EDITORIAL: Robert’s rules of order

Sen. Pat Roberts’s 45-minute visit at the Big Scoop in Marion last week drew two dozen or so interested listeners. Several of them asked questions about the possibilities and parameter of a new farm bill. But Roberts began his visit with a description of events following the terrorist attack last month and the recent anthrax scares in Washington.

What was ironic is that Roberts, as part of his testimony at a Congressional hearing on terrorism, predicted the possibility of a terrorist strike on the World Trade Center months before it happened. Unfortunately, no one heeded Roberts’ warning at the time.

Recently, Roberts has called for significant funding to protect what he believes is another vulnerable component of our society: the nation’s food supply in rural America. We hope Congress listens this time to the warning of a colleague who seems blessed both with insight and with Kansas common sense.

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