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Sheriff and the Constitution

Sheriffs and the Constitution

Come listen to your sheriff. The following sheriffs will be speaking about how they see their role as sheriff as it relates to the Constitution of the United States of America: Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin, Rush County Sheriff Ward Corsair, Trego County Sheriff Richard Hanks, Russell County Sheriff John Fletcher, Rooks County Sheriff Gary Knight and Graham County Sheriff Cole Presley.

The Big First Tea Party, representing the Kansas Big First Congressional District, will host the six sheriffs at its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. April 9 at Thirsty's Pub & Brew, 2704 Vine.

As host, I have experience working with people in the criminal justice/law enforcement field as he was a member of a small group of people who created and developed the College of Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. We developed a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D degree program and, in the first year, had more than 1,000 students enrolled majoring in criminal justice. ASU became only the seventh university in the country to offer these programs at the time.

Your co-host for the evening will be Dr. Paul Ibbetson. Dr. Ibbetson is the award-winning talk show host of the "Conscience of Kansas" radio show on 105.7 FM. The show airs from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dr. Ibbetson also has experience in the criminal justice/law enforcement field as he was a police chief in Kansas.

If you are following the national news you know this is a hot topic. A number of state legislatures have passed laws that are attempting to take away some of Americans rights granted under our Constitution. It appears that some of these state legislatures and even some federal government leaders do not think the citizens need guns. Some sheriffs across the country have publicly stated they will not enforce any state or federal government laws taking away our rights. What will the sheriffs in Kansas do? Come to find out.

We will begin our program promptly at 6 p.m. Our March 12 monthly meeting had 108 people, so plan on coming early.

Roger Ewing

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