More letters to the editor
I don’t know all of the candidates in the races for the Kansas Senate mentioned in “Ads from chamber PAC back challengers” (July 18 Eagle), but the incumbents I have had experiences with have been excellent senators.
Sens. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, and Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, have always behaved like statesmen and listened to my concerns, shown respect for my perspective (even when they disagreed) and, without fail, communicated with me about their position on an issue and why. I would say the same about Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, but having no personal contact with him I can only judge him by his positive reputation.
In my view, calling for the ouster of such excellent legislators would be both damaging to the state and the Wichita area in particular. Listening, studying and deciding on issues after the facts are known and all ideas are heard is the job they were elected to accomplish and is best for the citizens they represent.
Statesmanship is far preferable to the tunnel vision created by the leverage of special interest groups, politicians who have their judgment compromised by a signed pledge, or political puppets bought and elected through the funds of large outside contributors.
Vote for Longwell
As former Sedgwick County sheriff, I’m supporting and voting for Jeff Longwell for Sedgwick County Commission District 3. I urge others to do so, too.
I have had the pleasure of working closely with Longwell in multiple capacities, including serving on his district advisory board for the past few years. Longwell is everything we need in a county commissioner.
As a conservative Republican, Longwell believes in tight fiscal budgets and controls. He led efforts to privatize functions at the city to save money. He also understands the importance of public safety and is strongly committed to it. He believes in merging public safety support services when feasible, such as records and warrants so we have an even stronger and more efficient public safety environment.
As a small-business owner, Longwell also understands what it takes to run a business. I’ve seen firsthand that he is dedicated to family, church and the community. I’ve seen how hard he works and that he has the ability to bring people together.
Please join me in voting for Jeff Longwell for the future of Sedgwick County.
I wish Karl Peterjohn were my Sedgwick County commissioner so that I could vote to re-elect him in the Aug. 7 primary. He is one of two sane voices on the commission and needs to be retained.
Peterjohn’s voting record is one of integrity. He remains true to free-market principles and shies away from federal “bribes” – i.e., Housing and Urban Development/Agenda 21 grants that will control or dictate how we live and develop as a community (think social engineering). He understands the repercussions of accepting federal dollars. Contrary to other commissioners’ thinking, federal money is never free and intrudes upon our constitutional rights as citizens.
I encourage District 3 voters to return Peterjohn to office as a man of and for the people.
I have known Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw for more than 32 years. We went through the Sheriff’s Academy together. During my 34-year career with Sedgwick County, I worked with Hinshaw both in the Sheriff’s Office and as an information technology project manager. He has always embraced technology, which is of the utmost importance in this day and age.
Hinshaw is living proof that it is possible to begin a career as a detention deputy and work your way up the ranks to sheriff. He has always had a strong work ethic and is a good manager. He surrounds himself with top-notch staff members who, like Hinshaw, have devoted their careers to protecting and serving the public.
Hinshaw knows the Sheriff’s Office inside and out, as he has worked in every division – detention, patrol, investigations and judicial services. He possesses the wealth of knowledge necessary to make the most informed decisions day in and day out.
I encourage each citizen of Sedgwick County to vote in the primary on Aug. 7. It is of paramount importance to retain Sheriff Robert Hinshaw for the next four years.
LINDA HALL BAUGHMAN
I am writing in support of the re-election of Bruce Harris to the Butler County Commission. I know Harris to be a true man of character and a public servant committed to doing precisely what he says he will do. He seeks to continue his service as a commissioner in order to serve the needs of the county’s citizens.
In his time in office, Harris has steadfastly protected taxpayers from increased taxes. And he has worked attentively to respond to every citizen who seeks his assistance.
As part of a family in public service, I know the sacrifices that are made and the servant’s heart required. I am grateful that Harris and his family are willing to make this commitment.
South-central Kansas is better off because Bruce Harris has been willing to put his shoulder to the grindstone on our behalf.
I am writing in support of the re-election of Sedgwick County District Court Judge William Woolley. I have known Woolley a long time. I followed his outstanding educational achievements, with a degree from Stanford University followed by both an MBA and law degree from the University of Kansas.
Experience on the bench is valuable, and Woolley’s 12-year record is impeccable. He has no political agenda and approaches each case in an objective, unbiased manner.
We are fortunate to have a judge of his quality on the bench in Sedgwick County. He deserves to be retained with our vote in the Aug. 7 primary.
The voters of District 8 of the Kansas State Board of Education have a great opportunity to improve public education in this state when they go to the polls in this primary.
Kathy Busch is a great choice for our kids. She has the experience and knowledge necessary to do the job. She knows how to ask questions and can provide a strong voice for reform. But more important, she knows how to work with others to make it happen.
Busch will give Wichita kids and taxpayers the representation we need. Our future depends on it, and I urge all Republicans in District 8 to join me in voting for Kathy Busch.
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