Letters to the Editor

Letter: Women’s touch

January 7, 2014


To the editor:

In the last paper of the year (Dec. 31), all three front-page stories were about extraordinary women: Saunny Scott, advocate for the homeless and those with disabilities who now fears losing her home as a result of a cut of her daughter’s disability payments; Lindsey Douglas, newly hired to help champion Kansas University during the crisis caused by state cuts to higher education; and Sandy Praeger, struggling to find insurance for uninsured Kansans because Gov. Brownback turned down federal funds to expand Medicaid for those ineligible for ACA plans.

As I read these articles, I wondered about priorities … and gender. Why is it that many men in public life are willing to jeopardize the well-being of human lives for their political “principles” and many women in public life are focused on improving human well-being regardless of politics. Could it be fighting instinct vs. nurturing instinct? I hope we’ve evolved beyond that!

We are fortunate to have a caring woman in this state working hard to bring health care options to the working poor, even though both hands have been tied behind her back. In fact all three featured women, and a legion of others, are working hard to undo the damage caused by a governor and a legislature trying to make a “statement” rather than serve their state.


Scott Burkhart 3 months, 1 week ago


The turbulent end to Kansas’ legislative session is only the most recent example of how budgetary politics has become a bareknuckle battle in the state. In 2012, Governor Brownback reluctantly signed a bill that significantly cut income tax rates without offsetting spending cuts. Naturally, this opened up a hole in the new budget, which kept policymakers in Topeka as they hammered out an agreement during the extended session. Some argued that tax and spending cuts will attract investment and create jobs. Others say they compromise necessary services. Kansans can better evaluate these claims when they consider the long-term fiscal trend and compare their political and economic situation to those of comparable states. In our study, Kansas ranked 26th on overall freedom, or about average. But from 2001 to year-end 2010 (the latest date for which full data is available) it had the fifth-largest decline in the country.

During the Sebelius administration, this state had the fifth largest decline in the country. It sounds to me like Governor Brownback is on the right track. You sound like a poor loser, Dick.


Dick Sengpiehl 3 months, 1 week ago

Liked this article. Main thing I liked was the slam on Brownback and the extremely poor job he's doing as Governor. I also liked the praise of Sandy Praeger, who has worked tirelessly to help the working poor of our state get affordable insurance through the expansion of Kancare. Alas, to no avail.


Bob Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

What's up with the two items in the Most Discussed tab that circle back to this LTE? I'm referring to the JenniferCastenada and the Karla Meggison items. What's going on at this award-winning website?


Leslie Swearingen 3 months, 1 week ago

As a woman I do not believe this letter. I have met my share of women who are neither kind nor nurturing. How about Sarah Palin, Michele Bach, the latter who said that there is no reason why every American should not be able to pay their medical bills in full with no help from anyone?

With over six billion people on the planet you cannot pick out two or three people and use them to portray the whole.

Terry, you are right.


Terry Lee 3 months, 1 week ago

Stereotype much? If a man wrote this letter there would be OUTRAGE. What a joke!


Bart Johnson 3 months, 1 week ago

I don't think those women are so kind and nurturing considering they want to use the State power of violence to achieve these goals. You are not a good person if you reach for the gun to achieve your ends, no matter how noble or kind those ends may be.


Brock Masters 3 months, 1 week ago

Focusing on gender instead of the individual perpetuates gender bias and discrimination. If we want a society that values the individual and believes that all genders and races are equal then we have to practice it. We cannot be selective when we decide to be color blind.

Suggesting that these individuals are good because of their gender lends credence to the belief that there are man jobs and woman jobs.

Surely, the LTE writer doesn't want people to consider gender when making job selections?


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