Jessica Singhisen 
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Re: “Proposed map gerrymanders Wyandotte Co. into oblivion

Mr. I know ag-
Those were my days on hay crew. I don't know who you were working for, and I have no doubt you know your stuff. That doesn't mean I don't know what I'm talking about.
I worked for Warner's, before they went out of business and Renick Farms (they just sold the farm recently). Maybe we didn't go until midnight EVERY day, but the days we didn't, we were rained out (not often) or got lucky. Rainy days, we brought our equipment in and changed the oil and greased everything, fixed trailer tires, cleaned the shop, etc. Some days, like Independence Day and maybe the county fair, we would get off about 8pm. The lucky days are when we would spend hours moving equipment from one end of Finney county to the opposite end of Gray county (because by then, we couldn't get the circle even half done and my bosses said cut it all at one time-I'm sure you know why).
Both farms I worked for-on hay crew-were large operations. If we weren't swathing, we were stacking, bailing, or tarping bails. Believe it or not, we ran equipment all day when we could. Maybe you do things differently, but that's how my summers went. One of my favorite memories is sitting on my swather and cutting after dark. It was me, the alfalfa, the stars, and my lights ( and the 2-3 other guys cutting the circle!). If you'd like, I could describe how to change the teeth on the swather or how to move the head up and down in either a New Holland or a John Deere swather. I could tell you how to cook a burrito on the engine manifold (good foil-not the cheap stuff-is my secret!). Maybe I could tell you how long it takes to cut an 8 tower versus a 12 tower field? Would that would make my credentials a little more believable? :)

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Posted by Jessica Singhisen on 10/13/2011 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Proposed map gerrymanders Wyandotte Co. into oblivion

Hey forrest-you wouldn't have bread or beef if it weren't for SWKS and our country counterparts. Have you ever been to a place that isn't comparable to Joco?
I'm from a small town in Gray county called Ingalls. We have approximately 300 people in my hometown. I have also lived in KCK for 9 years. I paid taxes in both places. I have been on both sides of the proverbial fence. A large majority of the "country" population believes a handshake seals the deal, and do unto others what you would have them do unto you. I remember a few years ago, when I lived in KCK, that Joco wanted to erase the county line and absorb Wyco. All due to the race track and the Legends being a success. Funny, Joco never wanted to be a part of the dreaded Wyco until they had monetary success!
The Ingalls school district didn't receive state money for a large majority of the previous school year. We paid our own bills, with our own money. Teachers paid for supplies out of their own very meagerly paid pockets. Please research before you generalize everyone. I guess that's where the accountability difference varies. Out in the boondocks, we are held accountable for what we say. I hear that happens in Wyco, except you end up beaten or shot when someone doesn't like what comes out of your mouth.
Where do you think that nice cut of steak comes from that you eat at your "fancy schmancy" restaurants? Where do you think the grains come from that make bread in your sandwich shops? It comes from country kids and their families. See, out here, our summer jobs are haycrew and harvest. We ride on them big 'ol tractors, swathers, and combines from 7am until midnight. All summer. Every day. We don't life guard for a few hours a day or work at a country club. We do our jobs, without complaining, so the world can eat.
"Right wing welfare queens?" Really, there are so many "queen" jokes I could say here, but I was raised better than that. We "country bumpkins" can't get welfare. Most of our welfare goes to people who are here illegally that drive up to the office in Escalades and dress their kids in expensive brands of clothing. Wait, let me explain as you don't have to deal with these issues in cushy Joco. We have people who are here illegally. They don't pay taxes, but the rest of us have to pay for their seed babies and welfare. Our hospitals have to absorb the thousands of dollars in medical fees because people don't pay them. You see, when they're illegal, it's hard to track them down and garnish their wages.
Maybe, just maybe, you could step outside that box you have around your mind and experience the country (no crying if your shoes get dusty!). You can see that we all have to work together to make it work.
PS: My parents taught me "if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all." Maybe you should apply that before accusing us of relying on Joco for flushing toilets and the other uneducated ranting that spewed out of your mind. I'm pretty sure I can poop in the outhouse just fine (it has actually been proven that human waste is the best fertilizer, and quite pricey). You, Mr. Forrest, couldn't do without our grains and beef. Maybe you should take a second look at what's really essential. Flushing toilets or food? Education for all, or just those that "truly deserve" it?

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Posted by Jessica Singhisen on 10/13/2011 at 1:25 PM

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