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What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

To quote the erudite philosopher: “Aunt Bea, call the man!”

state website: http://insureks.org/
phone number for Kansas residents that was supplied at the meeting in Topeka on Monday was 1-800-432-2482.

article in the LJW on Sept 30, about woman located in Lawrence who can answer questions:

article in LJW on Sept 28, that includes a brief synopsis of the ACA: http://wellcommons.com/groups/khi-new...

October 1, 2013 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Preference for Putin?

Allow me to complete that quote:

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.”


What does Nixon have to do with it?

September 27, 2013 at 10:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Fish and Game Warden draws the line at veal

From Wikipedia - August 6, 1913: “The Peruvian towns of Caraveli and Quicacha were destroyed by an earthquake that struck the Arequipa Province”. Amazing how much the information highway has changed in 100 years, isn't it?

August 7, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence man, among the few ticketed for Fourth of July fireworks, awaits his day in court

All together now! (To the tune of You're A Grand Old Flag):

Me, me, me, me, me,
Me, me, me, me, me, me,
And to heck with the neighbors around me!
I'm the center of
The world I love.
I define what the holiday means.
And my heart beats true
to my right to peeve you.
I have always a boast and brag.
Let all my neighbors be forgot,
Keep an eye on my right to rule!

July 13, 2013 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City set to approve final details of Ninth and N.H. hotel project; construction to begin next week

Not sure whether I feel good, bad or indifferent about it, but I notice that several recent buildings on NH seem to use the same cookie-cutter design style. I like the style, but it is starting to get boring. NH is beginning to look like one big strip mall.

July 9, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Retirement home residents sue Kobach over law requiring photo ID to vote

I would want to know more about this “Association for Honest Attorneys” before I would decide whether it was a bad thing or a good thing to be on their list. My personal favorite quote on this site (below the list): “Lawyers to Consider – We have removed the names of attorneys that we had on this list, because there are NO honest attorneys in America. Not one lawyer has joined our organization since we began in 2003, and this speaks volumes." Kind of sounds like someone may need a nap.

June 28, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Redskins mascot can’t be justified

This is a fascinating topic and there are good books out there that illustrate not only the contexts behind the specific events, but the complexity of the issues and the people who shaped the events. This subject (like most subjects) is much larger than we can expect to be covered in any depth in a usual school career.

A few (I have read and liked) are:
The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul – very readable about European colonization and effects on the indigenous people on the east coast 15th - 18th century. Contains numerous accounts of events and people you will never hear about in school (+ not so flattering account of G. Washington's early military career), and description of cultural perspectives at the time.
1491 by Charles C. Mann – about pre-columbian indigenous populations throughout the American continent.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (“classic” history of the American West)
Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne – very readable account of conflict/white settlement of OK- TX-NM region told largely through the perspective of the lives of Quanah Parker and his mother (A white woman who was taken prisoner as a child and raised in native tribe. She adapted to and chose to stay with the tribe.)

Can anyone recommend other good books on the subject?

June 17, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax cuts will reduce state revenue more than Great Recession

I agree with drake that smaller and more efficient government should be the goal of everyone. However, smaller does not necessarily equal more efficient, and a government can be too small to function effectively. You may need a bigger shovel to dig a bigger hole efficiently. You need the judgment skills to accurately evaluate the size of the hole you need to dig. When you need to buy a shovel, buy from someone who has shovels to sell. When you need to dig a big hole, but you only have a small shovel, don't spend your resources digging other holes that serve little or no purpose. And the basic rule of holes: when you find yourself in a bad one, stop digging.

April 26, 2013 at 2:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What is your favorite poem?

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing things that were said to be.
Said one to the others, “Now listen you two,
There's a certain rumor that can't be true.
That man descended from our noble race.
Why, the very idea is a disgrace!
No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her live.
You'll never see a mother monk
Leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them around from one to the other,
'Til they scarcely know who is their mother.
And another thing you'll never see
Is a monkey build a fence around a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monkeys a taste.
Why, if I built a fence around this coconut tree,
Starvation would force you to steal from me.
Another thing a monkey won't do
Is go out at night and get on a stew
and use a gun, a club, or a knife
To take some other monkey's life.
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss!
But brothers, he didn't descend from us!”

- variously attributed

April 19, 2013 at 12:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )