Kansas Republicans can’t move beyond pandemic politics

Forming a committee to investigate "government overreach," is just an excuse to whine, which is rarely productive.

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September 30, 2021 - 10:48 AM

Gov. Laura Kelly is flanked by Dr. Stephanie Kuhlmann of KU Medical School, left, and Dr. Jennifer McKenney of Fredonia, cochairs of a workgroup to study how to stop the spread of COVID-19. Photo by PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WILSON COUNTY CITIZEN

Months into the pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly instituted a somber tradition, which we repeated on Monday.

“It is with great sadness that, for the sixth time ….  I am ordering flags to half-staff to honor the lives and memories of another 1,000 Kansans who have died from COVID-19,” Kelly said. “We have the tools to stop the virus in its tracks and prevent further unnecessary deaths of our loved ones and neighbors. I urge all Kansans to get vaccinated, wear masks and follow best health practices.”

On the same day, Kansas Republican legislators deemed it necessary to form a special committee to evaluate what they regard as “governmental overreach” in response to the pandemic.

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