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Joan Finney's People Power

joan-finney.jpgGREAT BEND, Kan. - As I walked into the room, Governor Joan Finney was surrounded by well wishers after the 1994 Hoisington Labor Day parade, attending a get-together in Great Bend at a friend's house. I had met Finney before, as part of a large group of "Leadership Great Bend" people a year earlier.

Knowing that she wouldn't possibly remember meeting me, I acted like I had never met her before and let the host introduce me to Kansas 42nd Governor. "Governor, nice to meet you," I said. I then walked into the kitchen, and let others visit with the Governor in the living room. I was content that I got to meet Finney again, and went to the kitchen to talk to friends while others bothered the Governor about this or that.

About 30 minutes later, Governor Finney walked from the living room into the kitchen, looked at me close, and said: "Marty, I have a feeling we've met before." I was floored.
"Actually," I stumbled to find the words, "I was part of a large contingent of 'Leadership Great Bend' people and I did shake your hand in the Governor's office about a year ago.
I didn't say anything about it earlier today because I didn't expect you to remember."

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Just recently, Jan Garton joined the writers' communities of Everyday Citizen and the Kansas Free Press. In that time, Jan wrote her first and only piece, What If Whales Could Scream?

Sadly, on November 9th, Jan died in Manhattan. She leaves behind many people who will miss her dearly. A lifelong community servant and activist, Jan was very involved in the ecological, conservationist and labor communities of Kansas.

KFP's Christopher Renner said, "Jan was dedicated to the causes of justice and peace. In her activities in Manhattan she always worked toward making sure that people who did not have access to health care or a living wage were heard from. She was a proud Democrat and worked very hard to make the county party active and responsive to its members. That's how Jan lived her life - she did the right thing when it was called for."

Her friend, Margy, invites all friends of Jan to attend a Memorial Gathering. Margy wrote, "Jan's memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Manhattan Public Library, 2nd floor auditorium. Please come and bring your reminiscences of Jan, along with any memorabilia you may wish to share, such as photos, Jan's writings, her hand-made birthday cards, items from the Cheyenne Bottoms effort or Nancy Boyda campaigns - the sky's the limit, just as it was for Jan's imagination! It will be good to join together in our sorrow and in our good fortune at having known Jan Garton."

In honor of our friend, we hope that our readers here will take a few minutes to read the brief biography that Jan wrote about herself just a little over a month ago. Readers are encouraged to leave comments. We encourage Kansans to read what others have written in her memory, also.

BASEHOR, Kan. - In an October 27, 2009 press release, the Institute for New Economic Thinking announced its formation with a pledge of $5 million per year for the next 10 years from George Soros, the billionaire financier and hedge fund manager.

According to the press release, one of the Institute's first activities will be to sponsor a conference in which it will,

"...explore the reasons why prevailing economic theory failed to predict the financial and economic crisis that erupted in 2007-2008. We will also examine the implications for reform of regulatory regimes that reflect the logic of the economic paradigm that has failed profoundly in guiding society in its recent history."

Soros himself said, "The entire edifice of global financial markets has been erected on the false premise that markets can be left to their own devices, we must find a new paradigm and rebuild from the ground up. I decided to sponsor INET to facilitate the process. I hope others will join me."

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