I vividly recall being scorned and admonished as one of only two residents to stand up at a city planning meeting and express disapproval over the use of public funds and tax incentives to “create new jobs” by luring Teva Pharmaceuticals to move less than 5 miles from across the state line.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for apologies from Overland Park City Council members.
You could say I am having the last laugh, as Teva now makes its layoffs official. However, there is nothing funny about the complete economic devastation imparted on Kansas by Gov. Sam Brownback’s epic failure of an economic incentive program.
The bright side
I am thrilled that Sam Brownback is finally on his way to Washington, but I’m also appalled at the gall he shows on his way out. (Jan. 31, 7A, “Brownback decries disrepair of state facilities”)
We have finally gotten the bull out of our china shop, and once the last hoof clears the door, he turns around and tells us what a wreck the place is.
It seems he and I finally agree on one point: It is almost as if some person was blindly destroying every service our state provides for the last seven years. His shameless ability to dodge responsibility and ignore facts will fit in perfectly with the current administration.
The only thing better than having Brownback out of Kansas is knowing that as the Mix-Master of Imagination Land, he will have no real responsibilities or influence over our state finances.
At this point, paying Brownback a federal salary to stay out of the way might just be the best option.
Dear uninvolved parents,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to cyber bully your teenagers. It is because you do not monitor the connections your children make on social media that I have been able to harass, post embarrassing photos and therefore forever damage your teenagers’ psyche.
Now, before you actually become concerned about your teenagers and have conversations with them about their social media usage (like a lunatic), consider the benefits of having me torture your kids. By allowing me to post private photos of your teenagers for the whole world to see, we are teaching them that life is tough and sometimes they need to deal with it.
Please continue your remarkable laziness because it is creating a new generation of realistic, resilient human beings.
I listened carefully to the president’s State of the Union address, wherein he again called for building a wall on our southern border to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs and crime.
While I concur that protecting our borders is needed, I wonder whether the president has given much thought as to what motivates people to risk their lives to reach the United States. In many cases, perhaps most, the motivators are economic hopelessness, political oppression and corruption, with not much or no future for their children.
Millions of people are on the move worldwide seeking better lives, no matter the risks. Rather than spending many billions of dollars on a wall to keep people out of the United States, perhaps President Donald Trump might consider convening a conference of the members of the Organization of the American States to explore how to correct the reasons people flee their countries no matter how dangerous the journey or dire the consequences.
It would serve all of the 35 member states, from Canada to Argentina, well to explore the value of such a gathering. We all might just be better off.
Free speech issue
I wanted to take the time to express gratitude for your editorial on this week’s court decision finding in favor of Esther Koontz. (Feb. 1, 16A, “No, Kansas, you can’t ban contractors from boycotting Israel”)
I follow the situation in Israel and the occupied territories relatively closely. We had a similar bill in Maryland this past year. Sadly, after it was voted down in the legislature, our governor signed an executive order making it law.
Although I do not support the movement of boycotting, divesting from and sanctioning Israel as a whole, I fully support those who want to use their First Amendment right to free speech to do so. Your editorial was brave.
Silver Spring, Maryland