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Report: State funding cuts to public schools in Kansas are fourth deepest in the nation

No, cowboy, we aren't even winning that. We're in fourth place for that particular race.

September 12, 2013 at 10:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Panel at Kansas Union discusses the forces and attitudes around poverty

Citizen1 wrote "...history shows that individuals with a vision & motivation over come their socio-economic situations and achieve. That is my point. Social justice comes from the individual." I disagree, however.

The argument that, since some individuals are able to break past the barriers of poverty, anyone who is sufficiently visionary and motivated can do so is specious, at best. It falls into the trap of blaming the victims. What history truly shows is that the burdens of socio-economic status are so confining that, absent true equality of opportunity...which is generally denied by these statuses...the vast majority of people cannot escape their conditions regardless of how visionary or motivated they are.

A good read for examining what justice is truly about is "Justice as Fairness" by John Rawls. Another related work worth reading is "Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites" by Hurwitz and Peffley.

September 12, 2013 at 10:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Parking progress

This is just a guess, but I would guess, Moderate, that those without cell phones (or credit cards) must take care of expired meters the old fashioned way....

July 27, 2013 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What was your favorite book as a kid?

Which book probably would have been less acclaimed had it been published under Tolstoy's working title, "War, What Is It Good For?"

July 1, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week

chic asked "Why not also print the map for those who will never read all the text...?"

There are not many people in the world I lack empathy for. However, people too lazy to read all the text are among them. I can't say I am a fan of the idea of rewarding or enabling their slothfulness.

Oh. And those TV psychic people.

July 1, 2013 at 4:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What was your favorite book as a kid?

Call of the Wild. Jack London.

July 1, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State government buildings to allow concealed carry of guns

You've been around enough gunfire to notice that "people scatter," Armored_One? Where are you spending your free time?

June 30, 2013 at 8:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State government buildings to allow concealed carry of guns

I'm not an attorney, Armored_One, and it has been a long time since that 10th-grade government class. Yet, I recall a concept called sovereign immunity which was essentially that you cannot sue the government unless it wants you to sue it. If memory serves, it is in the Eleventh Amendment.

June 30, 2013 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State government buildings to allow concealed carry of guns

You would have known were he a plain-clothed police officer, Trumbull: he would have been displaying a badge near the weapon. You would have seen both the firearm and the badge.

June 30, 2013 at 8:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

North Lawrence residents, disappointed with local response to theft problem, to seek answers from legislators

No, OB. jafs is saying juries should convict only people against whom a case has been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

June 30, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )