MerriAnnie (MerriAnnie Smith)

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Letter: Secret support

I'm very curious about something, Dave.

It is widely known that KPI, your organization, is primarily supported by the Koch brothers.

That means you work for the Koch brothers.

Why are they so interested in demolishing public schools? They have, I believe, in the past let that be known. They do not believe government should be involved in schools - it should, instead, all be privatized.

Since you work for them it seems highly likely that you know why they feel that way.

Would you share with us what you know?

February 16, 2015 at 10:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas quakes likely caused by disposal of saltwater that results from oil and gas fracking process

Cracks me up... pun intended.

They're now admitting what everyone else always knew. Fracking is most likely what is causing the earthquakes. How difficult is that to admit?

Apparently it was pretty difficult before the national election in November. Had to keep the Tea Party happy with them until the election was over.

January 18, 2015 at 7:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutor: No criminal charges warranted in case of woman who died in jail

Every defense attorney will tell you the same thing. Don't talk to the cops. Get a lawyer. You are in a very poor situation to do your own defense. You don't know the law. The cop does.

And he does not always have your best interest at heart. You are the only one who cares what happens to you. Just be careful.

And no, I don't hate cops. There is one I happen to love very much.

You can bet there's not a cop alive who wouldn't say the same thing I'm saying. If you have marijuana, don't admit anything. Just don't talk. What you don't say can't be held against you in a court of law.

December 2, 2014 at 3:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutor: No criminal charges warranted in case of woman who died in jail

For one thing he gave the Grand Jury copies of the law regarding an officer's right to shoot a person who is running away. That law was ruled unconstitutional. But he managed to confuse the Grand Jury with that lie.

There were other things but I won't go look them up. You need to get out of Fox and Limbaugh if you haven't see it yet.

December 2, 2014 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutor: No criminal charges warranted in case of woman who died in jail

In the story it says her sister tried and tried to get the attention of a staffer because her sister knew she was in dire condition, but it took a long time to get anybody on staff to come because they were too busy. That means there are not enough staff, and that's what the article at CJonline talked about --- our state is not putting the money into the prison/jail system to hire enough staff, train them properly, and hold on to them once they are trained. Prisons pay more than jails, so there is an even worse problem in the jails.

Medical help in a jail begins with the staff. If they are not available, then no medical help is available.

December 2, 2014 at 3:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutor: No criminal charges warranted in case of woman who died in jail

Since when do we take the word of a prosecutor regarding how well the prison system does its job,anyways.

Look at what happened when the Ferguson prosecutor was allowed to be the defense for the man he was asking the grand jury to determine whether he should go to trial or not.

He broke every rule in the book in the way he handled that grand jury.

November 30, 2014 at 9:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prosecutor: No criminal charges warranted in case of woman who died in jail

There is another story going around (I read it in CJonline tonight) that our prisons are understaffed and our prison employees are under-paid.

This could have caused her death.

I hope if her family pursues a lawsuit for her death they will look into that problem. It's not that Kansas could not afford to pay their employees better in order to get and keep qualified people, and it's not that Kansas could not afford to hire enough people to make sure inmates are safe (have necessary medical care).

The only reason we are under-cutting in many areas in this state, including prisons and jails, is that Governor Brownback came in with a gnawing need in his gut to cut services to this state in order to satisfy the Republicans.

I would be more than delighted to see this woman's family win a hell of a lot of money that will come out of those taxpayer's pockets who think our state should shirk its humane duties to its citizens and to unwary people just passing through the state... so they might save a few bucks on their taxes.

I call people like that deadbeats. Anything to get out of paying for what they get.

November 30, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate with Davis

It boggles the mind, the dirty things Brownback is willing to do to win.

And they call poor people who need help lowlifes. There is nothing lower than a man who says, "Come to Jesus. I'll turn Kansas into heaven on earth," and then turns around and uses every dirty lie and twisted truth he can come up with to win the election.

After Brownback and this current legislature, and the Koch groups... Republicans should get chills down their backs every time they call a Democrat dirty.

October 22, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback cites Wichita murder case in last debate with Davis

I can't believe enough Democrats will come out to vote to unseat Brownback. I believe he'll stumble into a win. And that makes me angry at all the people in this state who are being hurt and will be hurt by this administration but will sit on their butts and say they don't have time to do it.

Yes, if you work full time and you take care of a family after work, it is asking a lot, but it is YOU who will suffer if you don't pull together with the rest of us who are trying to stop the bleeding.

I simply do not understand people who don't register and vote when the situation is as critical as it is now.

October 21, 2014 at 9:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence, Tonganoxie men convicted of selling synthetic marijuana out of downtown Lawrence shop

Dad is going to be pretty old when he gets out.

Now, here's a real puzzle. A man in one of the northeast states hit his wife in the head with a rock and shoved her over a cliff so he could have her millions and be with his online lover. He got about ten years. Of course he was 71 already and he'll get out when he's 81 unless he gets out early for good behavior.

He killed in a vicious way for money and sex.

These two did a terrible thing that deserves their sentences, but they could get 35 years. The older one would be older than 81 when he gets out if they get the maximum sentence.

Just a curious thing to me -- how our judges and juries CAN come to such wide variances in sentencing.

September 25, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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