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Partisanship

Published on -8/6/2013, 10:09 AM

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We appreciated your editorial, "Dole for Brownback" and a previous editorial informing your readers on what is really going on in Topeka and Washington; we hope you will continue to do so.

We were amazed and disappointed when it was announced that former Sen. Bob Dole will support this Brownback fellow in his upcoming campaign for re-election. As you said, this is quite an about-face from the Bob Dole we knew during his senatorial years.

During the Clinton administration, we lived in Oklahoma; we chose to remember the Bob Dole, a Republican, and Oklahoma Sen. David Borne, a Democrat, who together worked in a bipartisan manner with President Clinton. This trio accomplished a great deal of positive legislation to the benefit of our country. We don't believe there has anything like that bipartisan activity since then. The current Congress might take a lesson from that.

Darlene and I are nonpartisan -- we try to vote for the candidate we hope will try to do what is best for state or country in preference to his personal ambitions. Sometimes the choices are so sorry, one is tempted not to vote at all. Is there something wrong with the political world when we haven't elected a Democrat from Kansas to the United States Senate since 1932? In 1932, I was 14 years old; that means we haven't sent a Democrat to the Senate for most of my lifetime, during my entire eligibility to cast a ballot.

It seems to us that it is quite undemocratic when the top officer in the state chooses a group of moderate legislators to purge during the primary in his own party.

After the current legislative session ended, we wrote to one of the legislators who survived the purge, whereupon he replied that they wouldn't even consider some of his proposals. Of course, we know why.

Politics, isn't it wonderful?

Hang in there, Pat.

Carl Schlegel

Hays

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