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symphony-children.jpgTOPEKA, Kan. - When Oliver Cromwell finally defeated Charles I of England in 1649, Cromwell ushered in a Puritan state. All theaters of the realm were closed, and Cromwell banned any gaming, card playing, or sports because he viewed them as immoral and a distraction from the important task of contemplating God. The people were to focus on leading a pure life to make their way to heaven.

The people quickly discovered just how bland, boring and unsatisfying a life without the arts were, and at the end of Cromwell's rule, the public was more than ready to restore the Stuart Monarchy and enjoy the theater again.

In the spirit of Oliver Cromwell, Governor Brownback has decided the arts are expendable in a time of state budget concerns. I can't help but wonder if behind this cost savings measure there isn't another motive. After all, the arts are infamous for promoting randy and immoral lifestyles as well as indoctrinating the public with dangerous liberal ideas therefore, how convenient to call for cutting the arts to save the Kansas budget.

TOPEKA, Kan. - KOSE Executive Director Jane Carter responded to the amendment reducing salaries and wages of state employees by 7.5 Percent with the following statement:

"The membership of the Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE), as well as every state worker who has dedicated their careers to public service, are disappointed with the news coming out of the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.

"As the amendment offered by Rep. DeGraaf passed out of the House Appropriations Committee, cutting the salaries and wages of state workers by 7.5% through June 30, 2011, I thought of the already underpaid and underappreciated state employees who do the people's work every day--clearing roads, providing care to the disabled and vulnerable, protecting our neighborhoods, and keeping our state running. How are these workers going to make ends meet now after it has already been determined that they are severely underpaid?"

WICHITA, Kan. - Throughout our political history politicians have accepted the wise imperative that one's personal faith should be separate from politics. As President Kennedy took great pains to explain to a nervous, protestant majority back in the sixties, his faith as a Catholic was not a factor in his role as an elected official. Kennedy explained that he would be president of all the people, not a Catholic president with a hotline to the Pope.

Our Constitution prohibits any religious tests for office. What did this mean beyond the obvious? It meant our Founders were clearly trying to avert a situation where government might be torn apart by sectarian violence. The Founders clearly understood that one's personal faith should have no bearing on the day to day business of government. Religious dogma was dangerous to good government. If public officials were to promote their own personal doctrines into public policy for all citizens to obey, such as the abortion issue, it would have the affect of destabilizing government.

TOPEKA, Kan. - State services were left absent from the State of the State address. Most saddening is how thousands of state workers may lose their jobs. KOSE Executive Director Jane Carter responded:

"In Governor Brownback's State of the State address the services of the state of Kansas and the employees who provide them were left in the cold, which is harsh considering these single digit temperatures!

"Governor Brownback spoke about hope and opportunity for all Kansans, but then disparages the very services which pull Kansas through good times and bad, and that give many of our citizens hope and opportunity every day. Waste in state government was addressed in the State of the State and KOSE has worked in a bi-partisan fashion to flush out waste and fraud. However, eliminating unfilled positions is a slippery slope that jeopardizes our state hospitals, correctional facilities, and state agencies. "

Arizona's Vitriol Has Kansas Roots

"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous." - Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, 01-08-2011

vit·ri·ol: something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism

GIRARD, Kan. - In the wake of the shooting rampage in Tucson Saturday, there is as usual, a national introspection, a search for understanding, a search for root causes and contributing factors. This is a common response. This is how we strive to make sense out of the senseless.

The discussion has quickly turned to national figures, who, during the hotly contested midterm elections of 2010, used the language and symbols of guns and violence. Sarah Palin has become the target of her own language with the cross hairs of criticism now focused directly on her. Palin is not alone. The symbolism of violence in political discourse has become commonplace.

immigration.gifTOPEKA, Kan. - House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence) says he plans to propose a bill to prevent statewide elected leaders of Kansas from "significant" outside employment while they are suppose to be working full time for the people of Kansas.

Very quickly, Kris Kobach took offense to the proposal describing it as a "brazen attempt to stop me from making the reforms I've made in the illegal immigration area." No word if after this remark Kobach stomped his foot in petulant indignation. The nerve of Rep. Davis proposing that statewide officials attend to their day jobs first and foremost.

Elected officials in Kansas should be doing their jobs instead of using their state office to further promote other political agendas. We all know that Kobach has been far more interested in rustling up illegal immigrants than working all day on that voter stuff. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why Kobach had to connect illegal immigration to voting fraud or he would lose his convenient excuse to use the Secretary of State office for his own personal and political agenda regarding illegal immigration.

Flexing the Feminist Muscle

SHAWNEE, Kan. - Fighting for women's rights, particularly the right to choose, can be a lot of fun in Kansas. It's something that all of us bra burning, non leg shaving women love to do. In fact, it was just recently that the 'femi-nazis' in the state gathered together. It was a great time. We practiced witchcraft, played with our Ouiji boards, and talked about how we could use "Obamacare" to euthanize our great grandparents. We adjourned for a short pillow fight, and then discussed evil penises over tea. After it was over, we drew sticks to see who would get to be on the front lines for our causes this year. The winner, of course, would get to be called "baby killer" the most over the next legislative session.

You can only imagine the excitement felt by the one who is left holding the coveted longest stick (no pun intended, of course). This sounds like fun, right?

To be a feminist in Kansas requires a "thick skin" (although a sense of humor also helps). That extra layer of "toughness" is needed to deal with the stereotypes that are projected upon us. Often, it's not much short of a battle to deal with the absurdities thrown at us. There is always a counter to our cause.

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