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"Feel good' bills? Legislature has important issues to resolve

To The Daily Sun,

While the firestorm over the actions of a state representative using the only opportunity provided to him to debate a piece of legislation, I wonder why the actions of Rep. Robert Cushing, et. al., who introduced the bill, or the lessons taught by Mr. James Cutting being questioned.

The business conducted by the General Court is serious and impacts the daily lives of the citizens of the state. The decisions made determine whether some families will be able to put food on their tables or a roof over their heads. Just as important is the cost of precious taxpayer dollars for the process to consider those bills.

Think about it. It is an economics lesson that should be given before petitioning a legislator to present an idea for a bill. While I commend Mr. Cutting for educating the students in the process, he should also encourage the idea to be one of real substance such as requiring paid lobbyists to be heard in public hearing after the citizens are given an opportunity to be heard or that all bills be distributed in electronic form only.

Every idea that is introduced for consideration requires research and time by a staff attorney to write the appropriate language and format. Once the bill is written it requires printing a minimum of 400-plus copies of the bill for the legislators and staff distribution. That also requires materials and time of the legislative staff. The next step is for the bill is given a public hearing requiring more copies for public distribution. Once the committee takes action, the bill must now be included in the Calendar and additional copies made for distribution to the 400 members and the public. It then takes the time of the legislators to discuss and vote on the bill. And then the final results must be published in the Journal for public distribution. None of the above includes the cost of security, utilities and other support systems needed to operate the state Legislature.

It is you and I, the taxpayers who pay for the salaries of those employed to assist at the Statehouse for each bill to be introduced, considered and voted by the body.

Mr. James Cutting should share the math lessons with his students and weigh the cost to those families who are working hard to pay for the legislation they suggest. Rep. Cushing and the other sponsors of HB-373 owe the taxpayers an apology for introducing a "feel good" bill when there are much more important issues to resolve.

Karen Testerman


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The Amerian Taliban is coming to Kansastan, I kid you not

To The Daily Sun,

Its almost spring and crazy is in the air. Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity where we strive to keep the stupid in the news.

The American Taliban is coming to Kansastan to get your dangerous books. Bill 56, introduced by right-winger Mary Pilcher-Cook criminalizes teachers with any lesson plan that depicts "nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse," or anything that the "average adult person" believes "lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value." Average adults? Like those who haven't a clue about evolution, vaccinations, climate science, or what the word secular means?

An epidemic of constitutional cluelessness in right-wing world continues unabated and there is no vaccine for willful ignorance yet. PPP's latest survey found 57 percent of the GOP support, "establishing Christianity as the national religion." They must belong to the George Clark and Gene Danforth School of American History funded by the Tony Boutin Educational Foundation. In Sacramento, attorney Matthew McLaughlin an American Sharia activist, paid $200 to file the "Sodomite Suppression Act" ballot initiative with the Attorney General. Gay people in California would be banned from holding office and be executed by firing squad. McLaughlin wants to save us from God's wrath. Fox ranter, Pastor James Manning, known for praising ISIS for the execution of gays, must be proud.

Right Wing World is on fire lately. Logic be damned! Lower the IQs!. Ayatollah Mike Huckabee, who vowed to fight "secular theocracy", is crying about those blue meanies imposing their secular values on religious conservatives. What that means is that giving the LGBT community the rights and freedoms he and his band of apoplectics already have is an insult and an imposition. Persecution, too! Crazed TV Pastor John Hagee is demanding that we stand with war criminal Netanyahu or God will destroy us. Spawn Matthew Hagee says gay marriage will cause the collapse of society and the incessant babbler Ted Cruz wants a constitutional amendment banning gay and lesbians from marrying because they threaten our liberties. Cruz is proof that a good education doesn't cure stupid. Tony Perkins of FRC is blaming gay activist Dan Savage for the videos recorded by University of Oklahoma fraternity members singing a racist chant. That's rich!

On Perkins' radio show, ex-NFL player Craig James is in a tizzy because the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants joined a brief on behalf of gay marriage at the Supreme Court. James stated, "that's Satan working on us." Satan! Liberty Council's Matt Staver quipped that the teams were "hostile to our faith and to the very foundational values of God's natural created order." Oh, the weeping and gnashing of teeth in Biblestan!

And poor Bobby Jindal is now claiming Obama's secularism is taking his liberties away. Which ones? Making bigotry legal? What he doesn't realize is that secularism is the foundation of religious liberty for all because like the Constitution, government should take no sides on the issues of mumbo jumbo and hocus pocus. That unassailable truth may be a little too deep for the thinking of conservative Christians, though.

James Veverka


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