Letters to the Editor

Positive stats

November 22, 2011


To the editor:

There’s a striking contrast between Douglas County and the rest of the state on some key indicators of family life (“Vital stats provide snapshot of Kansas,” Journal-World, Nov. 18).

In Kansas, there is one divorce for every 1.7 marriages. In Douglas County, it is closer to one divorce for every three marriages. In Kansas, 23.1 out of every 1,000 teenage girls get pregnant. In Douglas County, the frequency is nearly half that, 12.6 per 1,000. 

It looks like the only “blue” county in this “red” state is providing a healthier environment for families. 


jafs 6 years, 4 months ago

But, this can't possibly be true - we all know that conservatives are morally superior to liberals, and live more upright lives.

tomatogrower 6 years, 4 months ago

I love this letter. I notice no conservatives posting.

Kirk Larson 6 years, 4 months ago

Just like Massachusetts: Liberal state with legal gay marriage and one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. Hows that "Defense of Marriage" working for you?

tomatogrower 6 years, 4 months ago

Apparently religious conservatives have a higher divorce rate than agnostics and atheists too. Maybe they should quit worrying about same sex marriages and pay attention to their own.

tomatogrower 6 years, 4 months ago

Go back to school. These are ratios. They work just fine. It looks to me like more than 50% of people who get married in all of Kansas end in divorce, but in Douglas county a third of all people who get married end in divorce. You wouldn't get divorced if you didn't get married. Religious conservatives get more divorces, because they're too busy putting their noses into other people's relationships, not taking care of their own. Many of the so called liberals in Lawrence work on taking care of their relationships. Conservatives are too "macho" to get marital help, so that probably explains a lot too. And people like Pat Robertson who says it's ok to divorce sick spouses, so you don't have to take care of them, explains some as well. Family values, riigghhtt.


jafs 6 years, 4 months ago

No, the point is correct.

If people don't get married, they won't get divorced - it doesn't mean that people are getting and staying married, or even staying in a committed relationship.

The teen pregnancy rates, though, can't be interpreted any other way.

tomatogrower 6 years, 4 months ago

It may say nothing about committed relationships, so I agree it doesn't give the whole story. But Brownback's proposals were for encouraging marriage, yet marriage doesn't guarantee stability, and many conservatives imply that they are somehow better at marriage, than immoral liberals. The facts do not support this.

tomatogrower 6 years, 4 months ago

Maybe they do live together, but those who do marry, don't divorce as often as conservatives, apparently. Why do you guys have a hard time staying married? Do you just jump into it before you are ready, because you aren't suppose to have sex outside of marriage? Of course, I know a lot of conservatives who have sex outside of marriage, so that can't be it. And why is it ok to divorce your spouse if they are sick? Does devotion mean nothing to conservatives? I would take care of my husband if he was sick.

somedude20 6 years, 4 months ago

"...live together in sin..." Conservatives go after gay rights even though many of them are closeted homosexuals but good thing that "god" is just a fool's dream so they won't have to burn anywhere.

Armstrong 6 years, 4 months ago

 Good news for sure but why are you guys slamming conservatives ? I am willing to bet at least some conservatives live in Lawrence, are they not entitled to some credit too ?

Clickker 6 years, 4 months ago

"It looks like the only “blue” county in this “red” state is providing a healthier environment for families. " One can make absolutely NO conclusion from the simplistic analysis. Lawrence is fairly homogenous compared to say Wyandotte county , Segewick or Shawnee county. Those counties have high minority populations compared to lawrence, and they have much higher divorce rates and teen pregnancies in those communities than the surrounding areas. So the statistics are skewed since the middle class areas of those counties have low rates. Just a poor analysis.

tomatogrower 6 years, 4 months ago

How do explain Massachusetts, Clickker? How do you explain the divorce rate of religious conservatives?

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