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

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