VoiceOfReason (Susan Mangan)


Comment history

Lawrence City Commission faced with dilemma: raise taxes or cut city staff

I LOVE how everyone in Lawrence assumes that their voice is one with the rest of the state. If Lawrence held the popular vote, in the state, it wouldn't be one of the few teensy-tiny little blue specks, in a state full of red. It amazes me how the entitled idiots in Lawrence react when someone presents FACTS. You can interpret them any way you want. You can try to explain why they are the way they are, any way you want. But when the Lawrence Left doesn't like them, they accuse you of spreading lies...because you present facts. Not liking it doesn't change the truth.

But, honestly...I appreciate the anger Alex shows. It really does give me a lot of laughs to see the Lawrence Left take themselves so darn seriously, and preach (however ignorantly they choose) that they speak for the state. Sorry, honey. It's a red state and YOU are the minority. Don't like the facts? Find a way to argue about their cause, etc. But sticking your fingers in your ears, and shouting, "la-la-la-la-la!", because you don't LIKE the facts just makes you look like a spoiled entitled brat...but that's a fairly good description of a huge percentage of Lawrence's population. So, just keep shouting "la-la-la-la!" and providing heartfelt laughs to the rest of Kansas. I know you hate it...but Brownback is governor because WE VOTED FOR HIM. That's how it works, hon. Outside of Lawrence, anyway.

June 18, 2016 at 7:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Mental health, jail

Ummm...I think he was referring to the original letter writer...

"Dare we let the seriously mentally ill be integrated into the community with guns to kill children, social workers, friends trying to help them, patrons of theaters, road rage people, and drive-by shootings."

February 14, 2015 at 11:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned that Wicked Broadband is trying to manipulate process ahead of key vote

It's not the apparent "lobbying" in the email that makes it manipulative. Ignoring the fact that there is a very fine line between lobbying and bribery, the issue is the attempt to force the Commissioners to recuse themselves. Apparently, Joshua sent an email, allegedly "promising" votes, in exchange for their support. I think that's dishonest, because he can't really provide those votes, but that's politics. The issue is that, after sending the emails, himself, Joshua then claimed that the only Commissioners against his loan guarantee suddenly had a conflict of interest, because they didn't appreciate his email. The quote in the article is accurate. This guy thinks he can force any dissenters out of the voting process by sending an email that he then claims creates a conflict of interest. Are you kidding me?? So, any time anyone dislikes any politician, just send them an unsolicited email, and they are now disqualified? What a load of crap! And a juvenile and naive attempt to manipulate the process, and subvert the will of the people. I would be very wary of doing ANY business with this guy...especially assuming the financial liability for his business practices.

January 25, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned that Wicked Broadband is trying to manipulate process ahead of key vote

None, apparently. That was a bad idea, and a tremendous risk to taxpayer money. And so is this. Screwing up once certainly shouldn't be justification for doing it again. Just for the record, though...I think the no-bid process for the rec center was an unconscionable risk to the taxpayers, BUT, at least Fritzel has been around long enough, and run a (at least semi) legitimate business long enough, to know they can survive in a shaky economy, and without a massive bailout. I don't like, or trust him, otherwise. But this Wicked business seems shady, unethical, and like some kind of scam that no one can even understand enough to adequately defend. Throwing tax money at (what appears to be) some seedy boiler-room operation is a HUGE breach of the fiduciary duty of our elected officials to protect their constituents, and our assets. I really can't imagine they would be stupid enough to agree to this, but they've done surprising things in the past. Time will tell.

January 24, 2015 at 6:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned that Wicked Broadband is trying to manipulate process ahead of key vote

By the way, Richard...Thanks for that link. It really WAS interesting...and enlightening. You don't need to be an expert to understand the precarious financial position this company is in. Fascinating!

January 23, 2015 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioners concerned that Wicked Broadband is trying to manipulate process ahead of key vote

They have HORRIBLE financials! (No shock, there, though). The positive results of the analysis are ALL based on the company's assumptions, that their income and profits and cash will increase between 650 and 7,000%, over the next few years. Their cash on hand, assets to liabilities, etc, are AWFUL, and well below industry standards. Anyone who approves this is insane, if they have the tiniest sense of finance or economics (I have a master's in accounting, and I'ma CPA, although I don't work as one, anymore). One bad loan could drive the company completely under (I've never even seen a ratio, from a company asking for public money, of less than 0.05). I don't have a lot of faith in the Commissioners, but I can't imagine even they are naive enough to approve this...especially considering the way the company tried to manipulate the process, and force the ONLY voices of reason, out of the discussion, by creating a fake conflict of interest. Unethical, at best. But, really, Just downright SLEEZY.

January 23, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is re-elected

don't let the door hit you...

November 4, 2014 at 11:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No students hurt when Lawrence school bus, car collide

You, clearly, didn't read my previous post before replying. I SAID texting while driving is extremely dangerous. But it amazes me how many ignorant people out there assume that, without texting, or cell phones, accidents wouldn't happen. You obviously weren't alive before 1995. Cell phones are a relatively new phenomenon. Crashes are not. And...brace yourself...some people are just bad drivers...period.

August 30, 2014 at 8:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No students hurt when Lawrence school bus, car collide

With all of the stupid knee-jerk comments about cell phones, you'd think there were NO accidents before about 1995. Yes, texting and driving is extremely dangerous, but, believe it or not, there were still THOUSANDS (if not more) of crashes every year, before they existed. Some people are just crappy drivers...period. Blaming idiotic driving, or speeding, or racing through red lights because someone needs to get home "quickly", shifts the blame from the driver toa stupid gadget. Some of you act like you think crashes just wouldn't happen without cell phones. They do...very often.

August 29, 2014 at 5:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board members defend recess

You don't have any kids, do you? You seem very sure of your textbook answers, so it is obvious that you have no idea how to raise a responsible child, in real life. Get back to us, in 10 years. We can re-visit your textbook answers, at that point.

August 3, 2014 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )