DougCounty (Ken Lassman)

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2018 Women's March looks to bring resistance to downtown Lawrence sidewalks

Don't forget how the Republicans in the House of Representatives in 2013 shot down a bipartisan immigration reform bill that had already passed the Senate. The subsequent "outrage" of the Republicans about the "executive overreach" that Obama exercised when he created DACA is based on their short memory about how DACA was a response to the legislative block by the House of Representatives of a carefully crafted immigration reform package that was built on many hearings, the concerns of many, many people who were at the table who helped craft the legislation on both sides of the aisle, etc.

So don't tell me that the immigration reform package brought before Trump was a laugh. This whole immigration reform mess is one that the Republicans created from the start because they blew up the bipartisan efforts of 2013. If the legislators were smart, they'd reintroduce the 2013 bill and present THAT to Trump since if it had been passed in 2013 we wouldn't even be talking about immigration reform. Instead we have a president who wants to build a wall.....

January 19, 2018 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

2018 Women's March looks to bring resistance to downtown Lawrence sidewalks

Clinton's and Obama's partisanship looks bush league compared to what has developed in the Republican leadership and Trump Administration. The open hostility toward being "tainted" by working with the opposition has reached a level that reminds me of the Kansas Tea Party/Brownback coalition who would rather die than talk to a Democrat.

My criteria for being a politician worthy of the office is to a large degree measured by your willingness to create meaningful and effective legislation with your opposition. Any other path leads to more divisiveness and conflict and the American people are way past getting tired of this. You're either part of the solution or you are part of the problem.

January 18, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Overlooking why we lost trust in government

Oh, George, you're upset by ANYONE who is cheerful, let alone liberals. Your mutterings predictably blame peoples' mistrust of government to liberal programs and say nothing about the mistrust engendered by the post-World War II McCarthy progroms, the assassination of the president and subsequent incomplete investigations, and the outright lies that both Democrats and Republicans used to justify the buildup in Vietnam and the loss of tens of thousands of Americans, many drafted into service that came out of that.

Go back to your diary and spew invectives all you want--just don't force your curmudgeonly bile onto the rest of us. We have to go to work, you know, and don't have the time to change our clothes after walking past your doorway.

January 18, 2018 at 7:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

2018 Women's March looks to bring resistance to downtown Lawrence sidewalks

Blame the Donald's silver spoon behavior for the hats, Scott--his despicable behavior toward women and craving for being the center of attention is the issue that triggered that response. And the One Party tax solution passed with no hearings and probably nobody who voted for it actually reading the whole thing that ensures a more divided country is no favor either in the long run. The United States has a history of doing much, much better than this, and the new norm that Trump has displayed so far both behaviorally and legislatively is an insult to that tradition.

January 18, 2018 at 6:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Kansas, dump Crosscheck

If anything, the legislature should direct the Secretary of State to stop wasting resources trying to improve the deeply flawed Crosscheck initiative and instead spend those resources improving the abysmal voter participation rates of eligible voters and increase valid voter registration efforts. If the SOS feels that Crosscheck is such an important idea, then the state could join a much more secure database run by the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trust called ERIC that has much more secure servers and does a better job teasing out false duplicate registrations between states.

January 18, 2018 at 6:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Gas rules illustrate progressive mindset

As usual, George's essays reveal more about George than the issue at hand. If you poke around Oregon newspaper sites, you'll see that rural gas stations are not all that excited about the new regulation because they have old gas pumps that don't take credit cards, meaning that they'd rather pay someone to attend the pumps than pay for the expensive new upgrade to self serve pumps. Folks outside the state are having a heyday about the "wimpiness" of Oregonians not wanting to pump their own gas, while what is really seeming to be driving the attended gas station policies is the prevalence of locally owned gas stations which would rather pay for a local attendant than put down the big bucks to upgrade to a new credit card accepting pump that really doesn't pay for itself because the upgrade costs are higher than just paying a local to pump the gas.

Rural gas stations Oregonians have already been able to have self serve gas pumps thanks to the dusk-to-dawn law that allows self serve after dark, but lots of stations have not gone down that road because their sales volumes don't justify the upgrade. I would expect that there will be some well placed stations on the borders of more populous counties who will benefit from the law change, but in many rural areas, attendant pumping will continue. I find that rather nice myself, as it allows the community to keep in touch with itself better, which in rural areas is an asset.

January 15, 2018 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Tax truths

Don't you find it interesting that economies around the world are improving and are doing so without any Trump/Republican moves resulting in reduced regulations? And of course this international business climate has nothing to do with our own stock market surges....
https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/...

January 13, 2018 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Yemen crisis

Thanks for this, Frank. It places our "first world problems" in a very sobering context; one we should not dismiss lightly, especially since the extreme problems of Yemen have some indirect connections to our country. This connection is double-edged, however, as not only our funding the Saudi military and history with Iran play into the pain and suffering of the Yemeni people; it also gives us some leverage to alleviate some of their suffering through our influence with the Saudis and with assisting with NGOs access in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen. I'll be writing my legislators too and reference some of the information you provided in your letter. It might sound crazy to some, but I'll send a copy to Sam Brownback on the outside chance that he will be able to play a role in providing humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people just as he provided assistance in Sudan while he was a Senator.

January 13, 2018 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Don’t gloss over facts this session

Thanks for not only the good advice, but for following your advice by putting your money where your mouth is: a cogent and concise review of where tax revenues and school funding is at for our state. Legislators would be wise to commit to all subsequent political discussions being based on such a fact-based, non-ideological foundations. Political issues still have to be discussed, such as how to stimulate new and existing business activities in our state while at the same time responsibly fulfilling our commitments to good government and school funding, but if these discussions were made in ways that would match the recognized, fact-based realities that our state has already experienced and is currently in, we will have a chance at charting a viable, and yes, difficult, path forward toward a sound economy and functioning public school system that Kansans have rightfully come to expect.

January 13, 2018 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In State of the State, Brownback calls for phasing in $600 million school funding increase over 5 years

Yes, having seen the budget proposed by Brownback/Colyer, I gotta say it is definitely robbing Peter even though as you say, there is no Peter around anymore to rob. You don't say that a tax increase will come out of this, but how is this going to work any other way? Like you say, nobody wants to turn out the prisoners to save a few bucks, but underfunding schools (and with dropping achievement scores that has come with reduced spending, I have good evidence that that's exactly what this is), amounts to jeopardizing our future, don't you think? What would you propose doing, remembering that we have a constitutional mandate to balance the budget each year. I don't see the need to hamstring the state Supreme Court as they are just playing their role in the system of checks and balances to provide what the school districts need.

I DO agree that school districts should be somehow more accountable for the amount of overhead that they have adminstratively. Any ideas on how to accomplish that?

January 11, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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