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An astute letter to the editor published March 9 (10A) calls for investigative reporting into Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s fiscally wasteful and self-serving fabrications of voter fraud.
He has been sullying the free state name of Kansas long enough. It’s time for Toto to pull back the curtain and reveal the truth.
What’s behind the curtain isn’t voter fraud — it’s Kobach fraud.
Kansas is in dire need of a governor who again makes us proud rather than humiliated to be Kansans.
Too much tax
This letter is addressed to the residents of the Raymore-Peculiar School District: Again the school board is coming to residents for more money, which means your property taxes will go up.
I would like to remind you that in 2017 our taxes went up by at least $200.
Lots of senior citizens live in this district. Several homes for the aged are here. Most of these people do not have children or grandchildren in this school district.
This school district has tons of money, and it needs to learn to live within its budget like everyone else.
The only way I would go for increased spending is if property taxes do not go up. I urge all of you to get out and vote no this April.
Littering has significantly degraded the condition of many Missouri roads, parks and lots. I often see someone throw a cigarette from a car window, toss a plastic cup into the grass or commit some other selfish act of the like.
The frequency of such infractions not only lessens the natural qualities that make Missouri a beautiful state, but shows that communal negligence for environmental care has somehow become acceptable.
Greater legislative interest and initiative must carried out by those with a direct influence on the laws and regulations to boost the state’s efforts to stop littering.
We don’t need more people picking up trash. We need fewer people throwing it.
No to dog racing
This week, House Bill 2545 will go to the Kansas House floor for a vote to bring back dog racing to the three closed Kansas dog tracks.
It is my understanding that many Johnson County legislators think there is nothing wrong with dog racing. They are very wrong.
The so-called “sport” of dog racing is nothing more than legalized animal abuse.
This is not a money-making operation. The dogs are merely racing machines used until no longer financially feasible then discarded, frequently by “humane euthanization” — what an oxymoron.
The money point shows up in the dogs’ care, their food deemed inedible by human standards and little to no medical attention. The three closed tracks are owned by former Wichita millionaire Phil Ruffin, who now lives in Las Vegas.
When dogs aren’t running, they are kept in small, dark, dank crates up to 22 hours a day.
Why are just greyhounds used for this dreadful use and abuse? How about using your dogs instead, legislators?
There’s a problem with “liberal” Kansas Republican representatives: They make the majority Republican.
The majority of Republicans are ultra-conservative. The Republican majority elects ultra-conservative leadership of the houses and committees.
Ultra-con leadership appoints committee membership and controls committees. Consequently, “liberal” Republicans cannot lead on committees, nor get their bills out of those committees.
Ultra-cons stand for no reproductive rights for women, no taxes to pay bills, unbalanced budgets, no education, no voting, food taxes rather than income taxes, no health care, crumbling infrastructure, and guns for all anywhere and everywhere. They are the “make the world self-destruct while we enrich ourselves” people.
“Liberal” Republicans empower ultra-cons and ensure that they themselves will have no power or say. Why? I asked both my representatives. One said it was because that was the only way she would ever have power.
What power does she have? She disempowers herself, empowers ultra-cons and ensures that she accomplishes nothing. Back in the district, she complains about the leadership and her lack of power.
Another said she was a liberal Republican because liberal Republicans deserve a voice. In reality, all she gives them are ears — ears that listen to the leadership saying “no.”
What kind of a game is this?