Comment history

Letter: Felony required?

No, the confusion arises because people like purplesage insist on defining legal things in terms of their own religion; despite the US Bill of Rights saying that's a big no-no.

October 8, 2013 at 10:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Felony required?

Name one state that recognizes muli-partner marriages.

October 8, 2013 at 10:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Shame on state

"Bottom line: Sane or insane people cannot kill others, unless they have access to guns."

Yeah, because if you look back through human history you will see quite clearly that no human ever killed another human until guns were invented.....

October 7, 2013 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance case to have political consequences, experts say

Woah! Stop the presses. Dave Trabert said something truthful


October 7, 2013 at 1:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State GOP adopts resolution demanding withdrawal from Common Core, science standards

"religious-based theories"

There is no such thing. There are religious-based mythologies, which of course have no place in the science curriculum.

September 16, 2013 at 10:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: State funding cuts to public schools in Kansas are fourth deepest in the nation

OK everyone...take note of this classic Trabert strategy:

I called him out on his bogus use of total funding as a comparison to BSAPP numbers. He ignored that. I called him out on the facts about what current funding is, what the current statutory amount is, and on what current court rulings say funding needs to be. He ignored those arguments as well.

Trabert chose instead to attack the validity of the A&M cost study, and toss out the nebulous term "efficiency"; which really has no definition and more importantly isn't the end goal.

Trabert also completely ignores the Legislative Post Audit study that reached the same conclusions as the A&M study.

Epic fail, Trabert. You can't spin this one. Go home. Oh, wait. You can't - this is your job.

September 14, 2013 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: State funding cuts to public schools in Kansas are fourth deepest in the nation

Total dollar figures are meaningless, Dave. Tossing out total funding in comparison to BSAPP is deliberately misleading - apples to oranges, and you know it. Everyone here knows your tricks, yet here you go again....

The Kansas Constitution, as upheld by the KS Supreme Court, requires public school funding to meet the actual costs of providing such education - not on the current economy or polical gamesmanship.

The legislature's own cost studies have shown the actual cost right now to be $6,142 in BSAPP using the current funding formula.

Current statue sets BSAPP at $4,492 - only about 75% of what it should be. If that weren't bad enough, the state is currently NOT EVEN FUNDING ITS OWN STATUTORY AMOUNT.

That's right. In spite of what current law says, the legislature is currently only allocating $3,838 in BSAPP - or about 40% less than what is required by the KS Constitution and the previous Supreme Court ruling.

You simply cannot spin this one, Dave.

September 13, 2013 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: State funding cuts to public schools in Kansas are fourth deepest in the nation

"..hoping readers will forget that ARRA stimulus funds were used to backfill recession-driven declines ...."

Yes, they were....used to backfill recession-rationalized, unconstitutional cuts to state funding - but only to the extent necessary to avoid forfeiting those funds altogether.

And where are those ARRA stimulus funds NOW, Dave? As you know, they're gone; and the legislature shirked its duty to backfill THAT. I'm sure you just forgot to mention that little detail.

Everyone knows your tricks, Dave, so why bother posting here anymore? Oh, yeah. Because you're paid to.

September 13, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas faces looming teacher shortage

"Last spring, the Lawrence district had 33 certified teachers retire, but it hired 121 new teachers to fill those and other open positions."

So....33 retirees, but 121 open positions. So, why did openings exceed retirements by 88? Could those 88 perhaps have left Lawrence for greener teaching pastures? Or perhaps left teaching altogether for greener professional pastures? Looks like there's a lot more to this shortage than simply replacing retirees.....

"At the start of this school year, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle said, the district had only eight positions remaining open, and most of those were in special education, a commonly hard-to-fill area where the district is almost always accepting applications.

"As I've gone out to recruit, I find people wherever I go who have some sort of connection to Lawrence and are always willing to come to Lawrence," Stubblefield said."

Somehow starting the year with EIGHT unfilled positions doesn't look to me like people are "always willing to come to Lawrence." Looks more like a shortage to me.

September 8, 2013 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas faces looming teacher shortage

del888, how about YOU walk into an elementary classroom and take over - see how easy breezy it is for you.....

September 8, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )