The Kansas Federalist

Editor and Publisher Currie Myers, former sheriff of Johnson County Kansas and conservative strategist.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Week o August 27th, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlinesf

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The World's New Fascism
Islamic Fascists?
Today’s Islamic fascists share with their Nazi counterparts violence and intimidation as their tactics. And now, as in World War II, free people of all faiths must oppose them. But wisdom begins with a willingness to learn from history and call things by their proper name.

Buchanan: Mexico plots reconquest
In 'State of Emergency,' commentator says today's kids will see death of West
Paints a dim portrait of America's future: "The children born in 2006 will witness in their lifetimes the death of the West."

Record Meth Bust Contributed to Mexican Drug Smuggling
Feds Unearth 'Record-Breaking' Meth Seizure in Georgia Backyard...
Federal officials say the Buford operation appears to be part of a major drug ring that imports and distributes large quantities of meth and cocaine from Mexico by moving it through California and Texas to points throughout the U.S.

Charitable Contribution: A Gift that Truly Keeps on Giving!
The National Sexual Predator Information Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to the enforcement of absconders from sexual predator registries across the US. Please consider a gift to this great non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. For further information call 1-866-755-1133 or visit the NSPIC website at www.missingoffenders.org.

Why the Left is Wrong on Crime
The Left and crime: Part II
Do higher rates of imprisonment reduce crime? Is crime a result of poverty, unemployment, and the like? Are alternatives to incarceration more effective in preventing criminals from repeating their crimes? Millions of crime victims pay the price of the left's illusions about crime -- and about themselves.

Teenager held in Dungeon for 8 years as sex slave
The Daily Mail
Victim was ten when she was kidnapped on her way to school and was imprisoned in a tiny pit dug into the floor of her captor’s garage.


Abortion drug available without prescription
Battle shifts to making abortion drug available to teens without prescription
The maker of the morning after pill, along with women's groups and lawmakers, plans to press its success a step further, seeking to make the controversial abortion drug available without prescription to girls 17 and under.

The Split in the Democratic Party
Democrat Lieberman
Pressure is mounting within the Senate Democratic caucus to strip Sen. Joseph Lieberman of senior committee positions if he defeats Democratic nominee Ned Lamont in Connecticut, but Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is expected to beat that back.

Local/Regional Headlines

Sebelius Running Mate Courts the AFL/CIO
Sebelius running mate asks organized labor to support him
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' running mate, former Republican Mark Parkinson, asked Kansas AFL-CIO members Friday to give him a chance to prove he's a friend of organized labor, saying he didn't vote right on some labor issues as a legislator.

Naked man exposes himself to children on bus
Naked driver pulls alongside school bus
A man wearing no clothes driving a shiny red Nissan Pathfinder has pulled alongside the same school bus and masturbated while the vehicles were traveling along 75th Street between Delmar Street and Mission Road. Police are investigating reports of possibly a third incident at another location.

Group Turns Records Over to Kansas Attorney General
Kansas schools group releases financial records
Facing one lawsuit and the possibility of another, a group that successfully sued the state to force massive funding increases for public schools made its financial records public Thursday. Schools for Fair Funding Inc., a nonprofit group financed by 19 school districts, spent more than $2.9 million since 1998, the records showed, and more than three-quarters of it went to law firms.

Tax Decrease Planned for Overland Park!
Overland Park OKs budget for 2007
South Overland Park street projects, new public safety employees and a tax decrease are among features of Overland Park’s 2007 budget, approved Monday by the City Council. Kudos to Mayor Carl Gerlach and the OP City Council for representing the people so well!

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Reprimanded over School Finance Issue
Nuss Reprimanded
The KS Comm. on Judicial Qualifications has reprimanded Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss for violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Commission found that Nuss violated Canon 1, Canon 2A and Canon 3B(7) when he discussed the school finance case with two State Senators.

Fairway Public Officials Continue to Misrepresent their Constituents
Fairway mayor being disingenuous letter to the editor letter
I am truly at a lost of words regarding the City of Fairway and the total lack of respect their elected officials have for their citizens.

New County Librarian could make nearly $150,000 annually
Board continues librarian search
The Johnson County Library Board last week approved a salary range up to $149,000, a job description and qualifications for the new county librarian to be selected in November. Wow, folk’s life is good at the Johnson County Library!

City Restricts Constitutional Right
Roeland Park toughens restrictions on firearmsRoeland Park passed an ordinance prohibiting firearms, concealed or not, on city property. Police Chief said state legislation led the council to take action.

Gated church compound site of ritualistic sex abuse
Quiet Ozarks county shocked by church sex abuse case
The church's pastor, his wife and her two brothers, who also own the farm, posted bond Monday after county prosecutors filed felony complaints alleging they sexually abused young daughters of church members from 1977 to 2005

Commentary of the Week
By Currie Myers, Publisher

A few moths ago I wrote an editorial called, “Two Mayors and a Bio-Ethical Dilemma”. The link here provides the editorial in full text (Two Mayors and a Bio-Ethical Dilemma) but the crux of the piece discussed the Johnson County BioScience Coalition (JCBC) and the potential that the Stowers Institute could be attempting to bring questionable bioscience activities to Kansas. Those questionable activities could be embryonic stem cell research, SCNT, or cloning. One of the questions I asked in my editorial was if the Co-Chairs of the JCBC have any personal or professional relationship with the Stowers Institute. In further research, the Kansas Federalist has, in fact, found a potential conflict with one of the co-chairs of the JCBC, that being Mayor John St. Clair of Fairway.

Mayor St. Clair formerly represented American Century Investments as a project director and consultant. American Century’s Founder is Jim Stowers, founder of the Stowers Institute. The information is confirmed and verified on the City of Fairway website under the Mayor’s personal information page at www.fairwaykansas.org/mayor.html.

My sincere hope is that Kansas does become a bioscience leader in the United States. There are so many interesting and valuable projects that bioscience research could bring to the world. And Kansas could be that leader. But we must ensure that the mission of that industry does not bring us into conflict with our moral obligations and the bio-ethical dilemmas that occur in our brave new world.

Contributions
The Kansas Federalist needs your support and contributions. To help keep us on line please consider sending a donation to:

Sheriff Myers & Associates
5427 Johnson Drive, #254
Mission, Kansas 66202

In God We Trust
Currie Myers, Publisher – Kansas Federalist

Week of August 27, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

News from the Kansas Federalist

National Headlines

The World's New Fascism
Islamic Fascists?
Today’s Islamic fascists share with their Nazi counterparts violence and intimidation as their tactics. And now, as in World War II, free people of all faiths must oppose them. But wisdom begins with a willingness to learn from history and call things by their proper name.

Buchanan: Mexico plots reconquest
In 'State of Emergency,' commentator says today's kids will see death of West
View paints a dim portrait of America's future: "The children born in 2006 will witness in their lifetimes the death of the West."

Record Meth Bust Contributed to Mexican Drug Operation
Feds Unearth 'Record-Breaking' Meth Seizure in Georgia Backyard...
Federal officials say the Buford operation appears to be part of a major drug ring that imports and distributes large quantities of meth and cocaine from Mexico by moving it through California and Texas to points throughout the U.S.

Charitable Contribution: A Gift that Truly Keeps on Giving!
The National Sexual Predator Information Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to the enforcement of absconders from sexual predator registries across the US. Please consider a gift to this great non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. For further information call 1-866-755-1133 or visit the NSPIC website at http://www.missingoffenders.org/.

Liberals Don't Understand Crime
The Left and crime: Part II
Do higher rates of imprisonment reduce crime? Is crime a result of poverty, unemployment, and the like? Are alternatives to incarceration more effective in preventing criminals from repeating their crimes? Millions of crime victims pay the price of the left's illusions about crime -- and about themselves.

Teenager held in Dungeon for 8 years as sex slave
The Daily Mail
Victim was ten when she was kidnapped on her way to school and was imprisoned in a tiny pit dug into the floor of her captor’s garage.

Abortion drug available without prescription
Battle shifts to making abortion drug available to teens without prescription
The maker of the morning after pill, along with women's groups and lawmakers, plans to press its success a step further, seeking to make the controversial abortion drug available without prescription to girls 17 and under.

The Split in the Democratic Party
Democrat Lieberman
Pressure is mounting within the Senate Democratic caucus to strip Sen. Joseph Lieberman of senior committee positions if he defeats Democratic nominee Ned Lamont in Connecticut, but Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is expected to beat that back.

Local/Regional Headlines

Sebelius Running Mate Courts the AFL/CIO
Sebelius running mate asks organized labor to support him
Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' running mate, former Republican Mark Parkinson, asked Kansas AFL-CIO members Friday to give him a chance to prove he's a friend of organized labor, saying he didn't vote right on some labor issues as a legislator.

Naked man exposes himself to elementary school children on two different dates
Naked driver pulls alongside school bus
A man wearing no clothes driving a shiny red Nissan Pathfinder has pulled alongside the same school bus and masturbated while the vehicles were traveling along 75th Street between Delmar Street and Mission Road. Police are investigating reports of possibly a third incident at another location.

Attorney General demands group turn over records
Kansas schools group releases financial records
Facing one lawsuit and the possibility of another, a group that successfully sued the state to force massive funding increases for public schools made its financial records public Thursday. Schools for Fair Funding Inc., a nonprofit group financed by 19 school districts, spent more than $2.9 million since 1998, the records showed, and more than three-quarters of it went to law firms.

Tax Decrease Planned for Overland Park!
Overland Park OKs budget for 2007
South Overland Park street projects, new public safety employees and a tax decrease are among features of Overland Park’s 2007 budget, approved Monday by the City Council. Kudos to Mayor Carl Gerlach and the OP City Council for representing the people so well!

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Reprimanded over School Finance Issue
Nuss Reprimanded
The KS Comm. on Judicial Qualifications has reprimanded Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss for violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. The Commission found that Nuss violated Canon 1, Canon 2A and Canon 3B(7) when he discussed the school finance case with two State Senators.

Fairway Public Officials Continue to Misrepresent their Constituents
Fairway mayor being disingenuous letter to the editor letter
I am truly at a lost of words regarding the City of Fairway and the total lack of respect their elected officials have for their citizens.

New County Librarian could make nearly $150,000 annually
Board continues librarian search
The Johnson County Library Board last week approved a salary range up to $149,000, a job description and qualifications for the new county librarian to be selected in November. Wow, folk’s life is good at the Johnson County Library!

City Restricts Constitutional Right
Roeland Park toughens restrictions on firearms
Roeland Park passed an ordinance prohibiting firearms, concealed or not, on city property. Police Chief said state legislation led the council to take action.

Gated church compound site of ritualistic sex abuse
Quiet Ozarks county shocked by church sex abuse case
The church's pastor, his wife and her two brothers, who also own the farm, posted bond Monday after county prosecutors filed felony complaints alleging they sexually abused young daughters of church members from 1977 to 2005

Commentary of the Week
By Currie Myers, Publisher


A few moths ago I wrote an editorial called, “Two Mayors and a Bio-Ethical Dilemma”. The link here provides the editorial in full text (Two Mayors and a Bio-Ethical Dilemma) but the crux of the piece discussed the Johnson County BioScience Coalition (JCBC) and the potential that the Stowers Institute could be attempting to bring questionable bioscience activities to Kansas. Those questionable activities could be embryonic stem cell research, SCNT, or cloning. One of the questions I asked in my editorial was if the Co-Chairs of the JCBC have any personal or professional relationship with the Stowers Institute. In further research, the Kansas Federalist has, in fact, found a potential conflict with one of the co-chairs of the JCBC, that being Mayor John St. Clair of Fairway.

Mayor St. Clair formerly represented American Century Investments as a project director and consultant. American Century’s Founder is Jim Stowers, founder of the Stowers Institute. The information is confirmed and verified on the City of Fairway website under the Mayor’s personal information page at www.fairwaykansas.org/mayor.html.

My sincere hope is that Kansas does become a bioscience leader in the United States. There are so many interesting and valuable projects that bioscience research could bring to the world. And Kansas could be that leader. But we must ensure that the mission of that industry does not bring us into conflict with our moral obligations and the bio-ethical dilemmas that occur in our brave new world.

Contributions
The Kansas Federalist needs your support and contributions. To help keep us on line please consider sending a donation to:

Sheriff Myers & Associates
5427 Johnson Drive, #254
Mission, Kansas 66202

In God We Trust
Currie Myers, Publisher – Kansas Federalist

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Week of August 20, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

News from the Kansas Federalist

National Headlines

Slain Pastor's Wife Released From Jail on Bond
Mary Winkler, Suspect in Murder of Husband, Out of Jail on $750K Bond
A minister's wife accused of shooting her husband to death after an argument over money was released from jail Tuesday on $750,000 bail. Only in America, can you kill your spouse in front of your children, then take your children and run away from authorities and then have a liberal judge make bond for you!

Terrorists Kidnapped Fox reporters
Steve Centanni, cameraman taken to protest 'American aid' to Israel
JERUSALEM – Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip today kidnapped two Fox News journalists, including reporter Steve Centanni, to protest America's "involvement " in Israel's military campaigns in Gaza and Lebanon, leaders of the Al Aqsa Martys Brigades terror group told WorldNetDaily. Our thoughts and prayers are with the reporters families.

Faith Liberates Man
keynote address
“Many people think the Church is a church of ‘No,’ Cardinal O’Malley said. “We say ‘No,’ to abortion, to gay marriage, to married priests and to women’s ordination.” Those “no’s” are really affirmations of Christ’s message, of saying “yes to God and to life.” Cardinal O’Malley said that the “Church cannot bend the 10 Commandments to suit modernity or cater to today’s needs.” Instead, the Church’s teachings must be seen as the only way “to live a fully liberated life.”

National Religious Organization Adopts Resolutions on Marriage, Life & More
The 124th Supreme Council Meeting of the Knights of Columbus today [Aug. 3] adopted resolutions on marriage, honoring the gift of life, the Pledge of Allegiance, school choice, decency in the media and on the Internet , and in support of our armed forces. The Knights is a Catholic Lay Men’s Organization in which the Kansas Federalist publisher is a proud member.

Indian premier calls for end to killing of unborn girls
Indian PM calls for end to killing of unborn girls...
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Called on parents in India to stop seeing girls as an economic liability and to end the practice of killing unborn female fetuses.

Minimum Wage Increase is not the Answer, even Spiritually
“The Minimum Wage: A Denial of Freedom and Duty”
Drawing on the work of Abraham Kuyper and from current economic thinking, Jordan Ballor looks at the role the minimum wage plays in society. “The idea that a minimum wage somehow respects human dignity is itself illusory, because an arbitrary ground-floor value is placed on human labor,” Ballor writes.

Local/Regional Headlines

Sheriff’s Office Budget Increases Again, Tax Increase Planned for Johnson Countians

Jail project leads county’s bigger budget
Johnson County commissioners in a 6 to 1 vote approved a $767 million spending plan that includes 46 new sheriff’s deputies who must be trained for a 416-bed jail expansion. Taxes will be increases again in order to pay for the increase in capital and operating costs. Sheriff Denning since entering into office in 2005 has continued to add costs, capital and manpower and is now responsible for two tax increases to the citizens.

National Sexual Predator Information Center Established
Former sheriff takes on sex offenders
Currie Myers, former Johnson County sheriff, says there are approximately 500,000 registered sex offenders nationally. Of those, about 20 percent are absconders, offenders who've moved somewhere else and haven't notified authorities like they're supposed to. The NSPIC is a national non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is establishing itself in Johnson County. For more information on the NSPIC there website is http://www.missingoffenders.org/. To give tips on potential absconder offenders call the NSPIC, toll-free at 1-866-755-1133.

Sebelius Replaces Appointee to Supreme Court Nominating Commission After 42 Days
Aug 13
Salina Journal reported the appointment of Janet Juhnke from Salina as a replacement for Carolyn Bird. Governor Sebelius’ press release indicated Juhnke "replaces Carolyn Bird who was unable to serve on the Commission. Upon careful review of statutes and Attorneys’ General opinions regarding the Commission, it has been determined that Bird is unable to serve due to previous service." It’s not clear what this really means, and why this was not checked before the June 30th announcement.

Some decline to sign off on Olathe Schools task force findings
Some decline to sign off on task force findings
"I didn't feel comfortable signing off to say we definitely needed $300 million worth of building projects," said Karin Brownlee, a task force member and state senator. "We need to prioritize first." Resident Arlyn Briggs, also a task force member, said he is concerned about asking taxpayers for more money when the district already has some in reserves. Kudos to Senator Brownlee and Mr. Briggs for their due diligence in representing the tax payers of the Olathe School District!

Sebelius Wrong on Driver’s License Issue – Then and Now
Sebelius: Federal law makes driver's license issue moot
Sebelius endorsed the idea of giving illegal immigrants driver's licenses, arguing that with licenses, those immigrants could register their vehicles and obtain insurance. However recent federal law has ended the debate. Senator Jim Barnett’s Campaign, who is running for Governor as the Republican nominee, replied that if Sebelius had prevailed three years ago with this idea, "No federal agency now would be able to accept a Kansas driver's license as a valid form of identification."

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Interested in training your company or personnel in security issues, homeland defense preparation, risk mitigation techniques, drug education classes, and self-defense classes? Then contact Sheriff Myers & Associates for specialized training and education that meets your specific needs in an affordable package!

Petition would force a vote on whether Fairway must publish staff salaries
Fairway ponders petition, and what to do about it
A recent petition drive to force a vote on the publication of staff salaries is getting the attention of some members of the Fairway City Council. This city council is completely out of touch with the people.

SMSD School budget, tax rate hike, OK’d
School budget, tax rate hike, OK’d
The budget will grow from $266 million last year to $307.4 million, an increase of 15.6 percent. Net expenditures, which include transfers, are expected to be $392.2 million. Nearly a 16% Increase over last year folks! Did your personal income raise 16% this year to cover the increase?

Bond project includes other renovations at technical center
District remodeling Broadmoor Bistro, adding patio
Planned renovations to Broadmoor Technical Center include revamping the bistro dining area and adding a patio to use when the weather is nice. So lets get the straight. SMSD is raising our taxes and in the meantime, they’re revamping their bistro?

Commentary of the Week

School Consolidation
Wayne Godsey, KMBC President And General Manager

Aug. 14, 2006: School Consolidation
Mr. Godsey “hit the nail on the head” regarding how the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision just throws money at the issue and does not fix the problem.

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In God We Trust
Currie Myers, Publisher – Kansas Federalist

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Week of August 13, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

News from the Kansas Federalist

National Headlines

UK plot resembles 1995 al-Qaida plan
Liquid explosives, timers part of 'Bojinka,'attempt to bomb 12 airliners over Pacific
The foiled terrorist plot to blow up as many as 10 U.S. airplanes departing the UK using liquid explosives bears striking resemblance to "Operation Bojinka," the failed al-Qaida-financed attack on airliners in 1995 that became a precursor to 9-11, counterterrorism analysts say.

Explosive gel was to be concealed in sports drink
Device triggered with flash from disposable camera
The suspected terror plotters arrested in Britain had planned to conceal their liquid or gel explosives inside a modified sports beverage drink container and trigger the device with the flash from a disposable camera.

Britain facing 'most sustained threat since WWII'
Home secretary warns terrorist attack on UK 'highly likely'
The home secretary said that the end of the cold war had been accompanied by the "reach and impact" of organized crime and international terrorism.

AP, N.Y. Times raising the dead?
News agencies run photographs of 'deceased' who 'appear alive'
Charles Johnson, of the Little Green Footballs blog, said the evidence of digital manipulation of the image was "blatant." His site is known for opening the floodgates on the forged documents about President Bush.

Former Wichita Abortion Clinic Drenched in Blood According to Tests
--WND Exclusive--
We were expecting to find a little bit of blood. We were not expecting to find the amount we found," office manager Brenna Sullenger told WorldNetDaily. "It was horrifying. It covered the walls floor to ceiling.

Internet pushes sexual content right into our homes.
We're not in Kansas anymore
Sexually explicit material finds its way in front of our children and we realize that we're not in Kansas anymore. Actually, even Kansas isn't safe zone anymore. Or Minnesota. Or Georgia.

Iran's smuggling of uranium from African mine
Shipment of bomb-making material from 'closed' Congo site intercepted
Tanzanian customs officials have uncovered an Iranian smuggling operation transporting large quantities of bomb-making uranium from the same mines in the Congo that provided the nuclear material for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima sixty-one years ago today, reports the London Sunday Times.

Reuters Admits to Altering Photo
Reuters pulls doctored photo...
Reuters withdraws photograph of Beirut after Air Force attack after US blogs, photographers point out 'blatant evidence of manipulation

Jews shot in Seattle, But Liberals more angry at Gibson
Jews shot in Seattle, Left angry at Mel Gibson On July 28, 2006, a Muslim entered the building of the Seattle Jewish Federation and shot every Jew he saw, murdering one woman and wounding five others. Yet, on the same day, Mel Gibson was arrested on DUI charges and while intoxicated let loose with anti-Semitic invective at the Jewish police officer that arrested him. Which incident got the most press?

Local/Regional Headlines

Congressman’s Abuse of Franking Privilege
Aug 6
Dennis Moore mailing was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense" even though Moore has almost $1,000,000 in campaign cash in the bank.

Olathe fees, rates may go up
City fees, rates may go up
The Olathe City Council has yet to put its stamp of approval on the budget, but several departments have proposed the rate and fee increases they believe they'll need next year to make end's meet. In the case of the Parks and Recreation Department, it has to hike fees to get into city pools because as it is now, Olathe loses money on those swimming facilities.

Westwood residents will see taxes increase
Westwood budget includes tax increase
The Westwood City Council has proposed a mill levy of 19.542, up from 16.748 in 2006. A mill equals $1 for every $1,000 in assessed valuation. For a $200,000 home, the proposed mill levy would cause an increase of $64.27, or 16.7 percent, on the tax bill.

Prairie Village council splits over reserve funds
Prairie Village council splits over reserve funds
There’s also about $2 million coming from the city’s fund balance — essentially, the fund is like a savings account — to be used primarily for infrastructure. Vernon said that fund balance is projected to be about $7 million, or 35 percent of all revenue, at the end of 2007. We are not a bank,” council member Wayne Vennard said. “We are not supposed to hold money beyond what is necessary. Kudos to Wayne Vennard for supporting good government

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Mother of Capital Murder victim, speaks out against Paul Morrison
Speaking Out Against Morrison's Lies
Police Chiefs’ letter backs up Kline's assertions and shows Morrison's accusations to be false.

Leavenworth No Tax Hike Deceiving
Leavenworth commissioners approve $38 million budget
Despite the level property tax rate, residents could pay more because property values used to determine tax bills have increased by an average of 6 percent. Also, the city represents only a portion of a resident’s overall tax bill. This is how government entities raise taxes with raising them!

Naked Smoker Fall of Porch
Naked Shawnee smoker falls off porchShawnee man stepped outside naked for a smoke just before midnight Tuesday, locked himself out accidentally, fell off his porch and broke his ankle, police said. Sorry folks sometimes things are just too funny not to report!

Church petitions for wage increase
Labor group, Catholic Church petition for wage increase
Representatives of labor and the Catholic Church on Wednesday advocated passage of a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage in Missouri. As a Catholic, my church should study supply and demand issues and economics closer. If minimum wage increases are forced upon business and businesses can’t provide enough wages to pay for the increases then the business owner is forced to reduce the number of hours worked or left with a worse scenario, job loss for the employee.

Panel hears complaint against Kansas Supreme Court Justice
Panel hears complaint against Nuss over meeting with senators
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss repeated his regrets for having a discussion with two senators about pending school finance bills churning in the Legislature, telling the Commission on Judicial Qualifications on Thursday that he learned from his lapse in judgment. A justice can be removed only if the House impeaches and the Senate convicts with a two-thirds majority.

Commentary of the Week
By Sarah Jurcyk, as written in the KC Star

Fairway should listen to residents letter to the editor

I would like to respond to a couple of articles that have been in Neighborhood News (“Fairway residents protest size of planned bridge,” Aug. 2) regarding the Fairway bridge project.

Council member Pete Barham was quoted as saying “We are ready to go. They came late to the table.” The problem is we (residents of Fairway) were never invited to the table. The storm committee may have been working on this project for a couple of years, but the residents did not know that by committing to federal funds we would be obligated to build a bridge to withstand the “100-year flood.”

I attended a meeting in June when the council voted to obligate bonds and proceed with the project, with no residents’ input allowed. The council would not let us voice our objections when we found out that it was obligating Fairway to an overbuilt, unaesthetically pleasing bridge.

The July 27th meeting was the first meeting where the citizens were allowed to talk about the project publicly. The council wanted us to choose the color stone and style of railing, but the residents of Fairway had many questions that the council did not want to answer.

As a resident of Fairway I feel we should have the opportunity to vote on whether we want to go ahead with this or look at other options. I don’t think most Fairway residents have any idea what is about to happen on the corner of Mission Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway if this proposed bridge is built. Mission Hills has opted not to use federal dollars so that it could have control over the look and size of the bridge at Mission and Tomahawk roads. This is not the first time the Fairway City Council has tried to do things “in our best interest” without considering input from its residents. Fairway may be a sleepy little town, but some of us are awake and asking questions.

Kansas Federalist Addendum - Sarah, along with literally half the residents of the town of Fairway, should be proud of their insistence in good government of the people, by the people and for the people. The arrogance of these city leaders, elected officials no less, is astounding.

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In God We Trust
Currie Myers, Publisher – Kansas Federalist

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Week of August 7, 2006 - Placing Conservative Views in the Headlines

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National Headlines

Renewed Push for Confirmation of Bolton Picks Up Support
Bolton's new backers
Jewish leaders, impressed with Bolton's support of Israel at the UN under a recess appointment, have urged the New Yorkers to back cloture this time. Schumer, praising Bolton's support for Israel, has said another filibuster is "unlikely." Clinton has not stated her current position.

Activist cop threatens, mocks Christians at Promise Keepers Event
Officer orders pro-marriage petitions removed from Promise Keepers event
But as the signatures were being collected, officers of the Sunrise city police department ordered volunteers for Florida4Marriage.org to stop accepting names. "Officers then physically removed the petitions from 'public view' on the table at the exhibitors tent," the council said in a website update of the situation. "Two of the male officers mocked the volunteers by kissing each other after they initially removed all the petitions from the area."

Local/Regional Headlines

Olathe Wants Rate Increase for Utilities
Rate increase is planned for Olathe’s utility bills
Olathe is again proposing rate increases for city utilities. Under City Manager Michael Wilkes’ recommended budget for 2007, storm water, water/sewer, solid waste and recycling bills will go up.

Kansas known as one of the nation's busiest drug corridors
Officials say Kansas becoming crossroads of drug trade
The problem has become even more acute since Sept. 11, 2001, when air traffic regulations become more stringent and drug traffickers turned to ground transportation.

School District wants to Extend Tax
Spring Hill school tax on the ballot
The people of the Spring Hill School District stood up on this one and voted “NO” to another tax increases. Kudos to the grassroots!

Merriam Residents can Expect Higher City Property Tax Bill
Merriam council votes to boost property tax levy
Merriam also anticipates that the cost of providing city services will rise because of growing increases in salaries and benefits of city employees.

Shawnee Approves Property Tax Hike
Council approves levy hike for first time in 13 years
The council was split 4-4, with Mayor Jeff Meyers breaking the tie.

School Board proposal includes a Tax Increase
Taxes rise in Shawnee Mission budget proposal SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL BOARD
A mill represents $1 for every $1,000 in assessed valuation. So the owner of a $200,000 home would pay about $47 more in school property taxes than he did last year.

Taxes Rise to Pay for School District’s Soccer Field
Overland Park OKs plan for new soccer field
New playing field, complete with lights and 600 new seats, will be added to the Shawnee Mission School District soccer complex at 95th Street and Nieman Road.

Amnesty Day in Shawnee
City offers Amnesty Day on outstanding warrants
It’s a sad day when Johnson County cities are trying to emulate the left coast by adding liberal enforcement methodologies to their enforcement efforts. What’s next, Group Hug Day! If you break the law expect punishment anything else will only invite additional lawbreaking.

Fairway Residents Angered Over “Unneeded” Bridge Project
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/15167754.htm
Some Fairway residents have launched a campaign against a “highway bridge” on Mission Road. In fact, they want the city to give back all the money it received to pay for it. Two petitions by declaratory judgment have already been filed to fight this bridge project.

Governor appoints Chairman of 'Republicans for Sebelius PAC' Judge
Sebelius Appoints Political Crony to Bench
Mark Braun is still touted as the Chairman of Republicans for Sebelius on her campaign website despite being nominated and appointed as a District Court Judge. Canon 5, of the rules relating to judicial conduct, prohibit judges and nominees for judges from engaging in overt political activity. Braun is currently being featured on Sebelius' campaign website could be violations of Canon 5.

New State Board of Education Member’s Actions Called Galling
Kansas newspaper angry with candidate over flier incident
The Yates Center News believes Shaver has wronged the publication, and in a Wednesday post-election column, called her actions "unethical as well as illegal." Shaver’s actions represented trespassing, copyright infringement and misrepresentation of the publication when she placed campaign materials inside the papers that were delivered to out to the public.

Mission to Consider Another Infringement on Business Owners
Mission to revisit smoking question
Government should stay out of making decisions that is the responsibility of business owners. It’s, once again, a supply and demand issue. If you don’t like places that allow smoking then one shouldn’t patronize that establishment. The council and mayor of Mission should have more important things to consider, like holding the line on taxes and eliminating non-government services.

Shawnee EDC Recognizes Local Businesses
Business awards presented to Shawnee companies
Business Award honorees included 8150 Monticello LLC, Aces & 8’s Sports Bar, Canterbury Academy, Harte-Hanks Shawnee, INTRUST Bank, Mather Enterprises, Perceptive Software Inc., Straub Construction Co., The Goddard School at Shawnee Crossings, The Sweet Life at Rosehill, UMB Bank, Varnum, Armstrong and Deeter, Weaver’s Auto Center, Westar Energy. The Kansas Federalist would like to congratulate these businesses for their entrepreneurial spirit and success!

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Commentary of the Week
Time Passes So Quickly – By Currie Myers

I’ve had a difficult last few months. It has nothing to do with business, religion, or politics. It’s has all to do with being a father. I have been truly blessed with five wonderful children. Our eldest, Ashley, will be 18 soon and will be entering her senior year in high school and that’s the issue that is causing me so much discomfort. It’s not my daughter mind you she is an excellent student/athlete and is so very well grounded. We are very proud of her and of her decisions in life thus far. The problem quite frankly is me. I get the uneasy feeling that this is the last year of having my complete family around me all the time. That it is in many ways the beginning of the end. That first child that is soon to head off to college, then adult life, marriage, children, etc. is here and that the others will follow in time. Perhaps it’s also that has the protector of my family, I feel as if I’m getting out of date, soon to be passed over by another. For other struggling fathers on this issue, I’m sure you feel my pain. For others whom have not experienced yet, I would remind you that Time Passes So Quickly. So take advantage of your kids still being around you. Take those family vacations and go to those school events and ballgames. And do it in the name of our Father!

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Currie Myers, Publisher – Kansas Federalist