Letters to the Editor

Letter: Not a choice

June 16, 2015


To the editor:

In the June 13 edition of the Lawrence Journal-World, Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R- Leavenworth, was quoted with the brazen and callous remark that, “If you don’t want to pay the tax, don’t buy the item.” I suggest he say that, directly, to the parents who are buying diapers, food and other essential items for their families. It is not a matter of choice whether or not to buy a car seat or formula for an infant, or shoes for a child or yourself, or tires for the family automobile. Of course, it is a choice to subscribe to the local newspaper, or not.

And, to Dolph Simons Jr., I say, instead of fretting over the embarrassment to Kansas and the reputation of the Republican-controlled government, maybe you should give some concern to the people of Kansas, especially Lawrence, who, through their dedication and hard work, make the community something special and give us the right to be proud to be called “Jayhawks.”

The educators, health care professionals, engineers, auto mechanics, social workers, police, real estate agents, builders, retail and food service employees and all the other active and retired citizens who keep our city, county and state together and moving are, of necessity, consumers, and they don’t have to live here or, with the Internet and the ability to travel, buy here. Most of all, they can vote to change the laws and the legislators who make them. I hope they make that vital choice.


Steve Jacob 2 years, 10 months ago

I complained hard about the special sales tax districts and questioned why the hotel taxes are so high. No one seemed to care. But we raise the state sales tax 3/8th of a cent and the sky is falling. Nobody notices sales tax.

Joshua Montgomery 2 years, 10 months ago

Newspapers likes Dolph's are not subject to sales tax.

Come to think of it, neither is the Internet service that made up the core revenue of his recently sold cable company (I heard he got $160 Million). Sunflower paid zero dollars in sales taxes on their Internet product.

Dolph and friends want to use our public roads, educate their children in our public schools, defend their rights with our public police, and let everyone else in the public pay for it.

As an aside: Imagine how much power the newspapers have to have exempted themselves from sales taxes for all of these years.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 10 months ago

Excellent letter, Darlene, and an excellent post, Brett. Conservative Republicans seem to think that businesses do not need customers or workers. They are really setting up an American royalty system. We can't let them get away with it.

Lawrence Freeman 2 years, 10 months ago

Vote with your tax dollars, buy from the internet and shop out of state.

Mark Pickerel 2 years, 10 months ago


Republicans already have the solution. After a few more rounds of budget cuts, no one will want to raise and educate their children in Kansas. Diapers will be purchased in other states.

Problem solved, Q.E.D.

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