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Threat Level Red

WICHITA, Kan. - Political solicitation e-mails stream into my inbox on a daily basis. Most of these e-mails ask me to donate money. Some want me to call or send pre-written e-mails to my congressmen or sign petitions. I'm always asked to forward the information to friends.

I'm sure many of these e-mail solicitations are familiar to others who have donated to liberal causes in the past. Conservatives probably get the same type of e-mails, with a right-wing slant. I've decided the whole purpose os these e-mails is to raise red flags for those of us who take our politics way too seriously. Below is a sample of what I found today after being away from my computer for only a couple of hours:

Facts or Fiction?

COLBY, Kan. - Energy policies shaped by the election? A recent opinion writer in the Colby Free Press, representing the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, seems to think so. Maybe it will, but should it?

Politics shapes our elections and money shapes our politics. Special interests aren't always too careful with all the facts. I don't know anyone who is a member of the Oil & Gas Association and I don't have any education degrees that would indicate that I'm an expert concerning oil & gas exploration and production. We have special interest groups on both sides of the issue, who don't have any more technical or scientific knowledge than I have. When those individuals form their opinions on what is and isn't fact, they quite often are driven by their own economic interest or ideological ideas, rather than real knowledge. I'm not too sure we have very many elected officials who are experts with factual knowledge in the field of energy exploration and development. Money buys a place at the negotiating table, through political campaign donations. It takes money to run a successful campaign to get elected. The 'special interest' group with the most available financial resources has the most influence politically.

The Great American Desert

WICHITA, Kan. - The Hays Daily News of May 29th, included a moving but sad editorial by Dr. Robert Blanks, about his beloved Kansas and the cruel injustice of coming back home after living many years in other places, only to watch a gang of thugs take over the state.

Dr. Blanks wrote: "Brownback and the extreme Republican political agenda are both insane. This governor's actions and positions are totally inappropriate for this modern day. Brownback seems to be a hateful individual who is solely politically motivated, and who appears to have no compassion for many Kansas citizens who are struggling to keep their heads above water. From what I've seen, Brownback has shown serious ignorance of economic issues."

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