Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2012

Letter: Lack of female representation in Basehor

April 19, 2012

To the editor,

Taxation without representation is a situation in which a government imposes taxes on a particular group of the citizens, despite the citizens not consenting OR having an actual representative deliver their views. This is a letter addressed to the women of Basehor. Do you realize we are being taxed without representation? We have an all-male City Council, an all-male Planning Commission, and all-male department heads. Does the phrase “good old boys’ club” ring a bell? Do you care? On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was passed by Congress. But wait! Only a select few (all men!) got to vote on the four council vacancies and the mayor. Do you care? There is an election next April. Will you attend council meetings and Planning Commission meetings and encourage a woman to run for mayor and/or the two council seats? Do you care?

Marilyn Townsend



ProudOfOurCity 10 years, 4 months ago

My God Marilyn: You and your group caused the city enough problems in the past and we haven't even started paying the debt on those yet. Get a life!!!


Ronald Grover 10 years, 4 months ago

I hope you aren't serious about this letter.

Do you understand the meaning of "taxation without representation" as it relates to local governance? Surely you aren't going to push this convoluted logic. It just makes you look bad and uniformed.

You are right, there is an election next April. Any legal resident of Basehor who meets the eligibility requirements are is to run for office or vote for candidates. There is NO restriction on race, sex, religion, national origin etc. Simply because a gender or race is not elected to a position does not equal taxation without representation.

Brush up on your Constitution and laws.


johninbasehor 10 years, 4 months ago

Wouldn't it be just great to have someone like this on the Council? I am just joking!


ProudOfOurCity 10 years, 4 months ago

Letters like Marilyn Townsend just wrote really gives women a bad name. Marilyn if you want a woman in office why don't you run??? I am and always have been Proud of our City and YES I am a woman!!! So quit speaking for the rest of us.


jayhawk83 10 years, 3 months ago

Marilyn Townsend: showcasing the caliber of thinking behind the Citizens for Responsible Governing. You still are represented; no one has taken your right to vote. No one has taken your right to run for or hold an office, either. Making a claim of taxation without representation just because the people you would prefer held elected positions got the boot? Ridiculous...


whostheboss 10 years, 3 months ago

Marilyn here is a question for you. Why did you pass on the oppertunity to fill out an application for consideration for one of the four vacant City Council seats when the Mayor placed the article in the same paper you so clearly read? You could of stormed the gates of city hall for an application with all the good ole boys watching from the parking lot. Lets let all this non-sence pass us by and go join some civic group thats helping the community not trying to still hold a grudge like Dennis Mertz's is doing. Seperate from the peanut gallary Marilyn or allways be labled as a Window Licker on Dennis's short bus.... Just saying, if the shoe fits.. wear it!!!


MzR 10 years, 3 months ago

How does that saying go: "Me thinks you protest too much." Okay, so you don't like the words she used to express her main message, we get it.

But a simple letter addressed to women for more political involvement, and the same 5 attackers come on board once again to spread their venom and attempt to manipulate the public perception!

It's not like there's no females in Basehor who could not fit in with the "good ol' boy network," (or even fit in with corruption---hear the latest news item of the Illinois female who stole $30 million from the "beloved" city she worked for during the last 6 years, and allegedly nobody at their city hall even noticed??).

So why the overkill on the idea of females getting involved?? Maybe she's right--maybe it's time to kick out everybody next April and start over with fresh people, male AND female, who have a track record of being good/honest/wise and a track record of really doing good for the town, without having any secret motives or deep pockets to fill up.

Ok, Women of Basehor--put on thicker skins of armour, so their venom and thorns can't push our buttons to make us mad enough to quit (main goal of all these attacks with no substance), and let's start attending ALL the meetings this coming year, no matter how little notice is given, or how lame the agenda looks!

Any time somebody protests this much to having people attend the meetings and get involved, there's something rotten in Denmark (or Basehor?)


ProudOfOurCity 10 years, 3 months ago

Once again Carol, don't speak for the women of Basehor. The only venom and thorns are the ones that spew from you and your nasty bunch of cronies. The women of Basehor certainly do not need you to tell us how to think or what to do. You are just used to your little bunch of robots who follow your lead. A small minded bunch!


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