Archive for Thursday, October 21, 2010

Letters to the Editor

October 21, 2010

To the editor:

I want to take the opportunity to thank the Baldwin City community for another successful Maple Leaf Festival.

The multitude of volunteers that come together to help with the safety, setup and teardown are amazing. The police, fire, public works and city offices are tireless as well, providing the necessary infrastructure to keep the festival humming along. Finally, we want to thank the residents of Baldwin City. We realize that this huge event impacts every part of navigating and living in Baldwin City. Although it may be an inconvenience for a few days, the benefits are in the hundreds as we donate funds to non-profits, help the city with public projects and fund events and scholarships for our children. Every dollar earned from booth sales benefits those in and around Baldwin City.

I did want to thank our tireless committee members. Countless volunteer hours, long days, miles of walking and phone calls and emails. All to offer a festival and funds to our community. Thank you so much for your help and support.

Annie France

Maple Leaf Festival

Planning Committee Chair

To the editor:

On Oct. 13, the candidates for 10th District, TerriLois Gregory and Tony Brown, debated the issues facing state government today. The debate ran pretty much as suspected until Ms. Gregory said one thing that shocked me. In one of her responses, she veered into the topic of health care reform and, in particular, that the federal government is going to require all people to have health insurance. I do not recall all of the exact words but (paraphrased) she stated her opposition to the requirement and then said that if Kansans were required to follow this that it was time to (not paraphrased) “Lock and Load.” As a Marine Corps veteran and a father, I find these words blasphemous. The very idea that a candidate supports Americans fighting Americans makes her unworthy to hold any office. I ask you to reject her in the upcoming election.

Nathaniel Johnson

Baldwin City

To the editor:

Was anyone else who attended the debate last week startled by Ms. Gregory’s final comment, “It’s time to lock and load!”? Did she really mean to inspire the kind of violent conflict that this phrase suggests? Contrast that with Mr. Brown’s core values of honesty, community and diversity.

I’m concerned about Ms. Gregory’s having worked for the state chamber of commerce with its ties to the Koch brothers of Wichita and New York City, who are among the most aggressive players in the corporate takeover of public elections.

Ms. Gregory wants to cut more from the education budget and turn to local funding sources, in place of the current funding system. Mr. Brown knows that funding of education has to be shared by all of the state’s citizens and can’t be left to local property taxes. Doing away with the safe guards built into the current funding system would jeopardize equal funding between rich and poor districts across the state. Baldwin schools would suffer under local funding, as would most districts other than those in Johnson County.

The more I read about radical Republican plans to put Wall Street in charge of Social Security and private insurance companies in charge of Medicare and to give special tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, the more grateful I am for the way Tony Brown has looked out for the common good in District 10.

Roma Earles

Baldwin City


Torch 11 years, 11 months ago

"The very idea that a candidate supports Americans fighting Americans makes her unworthy to hold any office."

“It’s time to lock and load!”? Did she really mean to inspire the kind of violent conflict that this phrase suggests?

Are you two serious? I mean really. I thought that ignorant garbage like this was confined to big cities and people with nothing better to do with their time. You both have to be joking. What is really amusing is that you both sent letters like this to the paper where you now become the laughing stock of the town.

Get real. And besides, Brown isn't all that. He's a lackey to the left and really hasn't done much to support the best interests of his constituents.


NanCrisp 11 years, 11 months ago

What we see from Democrats this year is the same fear-mongering tactics that the Republicans employed during the Bush campaigns. With the Republicans in 2004, it was all about how we need to be afraid of gun-toting terrorists whom the Democrats failed to take seriously. This year, it's the gun-toting Republicans that the Democrats want us to fear as a serious threat. No matter how you slice it, when anyone, anywhere is trying to get you to make a decision based not on what they are going to provide for you, but on establishing within you a fear of the "other," you should take a big step back and look beyond the rhetoric. While many of the supposed Tea Party candidates are not sufficiently educated in the politics of our nation, they are not wild-eyed, gun-toting madmen/women. Look at the records of the candidates. If you like what they are doing, have done, and plan to do. Vote for them. If you do not like their politics, don't vote for them. But be intelligent. Do not let ANY political party manipulate you into voting on emotions, and especially do not let any of them convince you to vote out of fear.

The root cause of debilitating partisanship in this country is the subliminal effect of fear-mongering political campaigns. While these marketing missiles may not ultimately wrest a vote from you, they will have a residual effect on your psyche. They will convince you that none of our politicians can be trusted. They will convince their party faithful, including their own candidates, to believe their hyperbole to the point that when they meet one another in the State Capitol or the U.S. Capitol, they will have an immediate and visceral mistrust of one another. It's time to stop the madness.


flying26u 11 years, 11 months ago

All Real Americans would agree and thank you for your post.


greyghost 11 years, 11 months ago

Sorry, but it's Terri Lois using little Georgie's "Wanted: Dead or Alive" approach to politics. It's quite laughable, though. You're going to lock-n-load against a federal mandate that ensures access to health care? Hilarious!!!!


true_bulldog 11 years, 11 months ago

Well played. What Torch and Nan seem to forget is that by them endorsing a candidate, this time TerriLois or whatever her name might be this week, they are actually moving any online people in question to the vote to vote against anything they say. They are readily the biggest idiots on this site. I honestly don't know which is the biggest idiot. Thoughts?


kal110386 11 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't call anyone an idiot for having a different opinion or disagreeing and even though I might disagree with NanCrisp I can at least appreciate the amount of thought she put into her response. I do agree that fear tactics are a cheap and dishonest way to try and win an election. However, in this particular case, you see none of that coming from Tony Brown. He is running on honesty and letting his beliefs speak for themselves. I can't say the same at all about Gregory.

Torch, it's not really that funny and if you were there in person when she said this you would have heard 70 people gasp. I'm sure her intentions aren't a violent overthrow of Washington, but her choice of language at the very least is in poor taste. But I can't overlook the fact that she wants Kansas to govern itself by going against federal mandates and add in her stance on NO gun control, the comment really makes you wonder.


true_bulldog 11 years, 11 months ago

Kyle I am not calling them idiots because their opinion differs from mine. Actually, you point out quite well in your post how wrong they are. My point was that with them backing someone, others will go to the other candidate because of them. Online posters have come to know over the years that this pair are nothing but pure whiners never happy about anything. It's way too old and we're all tired of them.


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