In Friday’s Eagle, the editorial board published its top 10 list of political/public policy issues of 2005 (see blog post below). The Lawrence Journal-World took a different approach to the same idea: Top 10 Kansans. Here is its list:
Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins; the Rev. Terry Fox of Wichita (for leading charge on gay amendment); author Thomas Frank (who wrote the best-seller “What’s the Matter With Kansas?”); attorney Pedro Irigonegaray (who defended mainstream science during the State Board of Education evolution hearings); the Kansas Supreme Court; Attorney General Phill Kline; Wichita-based Koch Industries (for becoming the largest private company in the United States and for funding political activities); Marci Penner (who promotes rural life through the Kansas Sampler Foundation); Westar Energy (for the trial of its former executives and its tie to a Tom DeLay scandal); Kevin Willmott (a KU professor who is helping to lead the rise of filmmaking in Kansas).
What do you think? The criteria for the Journal-World list was people “who caught our attention,” which could qualify anybody, apparently including businesses. It’s interesting that Kline was the only elected official to make the list, and that the neither State Board of Education nor any of its members made the top 10. For that matter, how about BTK?
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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