A recent report by the AFL-CIO on workplace safety, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, showed a growing problem in Kansas. In 2011, 78 workers were killed on the job in Kansas, a rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. Additionally, 41,400 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the state, a rate per worker higher than the national average. Sadly, this has earned Kansas a dismal national ranking of 40th in workplace safety, with 1 being the best and 50 being the worst.
So sometimes I try to do good things and this is one of those times.
A local organization, Connecting for Good, is trying to bring free Wi-Fi to all 390 units of a low income housing project Juniper Gardens in Kansas City, KS. That’s it, there’s absolutely no catch.
This is a tremendous opportunity to help bridge the digital divide for these low income families.
There’s only 4 days left in this campaign and they’re less than $6,000 away from meeting their goal. So in an effort to help drive people to donate I’ve committed my consulting group to a $500 matching donation. Essentially every $1 donated, up to $500, will be worth $2.
If you’re able to help at all, even if it’s only a few bucks or just reblog or share on your other social media sites, please do so. This is a great cause and would make a world of difference to these families.
Click on the picture to be taken to the website where you can donate and read more about the project. Also a huge shout out to my friends over at Neighbor.ly who are making this happen.
Thank you all for your consideration.
Everybody knows you don’t bring a knife to an ax fight. Duh.
Help Charles Wheeler!
A KC DJ is pitching in to help former Kansas City mayor Dr. Charles Wheeler save his home. The 86-year-old Wheeler has lived in a home off of Ward Parkway for years, but medical bills for his ailing wife have piled up, leaving him unable to pay a $40,000 property tax bill from the last two years. An indiegogo page has been set up to help him raise the funds you can reach it at www.helpcharleskc.com
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TOPEKA - The Great State of Kansas passed away on March 31, 2013, after a long and difficult battle with extremism that became markedly more aggressive in 2010. The struggle left the state so weakened it could no longer fight against the relentless attacks by the fatal disease.
Kansas was born on Jan. 29, 1861.
The state is preceded in death by fair taxation, good highways, strong education, family farms, a good public parks and wildlife system, open government, neighborliness and belief in helping each other out, freely elected public servants, and political moderation.
Kansas is survived by widespread poverty, low-wage jobs, high property taxes, pollution, poorly educated children, outmigration and rural depopulation, foreign land and farm ownership, lobbyist-funded legislators, chronic mistreatment of the disabled, a maniacal hatred of government and children who dream of living anywhere else.
During its early years, Kansas played a pivotal role in the Civil War by staking out a strong progressive stand against slavery. Despite repeated raids from border ruffians, Kansas held firm to the belief of free men and free soil.
Throughout its life, Kansas often aligned with leading progressive causes. William Allen White, one of the state’s most notable residents, once wrote that “if it’s going to happen, it happens first in Kansas.” That once was true. Kansas was the first state to ban the Ku Klux Klan, and the first to elect women to public office - one as mayor and another as sheriff.
It was the birthplace of the populist movement, rising as farmers and ordinary people grew weary of the Gilded Age politics of the late 1800s and early 1900s that favored investment interests over those of landowners and laborers.
Kansas was a leader in public education, with one-room school houses dotting the plains. A full 12 years before it was a national concern, Kansas established child labor laws that restricted employment of children in potentially dangerous industries.
In the 1950s, Kansas laid the path to civil rights for African-Americans with the historic Brown vs. Board of Education case - the first in the country to rule against a policy of segregation in public schools.
Despite its compassionate nature, Kansas proved to be a state teeming with inventiveness, ingenuity, determination and a savvy sense of business.
Cessna, Beech and Stearman helped establish Kansas as a center of the aviation industry. Coleman launched an international company from Wichita that became a household name. Pizza Hut and White Castle - two iconic eateries - both got their start in Kansas, and the man who helped establish the American automobile industry called Kansas home.
Kansas’ history is filled with vibrant, dynamic people. Settlers who claimed land once described as a desert and turned it into the world’s garden; immigrants who came by the train-load and brought with them the hard winter wheat that germinated the state’s prosperity. Throughout the years, Kansans endured drought, grasshopper plagues, depression and fierce weather, yet its people worked to hold tight to their land and the belief that there was goodness in Kansas. In spite of those hardships, the state produced world-renowned artists, writers, inventors, business leaders, astronauts, even a president.
Kansas was a strong-willed state whose hands were calloused enough to turn up the hardest sod and tender enough to calm a crying child.
Despite its strength and vitality, Kansas couldn’t survive the influences of outside political machines that sought to use this fertile ground and its people as a test plot for an ambitious political experiment.
The elections of 2010 and 2012 brought the poisoned pill that would bring about Kansas’ untimely end. The first election seated a governor who tossed aside Kansas’ storied history and replaced it with a vision of his own design. In 2012, record setting campaign contributions from out-of-state donors financed the defeat of those moderate Republicans who had spent the last of their political careers keeping Kansas alive.
One by one, the things Kansas had spent a lifetime building were dismantled, until the state was rendered as empty and uninviting as it had been in those early days when the first settlers eyed its endless expanse.
Along the way, the state’s defenders - the farmer, the laborer, the property owner and the shop keeper - stood mute and passive, hoping for a day when the state would spark back to life, as it had always done before.
They remained silent too long.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Policy Institute, or Americans for Prosperity all in care of Gov. Sam Brownback, Office of the Governor, Capital 300 SW 10th Ave. Ste 241S, Topeka, KS 66612-1590.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep standing up and fighting for the rights of people who don’t care enough to do the same or aren’t even paying attention to it. This has been one of those weeks for me.
If you work in Kansas you’re essentially fucked… forever. A lot of the legislation being passes now are thing that we will never get back or fix.
So far this year the Kansas Legislature has:
- changed the way workers compensation judges are picked so now the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and other business interests control who will adjudicate work comp cases.
- shortened the length of time laid off workers can be on unemployment.
- instituted drug testing for those receiving unemployment and other Gov’t assistance.
- prohibited any local municipalities from being able to require anything above minimum wage to be paid on projects funded with taxpayer dollars.
- prohibited any contributions to a unions PAC fund from being automatically deducted from paychecks, even though the worker already has to choose to allow this now.
- redefined and expanded the reasons why a fired worker can be denied unemployment benefits.
- changed the method in which the amount of work comp payments are determined, slanting it even more towards the company’s benefit.
- taken up legislation to do away with the Kansas Civil Service, which would unclassify all public employees, allowing them to be hired or fired at will with no protections.
And that’s just what I can think of right now.
The worst part of it all to me is that people actually vote for these folks, repeatedly, then wonder why we’re getting screwed and some how it all becomes Obama’s fault.
It’s not Obama. It’s you and your damn state legislators. Stop voting against yourself.
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