Steve Fitzgerald's latest pronouncement, that one cannot be both a faithful Catholic and a Democrat, is not surprising from a candidate known for insisting that he knows how you ought to live your life and raise your children.

To the editor:
Steve Fitzgerald's latest pronouncement, that one cannot be both a faithful Catholic and a Democrat, is not surprising from a candidate known for insisting that he knows how you ought to live your life and raise your children.

This narrow-mindedness directs his decision-making, as at the recent Chamber of Commerce forum when Mr. Fitzgerald opined that Kansas has too many teachers. Really, Steve?

His opponent, Senator Kelly Kultala, noted that Kansas schools have experienced massive cuts – the largest in the state's history – with the result that classes are larger, teachers were laid off, and student fees went up.

Mr. Fitzgerald allowed as how education is not important to the economic growth and health of the community and that we have too many teachers and administrators anyway.

This was his position as a member of the school board. It is his position as a candidate. There is every reason to believe it will remain his position if elected – when he can act on that opinion and not just spout off.

Is this what we want for our children – fewer teachers?
The faith question is yet another bombastic pronouncement from a man known for bombastic pronouncements. But you can practice your faith and raise your children with the morals and values you cherish, ignoring the annoying buzz of Mr. Fitzgerald's voice in the background. However, if he is successful in reducing teachers in our classrooms, you and your child and our community are stuck with the disastrous results.

Don't let it happen. Kelly Kultala thinks cuts to education have gone too far and has fought to fund our schools fully and to keep top teachers in the classroom. Isn't that your priority, too?