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City proposing $30 increase in speeding fine

I'm pretty sure that fining somebody $500 for going 31 in a 30 is unduly burdensome. Just think of how many struggling families would be hurt by such a heavy MINIMUM fine.

Frankly, the costs are already outrageous. If they want to increase the fines for higher speed, then fine. I find it ridiculous that the minimum fine is already well over $100.

September 2, 2013 at 10:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Obama doesn’t wait for Congress to act

Have you ever heard of Separation of Powers? Checks and Balances? If the executive is bound be neither, then we no longer live in a republic.

Congress is equally elected by the People, and the People's representatives (Congressmen/women) are entrusted with the creation of laws. THEY are the Legislative branch. If Congress is divided on an issue, which is common, then consensus needs to be built before a final bill is passed into law. Senators and Representatives serve terms of different lengths specifically so that they will be influenced differently by the political winds of the moment. Massive, structural changes to the US bureaucracy are meant to be difficult to enact by our government's very design.

August 17, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Obama doesn’t wait for Congress to act

A signing statement is used by a President when he SIGNS a law. Since there is no longer a line-item veto, the signing statement essentially a way to avoid vetoing a bill that POTUS mostly agrees with instead of vetoing it whole-cloth.

Obama is choosing to ignore and/or change existing law without legislative input or approval. These two actions are FAR different, IMHO.

August 17, 2013 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Obama doesn’t wait for Congress to act

This is certainly a well-written and damning indictment of the Obama administration. Whatever one thinks of the individual ends (i.e. are the changes themselves good ones), the means certainly are terrifying for a country supposedly ruled by laws. If President Obama is comfortable going it on his own when it is too troublesome to go through Congress, what is to stop the next President from doing the same? Imagine if the next Potus decided that certain companies were exempt from securities laws, or that certain groups of individuals were exempt from certain laws?

Nixon made a terrible mistake in ordering the plumbers to break into the Watergate. Instead, he should have merely exempted the plumbers from rules on theft and exempted his own campaign from from election laws! /sarcasm

August 17, 2013 at 4:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Obama oversteps presidential power

Well, I can't wait to see what the media says when the next Republican POTUS starts unilaterally changing laws.

August 15, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Once home to a university-run high school, nearly century-old KU building demolished


I'm all for the preservation of buildings with historic or architectural significance, but not everything can or should be saved. Wescoe, for example, is a building that doesn't need to be mourned whenever its useful life is up, whether that be in 10/50/150 years.

Even some buildings with historic significance are sometimes destroyed, and with good reason. The former Pan Am Worldport at JFK is a perfect example: it is being demolished despite its unique architecture and place in US culture because the ground that it sits on is too valuable to waste.

August 15, 2013 at 5:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Master plan will shape future of KU's campus


I absolutely agree that less sprawl is better (i.e., keep student-facing facilities on the main campus).

I personally believe that these consultants are hired just so that the administrations wanting to expand can exert pressure on the relevant legislators/donors to make it happen. Given the higher ed bubble that already exists and the dramatic building programs taking place at universities across the country, I would expect that many institutions are FAR overbuilding for the growth that will actually occur.

Students/parents are already under tremendous financial strain as tuitions have far outpaced inflation, and a lot of the unnecessary elements of campus expansion are going to worsen this for students in coming years. KU students have it easy compared to those in some other states (where in-state tuition is ludicrous), but a lot of kids are coming out with degrees of questionable value and accompanied with tens or hundreds of thousands in debt.

July 9, 2013 at 3:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KC Board of Trade closing after 157 years

Certainly a sad day, to be sure. The BoT harkens back to an era when Kansas City was a more prominent city in the US, and the exchange itself played a more important role in the history of the region than most probably know. I can certainly understand why the exchange is being rolled-into CME's Chicago operations, but it still is sad to see the exchange and associated activity move away.

June 29, 2013 at 12:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Duel begins over concealed carry in public buildings

Well, a lot more than 30 people die per day because of firearms in the States. By all causes, though, around 6,700 people die per day in this country (2,468,435 died in 2010). In all, 0.45% of deaths are the result or homocide by firearm. Around 0.5% is the result of suicide by firearm. Compare this to 1.6% of deaths resulting from drug use, 1% resulting from alcohol related causes, and a whopping 4.9% resulting from all accidents (not all numbers are cumulative, as some overlap).

Hep B and HIV (combined) kill more than firearms.

February 26, 2013 at 1:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former police sergeant's federal lawsuit against city alleges racial discrimination, wrongful termination

Well, a couple potential points:

1) As the higher ranking officer, the expectations for conduct were higher for then-sergeant Monroe than for officer Sarna

2) Perhaps Mr. Monroe should have resigned/offered to resign immediately when the allegations came out rather than taking his chances. We don't know for certain that Sarna was offered any opportunites that Mr. Monroe was not, only that Mr. Monroe was ultimately fired

Nevertheless, a bit of an unfortunate story. I personally believe that, while Mr. Monroe's offences may have been more minor than Mr. Sarna's, demotion/termination is the appropriate course of action when ethics are compromised in the manner they were.

February 19, 2013 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )