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Letter: Vote for future

April 30, 2014

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To the editor:

There are two major political groups of elected officeholders in Kansas: Republicans and Democrats. Which group will best preserve or improve safety, welfare, funding, job security, rights, benefits, social support, the economy and future lives of Kansas residents?

That list includes women, children, teachers, students, all education, the poor, disabled, people with special needs, Medicare/Medicaid recipients, the uninsured, gays, the middle class, state workers inside or outside the civil service system, state retirees, union workers, seniors on fixed incomes, minimum-wage earners, registered voters, single parents, Hispanics, African Americans, the unemployed, and the homeless.

Also, which officeholders most likely would reduce or eliminate sales taxes on groceries and/or personal property taxes?

If you are a registered voter who normally votes, this is where your vote should be cast. If you are a registered voter in name only, who never votes, maybe you should rethink that, select a a group and vote accordingly. Your strategy of accepting whatever happens just isn’t working.

If you are not yet registered, maybe you should register, select a group and vote — if not for yourself, for your family’s future and well being. Every vote is so important and every vote counts. The average voter turnout in a statewide elections is about 38 percent to 40 percent who decide your life and future. Is that really worth it?

Comments

Fred Mertz 9 months ago

Why doesn't your list include whites or men? Don't all Kansans matter? Aren't we all equally important or is one group more important?

Leslie Swearingen 9 months ago

Brownback policies that negatively impact the wellbeing of Kansas kids:

I do understand why people hate copying and pasting but sometimes that is the best way to get the information on a comment. After reading the letter and the comments my thought was, well where can you go to find all the information to make an informed decision when voting. When are you going to put a link to that place? Then I thought, I can Google as well as the next person so I did and found what I was looking for with very little trouble.

http://www.davisforkansas.com/sections/media/5359335d52592d3dab00009f

http://www.politics1.com/ks.htm

"Because of Governor Brownback’s budget cuts, 500 fewer children are able to attend Early Head Start. The Brownback tax plan increased taxes on middle class and poor families – eliminated deductions that help struggling families (i.e. childcare deduction and Food Sales Tax Refund for elderly, disabled, or young mothers) and increased sales tax by $777million. Required new mothers to return to work earlier to receive assistance, yet eliminating the tax break for childcare; Changed the way household income is calculated to qualify for food assistance resulting in “1,000 children being dropped from the state’s food stamp program.” “Senate budget committee questions SRS food stamp policy,” [KHI News Service, Feb. 10, 2012]. Gov. Brownback cut funding for at-risk K-12 students."

This is vitally important because each of these neglected children will grow up to become angry, bitter adults who will feel that they have been failed and they have been. Part of the education process should be learning to talk to those of diverse backgrounds, becoming friends or acquaintances, being comfortable in different situations so that later on in life they can do well at job interviews and in interacting with others in their workplace which is not always an easy thing to do.

All too often people will huddle together as though they are in a cave looking fearfully out.

Fred Mertz 9 months ago

Leslie, people don't hate cut and paste when it is used sparingly - they hate it when it becomes spam.

Do I believe parents should take responsibility for and be held accountable for their children's upbringing? Absolutely, but I also believe even if the parents are responsible we must help break the cycle of poverty.

Breaking the cycle of poverty begins with education

Education begins with proper nutrition and healthcare.

Proper nutrition and healthcare, like it or not, begin with government programs.

We can't decimate proven programs like head start and expect poverty for children to go away.

Blame the parents, but protect the children and help prepare them so they can claw their way out of poverty.

Cille King 9 months ago

The League of Women Voter of Lawrence / Douglas County will post local candidates' responses to questions on our website when we are closer to elections: lawrenceleague.com

Also, the League of Women Voters of Kansas helps host: Vote411.org which post more statewide candidate answers to questions.

Fred Mertz 9 months ago

Will it include libertarian candidates?

Cille King 9 months ago

Questions will go to all candidates on the ballot and all answers will be posted.

Ken Lassman 9 months ago

Brock, Either the JW is reinstating their incredibly bad "upgrade" that they tried a few weeks back, there's a weird glitch again, or both. Hopefully the JW will come to their senses again soon.

Bob Smith 9 months ago

The role of ALEC in the wreck of the old 97 has never been fully explored.

Steve King 9 months ago

So Bob. You support ALEC and it's endeavors or are you just trying to make a joke?

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