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Political Convention Season

COLBY, Kan. - One down and another one to go! Political conventions are rousing pep rallies! I subscribe to Wordsmith by Anu Garg and the word for today, "concomitant"' is quite appropriate for both major political party conventions.

These usage examples say an awful lot about the voting public and the campaign managers.

"A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition." (Charles Caleb Colton; Lacon: or Many Things in Few Words; Longmans; 1837)

"The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding, and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism, and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." (Novelist and Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, 1902-1968)

To Vote or Not To Vote

TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was pleased that voter turnout in the 2012 Kansas primary election reached 23% of eligible voters. Of the 1.7 million registered voters in Kansas, 392,000 cast ballots. Obviously, most of those voters chose Koch/Brownback-backed Republican candidates over incumbents and other moderate candidates who were more interested in supporting education, the disabled, and other issues that will affect the average Kansas citizens rather than taking care of the rich through tax cuts and making sure women's access to abortion is further restricted.

Kobach said the turnout exceeded his expectations. My question is how his expectations could be lower than less than a quarter of those eligible to vote. Shouldn't he as secretary of state have higher expectations of Kansas voters?

WICHITA, Kan. - On August 3rd, 2012 in Municipal Court in Wichita, the case against grandmother and citizen activist Doris Lynn Crouse Gent (Ravenfeather) on a charge of obstruction of justice, was finally adjudicated.

As Doris attempted to leave the Drury Hotel with other activists on November 16th after protesting Governor Brownback's Town Hall Meeting on childhood poverty, Doris allegedly grabbed and/or pulled the arm of a police officer who was holding another activist. City police arrested her on a charge of obstructing justice.

The activist at the center of this storm is Susan Schoket. Susan was stopped by Officer Creighton who physically held her arm as she attempted to walk out the door. Creighton said he did not know why he was asked to provide backup at the Drury Hotel nor did he know why he was asked to detain Susan. As Susan was being held, other activists were making their way to the door to leave.

Doris was one of those activists. She was accused of coming up and trying to interfere in Susan's situation by pulling her away from the officer. During the trial, Susan adamantly testified that Doris never touched the police officer in any way, nor grabbed Susan's arm to pull her away from the officer. Susan did admit that she and Doris were loud in telling the office they had done nothing wrong and were leaving.

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