Opinion

Finch: Legislature addresses changes, budget

Greetings from Topeka.

As I write this we are just finishing up week three of the session and things have been moving swiftly. This has definitely been a year of changes in the statehouse.

For starters when we were sworn in last month, there were 46 new faces in the Kansas House. That’s not quite the record but it is over a third of the body. That many new legislators means a lot of learning; new names, faces, and districts. And it means a lot of fresh and different perspectives that will affect legislation this year.

Letter: Golf course seeks community support

Osage City has lost a lot of really fun things over the years including – a drive inn, bowling alley, and skating rink are three that come quickly to my mind. We need you to join Osage City Golf Course, an affiliate of GreatLIFE, this year.

We need as many members as possible to keep this asset in our community. The course provides entertainment, is used by both youth and adults, and attracts visitors. It is a great benefit for both our city and county.

Hensley: Hire Kansans first, buy American

TOPEKA—Gov. Brownback’s “march to zero” has been just that - a march to zero new jobs. In fact, in 2016, Kansas lost 9,600 private sector jobs.

Kansas workers are paying more in taxes and their wages lag behind the rest of the nation. We have to do better. That’s why last week, members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses rolled out more than a dozen bills that benefit the working men and women of Kansas.

LETTER: Lynn Jenkins gets things done

Dear Editor:

It is tough for people to think anything good goes on in politics when the media only focuses on the negative. For example, you may not know this but Lynn Jenkins has stood up to the President on some key issues and has been successful. His own advisors now admit he does not have legal authority to close Gitmo, which is in large part due to Lynn Jenkins’ efforts. He came to Kansas earlier this year to sell a plan for taxing 529s, only to cave later to Lynn Jenkins and then sign her bill that expanded 529 college savings plan.

LETTER: Businessman supports Hensley

Dear Editor:

There is no question who I am casting my vote for on Nov. 8 and that is State Senator Anthony Hensley.

I am a small business owner and a resident of Osage County. In my line of work, my employees and I travel Kansas highways often. Without proper maintenance of these roads, we cannot do our jobs safely. Reliable infrastructure ensures safety and economic development. Senator Hensley understands this.

LETTERS: Readers support incumbent senator

Dear Editor:

I am a former public school teacher and a Republican. On Nov. 8, I will vote for Senator Anthony Hensley.

As a classroom teacher for 41 years, Anthony knows what it takes to provide a top quality education for all Kansas children. As our state senator, he fought to restore funding cuts to schools and he opposed Governor Brownback’s temporary block grant system. He knew it would have detrimental effects on all school districts, especially rural districts like mine.

EDITORIAL: When our state loses, our county loses

This week marks the third time this year that county has lost out due to the administration of the state. The billion dollar mistakes eventually hit home, and they strike those of us with the least access and mobility the hardest.
The loss of the Lyndon clinic is one that takes away from all members of that community, but especially from the less able bodied there. Those that already rely on Medicaid, which was the primary reasoning Stormont Vail Health cited for the closing of the facility.

LETTER: Stop passing the blame

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter that appeared in the Aug. 11, 2016 of The Osage County Herald-Chronicle newspaper from Shari Weber, current Osage County Treasurer.

It is time to set the record straight once and for all. The blame game has to stop.

On May 1, 2015, I decided it was time to move on with my life after 39 years of service and retire. I opted to stay around till the end of July to possibly help my successor as much as possible with training, and other items.

Commissioners actions questioned

Dear Editor:

Have you ever wondered how the salary of an elected county official is determined? For those attending the political forum on July 19, Commissioner Kuykendall provided the answer. According to the commissioner, the county commission sets the salaries “on a whim.”

Hmmm… Let’s see… The commissioners meet once a week for eight hours. Most of their meetings are much shorter than eight hours. Eight hours a week for 50 weeks per year is a total of 400 hours. At an annual salary of $12,000 that equates to $30 per hour. Whimsical, isn’t it?

LETTER: Inaccurate and inappropriate

Dear Editor:

I witnessed a most inaccurate and inappropriate action by Commissioner Kuykendall on Aug. 8.

I attended the regularly scheduled commission meeting to bring to the commissioner’s attention an inaccurate and inappropriate overview of training in the Osage County Treasurer’s office. The week prior, the Osage County Herald Chronicle had a front page article quoting Commissioner Kuykendall as pontificating, “ . . .but we spent all of that on these trainers, which she just walked away from.”

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