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Saturday Column: Concern about park’s finances continues to simmer

Not a single unanswered rhetorical question in sixteen paragraphs. Not one single scary innuendo directed towards President Obama, Democrats or any of the other demons that sometimes haunt these columns. Someone must really be feeling their Christmas spirit!

December 13, 2014 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback announces $280 million in allotment cuts to fill budget shortfall

Will the 95.7 million dollar withdrawal from the highway fund have any immediate effect on the construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway?

December 9, 2014 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Stand confirmed

Read your letters. Disagree with you. Looks to me like you have some sort of persecution complex. Get well soon.

November 30, 2014 at 7:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Is America changing for the better or the worse?

The writer makes several assertions that are core to the piece, yet fails to provide a single example, anecdote or piece of evidence to support their claims.

"...there were more freedoms in past years before growing government regulations and changes made a significant difference in the lifestyles of most citizens."

"...restrictions and new laws have dampened or severely damaged the traditional free enterprise system that made this country so great."

"...the government has imposed so many rules that limit job opportunities, control what employers can provide in the way of job opportunities and controlled and managed our daily lives."

Is this simply a case of "because I said so?" The piece also asks twelve rhetorical questions, yet neither suggests nor offers solutions to any of them. All in all, this is a very poorly researched and presented piece of party line posturing, and would probably have received a failing grade if presented in any kind of academic environment.

November 29, 2014 at 9:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Brownback must acknowledge error, alter course

The writer asks the candidate he supported to alter his plans, change his course and own his own mistakes. That requires a certain measure of humility that politicians (and publishers) are seldom capable of showing. I would laugh out loud if the situation wasn't so filled with irony.

November 22, 2014 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shelter in Kansas City won't house gay couples

These folks must read a different Bible than the one I'm familiar with.

The Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 25, V. 41-46 - “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

November 17, 2014 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday column: Brownback has chance to put Kansas in more positive position

To truly understand this column and the writer's point of view, perhaps one should do a bit of side research. Here's a good place to start.

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November 15, 2014 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Politics overwhelms nation’s ideals

"I'm not sure I know 100% why the Republicans hated him from the beginning, and when they failed to make him a one term president, they grew even angrier at him."

It's really quite simple. He's not from the same club, he's smarter than them, and he isn't afraid to show it. School kids and fraternities act the same way.

November 9, 2014 at 7:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Roberts raises fears about terrorists in Kansas

The conservative media and the far right PACs are finally all in the tank for Mr. Roberts. Between this non-story and the latest TV ad from Rand Pac, I haven't seen such obvious fear mongering since the Willie Horton ads of the 1980's. We'll find out next week how many frightened people can be convinced to vote against their own interests by this kind of talk.

October 31, 2014 at 7:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Brownback strengths include agriculture, education

(part two of two)

And lest we forget, there is the “shot of adrenaline” lie. That’s the effect that slashing income taxes for upper-income Kansans and certain types of businesses was supposed to have on the state’s economy.

There was no good science to back up that claim, just some discredited charts and graphs from huckster economist Arthur Laffer. And more than two years later, government data shows Kansas still lags behind most other states in the nation and region in job growth.

Still, the mythmaker forges on. Brownback says he thinks the state can create 100,000 new jobs over the next four years. Really? Kansas this year is averaging 1,000 new private sector jobs a month. Job creation would have to more than double to get close to the governor’s prediction.

Brownback’s desperate form of dishonesty has permeated his administration. In a move that was certainly improper and may have violated a prohibition on political activity while on the job, Nick Jordan, his revenue director, sent an opinion piece to his department’s employees recently, rehashing cherrypicked economic data in a clumsy attempt to convince staffers that the promised renaissance has begun.

Shawn Sullivan, Brownback’s latest budget director, tells followers on Twitter that everything is fine, no reason to worry. But unless revenues rebound, Kansas is looking at a $260 million budget imbalance, with more tax cuts set to kick in. It’s alarming to see a budget director divorce himself from reality.

And the governor himself? “The sun is shining in Kansas,” Brownback says in his campaign materials.

The sun is shining on a budget in crisis, fair-to-middling job growth, credit downgrades and fears of what the future might bring. There’s nothing like a bright light to expose the lies.

October 18, 2014 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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