Letters to the Editor

October 28, 2012

Letters to the editor on Pompeo, Tillman, Dillmore, Faust-Goudeau, Obama

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is a man of integrity and loyalty. He knows what we as Kansas citizens face on a daily basis, and he is fighting for us every day in Washington, D.C.

Pompeo will fight

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is a man of integrity and loyalty. He knows what we as Kansas citizens face on a daily basis, and he is fighting for us every day in Washington, D.C.

At a time when it seems like all of our constitutional freedoms are under attack, we need people like Pompeo in office who aren’t afraid to stand up for what is right – and what is constitutional.

There has never been a more critical time for our country, and the upcoming election is the most important election we’ve seen in years. I want to encourage constituents of Mike Pompeo to get out and vote for his re-election in November. Now more than ever, we need a congressman who will fight to keep our freedoms intact.



Tillman for jobs

Corporate profits have increased to historic highs, but companies have used none of it to create jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., explained why when he said: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

The 4th Congressional District’s GOP member of Congress simply followed orders. He voted against economic measures to create jobs.

The good news: In a few days we will elect the next Congress and fix the problem. The first vote of Robert Tillman, Democratic candidate for the 4th District, will be for economic measures to create new jobs.

Tillman for Congress on Nov. 6.



Dillmore makes sense

Government can’t just wave a magic wand and create employment. Yet every day there is some politician who is touting his or her commitment to creating jobs. There are a few commonsense things that can be done.

During his tenure in the Kansas House, Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, has introduced legislation that would discourage business from hiring illegal workers. He has introduced and fought for legislation that would give Kansas workers first shot at jobs with state contractors. Dillmore has supported our own National Institute for Aviation Research and the National Center for Aviation Training. He also helped fund retention and expansion incentives for Bombardier Learjet.

Dillmore also has supported the T-Works comprehensive transportation plan, knowing that will put thousands of Kansans to work and keep our transportation infrastructure strong.

I don’t expect miracles, but I am appreciative of Dillmore’s commonsense approach to helping keep Kansas jobs for Kansans.



Tireless lawmaker

I have had the privilege of knowing state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, for nearly a decade, and I can say that without a doubt, she is one of the hardest-working legislators I have ever seen. And I have seen a few legislators.

I worked in the Capitol for six years, four as session secretary to former state Sen. Donald Betts Jr. and two as session secretary to Faust-Goudeau. Many legislators skip committee meetings, show up at sessions late or leave early, and generally goof around rather than doing their jobs. Faust-Goudeau, by comparison, is always up to date on whatever issue is before her, carefully considering how she will vote and whether and how she will work for or against any particular bill.

She does her homework, and the people of her district benefit by it.

She also does her homework inside her district, advocating for people in venues too numerous to detail.

The people of District 29 should return her to the Legislature, and keep this tireless worker on their side.



Not just 1 percent

There are two important reasons why I would love to see President Obama win re-election. The first is to teach Republicans in Congress that obstructionism and their joint effort to undermine our president from his first day in office is not the way to regain control of the White House. They need to hear loudly and clearly that they are expected to work for the good of our country and the American people they were elected to represent. The second reason is to teach the Koch brothers that Americans will not allow them to define and shape our country according to their personal agenda. Our democratic process belongs to all Americans, not just the 1 percent.



Confederacy of fools

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced, self-absorbed, secretive man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an unthinking and easily manipulated electorate willing to have such a man as president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools who made him their prince. The republic can survive Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of idiots as those who made him president.



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