VoiceOfReason (Susan Mangan)


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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 )

Lawrence school board members defend recess

Only if the parents have never attempted to teach self-control and discipline.

Why is it that kids, 20 or more years ago, didn't seem to have a problem sitting still and paying attention, but, today, kids "have a hard time staying seated and remaining quiet'? My kid doesn't. But, she learned, from a very young age, how to behave like a responsible young lady. Of course, we expect her to behave, and we don't defend bad parenting as "kids will be kids". That quote really means "Bad parenting results in little brats." People wonder why the obesity rate is up, why crime is rampant, why designer drugs are popular among teens...parents over-protect and coddle their kids until they don't understand that, SOMEDAY, they will face consequences for their actions. But, by then, arguing that little Johnny or Jane has "impulse control issues" (meaning they were never taught how to behave) won't matter, because sentencing guidelines get to determine the punishment.

August 3, 2014 at 5:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Universal care

Good for your parent, honey. But I grew up in the military, and the VA situation has been a running joke among veterans for well over 40 years, now. It's easy to try to pin it to the 90's, but you're about 20 years too late, there, sweetheart. Good try, though!

July 30, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Don’t celebrate war

Honey, try re-reading. It's MANGAN...not Morgan. You are so incredibly ignorant, I'm debating the value of trying to enlighten you. I believe in second chances, so I'll take a shot. But, based on your completely non-sequitur comments, I'm not going to hold out much hope.

Re-read your initial letter, you idiot. Did I EVER say you weren't entitled to your opinion? I said you have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to pretend you speak for every combat veteran, ever, just because you were one. That stands today, and will tomorrow. If you don't like fireworks, great...even understandable. But you pretended you had an insight into every single veteran in your letter. You didn't qualify your comments with "some" or "I". You used grossly massive generalizations, and implied YOUR opinion belongs to all. You are wrong, and you have no right to mislead the populace by implying that you speak for everyone. You don't.

The ignorance I'm talking about is...how in the hell do you get that I think "how great war is", just because I understand, and support, the history of our National Anthem and the Fourth of July holiday??? Talk about confusing the issue! You, CLEARLY, don't understand the history of the song. It is not about glorifying, or celebrating, war. It is not about war being "great!" (@@), and it's not about how "wonderful" it would be to send your kids off to die in war. What an idiot. It is about the celebration of winning the fight against those threatening our freedom, in 1812. Crack a history book, hon. You could learn something. LOL. I know, that's a stretch :-)

July 7, 2014 at 10:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Retiree haven

And...Dr. Godwin doesn't seem to comprehend the general discussion that's gone on, regarding retirees. Very few people argue that there isn't anything to do, around Lawrence. His point, "There is plenty to do here to enjoy the change of pace of retirement..." is moot. The question is not what retirees can do. It is, can they afford to live here, to enjoy the available amenities? No offense, but retiring with a pysician's benefits (which I am not even remotely suggesting that you did not earn) does not really mean you are "in touch" with the average retiree, and their financial concerns. Retiring in your financial shape PROBABLY gives you a large selection of types of retirement to seek. Good for you! But not really apropos, in this argument.

July 6, 2014 at 9:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Retiree haven

Yet, we keep hearing it, over and over and over.....

What does that mean, exactly? "People, like me, who [fill in the blank], have no voice on here." [punctuation added]. Doesn't that just mean, "If people don't all agree with me, I'll just say I have no voice."? Because, saying that, ad nauseam, is exactly that voice that you're complaining about.

July 6, 2014 at 9:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Don’t celebrate war

How DARE you purport to speak for all combat veterans! Your complete misunderstanding of the holiday and the National Anthem demonstrates EXACTLY what is wrong with this country and why people no longer appreciate our history. The Star Spangled Banner does not "glorify war". That's a naive and simplistic comment I would expect from a 6 year old. You conveniently forgot the lyrics, immediately after the ones you quoted, "...gave proof through the night that the flag was still there..." The song celebrates, not war, but the realization that the people in this country, who less than 50 years prior, launched a revolution to fight for their ideals of freedom, were STILL free...as long as they saw the flag still flying. It was a poignant moment for the author (Francis Scott Key...who I'm guessing you believe was some sort of "hawk"), as he witnessed the bombardment of Ft McHenry, by the British, in 1812, and realized the power and symbolism of Old Glory. Celebrating and honoring a poignant moment, in the recognition of the powerful, and long-lived, ideals on which this country was founded, is what every American SHOULD do, every year, at a minimum, while they realize the freedom they have been given, by simple birthright, due to the happenstance of being born on the very soil celebrated in that song, and the right they have been assured, to act like an arrogant and pompous blowhard.

I am guessing, based on your letter, that you are a "combat veteran", and, as one, feel you are entitled to speak for the millions of others who have gone before you, and will go after. YOU ARE NOT. I spent the first 18 years of my life living exclusively on U.S. Army posts, throughout the United States, and Europe. I have known more combat veterans, during my lifetime, that you can ever imagine meeting. 85% of them served in Vietnam, the remainder in World War II, Korea, the Gulf War, and Iraq and Afghanistan. Not every combat veteran is the result of a cookie-cutter, who looks, thinks, and feels just like every other one does, as you, obviously, believe. I have witnessed the most patriotic, celebratory, excitement-filled, pride-inducing, and exhilarating July 4th celebrations that have ever existed...and every single one was put on display, with honor and pride, by the members of the United States Army. The first time I held a sparkler, or lit a firecracker, or watched the brilliant colorful explosions, overhead, was with the encouragement of my dad...who, despite enduring active combat, in Vietnam, finished his 30+ years of active-duty service to the U.S. Army with pride, honor, conviction, and enjoying the hell out of celebrating our hard-earned freedom by recreating that night, 200 years ago, by "blowing the crap out of stuff", in a purely American celebration. Get over yourself.

July 5, 2014 at 7:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Are taxes too high here?

While I'm sure many people WANT to live in Lawrence, don't make the mistake of assuming that if someone wants to move, they will. Two of our neighbors had their houses on the market for over a year (one over 2 years) because they had job opportunities in another town and wanted to move. But neither could get anywhere close to their asking price (well below the prices they paid, originally), and they finally had to, either, take a loss on their house, or stay in Lawrence for a lower paying job. They both chose to take a loss on their house. The decreasing population has major implications for people trying to get out. Implying that, simply being here, means people love Lawrence, and WANT to be here, ignores a very real group of people who feel they are here because they are financially "trapped".

May 25, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Gun safety

Well said, Brock! My first thought was, "When driving a car becomes a Constitutional right, that's a fair comparison." It isn't. Apples and oranges.

April 23, 2014 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State workers' pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers

Was that English?

April 22, 2014 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )