Archive for March 21st, 2010

Editorial — Poll, when cities lie about their citizens, does a city councilman deserve recall?

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The poll (repeated at the bottom):

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If a city official lies about a citizen, and the mayor does not demand that the city manager correct the error, does the mayor deserve to be recalled?
Yes

No

The background:

Recently, an unnamed city “official” for Overland Park was quoted in The Kansas City Star, making a knowingly false statement against one its citizens, Jason Osterhaus, who had narrowly lost a 2009 primary race to incumbent Councilman Curt Skoog.  The official lied by falsely stating that the City of Overland Park had worked pleasantly with Osterhaus, after Osterhaus asked for a budget.  Osterhaus had made key plank in his 2009 campaign this: that he would put the budget online.  But recently, the “official” falsely criticized the accuracy Osterhaus’ statement — the official said that the budget already was online.

Here are the facts:  The City of Overland Park — under Mayor Carl Gerlach and City Manager John Nachbar — first asked Osterhaus to pay around $500 for a printed budget, in early 2009.  Later, the city provided Osterhaus with a largely meaningless printed document.  And weeks after that — only once Osterhaus was a candidate — did the city provide Osterhaus with what was even a SOMEWHAT helpful budget document, and for free.  Even this final document, however, had huge unexplained and unitemized holes in it.

Today — today, not in 2009 — there does exist online some semblance of a list of expenses, but it’s presently not known whether this online document is sufficiently specific.  And unhelpfully, the document is reportedly in a PDF format, rather than a smaller, more-searchable format.

The behavior by unnamed Overland Park officials smacks of arrogance and unaccountability.  One must ask:  Does John Nachbar think that he can do literally whatever he wants to do?  Is Nachbar perhaps under the illusion that more than a small number of residents still read the pro-corruption Johnson County Sun?

We’ve contacted the city, asking for an explanation and a remedy to this unacceptable behavior.  We’ll give Mayor Gerlach and Nachbar a reasonable amount of time to reply, but we want to know your opinion:  If they do not correct this clear error in judgment by an unnamed city “official” about one of his or her own residents, is this type of behavior worthy of a recall one one or more of the elected officials?

In order to see the results, please choose “Yes” or “No.”  You may leave comments on our page, here, if you wish (your first-ever comment must be approved by us, but you are then free to comment, at will.  We do not display your Email that you provide).

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If a city official lies about a citizen, and the mayor does not demand that the city manager correct the error, does the mayor deserve to be recalled?
Yes

No

Letter to editor — Dismay at questioning Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s personal integrity

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Douglas Shane, a Kansas State University junior, writes in the Hays Daily News (click to read the whole thing):

I read with dismay as Randy and Jane Harder from Haven questioned Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s personal integrity in their letter to the editor published in papers across the state. It is unfortunate that Mr. and Mrs. Harder did not disclose their son, Brandon, is currently dating Congressman Jerry Moran’s daughter, Kelsey. Brandon is also very involved in the Moran campaign. I go to K-State with both Brandon and Kelsey.

Unfortunately, these personal attacks are par for the course for Jerry Moran, a lawyer, and his new campaign team of high-profile lawyers that he installed after a senior staff shakeup in his campaign.

Editorial — Take our poll. Do Kansas politicians deserve to be recalled for wasting tax dollars on lobbying during an economic crisis?

Sunday, March 21st, 2010
As just one example, let’s look at the City of Overland Park.  Overland Park city councilmen:
  • Pay themselves thousands of dollars a year in salaries,
  • Pay at least one lobbyist to regularly go to Topeka to lobby,
  • Additionally, pay tens of thousands of dollars to another anti-taxpayer group called the League of Kansas Municipalities, who have their own lobbyists,
  • Ask their lobbyists to fight against the interests of Overland Park citizens — against property rights and for higher taxes.
  • All the while, the councilmen themselves are typically either too lazy or cowardly to drive to Topeka to testify in front of a committee on behalf of legislation.
  • And right now, America is in the middle of one of the worst economic crises in American history.
Do these types of politicians deserve to be recalled?  To see the results, please vote “Yes” or “No.”

Leave a comment on our page, if you’d like (your first-ever comment must be approved, and we do not display your Email address that you provide).

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Do politicians deserve to be recalled if: In a bad economy, they approve of tens or hundreds of thousands of tax dollars for Topeka lobbyists?
Yes

No