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TheSychophant (Bob Forer)

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Early primate expert joins KU as Foundation Professor

I wonder what attracted this distinguished professor to Kansas? Perhaps the many primates in our state legislature?

April 15, 2014 at 11:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jewish congregations in Lawrence increase security for Passover services

Ron, as a Jew I am very aware that Christians have rarely come forward to offer protection for their Jewish friends, neighbors and community members. I was merely suggesting that it would be the decent thing to do, especially in light of the fact that anti-Semitism has its roots in Christianity.

April 15, 2014 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jewish congregations in Lawrence increase security for Passover services

What don't you understand, Terry.

April 15, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business

When Schumm started up in the seventies, Lawrence was a virtual restaurant desert. You could count the number of decent restaurants on one hand.

Schumm offered what Lawrencians expected back then--greasy tasty food a slight cut above fastfood fare, with lots and lots of fries. Back then, we were not very sophistciated and thought it was decent.

Of course, now Lawrence is overloaded with restaurants, and many good ones at that.

I think Schumm stayed open so long because of massive advertising, and loyalty from those customers who weren't aware that there were better choices in the market.

The mediocirty caught up with him when Mass Street Deli closed several years ago. I am sure Bob did very well over the years, has made sound investments in downtown property, and probably felt that the diminishing return on his time and effort simply wasn't worthwhile anymore.

You gotta hand it to the guy, though. He obviously did smoething right to maintain a viable business for 37 years.

April 15, 2014 at 3:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jewish congregations in Lawrence increase security for Passover services

If security is indicated or necessary, which, from my perspective, is questonable, it would have been nice to have seen Christian individuals and groups voluntarily offer their services rather than leaving the Jewish Community to make arrangements for their own safety.

April 14, 2014 at 7:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business

If Buffalo Bob's opened as a new restaurant tomorrow, I doubt it would last more than six months.

April 14, 2014 at 7:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted

Even if he could, I doubt he would. Public expenditures on education dwarf all other categories, and are the single item where significant spending cuts could significantly lower the amount of taxes the very wealthy pay. Organized and strong teachers unions are the remaining major impediment to deep cuts in education
That is specifically why the republicans pushed through a law last year prohibiting union dues deductions from teacher paychecks. Initially, the reasons cited for the law was that they didn't feel public tax dollars should be used to adminster such programs. When the teachers' unions agreed to pay for those administrative costs, a different and equally dishonest reason was given, and the proposed legislation was enacted.

The intent of the right wing is clearly evident: Bust the teachers unions and remove the sole organized voice for decent public schools, all in the name of further lining the pockets of the very wealthy who have already amassed more wealth than they could ever hope to spend in several lifetimes.

The right wing republicans are hardly statesmen. On the contrary, they are scoundrels and sycophants for the super wealthy.

April 13, 2014 at 5:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted

You find it "Impossible??????” You would probably also find it impossible to believe that an innocent people could ever be wrongfully convicted and/or executed for the crime of capital murder.

I got news for you buddy; the number of documented wrongful murder convictions in this country is in the dozens, and increasing every year.

If people are wrongfully convicted of capital murder where due process safeguards are extraordinarily protective of the rights of the accused, it logically follows that wrongful terminations do occur from time to time in the teaching profession where due process rights are much more narrowly circumscribed.

What type of immunity do professional school administrations enjoy from negligence or deliberate and wrongful termination of their teachers that has obviously eluded the many professional (and sometimes dishonest) prosecutors, police, and judges who have been parties to dozens of wrongful murder convictions.

Either you are exceptionally naive or intellectually dishonest to suggest such occurrences are "impossible."

April 13, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted

You are absolutely right, Dorothy. Every profession has its share of bureaucratic tyrants who are very capable of wrongfully causing great professional and personal harm to those they supervise.

Having demoractic safeguards in place to prevent such injustice in the public workplace is dictated not only by our country's stong democratic traditions, but also by basic human decency.

Sadly, our own government has become indecent.

April 13, 2014 at 5:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )