Comment history

Brownback proclaims 'Cowboy Poetry Week'

Roses are red
Violets are blue
The cowboys are ALL gone
But feed lots sure stink whoo-hoo!

April 17, 2012 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Occupy Whatever - to What End

The OWS movement is pointing out that Washington, D.C., is a captive puppet of the financial industry. In other words, you can vote Democrat or Republican, but it's impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, et al. Because of this, our (legally) bribed politicians no longer pass laws to promote the common good. Rather, they do the bidding of an oligarchy, a.k.a. the 1%. This, in a nutshell, is the core of the OWS message.

As to your other complaint about the voice of a small number of people are having a large impact — it's because these OWS protesters have committed themselves to peaceful assembly as they expressing grievances. Of course they'll get more exposure than people sitting around doing nothing to influence public debate. If you want more of a voice, go hit a street corner with your sign and your voice. Until you do that, how can you complain that your views aren't being amplified in the media?

October 26, 2011 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you support the Occupy Lawrence protesters in South Park?

Actually, these protesters are doing something for their country. 1) Showing that everyday citizens still have the power to shape the national discussion, outside of the mainstream media. 2) Showing that you don't need a politician, like Obama or Bush, to shape our national politics. 3) Raising awareness that without taxing the obscenely rich or ending our endless wars, the US is on the path to self-destruction.

If you don't believe that a group of concerned citizens using the right of free speech and assembly makes our nation stronger, perhaps consider moving to North Korea or someplace where dissent is impossible and you might feel more comfortable.

October 18, 2011 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should the 70 mph speed limit along Kansas Highway 10 be lower?

1/2 mile in 10 seconds = 1 mile in 20 seconds = 3 miles in 1 minute = 180 m.p.h. + your speed (75 m.p.h.) = the driver was going 255 m.p.h.?

August 22, 2011 at 3:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach challenging in-state tuition rates for undocumented students

Demagogy or demagoguery is a strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears and expectations of the public—typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda ...

November 23, 2010 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Panhandler gifts are best charity

I can't believe the Journal World allows a racist depiction of our president -- the first black US president portrayed as a crying "boy" -- to be used as an avatar.

October 20, 2010 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Panhandler gifts are best charity

Bravo! Great letter, professor. This city's merchant class does itself no favor by promoting mean-spirited behavior towards those with the least among us.

Many of today's self-proclaimed Christians hate to be reminded of Jesus' most explicit instructions in the Sermon on the Mount: "Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." Matthew 5:42

October 20, 2010 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown Lawrence merchant group asking customers to stop giving money to panhandlers

If your story is true, why do they "labor" for you when they can get free money downtown?

October 15, 2010 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown Lawrence merchant group asking customers to stop giving money to panhandlers

Why did you put the word "homeless" in quotes? Do you doubt that there is homelessness in Lawrence?

October 15, 2010 at 2:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Downtown Lawrence merchant group asking customers to stop giving money to panhandlers

It's an idea ... but I doubt the downtown merchant class so eager to deny the homeless money would welcome them into their chichi eateries to dine on charity.

October 15, 2010 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )