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Lighters Are Tools, Not Toys

TOPEKA, Kan.- Last week, I submitted the following written testimony in support of Senate Bill 342, which was introduced before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee by Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau of Wichita.

This bill would ban the sale of novelty lighters that resemble popular toys and entice children to play with fire, leading to deaths, injuries and property damage. Adults have sustained first-hand injuries form these lighters, too. They are manufactured haphazardly overseas, and have been subject to a multitude of recalls over the years. Other states have taken action on this, and I think Kansas should follow suit.

WICHITA, Kan. - I wrote previously here at the Kansas Free Press about the vigil that Kansas NOW hosted in honor of the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Day.

The vigil honored Dr. Tiller, the thousands of women who lost their lives prior to legalized abortion and the doctors and clinic staff that have been murdered in acts of fanatical violence. Our crowd was small in size, but the vigil impacted each and every participant present. Wichita NOW member, Vickie Stangl sent me an email the very next day.

She said, "I was so inspired, astonished and moved by the vigil. I couldn't sleep and started writing." Vickie's words are powerful. I post them here with her permission...

GREAT BEND, Kan. - When President Obama decided to take on the difficult issue of health care reform, former Clinton advisers whom still had scars on their backs from their own failed health care initiative in 1993, advised the President, to wit: "Don't initiate your own detailed health care plan. The opposition and press will pick apart your plan. Instead, let Congress come up with the plan. Then you can step in."

So as Howard Fineman said recently: "Obama took all his political capital and let Max Baucus squander it." Max Baucus, the Democrat Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from Montana, botched it.

Baucus, who could walk through any shopping mall in America (outside the Beltway and Montana) and not be recognized by a single person, held the keys to health care reform. And he had taken so much cash from "Big Medicine" that there was no hope for any bill that would help "We the People."

As someone wrote recently, Baucus' staff is filled with former insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists, and all his former staffers now work as health insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists. Baucus is a poster boy for term limits. And he rendered the health care bill so lousy for middle America that not even Zig Ziglar could sell it.

WICHITA, Kan. - On January 22, 2010, Kansas NOW and Wichita NOW held a candlelight vigil in honor of the 37th Anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision. The program was dedicated to the late Dr. George Tiller, the thousands of women who died prior to Roe v. Wade and the abortion providers and staff that the nation has lost to senseless acts of violence.

The New York Times cover from January 23, 1973;
Lyndon B. Johnson died the same day the Roe case was decided
It was an emotional evening that featured a candlelight ceremony to honor our fallen heroes. You can listen to an NPR story that features some audio coverage of the vigil here.

Tiffany Campbell came from South Dakota to share about her personal abortion story. Attendees shared their personal stories of abortion and how important it is that it remain safe, legal and accessible.

I have shared some of the evening's transcript below, which includes statements provided for the event from Dr. Warren Hern and Dr. Susan Wicklund....

WICHITA, Kan. -The Kansas National Organization for Women condemns Judge Wilbert for his decision to allow a manslaughter defense in the trial of the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

His decision opens the door for a society that would condone vigilantism and violence against abortion providers. Scott Roeder, the accused murderer, has already made his malicious intent toward Dr. Tiller clear through his repeated jailhouse confessions to the press.

Judge Wilbert's decision sends the message that religious fanaticism can be considered a defense for murder.

SALINA, Kan. - Most characteristics of the "Type A" personality are linked to increased work stress. But, now there may be one important exception.

High scores for aggression, hard-driving, and eagerness-energy were all associated with high job stress. These three Type A characteristics were also linked to "effort-reward imbalance"--a key contributor to work stress.

SALINA, Kan. - Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. the occurrence has climbed to an alarming one in 110 people across the country, a ratio that increases annually. Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3.

Autism has long been recognized as a mental disability. It impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.

Recently, parents, physicians and researchers are becoming increasingly aware that autism not only correlates with a host of medical and physical ailments, as well. Individuals with autism often suffer from problems such as allergies, asthma, epilepsy, digestive disorders, persistent viral infections, feeding disorders, sleeping disorders, and more.

Sam Brownback's Special Interest

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Sam Brownback's special interest (HINT: It's not the constituents).

Health care is an issue that affects every person in not only America, but Kansas as well. According to a recent study, one in three (under the age of 65) Kansans went without insurance for all, or part of a two year period from 2007 until 2008. (I won't even get into the topic of "underinsured" persons in the state). This is over 33 percent of the population in our state! Out of this 33 percent, 80 percent of the uninsured have at least one person in the family who is employed. Our health care system is broken. That is not a debate, although I am sure the health insurance companies and Sam Brownback would like to think it is. Small town businesses and "the average Joe" cannot afford to keep their families and employees healthy.

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