Letters to the Editor

Letter: Can’t keep up

April 4, 2014


To the editor:

The Koch brothers are going to bankrupt me!

On Monday, I received 53 emails (plus snail mail) inviting my donations for candidates in Kansas and across the U.S. Those messages/invitations cite big donations from Koch brothers, Karl Rove and others to campaigns not even in their own states.

Please, Koch brothers! Give me a chance. I can’t afford the competition.  

Can votes and issues, not money, decide elections?


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 2 months ago

"Can votes and issues, not money, decide elections?"

Purchasing propaganda, in the form of advertisements of various types, can easily convince many voters to place their votes as the purchasers of the advertisers desire. They need not be exactly truthful, just not blatantly dishonest because that might be obvious to even the least informed and educated among us.

The exact same techniques are used to advertise various products that influence purchases that would not otherwise be considered.

We live in the age of mass media. And so, unless and until the voters select their votes more carefully, money will continue to purchase political power.

4 years, 2 months ago

People can decide whether to vote or not or who to vote for. People can decide where they get their information from, whether they think about what they read and hear or take it on face value.

The real trouble is that when those like the Koch brothers are willing to give certain candidates so much money and it is their ads that people hear. There are only two parties and people vote for the brand name like they buy the brand product.

Larry Sturm 4 years, 2 months ago

Downfall for our country from corruption from the rich from the inside not the outside. ALEC is corrupting our country.

Bob Smith 4 years, 2 months ago

The role of ALEC in the Medieval Warm Period has never been fully investigated.

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 2 months ago

"Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need. According to government figures, our employees and the 143,000 additional American jobs they support generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of our U.S.-based employees are union members.

Koch employees have earned well over 700 awards for environmental, health and safety excellence since 2009, many of them from the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. EPA officials have commended us for our "commitment to a cleaner environment" and called us "a model for other companies."

Our refineries have consistently ranked among the best in the nation for low per-barrel emissions. In 2012, our Total Case Incident Rate (an important safety measure) was 67% better than a Bureau of Labor Statistics average for peer industries.

Koch Industries was the only major producer in the ethanol industry to argue for the demise of the ethanol tax credit in 2011. That government handout (which cost taxpayers billions) needlessly drove up food and fuel prices as well as other costs for consumers—many of whom were poor or otherwise disadvantaged."

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts - Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Scott Burkhart 4 years, 2 months ago

In answer to your last question, Don, George Soros doesn't think so.

Richard Payton 4 years, 2 months ago

The White House and HHS spent much of your money on ads promoting ObamaCare. The Washington Free Beacon article by Elizabeth Harrington indicated that $700 million was spent. President Obama indicted that he didn't, "hard sale" ObamaCare. I wonder if the Koch brothers enjoyed their tax dollars being spent by the President?

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