A political obituary for Kansas

A column by Jason Probst, news editor of the Hutchinson News, has been getting attention across the state. Written in the style of an obituary, the column lamented the passing of the great state of Kansas “after a long and difficult battle with extremism.” Probst noted how Kansas overcame many challenges during its lifetime to become a leader in education and business, a place with good roads, open government and a belief in helping out one another. “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 obituary said. It concluded: “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.”