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Wrong focus

So did you (except in your case it was 'her' instead of 'his'); now like I said, play nice, both of you.

August 4, 2008 at 6:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City man jailed on aggravated battery charge in connection with neighbor's shooting

Pywacket;Sorry, didn't mean to come across as confrontational, if that's the way you took it. I will point out that houses on a corner (from the story: '"Those people at the corner are real good people," said the man, referring to the suspect's family.') may have two houses next to them, but only one would be on Elm Street. I also wasn't suggesting a parade past their houses ... I was saying that, like you, I can wait for the information, which is why I had no intention of driving by. As far as the newspaper's policy (thanks Mr. Kealing for clarifying), I was, as I clearly stated, just stating what I suspected ... or in other words, guessing.

August 3, 2008 at 9:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wrong focus

Both of you play nice before we have to separate you.First off, it's 'he,' not 'she.' Second, I wasn't trying to make or break anyone's point - I just answered a simple question with my personal opinion. Third, while I haven't gone back and re-read all of your posts ... frankly, this isn't that important to me, as I said I was just stating an opinion, which is what I thought these message boards were for ... but it seems I've agreed at least in part with both of you: Certain professions need to be regulated by credentialing, and architects ... in my opinion ... are one of those that ought to include a discipline-specific degree.

August 3, 2008 at 9:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City man jailed on aggravated battery charge in connection with neighbor's shooting

Pywacket;There are other reasons other than waiting for a conviction to withhold the name of a sexual offender. For example, when the perpetrator is the parent of the victim, keeping the victim's identity anonymous is pretty much a moot point if you print her father's name. As I said above, I suspect the family of the victim in this case had not been notified (if you were one of the family members, would you rather read about it in the paper or be notified face-to-face first?), and identifying the shooter would pretty much tell us who the victim was.Of course, since I believe both of us live in Baldwin, we could probably just drive by and read the name off the mailbox - nah, too frikkin' hot!

August 3, 2008 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wrong focus

svengalli;It would seem to make sense. There are some occupations/professions that seem better suited to a hands-on apprenticeship kind of training - e.g., carpenters, plumbers, electricians, or masons. Somehow I feel (rather than think) that architecture is not something that falls into that category. I will admit that I don't know that much about architecture - but that's the entire point of credentialing, that an agency of the state charged with verifying and approving someone's qualifications to provide a service have entitled them to put the various letters after their name that attest to those qualifications, so people like me don't have to be experts in architecture to be able to choose an architect.

August 3, 2008 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City man jailed on aggravated battery charge in connection with neighbor's shooting

It's customary in many newspapers not to release the name of a crime victim until family can be notified - and if they identified the suspect, in a case like this (e.g. the suspect being the 35 y.o. next-door - on the corner - neighbor of the 32 y.o. victim), I would think it would pretty much identify the victim as well.

August 3, 2008 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wrong focus

I agree wholeheartedly with those who said that the man should have been registered regardless of how highly regarded, recognized, or qualified he may be.I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. It doesn't matter whether the quality of my work is highly regarded by my peers or what my professional accomplishments have been. It doesn't make a difference that I passed the same exam the KS BSRB uses, or that I meet the rest of their requirements for licensure. Unless/until I am credentialed by the state of Kansas, I can not legally hang a shingle outside my door here in Baldwin calling myself a Professional Counselor, let alone practice in this state. And if it's true that the LTE writer is a professor at KU in the mental health profession, it is an absolute disgrace that he would defend someone for failing to submit to the credentialing process.

August 2, 2008 at 8:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should Kansas reduce the speed limit from 70 mph to 65 mph to help the environment?

labmonkey;The claims that the lower speed limit saved lives was based on the common statistical fallacy that correlation can demonstrate causation.A magazine article I read back in the late 70's or early 80's pointed out that the time the speed limit was lowered was the same period when the majority of cars on the road had the mandatory safety features instituted in the late 60's. After adjusting for the lives saved by such things as seatbelts, padded dashboards, safety glass, etc. (using the HTSA's own figures), the death rate actually _increased_ around the time the speed limit was lowered.

July 30, 2008 at 7:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Disability rights advocates push ADA changes

Marion (Marion Lynn) says:"Man, that would require a totally interactive site and involve some really wild Java and Ativex don't you think?"Regardless, your contention was that the issue does not exist in e-commerce. And however slight the effort and investment is to correct the problem, it is obviously more than one of America's largest retailers wanted to expend.The aspect of the Target suit that I found particularly interesting is that it requires a level of accomodation in excess of what's found in their 'brick-and-mortar' stores. If you walk into a Target, you won't find product descriptions and prices in braille everywhere. I would think that, should Target lose, you'll find this is just the beginning of access requirements for e-commerce.

July 29, 2008 at 8:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

US stupidification is stupefying

invictus (Anonymous) says:"If there is less intelligence then it is do to stupid people reproducing."The regression of the gene pool. And it has nothing to do with politics.This is where Darwin's theory breaks down when it comes to humans. One would think that intelligence is a trait that is valuable to the survival of the species, and would therefore become a dominant trait. However, while smarter people may indeed survive longer, they aren't the ones doing all the breeding. The ones reproducing are the ones who can't figure out how a condom works.I spent many as a bartender, and I'm hard pressed to remember a single time I ever saw a person point to a member of the opposite sex and say to their friends: "Get a load of the brains on that one! How'd you like to take them home and discuss classic literature with them?"

July 29, 2008 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )