Letter: Who’s listening?

June 28, 2013


To the editor:

In the Tuesday Journal-World article about Sandy Praeger, Republican Scott Schwab stated that Praeger “quit listening to the people who sent her to office.” I think it is more accurate to say that she refused to get in line with a political party that quit listening to 90 percent of Americans who favor common sense gun safety laws.

I’m sure she heard the Koch brothers and the party bosses on health care reform, comprehensive immigration reform, school funding, tax policy, etc., and said to herself, “You guys aren’t listening.” Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole would both get a thumb’s down from the Koch brothers. They could not pass today’s Republican Party litmus test.

I believe a majority of today’s Kansans are looking for a way to get out of Brownbackistan — some way or someone to lead us back to the Kansas where we embrace the common sense conservative values of Republicans like Eisenhower and Dole.

With or without a pair of ruby slippers, Sandy Praeger may be our best hope.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Generally in the real world if executives were busy making decisions based on their personal agendas they would be terminated.

Time for a whole lot of resignations by Monday at 6 A.M. The state of Kansas cannot afford a Koch/Brownback government. It is reckless and way too expensive.

And we know that Sam Brownback will be the largest spending candidate once again. No matter what.

Voters of Kansas how does it feel to be bought by politicians? Then piss and moan after they have robbed you?

Another 4 years of Brownback will make Kansas public schools a thing of the past. Replaced by high dollar corporate run schools WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS.

Abdu Omar 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, you don't get a governor out of office by not voting for him, but by voting for the other guy/gal. As much as I would like Brownback to be defeated, we need to consider who will defeat him. Yes, he will spend Koch money to remain in office, but I think money won't matter if we get a candidate we like and can do the job, and I, being an independent, think we had better search for the best candidate. I don't care what party, but I do care that we have someone to put our state back together again.

verity 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, yes, yes! We're running out of time.

Hair on fire, nobody listening.

jafs 4 years, 11 months ago

When on earth have "radical liberals" ever been in charge in KS?

We've had moderates, both D and R, for the most part, which worked just fine, as far as I can tell.

verity 4 years, 11 months ago

I've told you before, jafs, everything west of extreme radical right is now radically leftwing liberal. Are you not paying attention? ;-P

chootspa 4 years, 11 months ago

That's true, too. We've rebranded "socialist" to mean anyone who isn't a current member of the Tea Party caucus.

chootspa 4 years, 11 months ago

Radical liberals actually did used to be in charge of the state. Back when Republicans were radical liberals.

msezdsit 4 years, 11 months ago

Of course jafs, but when you move so radically to the right you have to accuse the liberals as being the "radicals" so that the radical right wingnuts can keep pretending that they are not the "radicals" .

Trumbull 4 years, 11 months ago

Radical Liberal? I must have missed that one. When was this?

chootspa 4 years, 11 months ago

The 90% line can be backed up with polls, although they were national and may not reflect the views of this state. Speaking of which, the "majority of Kansas" did not elect Brownback. The majority of voters on election day did. And no, they don't "like it" right now. His favorability rating is in the negatives.

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

No they listened to Graves who said the usually people become more moderate once they are elected. I don't think he knew how committed to the "cause" Brownback was, or how committed to his overlords, Koch/ALEC. That's why many of the moderate Republicans are coming out against him. The problem is, they don't have a leader who has the guts to take back their party. I telling you people. We can help them take it back by registering as a Republican and going to the primaries to vote for the moderate. Moderate Republicans I think are starting to wake up, so they may show up, but they need our help. Mostly only the radical right goes to the primaries, and that's how they have gotten their foot in the door. We can work together to stop them. After the primary you can switch back to whatever party you were before. Stop them at the primaries!!! I'm just sad Sandy Praeger isn't running.

chootspa 4 years, 11 months ago

He has to have a primary challenger before that can work.

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

Then he'd have to file a lawsuit to thousands of people. This was a letter to the editor. Unless there are obscene words or threats in the letter, then it will be published. Remember, there is still something called the First Amendment, and it's more important than the second that you probably support, because they passed it first.

JayCat_67 4 years, 11 months ago

The last I knew, Sam Brownback was aware that he's a public official and that some don't like his politics. It appears that he's decided to wear his big boy underwear and not get them into a wad over someone's opinion of him.

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