Monthly Archives: April 2009

Swine Time

Posted today on the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:


The World Health Organization has raised the threat level of a swine flu pandemic from 4 to 5. There are still no cases of swine flu in Johnson County and no new cases in Kansas; a probable case is being investigated in Platte County, Mo.

Please continue to take health precautions.

A task force of representatives from Instruction, Student Services, WCED, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Information Services and JCCC Police is reviewing procedures and policies should the need arise to react to a local situation.

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Swine update

Posted Wednesday, April 29 to the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

The swine flu has spread to additional countries, and the nation has reported its first death from the flu, in Texas. Two universities have reported cases – one confirmed at Notre Dame (the student has fully recovered, the university says) and four unconfirmed at the University of Delaware. However, no additional cases have been reported in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has also posted information on the swine flu on its website:

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JCCC: Subdue Swine Flu

Posted Tuesday, April 28 on the Johnson County Community College electronic mail server, Infolist:

Swine flu precautions at JCCC
As you may be aware, a public health emergency has been declared in response to the swine flu outbreak. Local, state and national health departments are aware of the situation and are taking appropriate actions.

Johnson County Community College is in ongoing contact with the local health department and other state resources in order to appropriately monitor the event. In addition, we are making full use of resources available through the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization in the steps we are taking to safeguard the health of the campus community. JCCC will continue to keep the campus informed on an as-needed basis and as situations are updated.

What is swine flu?
Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by
type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

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Sharp Contrast

I’ll admit it. I don’t know what to make of Stephanie Sharp.

Sharp, a candidate for the JCCC Board of Trustees, sent out an e-mail rant blasting her opponents (of which I am one) for using yard signs.

“I’m frustrated (and you should be, too) that my tax dollars are being spent for city and county Public Works departments to pick up the graffiti that has become modern elections,” Sharp writes in an April 5 e-mail to her supporters. “In fact, it is perfectly OK to remove any sign from a right-of-way – you will be helping Public Works!”

From her brief stint in the Kansas Legislature (before resigning in the middle of her term), Sharp  knows candidates are responsible for removing their campaign signs and that most cities allow them 30 days to do so.

Stephanie Sharp's signs from her campaign for a seat in the Kansas Legislature. Sharp later resigned in the middle of her term. Sharp told her supporters she "fully intended to serve my last session... Guess I was wrong."

Sharp knows of this responsibility because she paid supporters to return her campaign signs back in 2006.

Sharp’s e-mail to her supporters is nothing more than an attempt to  manipulate her supporters into stealing her opponent’s campaign signs. Continue reading

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Sign of the Times?

I’ve been told it’s common for campaign signs to be stolen.

A former trustee told me that if your signs are stolen then you’re doing something right. However, the theft of my signs comes on on the heels of a disturbing incident that happened last week.

While I was putting out campaign signs, a SUV stopped in the middle of the street and a man watched me and my friend plant signs.

I didn’t really notice him but my friend froze and all he could say to me was for us to get in the car. I was saying silly stuff like, “You’re not the boss of me” but his reaction told me this was serious.

When I turned to walk my the car, I saw why my friend was so panicked. The guy who stopped was standing outside his vehicle. He was what I would call a skinhead. He had a shaved head, dark sunglasses and drove a large beat up SUV that seemed to be hand-painted in a camouflage pattern.

We quickly got in my car. As we drove away, the man got in his vehicle and followed us. He followed us for what seemed about 10 min. I made several turns and tried to stay on a main road but the guy kept following us. I eventually made a sudden left turn and he passed us. We pulled into a parking lot and just sat in silence. I wanted nothing more than to go home and hide. Instead, we grabbed more signs and planted them. We finished the day but our enthusiasm for what we were doing was gone. It was replaced by determination and, honestly, with some fear.

This didn’t happen in some rural part of Johnson County. It happened at College and Lackman road — a few miles down the road from the JCCC campus.

Now, I can’t say with certainly that this guy was going to harm us or that he was really even following us but that feeling in my gut said we needed to get far away from him.

So while the other trustee candidates and their supporters might find it useful to steal their opponent’s signs, it’s against the law. And like incident where the man who chased me down, I reported the stolen signs to the police.

If candidates and their supporters feel they have to break the law in order to win, then they certainly can’t be trusted to follow the law once in office.

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