Blame Legislature for school cuts
I feel a great deal of sympathy for Wichita school district patrons upset by the recent school closings. However, public protests against the school board won’t really solve the problem.
Our Legislature’s refusal to adequately fund education has created this situation and will lead to more tragic disappointment for Kansas school patrons unless they make their wants known to their legislators.
Last year alone, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature eliminated $232 per pupil to public schools for a total of $104 million, the largest cut to public education in Kansas history. Recently, in spite of an almost $450 million surplus, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut an additional $28.5 million from Kansas public schools.
Kansas schools have worked hard to make cuts that have the least detrimental effects to the public, but the options for these kinds of cuts are diminishing. This present legislative climate is further influenced by the conservative GOP’s misguided quest to eliminate state income tax. If this proposal is passed, public schools likely will face even more drastic cuts.
School patrons need to move beyond public protests, channel their energy to ensure that supporters are registered to vote, make sure they know how their local legislators vote, and then vote in all elections, including primacy elections. E-mails and phone calls to lawmakers will help for now, but let’s send them a real message in the next election.
I was one of the “disrespectful mob of Ron Paul supporters” referred to in “Paul supporters got what they deserved” (March 14 Letters to the Editor).
I’m assuming that the authors were commenting on a particular incident. At the pre-caucus, a speaker on stage was wearing a large Rick Santorum sticker on his jacket. If individuals publicly display their support for a candidate, they should expect to be asked, “Why him?” One of the “mob” did so, asking the speaker why he supported Santorum instead of Paul.
I see nothing disrespectful or unruly about demanding an answer to why one would support a candidate who recklessly advocates continuing, and even adding to, the terrible, costly wars in which this country is involved. Or why one would support a candidate whose positions on numerous issues are primarily founded on ignorance, frenzied paranoia and heightened emotions. Or why one would support a candidate who refuses to believe that people can, in fact, make their own decisions in their own lives.
The fact that Paul did not win the caucus in Kansas was not embarrassing to his supporters, either. Losing is not fun, but in this case it meant that I voted for the only principled, knowledgeable and compassionate candidate on the ballot.
An Opinion Line contributor said that Rick Santorum forces his religious beliefs on others. Where are the facts to back up this claim? Why is The Eagle so quick to print such unsubstantiated drivel?
At this point, it is Christian organizations that are having their religious rights violated. Catholics are having contraceptives and abortions shoved down their throats. Being forced to provide and pay for services that are diametrically opposed to their beliefs is a clear violation of the Constitution.
If you choose to go to work for a Catholic organization, you know these services are not going to be provided. Don’t like that? Work someplace else. You want to go to a Catholic school and engage in sex as a recreational activity? Don’t expect that Catholic school to violate its conscience to provide you with protection from the consequences of your choices.
It is not Santorum forcing his beliefs on anybody here.
As I matured, I sort of lost interest in the circus. But the Republican debates and primaries are a whole new dimension.
It’s hard to know which ring to watch. You don’t want to miss any of the clown acts. And the barkers like Rush Limbaugh have lost sight of the tent.