After reading Wink Hartman’s editorial in the May 26 paper, I agree that diverse voices must be included to get the Kansas economy back on track. Those diverse voices have already been elected — our Kansas state senators and representatives — elected by the people of Kansas from across the state.


But Mr. Hartman failed in two distinct areas. First, his characterization of “Topeka” makes it sound like our city decides things for the whole state. With statements like “economic recovery does not run through Topeka” and “Topeka does not know best and should not think this way” Hartman forgets that the Legislature only meets in Topeka, they still represent every county and corner of our great Sunflower state.


Second, he fails to mention that in every previous state disaster, the governor’s declarations and decrees have not been challenged by a few power brokers in the legislative. Every governor in the U.S. made emergency declarations regarding the pandemic in hopes of safeguarding the citizens of the state, as well they should.


I trust Gov. Kelly has had many conversations with legislators about the Kansas recovery plan, but its timeline should remain her decision. Her past history convinces me that she will consult with legislators and other public officials and experts before making such decisions. Through this process, our state economy will recover as we remain vigilant in slowing the spread of disease.


Anton Ahrens, Topeka