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This is my official kudos to Scott Rothschild on his recent investigative reporting on the Brownback administration.
I named my blog, "Sharpening My Pen", after the adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword." It's attributed to a play written by Edward Bullwer-Lytton, however it has roots going all the way back to a play by Euripides, where he states, "The tongue is mightier than the sword." It is a small bit of wisdom in which I believe and I think that Mr. Rothschild has shown the truth of it in his recent articles for this paper.
Investigative journalism has a long and respected history. However, I'm not sure that Mr. Rothschild would have taken this path had it not been for something that occurred at the beginning of the SRS closure controversy. Mr. Rothschild requested documents from SRS and they stonewalled him. Mr. Rothschild then filed a Freedom of Information request under the Open Records Act and received the information he initially requested. I believe this act set off alarm bells for Mr. Rothschild. At the very least it was obstructionism. At it's greatest, it was an indication that the administration actually had something to hide. In doing this, the Brownback administration violated a cardinal rule of politics; don't ever give a reporter reason to believe you are hiding something.
Without a doubt, the quality of the statehouse reporting in the past few weeks has been unparalleled. Keep it up, sir. You may actually find yourself waking up one day to the news that you've won a Pulitzer nomination, if not the prize itself.