Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2004

Letters to the editor

February 12, 2004

To the editor,

A true success is one way I can described Sunday's 16th annual Chocolate Auction. The time and energy that goes into such an event can become overwhelming at times. The team work exhibited by board members before and after this event is what makes the Baldwin Community Arts Council Chocolate Auction happen. The members at large of the arts council, community involvement, the support of businesses and those attending the auction is what made this year's chocolate auction a success. The auction brought in more than $5,500; I am told this is a record number.

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The monies raised will be used to fund scholarships for Baldwin High School seniors continuing their studies in the arts and humanities, scholarships for Broadway at Baker, music scholarship funds matched by Baker University, community art shows, supporting funds for the Baldwin Junior High School art competition, helping to keep some form of art exposure for our elementary students through the awesome art program, fulfilling "wish lists" in all centers of the district and contribution and support to the Lumberyard Arts Center Project.

I would like to extend my warmest thanks and appreciation for all those who made this year's auction a true success. I expressly appreciate Raymond Dunn, custodian at BHS, for his contribution of time and effort in always being there to open the doors having all the tables and chairs set up and cleaning the place after we are finished. He has become a mainstay for the BCAC organization every year. The BCAC also wishes to thank USD 348 for the use of the facility at BHS. If anyone would like to be a part of the BCAC in any way, please contact me at 594-2889 or e-mail at artscouncil@baldwinarts.org.

Gratefully,

Laura Morford

Chocolate Auction chair and BCAC President

To the editor,

I noticed that in The Signal's Jan. 21 edition, Rep. Tom Holland indicates "his concern" of encouraging illegal immigration in our state by the passage of legislation to allow aliens the ability to get temporary driver's licenses. How does Mr. Holland explain his vote to the contrary (Sub. HB 2039)? With the fiscal crisis this state is facing, we need someone whose actions will be consistent with their words, we don't need another politician, but a leader!

Craig V. Campbell

Lawrence

To the editor:

Who does Kansas City Chamber of Commerce speak for anyway? I own my own business and I try to be good to my employees because satisfied employees are loyal, they stay with me, and they are more productive. I also support my local Chamber of Commerce. But, the KCCI doesn't speak for me and I would get nothing from Senate Bill 181 if they got it pushed through the legislature.

SB 181 is legislation being pushed by KCCI supposedly to lower workers compensation premiums, but it doesn't even do that. All it does is lower benefits to injured workers.

The KCCI has spread a big lie that there is a "crisis" with high workers' compensation insurance in the state. Evidently, they can't get their story straight.

First, they said that workers' compensation insurance premiums were already high and rising, but backed off that statement when Governor Sebelius confirmed that Kansas has the 10th lowest rates in the country (and the Kansas Department of Insurance reports that in 2003, the rate was actually the fourth lowest!)

The president of KCCI states that the cost of doing business in Kansas is high and that particularly the state's high worker's compensation premiums, are responsible for Kansas losing business. Yet, I understand that a manufacturing plant from California relocated to Wichita because of its low cost of doing business and specifically because of low workers comp rates in the state. I read The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition's Web site which boasts that Kansas manufacturing work comp index is "nearly 5 percent below national average." These things just don't add up.

If the KCCI doesn't speak for businesses like me, maybe they are just a mouthpiece for big business like Boeing who threatens to leave so they can get more concessions, or a mouthpiece for big businesses with self-insured plans that must be mismanaged since other plans make a profit.

I want someone to speak for me, and it sure isn't the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry. SB 181 should never be passed. It simply hurts small and medium-sized businesses and our workers.

Bart Thomas

Manhattan

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