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Editorial: Time to pass gun control

J. Robert Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. He's credited with the creation of the atomic bomb along with Einstein.

Oppenheimer did express some regrets later.

When we march forward sometimes we don't do it exactly right and we have to find that out the hard way.

I believe that the open use and sale of semi and fully-automatic guns is one of those things. Now we're having to back up and re-evaluate the workability and safety issues with this type of weapon.

Ask yourselves, would it be okay for anybody to buy an atom bomb?

Why not?

The answer to that question is also the answer to the question, "Is it okay for a human being to have access to a semi-automatic gun... taking the chance that he is now, has always been, and always will be a sane human being?"

We're not gods. We're not infallible. We make mistakes sometimes. Big ones. This was one of them.

February 17, 2018 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Under proposed bill, sex between some Kansas teens would no longer be a felony

When you have two teens the same age kissing, how do you determine which one took advantage of the other?

Is it right to automatically choose the one who is a few days older? Or do they simply choose to charge the male with a crime? What if the girl was the one who kissed the boy?

Yeah, I'm with the mother on this one. This law needs to go.

February 15, 2018 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

Passports are expensive. Most poor people can't afford one. Just got one for my grandson a few moths ago but honestly can't remember what I paid.

$300 sticks in my mind but surely I'm wrong... I hope.

February 13, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

I was thinking... should I get my SS # tattooed on my wrist? I could add my zip code... It starts with 666

February 13, 2018 at 6:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

I was just lamenting to my husband that my SS card (the original from 1958) is a bit frayed around the edges. He said I should laminate it. Glad I didn't.

February 13, 2018 at 6:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

You seem to have the attitude that everyone is just like you... what YOU can do, everyone can do.

This country is made up of millions of people, every one of which is a unique individual with his or her own special circumstances.

You might need to assess your idea that they should all be like you.

February 13, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

Not as long as Republican farmers, etc. continue to give them jobs in Kansas.

February 13, 2018 at 6:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

Democrats? I thought Trump was a Republican.

He uses undocumented immigrants at Mar-a-lago.

February 13, 2018 at 6:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence father fighting deportation now held in Hawaii

Thinking about Bangladesh. Our Baptist churches sent missionaries to that country as long ago, at least, as when my oldest was in 1st grade -- in 1972. Her first grade teacher and her husband had spent years in Bangladesh at a mission.

She taught our kids how to count to ten in the Bangladesh language. Here it is, 46 years later and I'm testing my memory here. I think it was (spelling is likely way off) this:

Ek
Dui
Tin
Char
Punch
Choy
Shat
At
Noy
Dosh

But to the point, we sent Christian missionaries to Bangladesh. Is that possibly what eventually brought this man and his brothers to the US? I think it did bring many people here. They became Christians and came here to live for that reason. I've met people from other countries that are not traditionally Christians who did come here to live among other Christians.

So, we grab them in the most insulting way possible... in front of their families and neighbors... and we treat them as if they're common criminals who murder, steal, and drive drunk.

And by "we" I mean the Christians who support Trump and his malicious ugly ideas about brown people from other countries.

Just musing on how far we've come since 1972 --- but then, that was the Nixon era, so...

February 13, 2018 at 6:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report: Kobach is on the board of a veterans group in which hardly any money goes to vets

A very far right conservative once told me that vets are primarily black men and, he said, we all know they're a worthless bunch of street criminals. He mentioned them killing each other and that being a good thing.

But I grew up in the south, so it wasn't a Kansan who said it.

I only mention this because I believe this may be how Kobach sees vets, too. Ne'er do wells whose only recourse is to join the service, nothing nearly as special as KK, in his own mind.

February 9, 2018 at 6:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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