Letters to the Editor

Statehouse bully

January 30, 2012


To the editor:

The school counselor in a third-grade classroom where I was substitute teaching told the 9-year-olds about bullying. She told them bullying is hurtful behavior over and over. The children discussed how bullying is not nice. They learned bullying has consequences and is illegal at school. The counselor pointed out that we should leave others alone if we don’t like them. If someone is in a bad situation, we should help him or her. The children learned that name-calling, threatening and hurting are ways to bully others.

It seems there is a bully in the Statehouse. He is hurting many Kansans over and over. Women, children, the poor, sick, weak and aged pay the consequences. The Topeka bully should leave the arts, schools and social services alone. Better yet, he should help them, not destroy them. A leader should know not to name-call, threaten and hurt to bully Kansas citizens.


tange 2 years, 2 months ago

Geez, as gauged by the response, you'd think Judy had announced a contest.

Winner get to kiss the Gpvernpr.


Gotland 2 years, 2 months ago

Bullys take lunch money from children and when they grow up they take a large piece of their income. Bullying makes citizens prepared to be good socialist adults, meek and broken.


ShePrecedes 2 years, 2 months ago

His entire party, the GOP, are being bullies. In fact, the GOP are even bullying their own with demands for Ideals contracts that the moderates don't want to sign, don't want to adhere to. Religion should not be in politics !!!

It is not just Brownback who bullies, altho he may be the worst with some agenda that is not set by the state of Kansas. It is the entire religious Rite bend of the GOP that are bullies. I call it the GOP 180 degree morph into the Religious Rite, since the traditional GOP was so totally against most of the stands the Religious Rite now forces on it's party.


ArnoldKS 2 years, 2 months ago

This whining about arts funding in Kansas has to stop. With the budget deficit and ongoing debt as staggering as it is, there's no reason the state government has to fund this.

Rather, prove that Kansans are givers. If the Kauffman Center can be built with $400+ million of PRIVATE FUNDS, then Kansas art programs can raise a few hundred thousand on their own. Have they no faith in their own offerings? There are plenty of art-lovers in Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties who can contribute to the nonprofits like the KS Arts Commission. (I am one of them and I have never been asked to contribute to a membership or fundraising campaign for the Arts Commission.) There are also plenty of earned-income models of arts and sports commissions -- and membership organizations -- that could be followed here.

The arts community is absolutely capable of ingenuity and creativity when it comes to fundraising. So get started, folks, and raise your own funds to promote your own interests.


friendlyjhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Governer Brownback is a bully. Plain and simple. He poorly (if at all) communicates except to take away from the people of Kansas. It does no good to make the obvious statement that I didn't vote for him. Enough voters did and now he has made enough changes to push Kansas farther down the red brick road of ridicule and failure. The letter was a good letter because it reminded us in a very simple and sincere way of what is happening daily in this state. Governer Brownback is not working for anyone's good except his own. That perhaps could be why the article about the couple that helps foreign children is so interesting. Why help our own when it is held up to ridicule and taxation at home? Our monies that are spent on helping our own citizens makes us pariahs at home but if it goes out of the state it is much more saintly. But I am digressing. Brownback is a bully, is a bully, is a bully! Ah, there, back on track again


Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 2 months ago

The arts are not a bunch of hippies dancing around with flowers in their hair and painting. The arts are the music you listen to, the clothes you wear, the design of your pick up truck and the labels on your favorite beer. Art programs teach and nurture the young who grow up to share their art with others in all different forms. If you want to see a country with no art programs, take a look at North Korea.


FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 2 months ago

This LTE scares me. She demands other peoples money. What is she going to do if her bullying doesn't get my money. Go OWS on me. She scares me. She sounds like a Tea Party person.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

YDP ... should ... all ... to ... elect ... another ... governor .... (from a source)


Mike Ford 2 years, 2 months ago

math, you're part of the governor's bullying squad....that's why you're oblivious and blame the letter dare she stand up to you.....


sweatybutcher 2 years, 2 months ago

This is a letter to the editor, not an article produced by the LJW.


its_just_math 2 years, 2 months ago

Elections have consequences. I'm not a bit surprised extreme leftist zealots who consistently supported The Abortion Queen are kicking and screaming every time Gov. Brownback takes a breath----and Kobach too or any KS Republican for that matter.

And as always, I must reflect on the stark difference in the way it is reported now by LJW vs. when Sebelius was in office. Then? Protection. Now? Attack, attack, attack.


imastinker 2 years, 2 months ago

There is NO decision that a politican can make that will nor affect a person or group of persons in a negative way. None. You can't lower income taxes without cutting services. You can't fund the bus or the library without raising taxes. You can't promote alternative energy without harming investors in oil companies and trucking companies that deliver the oil. See what I mean?

It's disenginous to sit here and call him a bully because his tax plan raises taxes (or in this case just cuts tax credits) on a group of people. Why not instead tell us what kind of government you think we should have and who should pay for it?

BTW, I don't like Brownback's plan myself.


Ragingbear 2 years, 2 months ago

His twitter stunt would qualify under the new "digital harassment" laws.


thuja 2 years, 2 months ago

Tell me mike, what are you going to shoot at to make sure your freedoms are safe?

People that like art?


Mike1949 2 years, 2 months ago

Think the Arts should be voluntary. But education, personal mate choices, what women do with their bodies and whether or not they are ready for a child, those are freedoms, personal freedoms. Those are not being bullied, they are being dictated by a authoritarian dictator! It is enough to force me to go out and purchase guns and ammunition for self defense of my freedoms!


Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 2 months ago

What about those bullies that bully the taxpayer into supporting those who don't want to work and organizations like teachers unions? With your attitude, there is no wonder why the children today have an entitlement attitude.

You should be fired.


Abdu Omar 2 years, 2 months ago

What a weak letter, sorry to be so bold. Instead of hitting and naming the nail, she talks around it. The people of Kansas has given this man carte blanche to do as he pleases. No one considered the consequenses of this governor winning at such a high mandate. He is a bully and he has to be stopped. Even though many don't want to pay for arts, it is this enrichment that makes people happy.


xm75 2 years, 2 months ago

The arts, schools and social services bullies should leave my taxes alone.

If YOU want to pay for the arts YOU should pay for the arts and leave me out of it. The people of Kansas have finally elected a few officials who, in a small way, want to stop using the power of the police and state to forcible extract money from some to give to other's pet art projects.


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