I am reminded back when schools had chalk boards and student hall monitors. In seventh grade, Drake Junior High School somewhere in Colorado, I think it was Math Class, the student sitting behind me was only known at the time as George. He found great pleasure in leaning forward (out of teacher’s view) and “flicking” the back of my right ear. Never the left, always the right. The students behind him would chuckle and become silent when the teacher turned.
Not sure how long I put up with this, but eventually I turned and spoke those immortal words “choose ya!” That meant we were going to have a fight and George got to pick the time and place. After class and walking down some steps the “tennis courts during lunch” was agreed. There we were, swinging like professionals for about 5 minutes without either landing a punch. With neither hurt and growing tired, a teacher broke us up and off to the Vice-Principal’s Office we went to await parental pick-up.
George and I were casual friends through out high school and only recently learned that we served in Vietnam at about the same time. Today I would trust George Beard with my life. Amazing how things work out.
In 2008 when I became politically active, I noticed that Johnson County, Kansas had been “flicking” my ears (both of them). And in 2011 out came those same words “choose ya!”. This fight would be in the courts of public opinion and the courts of justice.
Fighters always have a “corner person” with expertise in cuts and swelling. Johnson County folks have been busy. But let me add at this point that the “go to work 40 hours a week” folks have always treated me with respect and courtesy. This is not about the “career civil servants” that do as instructed and led.
During the nearly unanimous decision in our favor, the judges ruled entirely in our favor regarding “redistricting” of the County Districts. We contended that with four of the six Districts representing The City of Overland Park (plus the chairperson elected at-large) left The City of Overland Park with potentially 5 of 7 votes on any issue. Toe to toe with The County Commission ruled cities don’t count (recorded in previous postings). The ten year review of the County Home Rule Charter counted me down for the count. Although bloodied, we stood and counter punched, an ear “flick” of our own so to speak.
On the agenda for July 18, 2013.
Ken Dunwoody GOD