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Mike Pompeo Plays Bigot Card

Pompeo illegal,racist billoard 2 WICHITA, Kan. - In August, Republican candidate Mike Pompeo was embroiled in a controversy when his official campaign tweet recommended "a good read" that attacked Democratic candidate Raj Goyle as a "turban topper." Pompeo apologized, sort of. Pompeo claimed that a staffer had inadvertently linked to the wrong story." Goyle, a second term state representative, is the son of Indian immigrants. While a some experts pointed out that the Pompeo denial lacked creditability, it was generally accepted.

Now, just days before the election, the Pompeo campaign has a new electronic billboard which proclaims "True Americans Vote for Pompeo." Not only does the billboard uses bigotry, it is apparently illegal.

YOCEMENTO, Kan. - Since the possibility of an industrial wind operation in Ellis County, Kansas, became a real possibility, I have been among those who have been very concerned about placement of these 400 feet tall tower and blade assemblies. The experience of a significant number of people living near industrial wind operations elsewhere has been a bad one. Though many people are not affected by the audible noise and the inaudible low frequency waves of pressure, a significant number of people suffer health problems from living too close to a turbine.

Warren Zevon, to my knowledge, though he commented on US foreign policy, werewolves, and headless Thompson gunners, never got around to singing about industrial wind turbines or the election of 2010. Of course, he died of cancer in 2003; maybe we shouldn't hold it against him.

But his prayerful plea, "Don't Let Us Get Sick," which continues with "don't let me get old / don't let me get stupid, alright," seems designed particularly for the election of 2010. Stupidity seems to be more infectious than H1N1 this year, and in Ellis County, at least, there do not seem to be enough doses of the vaccine to go around.

I Remember

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Here's a really good video from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, a diverse union representing workers in industrial construction, repair, and maintenance; manufacturing; shipbuilding and marine repair; railroads; mining and quarrying; cement kilns; and related industries. You may hear its members refer to themselves as blacksmiths, forgers, ship builders, cement workers, stove workers, metal polishers, or numerous other job descriptions. With its national headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas, the member-supported organization unites over 235 local lodges throughout North America, endeavoring to improve the lives and lifestyles of its members.

DODGE CITY, Kan. - We do, indeed, have some outstanding candidates on the political scene in Kansas. I cast my advance ballot yesterday for Democrats Tom Holland, Lisa Johnston, Alan Jilka, Dennis McKinney, Chris Biggs, Steve Six, and Republicans Sandy Praeger and Sally Cauble. I admire their courage, leadership, and willingness to serve. Nevertheless, I have been reluctant to write this year.

There are many stories that need to be written in this time frame just prior to an "off-year" election. I have tried to help with the election by manning the local Democratic headquarters, making phone calls, putting out yard signs, donating dollars, making speeches for candidates, and finally casting my ballot. I suspect many who read this have done likewise.

So, why do I hesitate to write about this year's election activities. Why, indeed?

We Have Some Really Good Men in Kansas

HAYS, Kan. - Will Rogers was quoted as saying once, "We have plenty of confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men to place our confidence in." Well, not so, this year, Mr. Rogers. We have plenty of good men in Kansas.

Voting for Oletha

WICHITA, Kan. - I will vote a straight Democratic ticket on November 2nd. I will be voting for Democrats Raj Goyle, the 4th District Congressional candidate, Tom Holland for governor, Lisa Johnston for U.S. Senate, Steve Six for attorney general, Chris Biggs for secretary of state, and Dennis McKinney for state treasurer. I will also vote for Ponka-Wi Victors, who is unopposed in the 103rd House District. I haven't met Victors, but she's a Democrat and is highly regarded by Delia Garcia, my long-time representative, so I will vote for her.

One person stands out for me among all these excellent Democratic candidates, though. That person is Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who is running for the 4th District seat on the Sedgwick County Commission. Oletha is now my state senator. Previously she was the representative from the 84th House district, the district that neighbors mine. Even though Oletha didn't represent my district, I would often call or e-mail her, asking for a vote that supported education or other issues important to me. She almost always listened to my requests and when she didn't, it was because she had good reason to vote otherwise.

GIRARD, Kan. - My name is Cheryl Hudspeth and I am running for Congress in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District against Rep. Lynn Jenkins. I have plenty to say about Rep. Jenkins' abysmal record of pretending to represent the interests of this district.

In the days since the Republicans released their 'Pledge to America,' I have been sifting through reviews and checking facts. Not that there are many facts in the Pledge, there aren't. No, it's more like reading a comic book. Much is implied or left to your imagination, as your eye is pulled to large iconic images. The words are familiar, patriotic and reassuring, pulling at our desire to for a more solid foothold in an era of rapid change. That is were it begins. But, if the 'Pledge' is enacted, where we end up is quite a different story.

Jerry Karr for State Senate

EMPORIA, Kan. - Let me make a personal endorsement for a friend. I've known Jerry Karr for 5 years. I've dined at his home and I've herded escaped pigs on his farm (true story). He and his wife Sharon are close friends. I've had the privilege to meet most members of his family.

In fact, I can say that you won't find a more honest, hardworking and dedicated public servant than Jerry Karr.

Perhaps nothing conveys his dedication more than his willingness to take on this 17th District senate race in the first place. A bit of background on that issue will illustrate my viewpoint.

WICHITA, Kan. - Behind in the polls and rightfully being lambasted as the opportunist and nitwit that she is, Christine O'Donnell is now claiming God is on her side, and pulling for her to win in her bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Delaware.

And, not only does she have the moxie to claim God is on her side, but the gall to ask people to pray to God for her victory. I guess God can't do this all alone and needs the prayers of humans to bring her victory. One could argue that if O'Donnell really had faith, she would not need to beg others to pray on her behalf.

I sincerely doubt God has anointed O'Donnell to succeed in her bid for the senate but if that is the case, then I can only reason God is trying to inflict pain and misery on the citizens of Delaware and I would be highly offended by God's interference if I lived in that state.

Vote for Progress

WICHITA, Kan. - As I listen to the radio and television ads it makes me wonder what really drives someone to support a candidate. I keep hearing ads that throw out buzz words like conservative and liberal, tax cuts and big government. Hearing these ads does nothing for me. It doesn't help me to decide who I will vote for at all. I believe that if this is how someone decides who to vote for then they shouldn't even bother.

We need to seek out candidates who understand there is more to enriching the lives of Kansans than assuring tax cuts I support the candidates who support human rights and adequate funding. We don't need robots whose only goal is to cut budgets and hamper progress in our state.

A Season of Prairie and Politics

MCDOWELL CREEK, Kan. - What a fall it has been! One blue-sky day has followed another, with the warm sun calling us to spend as much time as possible out-of-doors and the cool nights making a couple of blankets feel just right. The prairie grasses are still billowing on the inland sea, still tall after a season of good rains. They are ghosts of their summer selves now, but zany ghosts that form wild chorus lines in the autumn winds and wear madcap colors -- ochre, umber, lavender, red, brown, gold, and rose. Who could experience the Flint Hills in the fall and not be moved?

I have different emotions about the political season. There are some candidates, Republican and Democrat, whom I am proud to support, such as Larry Hicks, Ben Bennett, Tom Moxley, and Chris Biggs. But other aspects of our politics make me sick.

It makes me almost physically ill when politicians stir up hot-button issues rather than discuss problems realistically. They make people think politics is simple -- a matter of angels and demons -- rather than what it usually is -- a mix of complexities, contingencies, and unknowns. Right now there are politicians demonizing "illegal aliens," Muslims, gays, "the regime," and of course the President himself in ways that don't connect up with practical solutions to any defined problems. Rather, the rhetoric is all about status -- an invitation to voters to join a virtuous "us" against a dangerous and degenerate "them."

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