By my count …
After reading phrases in Star editorials about Kansas such as its “failed tax experiment” or “rocky credit rating,” I decided to do research for myself. What I found is that the facts don’t resemble what has been written.
From 2010 to 2016, Kansas financial records show that total state and local tax revenue increased. Although the debt rating agencies have downgraded the state, its obligations are still considered “high quality” by Moody’s.
And in spite of the tax cuts, Wallethub reports Kansas is still a relatively high tax state, with a total tax burden in the top half of the nation.
Never miss a local story.
There have been complaints of underfunding our schools, yet the Kansas Policy Institute’s KansasOpenGov.org database shows spending per student has grown, and the state’s contribution has more than made up for local governments’ decreases. The underfunding of schools by $600 million over five years is $120 million a year — only about 2 percent of the total annual education budget of $6 billion.
Consequently, conclusions of The Star are simply highly questionable.
Follow the money
Thanks to The Star for Friday’s editorial on the National Rifle Association’s pernicious influence. (10A, “Will our elected officials take on the NRA?”)
It is clear that GOP members of Congress have sold their souls in exchange for campaign funds and to avoid being targeted by NRA smear campaigns. But you neglected to mention that by so doing there is a good chance they have also sold their souls to the Russians.
As was reported in The Star and other McClatchy papers, there is an FBI investigation into whether a Russian central banker funneled money to the NRA during the 2016 campaign to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
The NRA spent a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump — three times what it spent backing Mitt Romney in 2012. Most of that was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors. It is believed the NRA’s total election spending was closer to $70 million, as independent groups need not reveal how much they spend on internet ads or field operations such as get-out-the-vote efforts.
I wish those accepting NRA support cared whether they were also Russian tools.
I have some questions about the Johnson County Commission’s plan to fund bus service to transport workers to job sites in southern Johnson County. (Feb. 16, 12A, “Bus service will improve access to south Johnson County jobs”)
Are there not enough people living in the vicinity to fill those positions? If that is the case, why did these businesses locate there in the first place?
Are these businesses paying so little that they are having trouble attracting people who want to work for them? If so, then why not raise wages?
Or perhaps they’re looking for more subsidies from the taxpayers. Just asking.
The Star’s headlines such as “‘No more guns, no more guns’” (Feb. 16, 1A) promote hysteria, are unfounded and short-sighted, and reflect a lack of real understanding of human nature.
Guns don’t kill people. People who use guns maliciously kill people.
Europe has much stricter gun laws than the U.S. Has this stopped terror? No. Terrorists use bombs and improvised explosives to kill people.
You non-thinkers are the robots who never admit that the liberal philosophy is about one-man rule and having the elite telling us how to live. Liberalism has failed over the last 6,000 years, and yet it is still forced upon civilization. And each time liberals try, they succeed only in convincing themselves there is a way to utopia.
What has to happen is a severe reduction in violent content in movies and on television; dress codes for women and men in ads, which sublimely proffer sex; the elimination of all contraceptives and drugs that assist in sexual intercourse from ads on TV; and the elimination of TV shows that promote gay marriage, which by their content condone tomcats and sallycats.
George L. Randle
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