Mark_P (Mark Pickerel)


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Editorial: Desperate step

I guess this must be what it feels like to live with an addict.

You wake up one day to find that your car has been sold, your retirement fund's been cleaned out, and your TV and your best silver have been hocked. And they keep promising each time that it's only temporary and that the sun will keep shining in Kansas!

Our Koch-addicted government needs an intervention. Please sit them down this November and make your vote count.

April 24, 2016 at 7:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Foes: Kansas bills create ‘bounty’ on transgendered students

Another solution looking for a problem.

March 27, 2016 at 8:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate advances bill on impeaching state’s top court

I'm just wondering what "usurping the power of the Legislature" means, and how big of a truck I can drive through it.

March 22, 2016 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP lawmakers cite rising frustration, even anger, with Brownback administration

The Governor and the Legislature know exactly what they are doing. This is all kabuki theatre. Cut taxes, starve the budget, cut services, clean out highway and retirement funds, and feign surprise that you've created a disaster and blame everyone else (including Obama).

March 20, 2016 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Socialism dream

I remember my Dad cutting $800 tuition checks for me in the late 80's that covered 15 hours of classes.

I feel sad that millennials have to pay so much more. The causes are legion and no one party is blameless. But it helps you see their perspective and why Bernie's proposals are such a draw.

If a college degree was "free", I think it would warp the Higher Ed market and cause more problems than it might fix.

March 17, 2016 at 10:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

Kind of early for Republicans to announce that they wouldn't confirm an Obama appointment. I doubt Scalia had even reached room temperature yet.

RIP Scalia. Even though I disagreed with most of his judgments, he is still a human being who deserves mourning and respect.

February 15, 2016 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers review whether same-sex couples should be foster parents

Doesn't look like a legitimate study to me.

This is stupid. We are having enough trouble finding good foster homes already.

November 17, 2015 at 7:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback issues executive order opposing Syrian refugees relocating to Kansas

Democrats turned into Republicans in the Nixon Era, Bob.

November 16, 2015 at 6:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Senate members lampoon law allowing concealed carry on campus

Bob Smith, I think people should run away and let the authorities do their jobs. It is foolish for a person who is not law enforcement to try and be a hero like that.

November 6, 2015 at 8:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Senate members lampoon law allowing concealed carry on campus

Having more guns on a campus does not necessarily make it safer in my opinion. In fact, if there is an active shooter on campus, allowing more guns invites the possibility that the police will mistake someone who is trying to take down the shooter as the shooter him/herself. And more bullets flying around in a hallway or classroom full of people in a shootout doesn't sound like a recipe for a smaller body count either.

These days, more shooters are willing to commit "suicide by cop". So whether a given area is a "gun free zone" or not doesn't act as a deterrent anyway.

Malcolm Gladwell has a good take on how these school shootings are spreading, and it has almost nothing to do with "gun free zones".

November 6, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )