The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 3, 2013

Our View: Seersucker stunt


From staff reports

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — We think Sen. Ryan McKenna, a Democrat from Crystal City, must have way too much time on his hands.

Otherwise he wouldn’t have proposed a statewide ban on wearing seersucker suits in Missouri.

Mark Twain, one of Missouri’s favorite sons, must be rolling in his grave. He favored the “workingman’s” suit.

Seems like the senator has a strong objection to seersucker, so much so that he tacked the following onto a higher education bill:

“Any person living in this state aged 8 and under may wear seersucker suits at their leisure. Any person over the age of 8 living in this state may not wear seersucker suits because adults look ridiculous in seersucker suits,” the handwritten amendment to the education bill read.

McKenna later withdrew the amendment, saying he stuck it there mostly as a joke, an outcry against a fashion trend of some sorts called “Seersucker Wednesday” where a group of legislators makes a practice of wearing seersucker suits.

We are sure there are times when some levity is needed in Jefferson City. But the stunt is an inappropriate use of the political system and certainly has nothing to do with higher education.

Quit wasting the taxpayers’ time.

If the senator needs something to do, we would suggest he put his efforts toward improving Missouri’s economy, its roads ... and yes, its higher education system.

Voters aren’t looking for laughs right now. But they are in need of legislators who take their positions seriously.