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Profiles of the three candidates vying to be Lawrence's next city manager

I have worked with Cheryl Harrison-Lee in Gardner on projects that we have in the area. I have found her to be an effective leader and a pleasure to work with.

November 23, 2015 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU professor who used n-word in class discussion is placed on leave

This situation reminds me of when Susan Wagle attacked Prof. Dennis Dailey's class on human sexuality. She objected to the content and went on the national talk show circuit to shut him down.

It is my recollection that the University supported the professor and freedom of speech.

It is my opinion that all aspects of human behavior and speech should be allowed to be studied AND discussed, even if it is offensive to some.

A personal attack or a direct slur towards an individual is one thing. Discussing a controversial topic with words that relate to the topic is something else altogether.

Unlike like comedians who have stopped touring college campuses due to the students thinking they are being harmed by language. The Academic community needs to stand firm and not censor themselves if what they are doing is academically relevant.

Here is Chris Rock discussing the situation.

What do you make of the attempt to bar Bill Maher from speaking at Berkeley for his riff on Muslims?3

Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

In their political views?

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

When did you start to notice this?

About eight years ago. Probably a couple of tours ago. It was just like, This is not as much fun as it used to be. I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing.

...It is scary, because the thing about comedians is that you’re the only ones who practice in front of a crowd. Prince doesn’t run a demo on the radio. But in stand-up, the demo gets out. There are a few guys good enough to write a perfect act and get onstage, but everybody else workshops it and workshops it, and it can get real messy. It can get downright offensive. Before everyone had a recording device and was wired like xxxxing (LJ World Censorship) Sammy the Bull,4 you’d say something that went too far, and you’d go, “Oh, I went too far,” and you would just brush it off. But if you think you don’t have room to make mistakes, it’s going to lead to safer, gooier stand-up. You can’t think the thoughts you want to think if you think you’re being watched.

November 21, 2015 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback issues executive order opposing Syrian refugees relocating to Kansas

I agree weak minds are easily manipulated.

November 16, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback issues executive order opposing Syrian refugees relocating to Kansas

Interesting discussion.

Whether Brownback is right or wrong, here is my question.

If you believe your job is to protect citizens of this country or state and an enemy of the state has stated publicly they will infiltrate refugees and indeed are saying they are planning on attacking our mainland. Would it be morally wrong to knowingly allow the refugees who may or may not have records available into the Country or State?

If the refugees are infiltrated and go on a murderous spree something like Paris, what responsibility do you have that you let these people in?

Should the primary motive be to protect your own or as a humanitarian accept the risk and bring the risk right into your backyard?

Clearly there is a humanitarian need to protect these people at the same time if a few get by the background checks....Let's say eight people, is it an acceptable risk that you are willing to say personally, I am willing to accept that the field house or Lied Center may be a target and with it my friends and neighbors?

So is the moral thing to do protect your own or protect the at-risk refugees? Are they mutually exclusive? Can you protect people here, while at the same time providing refuge for those in need?

I can see how you can make the case for both sides.

I think if you were answering the question WWJD? the answer would be obvious. However, that might not be the same answer as someone sworn to protect.

November 16, 2015 at 7:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: LHS strengths

I am curious what the effect of student transfers has on this disparity. One of the transfers scored a 36 on the ACT. I wonder if there are others who have skewed the figures.

I am also curious how this impacts other school achievements, such as debate or football.

November 15, 2015 at 5:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Student-led Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk group issues diversity-related demands for KU; here's some more context

Examples please (Other than Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly) Who are commentators.

November 13, 2015 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Health care costs

Richard, as I recall the President said we would save $2500.00 per year on Healthcare if the ACA was enacted. My anecdotal evidence would suggest otherwise. My insurance has gone up....way up. In fact I pay four times as much as I was paying two years ago and they are telling me it is going up again this coming year.

My plan this year did not cover my regular medical testing which was covered before due to a deductible. Previously I had no deductible on these tests. So it cost me an additional $300.00 to get these done on top of my massive increase.

November 12, 2015 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parks and Recreation drafting tobacco ban for all department-operated land, including all parks

I have never smoked and I would say that I like the smoking ban, it has made going out to listen to music much more enjoyable.

However, this is too much. If you want to avoid butts in the sandbox enforce littering laws.

Enough with the nannying.

November 11, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding

If funding for the Arts is a Federal priority. How does it make sense to cut Federal funding if State funding is cut?

Kind of like, because your brother got into the cookie jar, nobody gets to go outside.

November 10, 2015 at 10:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence loses once popular event to Topeka; questions about wind energy in Douglas County; Lawrence bakery wins top ranking in state

Nope, we lost The Sunflower State games to Topeka. That happened sometime in the 2000,s.

That was a huge amount of people coming to the area. It had a tremendous volunteer base here as well. My recollection the move was more about corporate sponsorships. (But I could be wrong).

November 4, 2015 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )