Letters to the editor on wrong priorities, big money, poetry as protest
03/19/2014 12:00 AM
03/18/2014 6:30 PM
State leaders have wrong priorities
It was interesting to read the views of Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes (March 16 Opinion) and Wichita State University professor Edward Flentje (March 9 Opinion) on state finances.
Although it was helpful to read that the state’s cash balance at the end of June 2013 was $90 million more than anticipated, it was sad to read that the legislative moderates who worked so hard to repair the state’s finances were no longer in the Legislature. Our governor has seemed to make clear that he only wants legislators who vote his way, and that he also wants to control judicial decisions.
I was taught of the advantages of the three different branches of government functioning as “checks and balances” for one another.
When the Legislature voted for recent anti-abortion laws, knowing that they likely were unconstitutional, the governor signed off on the laws. Now our tax dollars are being used to pay more than $1 million in legal fees (March 16 WE Blog excerpts). Similarly, by remaining silent while Secretary of State Kris Kobach is limiting voting pools, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the governor are opening the door to an expensive state lawsuit.
It is very sad to see our governor and legislators not having the same priorities as Kansas residents, who support living-wage jobs, quality education on all levels, an adequate water supply and good highways. We need a new governor and new state legislators who better respect Kansans’ needs and appreciate bipartisan involvement.
How much longer?
Regarding U.S. House and Senate joint resolutions to negate the Citizens United court decision: How much longer can “we the people” continue to allow big money to buy and corrupt our politicians? How much longer can we stand idle while we spend money on tanks and planes our own military doesn’t want while cutting assistance to those in need? How much longer can we cut education funding while allowing corporations that make billions in profit to pay no tax or actually get money back from the government? How much longer can we allow those who have no need of more money to continue to take far more than their fair share?
How much longer?
Poetry as protest
I found an interesting poetry prompt on the website Poets and Writers (PW.org). The title of the poetry prompt is “Protest Poem.” It starts out with a quote from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest.” Then Poets and Writers follows with, “Poetry can be a powerful vehicle for protest and social change.”
How perfect in this day and age.
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