Kobach hit new low with birther mess
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is digging his radical political beliefs to depths never seen before even here in Kansas, where the GOP has ruled for more than 100 years. After trying to suppress Democrats from voting with bogus claims of voter fraud, Kobach and his fellow Republicans on the State Objections Board took seriously a citizen’s attempt to keep President Obama’s name from appearing on Kansas ballots in November.
It was the birther issue all over again, yet Kobach claimed that the board didn’t want to make a “snap decision” regarding this matter and needed documentation from Hawaiian officials. Obviously, the Republicans just want to embarrass the president and intimidate Democratic voters by stopping them at the ballot boxes. All of this shows very little political sense or even decency, as they opened up Kansas to national ridicule and scorn just as Gov. Sam Brownback tries to woo businesses to our fair state.
When Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer treated with seriousness the obvious slur that the president is not a natural-born citizen, it lent legitimacy to the lie. Granting legitimacy to such a vicious falsehood encourages people of unstable minds to view President Obama as an urgent target for removal from office, by assassination if necessary.
The statement by Kobach that the State Objections Board would have to consider any objection brought forward by the public was ridiculous. Did he mean, for example, that the board would be prepared to expend tax funds and the labors of numerous public servants in ascertaining whether Mitt Romney is actually Santa Claus and therefore unable to run for president because of prior commitments? How about any other accusation that might be brought forward by a mischievous member of the public?
I expect the leaders of the state to act like adults, to act even better than average adults – to act as exemplars of reason, restraint and practical positive behavior. The words and actions of the State Objections Board were not only shameful but dangerous to the civil climate of public life.
Down the drain
Fluoridating Wichita’s water will cost $2.4 million the first year and more than half a million dollars each year thereafter (conservative estimates provided by proponents). Cost alone is enough reason to vote “no,” especially when the vast majority of that water literally would go down the drain.
But much more important than cost are our personal rights. Do we really want government, or even our peers, to choose any mandatory medication? Why not add vitamins or antidepressants? Depression is widespread, with much greater harm.
Could the concerted effort to paint all opponents as nutcases be why so few dentists speak against fluoride? They’re taught in dental school that it’s beneficial. But dentists are not required to study the body as a whole, and few may be qualified to speak to the effect on tissue, bones and other organs. Should teeth take priority over all organs?
Don’t forget the peer-pressure tactic of “every other major city fluoridates” – an argument we wouldn’t accept from our 6-year-old. Some other U.S. cities are in the process of lowering levels of the additive or struggling to get it out entirely at the very time we’re being pushed to add it.
Learn about God
Regarding “Keep religion out” (Sept. 6 Letters to the Editor): We were all created by God and for His purpose. He gives us breath and health to be able to do what we do. Everyone needs to be taught about God, His love, mercy and grace, so they can decide for themselves if they want their soul to spend eternity in heaven or hell.
This biblical teaching is called a relationship, not a religion.
Read God’s words to us on how to live, the Holy Bible. Talk to God in prayer.
ALTA MAE JONES
Applause for musical
Salina Community Theatre is presenting one of my favorite musicals, “Les Miserables.” Of the many live productions I have seen in New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, I rank this company among the top.
With a cast of 45, orchestra of 15, and crew numbering in the 40s, they are to be very proud of their professionalism. Last Sunday afternoon, the three-hour musical flew by as their energy kept the illusion, moment to moment, happening as if for the first time.
Salina is to be highly praised for its support of the beautiful modern facility and maintenance of the theater. The acoustics delivered the story clearly, adding to the overall enjoyment. It is a wonderful experience of true theater. The show runs through Sunday.
DUDLEY DODGION TOEVS