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I don't think random searches are worth doing, profiling or not. How many terrorists have been caught in a random search? Do you know of any? Like the author said, when attempted terrorists get caught, it's almost always a result of 1) hard investigative work, or 2) the reports of those who know the individual personally.

Why then do we waste time and resources on random searches? For the illusion of safety. Americans feel safer if they see security people actually doing something, even if it accomplishes nothing.

It's time to stop this ridiculous practice.

August 8, 2005 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

NCAA bans Indian mascots, nicknames

Doesn't it matter to anyone that the use of mascots and nicknames indicates respect rather than degredation? It's a complement, for cryin' out loud! Why can't it just be taken as one?

August 6, 2005 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What do you think is the most important issue for the Kansas Legislature next month?

How is it that killing a killer constitutes "just punishment" in any sense?

It should be plainly obvious that the "YOU KILL SOMEONE, YOU GET KILLED BACK" answer doesn't work because then the second killer would have to be killed by the same logic, and then the third and the fourth, and so on - a vicious cycle. If this is justice, then the only adequate justice for any killing would result in the eventual death of all people.

Have none of you heard the phrase "two wrongs don't make a right"? There seems to be some wisdom in that. Following a wrong with a wrong ends in twice as much wrong, not a wrong righted.

Now, about the proposal to "PUNISH the person that has ALREADY committed the crime." Again, how is it that this "punishment" is not itself a crime? Where is the logic? Further, what goal are you trying to accomplish with this punishment?

Killing the killer (as opposed to life imprisonment) is not better for the individual, it is not better for the victims (nothing can change their fate), and it is not better for society. How then can it be justified?

December 29, 2004 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )