"I will tell the people what's going on at the statehouse. I'm going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene. ... If businesses don't have to pay taxes, the burden should not be on those trying to feed themselves." - The Valley Falls Vindicator & Oskaloosa Independent, March 3, 2016.

Across Kansas the top 1% are looting and on-the-loose, pitting us against each other. Communities in Jefferson County need to democratically prepare themselves for food and energy autonomy.

- MICHAEL CADDELL, Publisher

Jan. 7, 2016, "HEED THE SQUEALS"

Letter to the Editor

HEED THE SQUEALS


Published Jan. 7th, 2015 Valley Falls Vindicator and the Oskaloosa Independent

Dogs look up to us, cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” - Sister Monica Joan, “Call the Midwife”, PBS TV Series

Heard of the bail bondsman formerly of rural Oskaloosa recently charged with killing and feeding an “unruly” child to pigs in his Wyandotte County backyard?

We sleepy citizens of Jefferson County in the 47th House District would be wise to heed the squeals soon to come from the “Republican” majority in the Topeka statehouse. The legislative session opens this month, and as Sister Joan said, dogs and cats are harmless pets, but respect the pigs. 

The Wichita billionaires have had a wild boar squealing against our Jefferson County public schools. Almost four years ago Dave Trabert, a lobbyist and Pig Latin speaker from the Kansas Policy Institute (KPI) started eyeballing our little kid’s future
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He told Kansas City Star reporter Dawn Bowmann on Oct. 8, 2012: “There is room for improvement noting that Jefferson County has six school districts serving about 3,577 students. It means there are six different transportation plans in a 557-square mile region. There are six districts handling payroll, computer systems and cafeteria services.” 

Pig Latin translation: Topeka ruts through our elected school board budgets. Local control ends with:
 
  • · Low paid unskilled maintenance workers, fewer experienced teachers
  • · School cafeterias sold to the nearest fast food chain, more vending machines 
  • · Parents pay out of pocket for art, theater, football, basketball and track 
  • · Re-classify the bus drivers as volunteers, sell trip fares to all riders 
  • · Force “patrons” to sell homemade cakes, cookies - bum money off each other
  • · How about a 4-day weekly school schedule?

Who said the “right to scrounge” is reserved to campaigning politicians?

Brownback and the “Republican” legislature paid $2,600,000.00 to a Wall Street wrecking crew called Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) during the last session. They want to do statewide what KPI’s Dave Trabert advised for Jefferson County school districts. 

A&M is pretty shifty; their advice - hire more tax collectors, slow down paying off the state’s monthly bills and demand a discount if the businesses want paid earlier. Would that be fewer tits for more runts?

Our Sen. Marci Francisco can speak and translate Pig Latin for us too. She serves on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is not optimistic. 

"We didn’t need to hire somebody to tell us that," Francisco said in last Saturday’s Lawrence Journal World newspaper.

Nobody, but Brownback and his pen mates know what else A&M has in store for Kansans until their report is presented to the House and Senate budget committees on Jan. 12, just hours before the governor’s State of the State address.

We need an old fashioned BBQ with bacon next Election Day 2016.

Mike Caddell
Radio Free Kansas
North Jefferson County

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