A letter to editor that The Star refused to print

A letter to editor that The Star refused to print

A couple of months ago, I wrote a letter to the editor that The Kansas City Star published. The point of my letter was this: the majority of the board members (4) at JCCC are willing to consider a tax increase.

In the letter, I went out of my way to point out that, compared to most local government bodies within JCCC (especially compared to K-12 government schools that receive a quarter million dollars annually per classroom — half of all state tax money from Topeka — and then refuse to allow taxpayers to accurately know where the money is going), JCCC is more responsible than most other cities/schools with taxpayer money.

Shortly after that, four board members wrote a letter in reply, and they clearly stated the following: Hodge is wrong about saying that we are considering a tax increase, but we have not ruled out a tax increase.

The letter made no sense whatsoever, but it was their right and choice to write it.

After the other board members replied to my letter, an economically conservative voter in Overland Park mailed me a letter that he had also sent to The Kansas City Star. The letter called for responsible government spending and was supportive of me; not surprisingly, The Star never ran the letter.

Here is the content of the letter by Joe Kain of Overland Park. Thanks, Joe, for your support:

        So four JCCC board members (letter 12/10/2008) object to a fellow member not toeing the party line. JCCC’s board has a cumulative history of consistently increasing spending at rates far exceeding inflation. Rising property values have fueled this prolific spending, while past boards have hidden behind the fig leaf of misleading talk about the mill levy.I have no doubt that the four board members will not hesitate to raise the mill levy if the appraised property values do not increase at a rate to support JCCC’s reckless spending. Just because Ben Hodge has the courage to speak out against this spending cartel of his overly sensitive peers does not justify a condescending lecture about ” responsibility.” The board needs to recognize that some taxpayers have a differing view of what fiscal “responsibility” means.


Joe Kain
Overland Park, Kansas