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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter to the editor: Local state representative's actions have been questionable

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  • To the editor:
    Hello again, readers. I hope you're having a wonderful summer. As you have guessed, I'm submitting an article on local and state politics. The subject pertains to 40th District State Rep. John Bradford.
    You could say he has a unique and rare egocentric personality if you study his words and actions as a state representative. We, as readers and voters, should know he is a very, very important and focused politician. If you want confirmation on his importance, just ask him, or read all those volumes of lengthy sugar-coated letters he submits to the Leavenworth Times.
    So, you may ask, why is he writing mountains of letters patting himself on the back using sugar-coated happy talk about his exploits in the Kansas House of Representatives? Could it be all the bad publicity coming out of our state government in Topeka, of which he certainly plays a part? If you've been paying attention, you have read about the fiscal mess our state government has put us in.
    You've read about our bond rating being lowered. You've read about essential services being cut. You've read about sweetheart appointments of unsavory political pals to key state government agencies. You've read about raiding our state highway and road funds to subsidize foolish tax breaks for certain interest groups, many of which happen to be political contributors.
    You've read about the overreach of our state government on social issues forcing all citizens in Kansas to follow far right dictates on morality that eliminate basic freedoms to make our own choices.
    Folks, it's small wonder Bradford is wearing himself out patting himself on the back to keep voters' minds off what is really going on in Topeka. Unfortunately, all this patting himself on the back comes across like a one-trick dog and pony show.
    Obviously Bradford needs some help convincing voters how important and insightful of a legislator he is.
    That’s where I come in to give him a hand in telegraphing his hard work in Topeka that he has never mentioned to the voting public. To be truthful, I must admit a letter from Bradford to his fellow legislators has provided me with the proper material to help point out his qualities as an important state legislator.
    In reading this letter, it seems he attended a meeting last summer with the State Board of Education. I believe subjects brought up were his opposition to common core standards in Kansas schools as well as issues regarding budgeting for public education in our state. The meeting lasted several hours as stated in his letter.
    When Bradford returned to his car, he found four parking tickets on his windshield. So, his first reaction was to go down to the parking fine division and give them the what for as an important member of the Kansas House. Well, long story short, he didn’t get anywhere with these folks as they reminded him there are three-hour meters in the area.
    Page 2 of 2 - A simple solution would have been for Bradford to refeed the meter after three hours of meeting time. He decided he had a better solution as a known egocentric and important member of the Kansas House of Representatives.
    He decided to craft legislation, H.B. 2494, before a house committee to override city ordinances and restrict them to only issuing just one ticket per four hours thus providing relief for important people like himself. Sadly for Bradford, his legislation wasn’t taken seriously by his fellow legislators and it died in committee. Obviously a solution to Bradford’s conundrum still lingers.
    So now here is a simple suggestion from a not-so-important letter writer that follows the Jethro Bodine School of Advanced Ciphering to representative Bradford.
    Surely he should relate because, as I understand it, he hails from the backwood sticks of Arkansas. Here it goes: If you plan on a legislative meeting that typically lasts several hours, you might want to pick a three-hour parking meter. Then you go to ciphering how many quarters it will take to get through the meeting.
    As a legislator, Bradford should know a meter requires four quarters per hour and filling a three-hour meter would cipher out to be 12 quarters. If a legislator was prepared, then one might need to have an additional 12-16 quarters on hand as a backup.
    Quite honestly, I am perplexed why a legislator such as Bradford who votes on education funding could not figure this out unless he had it in his head that important and insightful legislators shouldn’t have to put quarters in parking meters like everyone else.
    Well, folks, I'm sure Bradford would like to know what you think of his performance as representative of the 40th district. That should include even unimportant constituents.
    The voting booth in November should be the perfect venue. Thanks for your time.
    Bruce Wiley
    Leavenworth
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