Many of our Johnson County legislators, including Rep. Pat Colloton and Sen. David Wysong, have been quoted in the media as saying that their constituents made the difference in why they voted against new coal plants in Kansas. This is the way it should be. Lobbyists and big business should not make all the laws just because they have the money and power.
Regardless of your beliefs on the need for clean energy solutions to curb climate change, we should all feel good that many of our lawmakers are doing exactly what we ask them to do: Listen to their constituents and stand up for what is right.
Everyday citizens can make a dramatic difference in their world when they educate themselves on issues and develop a dialogue with their elected leaders.
Government works for you when you work at it, too.
After seeing the picture of Rep. Melvin Neufeld on The Star’s editorial page (5/8, “Dawdling at Kansas taxpayers’ expense”), I was moved to reflect on The Star’s consistent, even-handed reporting of the Holcomb coal plant matter.
Rep. Neufeld, in his manipulating and “bundling” has shown the essence of the matter for me. Rep. Neufeld sadly sees this issue as a political win-lose matter when it is, in fact, a matter of morality and ethics.
Thank you for your reporting of this matter. It is not only a state but a national and world concern and perhaps a matter of the sustainability of the planet.
Does anyone else wonder why, when a veto- override attempt passes it is final, and in this case the coal plants would have prevailed. However, when a veto-override attempt fails, the battle never ends and the legislators will try again as soon as the next day.
I believe there should be a time limit of at least two years before an issue can be brought up again. It would certainly save a lot of the legislators’ time, and they could be working on more productive issues for the state.
Vera M. Taylor