Yes, I know, print newspapers are having a tough time of it, and I grumble a lot about missing the old J-W. Then, along comes an alert city beat reporter who senses a million-dollar payment being slipped through on the City Commission’s consent agenda, followed up by the paper’s open records request for information (paid for, of course by the J-W).
I was so grateful to be present at Justice Matters’ presentation to the City Commission Tuesday. It was wonderful to see so many people working to make our community a better place, especially for the most vulnerable. I keep thinking of a phrase our Jewish brothers and sisters use: Tikkun Olam, repairing, healing the world. That phrase so beautifully portrays the goal.
Any effort, however altruistically intended as a social remedy, which leads to a greater tax burden, is socialistic in nature. “Justice Matters” is particularly deceptive because it targets churches to lead the charge. Those who buy in are simply co-opted into thinking it is “Kingdom building” when the end result in Lawrence will be what it has been elsewhere: a lobbying presence in Topeka or, as it now appears, an outright and audacious appeal to local taxpayers. It is really just a deceptive way to grow our government and the entitlement class with church sanction and muscle. It is counterfeit compassion with other people’s money.
How refreshing it is to read the letters of Carl Burkhead in these times of chaos and tumult. He gives us hope right from the word of God.
Ben Bernanke recently said legislation to loosen oversight of the banking industry amounted to “shutting down the fire department to encourage fire safety.”
Concerning the letter from Fred and Jenny Doores’ complaining about the frequency of Carl Burkhead’s sanctimonious, rhetorical religious diatribes being printed in the Journal-World, I say: “Amen!”
Wow! Have you seen all the photographs of people’s faces in different expressions? I find this totally fascinating. Look around. There is an especially large group of photos at the Lawrence Public Library as you go in the front door — people smiling, laughing, frowning, sadness — each representing the person they appear to be at a particular moment in their lives.
We are told the new Rock Chalk Park rec center can be a place for tournaments, like a state high school basketball tournament. The Journal-World stated Kansas University refused to host a high school championship game in Allen Fieldhouse because of a chance the KU team may need the court for practice. Is this the only court at KU?
My wife and I cannot for the life of us understand why you would so frequently publish the biblical rantings of a certain Carl Burkhead in the letters section. It seems the man is some kind of frustrated would-be pastor with a dire need to blame all of the problems of our complicated modern world on people not prostrating themselves before some Iron Age orthodoxy without bothering to actually maintain any sort of brick-and-mortar tabernacle because your paper regularly gives him a venue for his Old Testament nonsense.
Here we are, two weeks into the “veto session” of the Kansas Legislature. In normal years, they would have already gone home. But here we are — still paying all the legislators, all the temporary session staff, all the other expenses related to keeping everything going long past time for it to be over.