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Editorial: Other choices

November 2, 2012


Among elective office choices facing them Tuesday, voters will find that several local and regional contests present them with a lineup of largely ineffectual incumbents.

At the Douglas County Commission level, Democrat Nancy Thellman, a thinly disguised slow-growth advocate, is pitted against local businessman Frank Male, a Republican who has served on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board. Male deserves an opportunity to make himself heard on the County Commission.

In the reconfigured 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Republican Lynn Jenkins, seeking a third term, faces Topeka Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen, with Libertarian Dennis Hawver also on the ballot. A third term would give Jenkins some relative seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives and, although her accomplishments to date have been difficult to discern, the fact that she would be in a position to help Douglas County, Lawrence and its other cities, plus Kansas University, Haskell Indian Nations University and Baker University is sufficient to give her the nod.

That same logic extends to several of the local legislative contests. Democrat Sens. Marci Francisco and Tom Holland, and Democrat Rep. Barbara Ballard all seek re-election. Are they capable individuals and good neighbors? Certainly. Unfortunately, they’re in the wrong caucuses in Topeka to be able to help deliver positive results and/or bring about imaginative legislation. The Democratic party has been reduced to insignificance, its little influence depleted by the election losses of moderate Republicans. If our elected officials supporting local institutions, municipalities, projects and organizations are to be influential and produce results, they need to be in the dominant Republican arena. (Rep. Tom Sloan, who has no opposition in this election, could serve as an example to these others.)

For the good of Lawrence, Douglas County and the university, voters should favor Republicans Patrick Bengtson over Ballard, Ron Ellis over Francisco, and even Anthony Brown, who famously criticized Lawrence and KU, over Tom Holland.


xyz 5 years, 7 months ago

To borrow from Sports Illustrated, this editorial belongs in the "Sign of the Apocalypse" column. Are you serious, LJ-W editorial board??? Have you talked to these Republican candidates or listened to their comments in candidate forums? And I guess it doesn't concern you that all of the Republican candidates that you list all have direct or indirect ties to the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity, Saltgrass Action Alliance, and etc.

By the way, you left out the State Board of Education race, which also has a Democratic incumbent. Surely you don't support the Republican challenger, Jack Wu, who hangs out with Fred Phelps at Westboro Baptist Church. Even Brownback has said he does not support him.

I believe that the vast majority of Douglas Countians will weigh factual information and base their voting decisions on candidates' qualifications, affiliations, experience and accomplishments and thus will not be voting a straight Republican ticket.

tomatogrower 5 years, 7 months ago

They are Republican. They could be the reincarnation of Hitler and Stalin rolled into one, and they would vote for them, because they are Republican.

observer2 5 years, 7 months ago

The notion that the LJWorld would advocate for a single party system is disturbing and absurd! Are you actually saying that we should vote out those voices of dissent against the Brownback machine so our legislators can blend in? Are you kidding? Do you think any of the several idiots being put forward by the Kochs would actually be effective in any party? Please tell me the LJW hasn't lost its mind.

Phillbert 5 years, 7 months ago

Remember that this newspaper also told us to vote for Sam Brownback.

WilburM 5 years, 7 months ago

Although brief (mercifully), this may be Dolph's most thoughtless, feckless editorial ever. Just unreal. Anthony Friggin Brown? Beyond unreal. And not a bit of sensible analysis. All too typical.
Who could take this seriously?

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

Right? He could have given himself at least the appearance of independent thought by going Holland over Brown, but he decided that "logic" means we need to go straight party ticket. That whole working within the Republican party thing sure worked out well for all those moderate incumbents this year, now didn't it? Tom Sloan is only still there because they knew a democrat would replace him if he got primaried out.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for listing YOUR Choices Dolph. Makes it easier to choose the Right Candidate come Election day. Next time try, endorsing the people you don't like. Reverse Psychology just might work for you.

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing. I'll take that list and vote for the opposites.

bevy 5 years, 7 months ago

This is unbelievable tripe, and yet, here we all are, reading and commenting on it, and with every click, we are bringing in ad revenues for the LJWorld. Perhaps it's time to go elsewhere for my news.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

So, to get Dolph's endorsement, you need to sign a loyalty oath to the GOP (Grand Old Plutocracy.)

tomatogrower 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe if these robots of the conservatives don't get elected, Dolph will threaten to take his newspaper and move elsewhere. I mean there are plenty of company CEO's telling their people that if Obama wins they are going to lay off a bunch of workers. And their are preachers and priests telling their members that if they vote for Obama they will go to hell. Dolph could threaten to leave town with his newspaper. He'll teach us all.

Trumbull 5 years, 7 months ago

Romney also talked to employers about educating their employees about voting. I don't think this is proper. An employer should never attempt to influence or pressure employees into voting a specific party.

jhawk83 5 years, 7 months ago

Mr. Simons, your obligations are to your readers and your community. Do you really believe that President Mitt Romney is in their best interest?

Trumbull 5 years, 7 months ago

This editorial basically say's that the democrats have no chance, so what we need to do is go out and vote for the Republicans.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Or, "Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

We are the Kansas Republican Party, and we paid for this message

Getaroom 5 years, 7 months ago

Typical GOP tactics from the LJW and rather desperate I might add. Worry much Mr. Simmons Jr? Vote Obama 2012.

akuna 5 years, 7 months ago

OMG. This is about the most ridiculous POS editorial the LJWorld has ever ran. LJWorld editorial board, you should be ashamed of yourself for such disingenuous partisan pandering.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 7 months ago

For a long time, I was an independent voter, but the GOP has become a party of power rather than representation. It will be awhile before I vote Republican again. This is a very polarizing strategy.

naturalist 5 years, 7 months ago

I am embarrassed by this editorial and your attempt to tell all of us how to vote like we're your herd of sheep. Your argument does not hold water whatsoever: because Kansas made the egregious error of electing Brownback we should vote Republican for all other offices? Get real. The implication that electing Lynn Jenkins for a third term gets Kansas some kind of "in" for getting help for our county is a bunch of b.s. You said it best with "although her accomplishments to date have been difficult to discern." So get her out of there and get someone whose accomplishments will be discernible.

bad_dog 5 years, 7 months ago

You said it best with "although her accomplishments to date have been difficult to discern."

Well there is this:

The article is a couple of years old, but given the quantity of mailers I receive from her, it can't have changed too much in the interim.

Betty Bartholomew 5 years, 7 months ago

Sure, those people might be able to get things done since they're working with people who have the same thought processes, but who says what they get done would be in anybody's best interest (other than their own)?

Furthermore, this article would be just as ridiculous if it were touting Democrats over Republicans, Libertarians over Tea Party, or whatever else you care to put in there: "If our elected officials supporting local institutions, municipalities, projects and organizations are to be influential and produce results, they need to be in the dominant National Socialism arena."

Lastly, one may not be as effective when one isn't part of the rank-and-file, but dissent helps keep things honest. If everybody agrees on everything, there's nobody to air the dirty laundry.

George Brenner 5 years, 7 months ago

Dolph Simons may think our legislators are in the wrong caucus, but in my opinion, his newspaper is in the wrong town. The J-W editorials are often a disgrace to this progressive community and generally aren't worth reading. It's no wonder this newspaper has had so little positive effect in this community. When we retired and moved here a few years ago, we anticipated that the local paper would provide useful insights and effective leadership. Instead, we find it acting like a fish out of water. For many readers, a recommendation by the J-W is usually a sign to look in the opposite direction.

Megan King 5 years, 7 months ago

Yea Dolph! Yea Dolph! Finally a reason to read the Journal World! I quit taking the paper because I can't take the left leaning journalism. You speak the truth and I really appreciate it! Go Conservatives!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"You speak the truth"

I failed to see one shred of it. Could you point it out for us?

Megan King 5 years, 7 months ago

Well when you live in a bubble you will never see the truth, only what you want to see!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

I want to see the truth, and you say that Dolph spoke it. I didn't see, but you seem to believe it's there. Could you point out a few brief examples of it so that I can burst my "bubble?"

Ken Lassman 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey, Bo: Naturist caught it, as fleeting as it was, about Jenkins: "although her accomplishments to date have been difficult to discern."

Truer words would be hard to find, you gotta admit. But I don't hear any bubbles popping, except perhaps the one that Jenkins seems to live in.

Sylvie Rueff 5 years, 7 months ago

The up-side of having the Republican party taken over by extremists is Kansas might actually become a two party state. Imagine if Kansas was a swing state. We could have millions of out of state dollars spent here, boosting our economy every two years - and especially every fourth year. Yes, Ohio, I'm jealous. Please, Dolph, think about the economic impact of voting Democrat - just once.

hugedell 5 years, 7 months ago

this editorial, and the one endorsing romney, is staggering in its complete lack of serious thought or reason. i'm astonished that the folks that could issue such shallow blanket endorsements run this paper. i don't really care if the paper wants to endorse some republican candidates so long as it provides real, thoughtful reasons. But to endorse all of them in such an obviously partisan fashion is a complete joke and sullies the image of the paper.

weeslicket 5 years, 7 months ago

yertle the turtle:

On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond, Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond. A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat. The water was warm. There was plenty to eat. The turtles had everything turtles might need. And they were all happy. Quite happy indeed.

They were… until Yertle, the king of them all, Decided the kingdom he ruled was too small. “I’m ruler”, said Yertle, “of all that I see. But I don’t see enough. That’s the trouble with me. With this stone for a throne, I look down on my pond But I cannot look down on the places beyond. This throne that I sit on is too, too low down. It ought to be higher!” he said with a frown. “If I could sit high, how much greater I’d be! What a king! I’d be ruler of all that I see!”

Dick Sengpiehl 5 years, 7 months ago

As he ages, Dolph Simons moves farther right. I understand he even likes Brownback, who in two short yrs has done his best to decimate education, pass a tax bill which will put us in debt 2.5Billion if carried through to it's conclusion, damage the Arts. Mr. Simons, in your heart of hearts you must know your choices look ridiculous to most moderate Republicans,Independents, and Democrats.

TecmoSuperBowlChristianOkoye 5 years, 7 months ago

It's not even that you endorsed Republicans, it's that the logic behind it is so bad that it's actually kind of scary. We're already seeing the effects of 1-party rule on Kansas and we need less of it, not more.

Also, are we really to believe that a candidate who said "KU and Lawrence are not very well-respected" is going to do anything positive for this town or the university? Give me a break! You should be embarrassed but I'm sure you're not.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 7 months ago

Does this editorial seriously claim Tom Sloan is influential in Topeka?

Tom's moderate politics make him an absolute pariah in Topeka. He is the classic example of a "back bencher", a Republican who is always seated in the back row of the House chamber by his leadership as a sign of his "influence".

Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

And our own Paul Davis, a very fine guy, but all he can do at this point is provide the usual kvetching for Rothschild quotes.

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