Opinion Line

January 19, 2014

Opinion Line (Jan. 19)

Why is it that when the state of Kansas gets big money from our politicians in Washington, D.C., we don’t call this “pork”?

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Why is it that when the state of Kansas gets big money from our politicians in Washington, D.C., we don’t call this “pork”?

Gov. Sam Brownback stated in his speech that “all political power is inherent in the people,” yet we have a voting law that increasingly denies that right.

Kansas leading a “renaissance”? Is Brownback delusional? We have shortfalls in education, courts, social services and prisons; nearly 20,000 eligible voters who cannot vote; and 78,000 people who are not eligible for health insurance assistance of any kind. More like returning to the Dark Ages.

Of course the governor will not extend Medicaid to additional poor Kansans. The recipients would see that Obamacare is a good thing for them, and probably begin voting Democratic.

I support Kris Kobach. Requiring a birth certificate or proof of citizenship to register to vote is common sense. I have zero sympathy for the 20,000 “disenfranchised” voters. If they wanted to do more than whine about it, they should muster up some determination and figure it out.

I am so tired of hearing about disenfranchised voters. Prove you are a U.S. citizen and you vote, just as I must prove I have insurance to renew my car tags.

Most Americans are contemptuous of Congress. But the federal court system should be judged just as harshly. Nobody is harming America and the Constitution more quickly and pervasively than it is.

Federal judges striking down the will of the people. Legislating from the bench. Illegal. Immoral.

Obama lied when four good men died and he blames Bush while sittin’ on his tush.

Given the existence of terrorists, dirty bombs and suitcase nukes, why has our Homeland Security Department allowed the concentration of our national government to remain within just 2 square miles?

So Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn wants out-of-county shoppers and visitors to pay Sedgwick County property taxes via a regressive sales tax. Or would he give us an exemption?

What a great idea to increase the sales tax so the low-income people can subsidize the homeowners in Sedgwick County. Maybe we should also double the sales tax on food.

Tear down Century II and put in a casino/aquarium/theater complex.

There is not enough entertainment value in Wichita to draw large conventions. Look at all there is for visitors to do in Kansas City and Oklahoma City. Just remodel Expo Hall, Exhibition Hall and Convention Hall and you will get more regional conventions. We need no sales-tax increase.

It’s interesting to note that servers and others expect tips of 15 to 20 percent, yet God asks a mere 10 percent in tithes. Just something to think about.

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