Cheers for state Sen. Forrest Knox of Altoona, Kan. He wants a return to the values of TV show “Leave it to Beaver,” which ran from 1957 to 1963 (2-11, A4, “New foster care tier is proposed”).
The show was launched Oct. 4, 1957, exactly the same day as Sputnik. No doubt Knox wants to emulate the expanded school funding that followed this Russian scientific triumph. Pull out the stops. Give money to schools so we can remain competitive with such global competition.
The Beaver did live in seemingly idyllic circumstances. Could it be that his was not a truly real live town?
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Perhaps the income tax rates had something to do with this great environment. After all there was tremendous spending on infrastructure and other government programs.
The lowest marginal rate from 1957 to 1963 was 20 percent while the highest was 91 percent. Knox will be sure to demand an increase to the 2013 rates of 10 percent to 39.6 percent. How else can the Beaver support his lifestyle?
And, just like TV of the 1950s, everything can be in black and white again. Like our drinking fountains and bathrooms and lunch counters.
Golly gee, Knox. You are an inspiration.
Brownback of Oz
Oz has a new Wizard. This one is real and really treacherous.
Hiding behind a curtain of closed-mindedness, using smoke and mirrors to create a false reality, his name is Sam Brownback.
Shades of gray
The recent short interview of the author of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was laughable. Her answers are so disingenuous even she laughed.
Hooray for the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.
Laws on gun control
Now that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is abandoning protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the workplace, ask your Kansas legislators to please stand up for a discrimination-free workplace for LGBT workers. They could initiate legislation or support legislation to protect all people in our democracy.
Now that Brownback is courting gun manufacturers by striving to weaken the training requirements for concealed carry permit owners, ask your Kansas legislators to please stand up for high standards of training for such permits. A gun is a dangerous weapon.
Surely there should be a commensurate amount of training for guns as there is for owning and driving an automobile. Do something to protect the people of Kansas, the little children of Kansas, from the casual carry, use and storage of guns.
The legislators could initiate bills or support legislation to protect all people from the dangers of careless and thoughtless gun use.
For societal good
President John Kennedy’s “Ask not...” speech incorrectly posed the purpose of a society by “begging the question.” A clearer query would be: Do you exist for the society, or does the society exist for you?
I am not talking about the extremes of a single party government nor a welfare state, but how each of us would answer this question honestly disregarding politics (there is no wrong answer).
An affirmative answer to the first would see a person born into an established culture where his duty would be to fit into the values prescribed. A “yes” to the latter would see a person born as an unique individual to whom the society’s responsibility would be to aid the individual in his personal quests.
All governments rely on force to compel obedience, in our case the law. We must be careful that no law will single out one side or the other but allow each of us to say “yes” to what we believe.
I personally have nothing against the gay community as I have friends and relatives that belong to this group. However, I feel that there should be a level playing field between the employment opportunities between state and private agencies.
I believe Kathleen Sebelius’ executive order when she was governor of Kansas made this impossible. Therefore, I am in favor of Gov. Sam Brownback’s actions as I think it re-established a level playing field.
The liberals should understand this concept.
Bob Sigman column
Bob Sigman’s Feb. 18 column, “The idea of a Kansas aqueduct isn’t all that far-fetched,” offering ill-advised support of a Kansas aqueduct is a Roman idea. A 360-mile trench across Kansas would be costly, unsightly, uneconomical and virtually impossible to gain the right of way.
A partly submerged pipeline would serve the same function at a fraction of the cost. Water via an aqueduct would evaporate at an alarming rate and have to be pumped to the higher elevations.
Rather than disturbing water levels from the Missouri River, a pipeline could be built alongside the Keystone XL pipeline and transport overflow water from the northern states. That alternative would solve several problems and give us more control over our fresh water supply.
Whatever the outcome, please be aware that the shortage of fresh water must be a most important concern and require the immediate attention of our federal and local governments.
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