"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

Letter to the Editor, HOW SMART ARE THEY?, Nov. 19, 2015

Published Nov. 19, 2015: Valley Falls Vindicator, Oskaloosa Independent

Letter to the Editor

HOW SMART ARE THEY? 

When a car dealer from Wichita can bark at educated people and order them off his sand lot for not cussing the “black Muslim” president enough everyone watching should check their wallets.
House Speaker Rep. Ray Merrick (R – Wichita) did just that last week and he didn’t bother telling most it was over.

“I’m deeply saddened for the state that three of the most knowledgeable people on health care issues are being removed from all of the policy-making decisions … on one issue.” - Rep. Barbara Bollier, M. D. (R – Mission Hills) as reported by Bryan Lowry, Wichita Eagle, Nov. 11, 2015.

Retired, Rep. Bollier is the last doctor in the state legislature and watched over the Health and Human Services Committee. Last year when the legislature was in overtime she expressed opposition to the anti-abortion bill banning doctors from using tools in early 2nd trimester procedures. The law forbids the same during the aftermath of miscarriages too.
 
Other lawmakers removed from the Health and Human Services Committee were Rep. Susan Concannon (R-Beloit), the vice chair and a registered nurse; and Rep. Don Hill (R-Emporia), a pharmacist.

They must have said something that Speaker Rep. Ray Merrick and the governor didn’t like too. Maybe pointing out that Kansas is one of 20 states not expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act for the poorest of the poor.

How smart are Republican leaders like Merrick and Brownback? Well look at the ones Merrick moved last week who were watch dogging your kids’ education. 

Pulled from the Education Committee were: Rep. Diana Dierks (R-Salina), a real estate broker; and Rep. John Ewy (R-Jetmore), a college professor.

Maybe they questioned the wisdom of everybody carrying concealed guns onto any Kansas college campus? 

“Buckle up; if you think you’ve been on a roller coaster now, you’ve going to now see a real roller coaster. The ideas that will come out of committee now will not be good for your students,” said former state representative Deena Horst, as reported by Tim Horan, Salina Journal, Nov. 13, 2015.
 
She is now a member representing the north-central area on the Kansas State Board of Education.

I suggest the Republican statehouse leaders are packing sawdust into the transmissions that drives the government serving the silent majorities that fuel it, the taxpaying Kansans. A sneaky car dealer from Wichita and a guy that Dad wouldn’t let drive his combine are too busy with our money in the Topeka statehouse.

And lest the silent majority of taxpayers forget; the committees have ordered no unauthorized tape recordings, cell phones or cameras during their open meetings.

Sometimes I’m told they hold the meetings in hallways, or move them around at last minute, the better to keep them secret. 

The committees hold most meetings in rooms that are wired for live-streaming audio and visual, paid for by you during the $380 million statehouse renovation.

Can citizens listen in on the internet, yet? No.

Remember this the first Tuesday in November 2016 when you vote.

Mike Caddell
Radio Free Kansas
North Jefferson County

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