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Obamacare enrollment slow in Lawrence thus far

My skepticism is not limited to a single party, there, Liberty.

October 8, 2013 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamacare enrollment slow in Lawrence thus far

Regret to inform that I have lost such faith in the current legislature that I no longer accept anything said in their committee meetings, without verification of the facts stated by an independent, peer-review 3rd party. They have lost such credibility in my eyes that I even view the persons they allow to testify with skepticism, by mere association. Unfair, but true.

October 7, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Health care providers raise concerns about KanCare

nick_s makes a good point. There is a double-standard when problems in KanCare are "inevitable" but similar problems in ACA are seen as evidence of complete unworkability.

October 7, 2013 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School finance case to have political consequences, experts say

You know, I've said several times that posters here are entirely too hard an Mr. Trabert. Too often we forget that civil discourse allows for others to have different points of view, or even different interpretations of the same information available to us all. There is room for all of us to have our say. However, we have become so polarized that we forget that when we disagree with someone, that that person him- or herself is not bad. We forget that just because we disagree with them on one thing...or even on most things...that person is not (will not be!) wrong on all things.

Civil discourse demands that we lighten up on Mr. Trabert on a personal level. We should be easy on people, but hard on issues.

October 7, 2013 at 8:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamacare enrollment slow in Lawrence thus far

What calumny is THIS? Fund a law passed by Congress, signed by the President, and found Constitutional by the Supreme Court? Voters to hold politicians accountable at the ballot box? That's radical talk, there. We tried that for over 200 years. Do you really think we'd be doing it this way if your way actually worked better? (This was sarcasm, incidentally.)

I think one thing should be clear to voters by now: elections have consequences. Send the wrong groups into office, and instead of compromise, you get gridlock. Actually, I think that we're in a worse place even than gridlock at the moment.... At the moment, the electorate is experiencing the consequences of its last several voting cycles. Our impressions of Congress are at an all-time low. I wonder if we see that, by electing the individuals we have, we have ourselves created these consequences...?

October 7, 2013 at 8:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamacare enrollment slow in Lawrence thus far

chootspa wrote "People also may not understand that enrolling now gets them coverage starting in January, not coverage that starts right now."

I have anecdotal evidence that is true. One of my best friends was convinced that he was going to be fined because he couldn't get signed up on October 1. Of course, that was because he has listened with one ear for these past few months to what was going to happen and what he needed to do, so his panic was essentially his own fault. Nonetheless, I believe chootspa's point is quite true.

October 7, 2013 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obamacare enrollment slow in Lawrence thus far

stevieboy, what is your evidence that Republicans and Tea Party supporters have sabotaged the computers dealing with ACA?

October 7, 2013 at 7:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commission to consider $725,000 loan to homeless shelter

Sometimes, srj, you have to do something like this because the cost of the city providing the services directly is an even greater burden. Distasteful or not, allowing the shelter to fail and close will have social consequences to our community that will, in turn, lead to far greater expenses than a modest loan.

This is the right policy decision.

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

Do you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek?

The question assumes a false dichotomy. It need not be either/or. I happen to enjoy both, fairly equally.

October 7, 2013 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Homeless shelter seeks $725,000 loan from city

I assume you know how the play ended both for Polonius and Laertes.

September 17, 2013 at 3:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )