Guitarzan (Darrell Lea)


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Judges weigh ballot lawsuit after plaintiff fails to show; Kobach not allowed to intervene

Since this case seems to hinge on the definition of the word "shall," perhaps one could pick up a dictionary and read it. Shall we?

(modal verb)

1 (in the first person) expressing the future tense: "this time next week I shall be in Scotland."

2 expressing a strong assertion or intention: "they shall succeed | you shall not frighten me out of this."

3 expressing an instruction or command: "you shall not steal."

4 used in questions indicating offers or suggestions: "shall I send you the book? | shall we go?"

ORIGIN Old English sceal, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zal and German soll, from a base meaning ‘owe.’

usage: There is considerable confusion about when to use shall and will. The traditional rule in standard English is that shall is used with first person pronouns ( I and we) to form the future tense, while will is used with second and third persons ( you, he, she, it, they): I shall be late; she will not be there. To express a strong determination to do something, these positions are reversed, with will being used with the first person and shall with the second and third persons: I will not tolerate this; you shall go to school. In practice, however, shall and will are today used more or less interchangeably in statements (although not in questions). Given that the forms are frequently contracted ( we'll, she'll, etc.), there is often no need to make a choice between shall and will, another factor no doubt instrumental in weakening the distinction. In modern English, the interchangeable use of shall and will is an acceptable part of standard US and British English.

September 29, 2014 at 7:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Strip-club raid shadows Kansas governor's race


September 28, 2014 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New spa opens near Ninth and Iowa; company with local ties vying to make 1 billion coffee cups for Dunkin' Donuts

Chad, you need to correct paragraph one of this piece. Central Michigan University is not the University of Michigan.

September 22, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Marijuana crimes

"Irregardless" is not really a word. Here is what my dictionary says about it:

usage: Irregardless is widely heard, perhaps arising under the influence of such perfectly correct forms as irrespective, but should be avoided by careful users of English. Use regardless to mean ‘without regard or consideration for’ or ‘nevertheless’.

September 21, 2014 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Football waste

It's only a game. Something to entertain big donors and old alumni. Perhaps this money should be spent on educating students instead.

September 17, 2014 at 6:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Self-promoters

You ever notice that you never see Al Sharpton and Kris Kobach in the same place at the same time? Have they ever been photographed together? Hmmm...

September 3, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Changes in Lawrence attitude aren’t for the better

Everything was better back in my day. Kids these days don't know nothing. Hey, you kids get off my lawn!

Blah blah blah blah blah. Much noise, signifying nothing. Vague generalities unsubstantiated by facts. Empty rhetoric and questions without offering a single suggestion of an answer. It must be Saturday.

The glass is either half empty or half full. Things are either getting better or getting worse. Beauty or the lack thereof is in the eye of the beholder. Life is what you make it. You're either part of the problem or part of the solution.

But, hey, at least you can dance to this one...

August 23, 2014 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP Strategy in Kansas: It's all about Obama


August 9, 2014 at 11:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Kansas voters must focus on state’s best interests

This week's tally of unanswered (or unanswerable) rhetorical questions is eleven, which is fairly typical for this writer. When the other blather is removed and only questions remain, it becomes a different piece altogether. Read aloud and insert overly dramatic soap opera organ music in the background for maximum effect.

1. Could conditions change sufficiently at this late point in Brownback’s first term to calm his critics?
2. Could there be a significant improvement in the next four years if Brownback is re-elected?
3. If Koch money is being used by Brownback, are Obama funds and political campaign techniques and strategies being provided to Davis and Docking?
4. If Davis-Docking were to win the election, what kind of positive, productive relationship would they have with the GOP-controlled House and Senate?
5. The big question is what is best for Kansas?
6. Do the 100-plus current and former GOP officeholders think Davis would be a better governor, more productive with a GOP-dominated Legislature and better for the state than Brownback?
7. Or is this more a case of them just not liking Brownback, wanting to change the Republican Party in Kansas and playing a game of “getting even”?
8. Who knows what kind of governor Davis might be?
9. Again, what’s best for Kansas?
10. Which candidate gives Kansas and its residents the best chance of success and growth for the next four years?
11. Again, what is best for Kansas’ future?

July 19, 2014 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: True conservatism could be attractive

Not a bad read until the absolute whopper in the final paragraph..."Precisely because President Obama’s progressivism is exhausted and increasingly discredited, Americans will give the GOP another look."

You had almost sucked me in, then you didn't. In the unlikely event anyone who hasn't made up their mind gives the GOP another look, they're going to see Palin and Gohmert and Cruz and the same parade of loud mouthed fools who already get too much press. Such a shame. This country could benefit from a two party system, but when one of the parties is the haven of clods like these, nothing will change.

July 15, 2014 at 5:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )