Published Dec. 10, 2015 Valley Falls Vindicator and Oskaloosa Independent
The governor has announced through all departments he wants to change the state’s slogan.
Kansans best remember the words of 80 yr. old Giles Corey, a farmer from Salem, Massachusetts of September 1692. Rather than enter a plea to a court of Puritan witch hunters he agreed to the torture of “pressing.”
He lasted two days fed rotten bread, drinking the pilgrim’s urine while being slowly crushed to death under heavy stones. The sheriff at one point stood upon the pile of rocks and with his cane pushed the farmer’s protruding tongue back into his mouth.
At each stone added Salem’s finest asked him to make a plea; guilty or not, to being a “wizard” of witchcraft. He refused to do so till death.
Successive years of low voter turn-outs have elected puritanical witch hunters in the Topeka statehouse.
Instead of Eisenhower Republicans who supported the 80% tax on the top incomes which forced the wealthy to re-invest in business, we suffer fear mongers who sabotage government, undermine safe working conditions, impose religious tests upon aid recipients and openly advocate discrimination against homosexuals, heretics, abortion doctors and public critics.
Less a slogan, but more a fact of life I suggest stubborn Kansans are learning and living the last words of Giles Corey, “more weight.”
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North Jefferson County