Mark_P (Mark Pickerel)


Comment history

Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted

"State Sen. Tom Arpke, R-Salina, introduced the amendment and had difficulty answering questions about it later in the debate."

Why am I not surprised at this?

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

Letter: Political malpractice

I said that already, John, but thanks anyway.

November 12, 2013 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Political malpractice

Sure, but the intelligence gathered by the Republican administration was bad at the time. They were railroaded, plain and simple.

I don't want to go back and forth about this, it's true that both parties are to blame. But I hate it when Republicans grouse about the debt and blame it on entitlements when it exploded under a Republican president who spent it on stupid wars and a tax cut and told everybody to "go shopping".

November 12, 2013 at 2:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Political malpractice

Oftentimes administrative costs bump up the price of insurance, and ACA does have some regulations built in that will help control that variation somewhat. Not perfect, of course, but nothing will ever be.

I think also have to give the Feds the ability to negotiate drug prices. Stop giving the farm away to the drug companies.

November 12, 2013 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Political malpractice

John...Maybe if we didn't start two wars and cut taxes while doing it, we wouldn't HAVE a deficit. I wonder which party did that?

November 12, 2013 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Political malpractice

Tort reform savings wouldn't be nearly enough to make a dent in our skyrocketing healthcare costs. I think the last estimates had it saving about .5%.

Cross-state private competition would probably be a mess because of the tangle of different states' regulations; it seems like it would take considerable federal intervention to make this work. I doubt it would be a viable long-term solution.

November 11, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Recruiting gains

Long term, the demographics in Kansas are not sustainable enough for us to focus our efforts here. We changed our scholarship structure specifically so we could compete with schools like Iowa.

September 29, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: As Obamacare kicks off, many questions remain

Seems like there are plenty of "low information" voters on the Republican side, they way they talk about ACA.

September 29, 2013 at 9:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Recruiting gains

Quality over quantity is a better long term strategy at KU. Yes, we'd like the numbers to be up more, but not necessarily full of the kinds of kids who need remedial Math courses for example.

September 29, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )