be aware they are only interested in making a profit at our expense.

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tbaker 2 years ago

Slow day at LJW? If this letter makes it to the blog, I cannot imagine the drivel the falls short of the so-called editorial standard. Even though incoherent ranting mixed with the generous use of intellectual fallacy is very popular here, next time try to make a point and rationally defend it Ms. Slemmer.

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years ago

As someone who has personal experience with Koch Industry and has family that runs one division, I can tell you that these men have surrounded themselves with extremely intelligent individuals on all fronts. I do not think Koch is an evil empire. I think the Koch's are very good at what they do and use legal avenues to promote their position in the oil markets. Pushing legal limits to the point of unclarity is common with titans of business. These men of great power and wealth are on a mountain keeping their attackers at bay. Be it competitors, politicians or greenies, they are all beat back the same way, attorney's. If the Kochs see a loophole, they attack. If they need a loophole, they buy a politician and create one. None of these things are evil or illegal, in fact, it's the American way. This is the United States system at work in it's purist form. In capitalism, 1% is meant to rule. The rest of us are pawns in the giant game of big business. I'm not bashing capitalism, I'm all for it. What is the alternative? Would you rather be living in China? Koch's are not evil, they are successful and just like every successful person, the 99% want them to fail. These guys are not going to fail because they are smart, ruthless and the best at what they do.

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years ago

"Our tendency is to fear destructive forces from outside our borders, but I fear a greater source of danger comes from within."

Yep, and the Annointed One and his minions must be dethroned in November. NOBama, 2012.

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JohnBrown 2 years ago

Capitalism without some regulation becomes atheistic capitalism: greed gone wild with no restraints.

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its_just_math 2 years ago

" like how the word deregulation has come to mean "something bad happened" in liberal-speak. It no longer has any connection to what the word used to mean, which was a large-scale decrease in government planning and control of a particular sector of the economy.

Every time something bad happens now, we call this "deregulation." It's fascinating to watch a language change. "

Good points.

Similarly, liberals now call "checks and balances", obstructionism . Liberals are tolerant....until you disagree with them.

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Mike Ford 2 years ago

the seven dwarves of denial speak. want lower wages....want rollbacks of early 20th century labor laws....want another Cayuhoga River on fire.......want Gould, Rockefeller or any of the cronies from a century ago back....hand over the keys like the dwarves above and watch people get treated like those bullied for oil leases in There Will Be Blood. Conservative politicians have it soooooo easy.....look at how dumb their constituency is... just get the flute out and they'll follow.....even when they're the ones getting bent over for loyalty.....

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Liberty_One 2 years ago

I like how the word deregulation has come to mean "something bad happened" in liberal-speak. It no longer has any connection to what the word used to mean, which was a large-scale decrease in government planning and control of a particular sector of the economy.

Every time something bad happens now, we call this "deregulation." It's fascinating to watch a language change.

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rtwngr 2 years ago

Smaller government. Capitalism unleashed. Vote Republican.

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Gotland 2 years ago

I like the koch borthers an wish them even more success.

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thuja 2 years ago

Who is flying the dogma drones today? When you rattle their hive and poke at their queen bees, they come out stinging!

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cato_the_elder 2 years ago

"Many are convinced these two men think big money will buy them all the government they will ever need to control every phase of our lives."

To the letter writer: No one favors growing government exponentially in order to control every phase of our lives more than the individual currently occupying the White House, put there by a gullible, uninformed citizenry that has, unfortunately, gotten what it deserved by naively voting him into office.

Wake up and smell the coffee. If you fear government control over your life, look no further than Obamacare. It's just the tip of the iceberg.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years ago

Once government as we know it is diminished, who will protect us from the plutocrats?

The Flexible Obama's government IS the "plutocrat" Slemmer. Or hadn't you noticed?

Get used to The Flexible Obama's "New America". You are just being "faded out of position" by The Flex's desperate need to keep Michelle flying "free" to Las Vegas.

The Flex will "say anything". Try not to be scared by his lies.

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