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Letter: Dissonance

December 15, 2012

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To the editor:

The ability to recognize dissonance is a critical skill. It seems few in our state government see dissonance in Sen. Masterson’s statements indicating he is working to pay off his debts — which include more than $160,000 in credit card debt — despite the fact the debts have already been discharged via bankruptcy court. This either indicates a dishonest statement or demonstrates a lack of comprehension of the purpose of bankruptcy.

Even more concerning is Masterson’s refusal to take responsibility for his debts. Instead, he indicates he is not liable for his employee’s actions. As a business owner and a spouse, I know that if someone makes some bad decisions or goes on a spree, I’m responsible. Moving forward, here’s the larger problem: When the state claims bankruptcy in three years, will it be the fault of seniors, the disabled, and the poor?

Comments

Abdu Omar 1 year, 10 months ago

I hope you are wrong about going bankrupt. At the end of his only term, we all will vote for a responsible govenor. Brownback is not going to get a second term if we band together and honestly point out where his policies are detrimental to this great state.

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Betty Bartholomew 1 year, 10 months ago

As somebody who has been through bankruptcy, I can confirm that while chapter 7 can/will dismiss many debts, one can still choose to make payments under an augmented payment arrangement. I think it's commendable of him to opt to do so though even though the court is not requiring it. I think the letter writer in this case is the one demonstrating a lack of comprehension about bankruptcy.

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