Are we, the citizens of Sedgwick County and Kansas, insane? According to one definition, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that definition, perhaps we are insane.
I believe it is a fair statement that during this current legislative session, many of us have been frustrated, angered and even frightened by our elected officials. Remember the push to let government employees refuse service to taxpayers based on religious beliefs? How about legalized spanking? Taking due process away from teachers because the Kansas Supreme Court ordered more money for schools? And now we have the governor and Legislature attempting to take over medical care – insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.
It would be one thing if the legislators, when confronted, could lay out a believable rationale for their votes. But many denied authorship of these bills (they were written by organizations outside of Kansas), and some claimed (wait for it) that they should be held blameless because they voted for these bills without even reading them. Are these the kind of elected officials you want making decisions regarding your life and livelihood?
Go to the Sedgwick County Election Office website: http://www.sedgwickcounty.org/elections/forms.asp. On the left side of that page, you will see a link for “Current Candidates.” Click on it and you can see who is running for each open position in the upcoming elections. Do the names look familiar? They should, because most of them are the local incumbents and other professional politicians.
This is where the idea of insanity comes in. Because there are very few individuals opposing any of these incumbents, we will end up voting the same people back into office only to be upset by their antics over the next several years.
If you see that the elected officials representing you do not have anyone opposing them, please consider running for office. If we do not get other people to file for these positions before the filing deadline at noon June 2, these incumbents will automatically win another term in office and will be free to continue to represent us in the same inept manner.
THOMAS J. KIMBRELL