Rich_Crank (Richard Crank)


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Local governments already offer benefits to same-sex couples

Uh oh!! You seem to be reporting that it's pretty easy to do anywhere except Topeka (and might even be easy for Topeka's municipal employees, just not the governor and his staff). Sounds like the same discrimination that got Kansas into trouble in the first place ... to the tune of $100,000 already for an entity with significant financial difficulties coming up.

Thanks, Governor Brownback!!!!!

July 5, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence sees 1.86 inches of rain on Friday

I had 2.5" in the rain gauge on my deck on the 600 block of Michigan, and I *know* I emptied it yesterday of what was in it.

July 3, 2015 at 10:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Finance Council authorizes $1 billion in pension bonds to shore up KPERS

*Circus* *Maximus* *Kansiensis* has outdone itself in being silly, unfortunately it's not an entertaining silliness like the Marx Brothers.

This is getting ridiculous. No, I'll correct myself ... This has been increasingly ridiculous for far too long.

July 2, 2015 at 5:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

Brownback reminds me very much of my 5th grade teacher at Poitiers American Elementary School at the U.S. Army base in Poitiers, France. One morning in the early 1960's, she announced that the class would recite the *Our* *Father* despite a recent court decision. She concluded the announcement with, "In the words of that great patriot, 'They have made their ruling. Now let them enforce it.'" I remember the scene vividly.

That same teacher (who I now realize saw herself as an elderly southern belle), when teaching about the Civil War told us that her family's slaves were *all* unhappy about leaving the plantation after the Emancipation Proclamation because they'd been so well treated. I've often wondered in the years since if she ever said that to the school's 2nd grade teacher, a black woman.

July 2, 2015 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas residents now have higher taxes but less gun regulation

Lemme guess ... when the next random movie theater mass shooting occurs, you'll be there during the attack to protect all the others from something they shouldn't've had to face in the first place. Will you be bravely between the many innocent people and the shooter or at the back of the theater shooting at who you *think* were the initial shooters and likely killing innocent people in the process?

July 1, 2015 at 6:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supreme Court declines to hear Kobach appeal on proof of citizenship

Too bad SCOTUS couldn't also summarily remove him from office *and* order his arrest over the "agricultural-only-but-also-residential-building" nonsense ... which no lawyer worthy of the degree would want himself linked to.

June 29, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chad Lawhorn named as Journal-World managing editor

I'm glad to hear you'll continue to write the *Town**Talk* column, Chad. I learn a LOT from it.

June 29, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two-spirit couple wed 'white man way' in Lawrence

Gosh, it's been three or four decades since a young man asked me one night, "Are you 'two-spirit'?" It was a phrase I'd never heard before so, though I was fairly sure given the context of our chat, I confessed ignorance and asked what it meant. That it's being used in a newspaper story headline is another remarkable occurrence in, for me, a remarkable week in the USA. I have to admit, I loved the concept even back then.

June 27, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supreme Court declares nationwide right to same-sex marriage

It should've been 6-3 for justice instead of 5-4, but that's my only complaint. In 100 years, it would undoubtedly be 9-0 or maybe 8-1.

June 26, 2015 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence mayor: 'Hopefully sine die is not a synonym for unfathomable stupidity'

I'm afraid the entire legislative session is a "synonym for unfathomable stupidity,” so the *sine* *die* day is bound to be also.

June 23, 2015 at 9:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )