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Some parting advice from a 20-year Kansan

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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:05 pm

 This is it. The end. I’m not going to be around anymore to nag you about low birth rates, shrinking populations out west and the inevitability of change and its costs and responsibilities. No more scoffing at ridiculous claims about the sanctity of free enterprise without government interference while watching lobbyists, entrepreneurs and local boosters line up every year in Topeka to get the Legislature to expand, maintain, or create another avenue for private benefit at public expense.

Instead, I want to tell you about the good impressions Kansas has made on me in my 20 years of living and working here. First and foremost it has been my great privilege to personally interact with some remarkably fine people. Many of them have been public figures, and those people have reinforced in me the belief that the crudeness, vitriol and visceral animosity expressed by so many of the sensation-mongering, babble-first and feel no remorse faces and voices that dominate our public sphere are of no importance. Pay attention to the people who go about their work with seriousness, good will and knowledge. Ignore the loudmouths, me-firsters, fear-thy neighbor and us-against-them nitwits who are always available to distract and incite.

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