Who's the Boss?

by Melissa Brunner

Mike Huckabee's radio show debuted in Topeka this week. I listened to a few minutes on my way to work Monday. While I don't want to comment for or against his politics, I do think one story he related bears remembering, especially as we follow the Kansas legislature's wrap up session and the weekly council and commission meetings.

Huckabee said that, when he entered the Arkansas Governor's office, staff pointed out a photo frame in the lobby in which the governor's photo traditionally was displayed. A nameplate mounted on it read, "The Boss." Huckabee said  he never put his photo in the frame. Instead, he would change it weekly. Sometimes you'd see a photo of a Girl Scout troop. Other times it might be a couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. The point was for all state employees to keep in mind that these ordinary citizens in the photos were their boss. None of them worked for the governor or a cabinet secretary - they worked for the people.

Citizens need to remind themselves from time to time that we are the bosses. We all need to hear from our bosses from time to time, if for nothing else than for the direction toward which we should be working. Lawmakers should be hearing from their bosses. We should be telling them our opinions, our priorities, our ideas. And we should be giving performance reviews at the ballot box - if they're not doing the job, they're fired.

Next time you're upset with the direction something is taking, don't just complain to your friends. Be the boss and go talk to your workers.

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