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Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

If I don't own a car, why do I have to pay for roads? Oh, yeah--for the benefits to my community that roads provide. The arts were okay when Brownback voted for No Child Left Behind--the arts is one of that programs Core Initiatives.

June 11, 2011 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

Having worked at the Arts Center for many years, I can say that, indeed more than 90,000 to 100,000 people access the programs offered by the Arts Center each year--and have for many,many years. If you never saw 22 people in the old Carnegie Building at one time, you were never in the old Carnegie Building...

June 11, 2011 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor

The Lawrence Arts Center was built by private and city funding--not state funding. The parking garage is also city funded and not owned by the arts center.

June 11, 2011 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally 'on behalf of our troubled nation'

Step away from the Kool-aid dispenser... Everyone's medical records are in the "hands of clerks" now--except the "clerk" is a server and it has no "hands." You really think "government clerks" are going to care about what is in one of the millions of files that are "in their hands?"
Do tell more of this "talk" about restricting health care--it sounds fascinatingly vague and unsubstantiated...
The country seems to have no shortage of jobs for "clerks"--government clerks fondling medical records, bank clerks who, mysteriously, also get to fondle your medical records, and apparantly Kinko's clerks photocopying women's pap smear results by the thousands...
I should have been a clerk--complete job security! (And file fondling is quite a perk)

June 8, 2011 at 5:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally 'on behalf of our troubled nation'

As I said--that is an example of government not paying for things which impact our lives. If eliminating a few State Arts Councilmen is his idea of smaller government, there doesn't seem to be much of a measurable benefit. "Smaller Government by 0.00067%" Success!

June 7, 2011 at 11:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally 'on behalf of our troubled nation'

Please provide examples that prove Gov. Brownback wants government out of our lives... He may claim to want the government to stop paying for the things which impact our lives, but he in no way has moved to remove governmental influence in our lives.
Republicans claim to be for "smaller government", but smaller government equals fewer politicians, and no politician will vote himself out of a job.

June 7, 2011 at 9:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally 'on behalf of our troubled nation'

Attending the event as Sam Brownback, private citizen, is well within his rights. Attending the event as Gov. Brownback is inappropriate. The people of Kansas have not asked him to attend this event on their behalf. (Although, I am sure they would if it came to a vote...)
And the clarification that he would pay his own way, was updated after the article was posted.

June 7, 2011 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally 'on behalf of our troubled nation'

Isn't it obvious that Brownback is courting the VP bid on the Perry ticket?

June 6, 2011 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Union rally fuels Kansas Democrats

It's great to live in a bubble... Welcome to the real world. I hear much of "less government, lower taxes." The cries of "less government, lower taxes" come from the same voices that are outraged that our children are not being well educated by our lousy teachers, that there are too many dirty, smelly homeless people on our streets, that unions are the root of all evil. They espouse that the government shouldn't be involved in housing the homeless or feeding the hungry--that privately funded charity should fill that bill. They think that business leaders always have the worker's best interests at heart, and therefore unions are unnecessary. They believe that corporations will always choose to protect the environment, that regulation is strangling innovation.
If people always made the "right" decisions in regard to their right to pursue happiness, we would need no laws, no regulation. If businesses could refrain themselves from "raping" employees, we wouldn't need unions. Businesses, however, cannot refrain themselves. People do not make the "right" decisions. Corporations and people are selfish and greedy when left to their own devices. That is the root of human nature--self-protection.
When "private jobs" decide they are willing to educate our children, help those with mental problems, or care for the disabled--then government and taxes can be reduced. But "private jobs" will never step up to tackle those responsibilities because there is no money to be made in doing the "right" thing...

February 27, 2011 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger discusses health reform changes

You are right--this is not Russia. And yet if you choose to participate in owning and driving a car, you are forced to buy insurance. If you choose to in any way participate in health care, you will be forced to buy insurance. If you do not want to buy insurance, join the Christian Scientists--they are not required to buy insurance. Of course, you can never see a doctor or receive emergency medical care again... It is your choice.

February 20, 2011 at 5:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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