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Letter: Respect not automatic

February 20, 2013

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To the editor:

This is in response to the well-written letter from Bill Getz (Feb. 18), in which he concluded the picture of Mr. Brownback that the Journal-World uses is not dignified enough for someone in the governor’s office, and that the office itself deserves respect whether earned or not.

I think most would agree that a good governor is someone who makes a state a good place to live for everyone, not a national mockery, as we’ve become. Mr. Brownback has led a relentless drive to undermine, in your wise words, the state systems for everything that makes a state desirable: public education, social services, fair taxation, the arts, safety, job negotiations, equal rights and, frightfully, most every area of our lives. Trying to promote business, I wonder if Mr. Brownback realizes that businesses small and large have families who want a good state to live in. What businesses would come to Kansas now?

In my opinion, the person in an office, not the office itself, is what earns respect, and I think our governor’s office does not deserve Mr. Brownback, no matter how he looks in a picture.

Comments

ignati5 1 year, 1 month ago

I am the writer of the original letter. Ms. Bootsie has mistaken what was advanced as a "modest proposal" for a straight statement of principle. Yes, Brownback has demeaned the office, and egregiously so, but that is so evident it needs not elaboration. Kansas has had a series of rather lacklusterbut genuinely conservative governors, of both parties, and we musn't lose sight of that. We dodged bullets with the likes of Doc Brinkley and Gerald Winrod; some GOP's would even put Fred Hall in that category the second time around. This time, we did not. My hope is that he will not get running for a second term to get in the way of his presidential primary campaign, and that he will go down there, the Herman Cain of 2016. BG

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ignati5 1 year, 1 month ago

I am the writer of the original letter. Ms. Bootsie has mistaken what was advanced as a "modest proposal" for a straight statement of principle. Yes, Brownback has demeaned the office, and egregiously so, but that is so evident it needs not elaboration. Kansas has had a series of rather lacklusterbut genuinely conservative governors, of both parties, and we musn't lose sight of that. We dodged bullets with the likes of Doc Brinkley and Gerald Winrod; some GOP's would even put Fred Hall in that category the second time around. This time, we did not. My hope is that he will not let running for a second term get in the way of his presidential primary campaign, and that he will go down there, the Herman Cain of 2016. BG

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streetman 1 year, 1 month ago

The politician that the LJW really does a dis-service to with a poor picture is Paul Davis. He looks constipated -- really suffering.

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 1 month ago

bootsie needs a dose of reality. Liberals like her will never understand that money does not grow under the beds of the rich. It has to be earned, usually through hard work and sweat. Without the hard work of many members of society, the state can not afford to pay for the things she lists as making the state a good place to live. The liberal mantra is that they do not want to work, they want rich people to pay for their lifestyles, while they spend their time and effort teaching others about respect and mandating how they should live their lives.

Governor Brownback has said that we cannot afford to carry on spending the way we were. There are just not enough rich people! We must attract a few more and bring real jobs. Kansas has too many leaches working in the public system, many of them indoctrinating our kids into their broken old lies.

Governor Brownback is about the only public employee who deserves any respect in this State.

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Greg Cooper 1 year, 1 month ago

Absolutely true, Ms. Lauridsen, and thank you.

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Thomas Bryce 1 year, 1 month ago

Good Article, Bootsie! Couldn't agree more. I don't care WHO you are: You have to Give Respect to Get Respect. The Governor's Administration Demands respect with out showing any. They shall have NONE from Me until it is earned. What do ya Say Governor?

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