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Letter to the editor: education efforts

April 26, 2013

We penned the following letter to the editor of the Hutchinson News in response to a recent editorial regarding AFP’s education efforts in various parts of the state. You can read it in the Hutchinson News here.

We’re pleased to see the Hutchinson News is taking note of Americans for Prosperity’s efforts to let Kansans know how their elected officials vote on the tax and spending policies that impact their quality of life and economic freedom.

It’s crucial for citizens to pay attention to what is happening at all levels of government, and our network of activists across the state are, in fact, paying attention to the policies being put into place in their communities – including Ulysses – and the elected officials supporting those policies.

Although it’s important for activists to reach out to their members of Congress and elected officials in higher office, remaining plugged in to local government activity is absolutely imperative – and the actions of the politicians in Ulysses are a case in point. While Mayor Battin was voting for higher taxes, other politicians were voting in the interest of residents, and against the status quo. 

Kansas mayors, city council members, county commissioners, state legislators, and members of Congress should be aware that their constituents will remain vigilant regardless of whether there is an election on the horizon and whether or not the Legislature and Congress are in session.

A healthy republic relies on citizens holding elected officials accountable for the policies they support and oppose. Our education efforts to hold local officials accountable will continue to serve as a reminder that Kansans are watching.

Jeff Glendening, Kansas State Director of Americans for Prosperity

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