Moderate (George Lippencott)

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Editorial: Downward spiral

Gee, I though they got spent on tax cuts for small businesses (many legislators) and the rich.. They never made it to the bank (except in somebody's personal investments)..

One can only hope that the people who received the tax cuts and did not hire anybody but invested it instead got clobbered in the Wall Street roller coaster.

Perhaps the oft stated concern in these pages could be translated into people willing to finance the campaigns of moderates (or liberals) in other areas of the state. If not it is just so much noise.

June 26, 2016 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Focus on schools, not court

The job is done.

We will be doing this again next year unless we elect people with a more moderate viewpoint on taxes.

Perhaps the oft stated concern in these pages could be translated into people willing to finance the campaigns of such moderates (or liberals) in other areas of the state. If not it is just so much noise.

June 26, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Carbon fee facts

Frankly, I am very tired of so called "triangulation". We are all in this pot together and we should all be willing to make sacrifices to achieve our national goals. Asking the 25% to pay the bill is just plain wrong!!!

June 26, 2016 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Carbon fee facts

Typical liberal claptrap. I am not a climate denier. I just do not agree with your liberal approach of punishing people for things that were perfectly legal when they were done. We need a systems approach to solving the climate problem. It needs to be done nationally with local flexibility. Everyone must pay for our national goals as proclaimed by the president.

June 26, 2016 at 1:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Carbon fee facts

Chris,

You know my plan as I published it here before.

I dispute your argument we would have cheaper electricity if we went to wind energy. Perhaps in a generation but not any time soon.

This mess needs to be solved with a systems approach where we examine all the options and chose a solution for Kansas and move towards it. Wind must be augmented by something since we do not have energy storage capabilities yet. Solar is also great but it too must be augmented. Part of that augmentation is regional (transfer of power) and part is national in terms of a flexible policy that actually encourages a systems approach. By the by the latter includes financial considerations. Bankrupting the present in favor of the future has not and probably will not work!!

June 24, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Carbon fee facts

It is that time again - another dishonest pitch for a carbon tax. Just two points in rebuttal.

First. People whose ancestors chose coal at a time when we were not warming the planet are now to be crucified by a tax that will hit them hardest and not refund what it takes. We here in Kansas happen to be those people.

Second: Even if the new jobs are as plentiful as the old they will not involve the same people. We will be destroying the incomes and future of those in the coal industry while creating opportunities for those in the renewable energy business.

Must we punish the innocent in order to satisfy the zealots?

June 20, 2016 at 10:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Effort undermines independent judiciary

Perhaps some of those who want to abandoned the democratic process in favor of an oligarchy (9 un-elected players levying taxes) should engage in the real democratic process and help elect moderate Republicans or Democrats in the traditional Conservative strongholds??

Otherwise we are getting exactly wham we deserve

May 28, 2016 at 6:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Kansas should revisit core values

Nicely written. There might be other core values that should be mentioned. How about hard work, self-discipline and self-reliance to list a few? If you add those to the list, you do create some tension with the values you mentioned. But then that is what all the arguing is about.

May 14, 2016 at 7:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down block grant school funding law

We are arguing over a word in our constitution. The courts do get to determine its meaning but for most of our history they did not intervene in the political process of how much is enough. School funding aside there is a serious constitutional issue here.

If the courts can decide how much we should tax ourselves to support our schools where does that power stop. Will they next determining how much is enough for social services? How about roads? Will we need a legislature if the courts are to decide all funding issues??

The people do in fact determine how much in the way of common resources are committed to whatever purpose we set out to address. We do that by electing legislators. Key concept is elected - responsible to all of us.

Having nine un-elected judges chosen by an elitist process set my tax rate is among the less democratic notions I can imagine

Now if they confine themselves to equity among school districts they are being consistent with many of our sister states. That would be a good thing.

If they continue along a path to set the absolute amount we spend on education (half our state budget) then it may be worth a knock down constitutional battle to restore the balance between the branches of our state government!

February 13, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Frightening thought

You know it is not either/or!! There are wide vaiations across our sister states in how the judiciary is selected.

In some they are elected directly.
In some they are appointed by the elected executive.
In some they are appointed subject to elected legislative agreement.
In some a panel is added to the appointment process to make sure the anointed one meets a set of criteria.(insure quality)
In Kansas (and a few other states) a small group of un-elected attorneys have a very significant impact on the choice.

Seems to me we can reduce the elitism inherent in our system without losing the quality we so desire.

February 13, 2016 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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