Earlier this month I attended the wonderful fall festival at the Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site in Fairway. The entire event is an incredible historial teaching experience for our children and grandchildren.
I would publicly like to thank the Tone-Pah-Hote Southern Kiowa family from Orrick, Mo., and Oklahoma for once again providing an amazing demonstration of Native American drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling.
They graciously come back year after year, children growing into adults and taking their parents’ places in the exhibition. They are willing to put aside the formal tribal customs to allow for teaching us all.
Put it on your calendar for next year. You’ll be glad you did.
To all politicians: (conservatives in particular) “The lips speak loudly, however right or wrong, of the thoughts and beliefs that lies buried deep within the heart and soul.”
Don Rinck Sr.
Climate change silence
In two presidential debates, the issue of climate change has barely been mentioned despite its critical importance to everything from the economy to health to national security. The economy is the top issue on many Americans’ minds this fall, and rightly so.
But when 103 counties in Kansas are declared disaster areas, and farmers lose crops because of the widespread drought, there’s a direct tie between disruptive weather, jobs and even our food supply. Politicians may shy away from talking about climate, but as people of faith we know that climate change is a moral issue and we cannot be silent.
Rabbi Moti Rieber
There are boobies sprouting up all over the Overland Park Arboretum. I’ve counted three sets so far (but some of the work is abstract and you never know what might be a boob in hiding). So all the folks ranting about boobaphobia just end up looking like Emily Litella from “Saturday Night Live” going off on a complete misread of the situation. There’s no censorship, no book burning. The people that are filing a complaint even applaud the artist’s intent for the sculpture. The issue is placement.
There’s no call for destroying the statue or silencing the artist. In fact, Accept or Reject artist Yu Chang has a great point: that sexting deletes a woman’s identity and objectifies her.
But there are two problems with the placement of the statue: 1. It undermines the artist’s intent by placing it in a location with no context to his message. 2. The placement is inappropriate because it easily accessible to children who most likely will not be able to process it in a healthy manner.
There is nothing in the design of the statue that obviously makes a moral comment on the act of sexting, especially for a child. Rather it reflects the idea of sexting.
I’ve seen it and read the description. I get it. But I don’t want my two young girls to see it. Or my sons for that matter.
I can’t imagine those running an elementary school would think this art piece would be good to have in the playground. This particular statue should be relocated in a place that will better serve the artist’s intention and the public.
Moving the statue to a location that is a more successful platform for Accept or Reject should only be seen as a positive by the artist involved as well as an expression of how we care for our communities in America. Win-win.
The Culture House
Elect Kansas moderates
Many Kansans may be unaware of the extreme bills that were introduced into the last Legislature. They include:
A bill allowing doctors to withhold information about the mother’s or fetus’ health if they fear the mother would get an abortion, with no legal repercussions for the doctor.
Full personhood rights for fertilized eggs, thereby prohibiting some forms of birth control and all abortion, even to save the health or life of the mother.
More direct involvement of the governor in the selection of judges so the governor could appoint judges who would rule in favor of the governor’s interests.
Nationwide, there are similar extreme bills. In Congress, Rep. Paul Ryan cosponsored a bill that would allow hospitals to refuse to provide an abortion, even to save the life of the mother. Congressional Republicans tried to redefine rape to reduce a woman’s access to abortion.
Maryland Republicans ended funding for low-income kids’ preschool programs because “the mothers should be home taking care of the children.” South Dakota Republicans introduced a bill making it legal to murder abortion providers.
If you are a reasonable Republican, shaking your head, saying, ”Those bills would never pass,” think again. We can only block extreme bills like these by electing reasonable, moderate representatives and senators to both state and national levels.
Republicans have not frivolously introduced these bills — they are serious attempts to pass extremely conservative laws. If voters do not think these extreme Republicans are serious about these bills, if voters disregard the signs of extremism and elect them anyway just because they are Republicans, there will be no stopping them. We must elect moderate people.
Early voting in county
Congratulations to Johnson County for the sites for early voting. There is one small problem.
If you look at the places on the green registration card, an entire area is missing. Whatever happened to the courthouse in the northeast area, which was convenient for us compared with the new one duplicating the one already in Olathe.
Oh! We just might vote for a Democrat. Horrors!