acornwebworks (Kendall Simmons)


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What is the future of wind energy in Kansas?

And why do you hate putting things into perspective?

How many wild birds are killed by hunters each year? Or killed by predatory wild birds? Or by neighborhood cats?'s a good about by flying into glass windows. Shall we ban them all, too?

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has made reasonable and well-thought-out suggestions, rather than inflammatory, counterproductive attacks like "why do you people hate wild birds?"

They say reasonable things like "Wind power has the potential to be a green, bird-friendly form of power generation, but it can also adversely affect birds."

They also provide data estimates on far more than wind turbine deaths...which provides much-needed perspective.

Indeed, the 2013 estimate on death by wind turbine for the 2012 period is 573,00 birds (and 880,000 bats...which you failed to mention. Should I ask you why you hate bats??? Didn't think so.)

And, at the link you pointed us to (focused only on wind energy), the ABC said "By 2030, there will likely be more than 100,000 wind turbines in the U.S., and these are expected to kill at least one million birds each year—probably significantly more".

However, the following data is *also* provided by the ABC, albeit elsewhere:

The 2012 estimate of bird deaths by flying into towers? 6.8 million.

Flying into power lines (based on a 2005 estimate, which is old data, but it's apparently what they have)? 175 million.

Oh. And the current estimate of the deaths of birds in 2013 from flying into glass? 300 million to 1 BILLION!!!!

Obviously, *all* of these estimates of birds that are *already* being killed by other types of man-made structures are *FAR* greater than the "one million birds each year—probably significantly more" that is merely estimated for 2030...16 years in the future...from wind turbines.

So how about, instead of attacking people who support wind energy with your "Why do you people hate wild birds?"...why don't you encourage them to read about and support the actual efforts of the ABC? And, no...those ABC efforts do *NOT* involve hating anything.

April 6, 2014 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Voters must look at facts, not promises, in 2014

Gee, Mr. Burkhart, I've seen the video of the President in the Rose Garden the very next day after Benghazi and he calls what happened an act of terrorism. Would you like a link to *that* video?

And I've read the 2001 Supreme Court ruling that says: "a witness may have a reasonable fear of prosecution and yet be innocent of any wrongdoing. The [Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination] serves to protect the innocent who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.” (OHIO v. REINER) Would you like a link to *that*, too? After all, SCOTUS understood what you seem to have difficulty with.

Oh...and what's this "ruling as a despot" nonsense? Don't like Obama's use of executive orders, do you? Well, did you complain about GWB's? Or Reagan's? Or any other President's? Or do you think they, somehow, were all "different"? (You *do* realize you can read them all online, don't you?)

By the way, Clinton's quote was actually "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"

Perhaps you could stop misquoting her now? Or at least stop it when you're complaining about *other* people saying the "wrong things"?

March 9, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU athletics pulls support for popular downtown shot put event


Don't give KU the "temporary occupancy permit" for the KU Relays. It's not like KU won't hold the Relays at the stadium like they've done for years.

KU Athletics (and Fritzell) have taken more than enough advantage of us taxpayers already. We've had to pay far more than we were told. And Frizell never seems to keep his word.

Don't give them *ANYTHING* more. Not a single frickin' penny.

March 8, 2014 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: Length of university leaders’ tenure is regents’ call

Last Saturday I bet this week's Saturday column would be about Chancellor Gray-Little. Dolph is soooo predictable.

March 1, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: How does tie to ‘crazies’ impact Lawrence’s image?

I just wish Dolph realized that *he* has had a huge role in Lawrence's occasional negative reputation. That *he* has been at fault himself.

Back when Lawrence had the reputation for being a bad place to start a business, Dolph wrote constantly about how bad it allegedly was...not once actually looking into the truthfulness of the that people doing research into Lawrence were being fed a constant stream of negativity. He never once wrote a Saturday column extolling the virtues of Lawrence as a place to start a business.

I have lived here since 1978 and been a J-W subscriber for 30 years. I can remember exactly *ONE* of Dolph's Saturday columns that wasn't negative. Wasn't full of pointless rhetorical questions that he never even tried to answer. Wasn't attacking whatever Chancellor was at KU, or the Board of Regents, or the athletic department, or the City Commissioners, or the business climate, or the City iself.

I was astonished when I read it. Alas, it was the only one.

Shall we bet that, next week, his column will attack Chancellor Gray-Little? After all, one of today's headlines is "Senate minority leader says chancellor under fire".

February 22, 2014 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin schools would waste $100,000 if Common Core were tossed, superintendent says

Can Kansas legislators PLEASE get back to using their brains???

Good grief. Do they really, truly not understand that Common Core was developed by the states, *NOT* by the feds??? Or understand that *they* should not be making curriculum educational decisions??

February 19, 2014 at 7:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposed Kansas bill would allow stronger spanking

Well, first of all, here's her proposed legislation:

It includes the following as just ONE of the changes she'd like made in the law.

"(e) "Corporal punishment" means up to ten forceful applications in
succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a
child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be
necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of
maintaining authority over the child, acknowledging that redness or
bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result. As used in this
subsection "child" includes a person over the age of 18 who is enrolled in
high school".

Then I'd point out that her proposed legislation would include spanking LEGAL ADULTS. Hmmm. Sounds kinda kinky, don't you think?

And then, if you're interested...I'd be glad to tell you how *my* mom "spanked" me. Yup. "Clothed buttocks" and all. All the time screaming "Look what you made me do!" if I'd ever have made *anyone* do what she did to me. "Spanking" which, by the way, resulted in my having hearing and neurological damage since I was 7 years old.

And, husband and I raised a wonderful, loving, successful daughter (she's now a grandmother) without ever feeling the need to HIT HER!!

"Time outs" worked when she was younger. And, when she got older, GROUNDING worked. Ah! But the trick to successfully grounding her was that WE ENFORCED IT!!! And, yes, that generally meant one or the other of us was "grounded", too. So we accepted that fact!!!

So, no...I have ZERO interest in supporting *ANY* bill that promotes...yes, promotes...corporal punishment.

February 18, 2014 at 7:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Artful dodger

If Dolph wants to know the answers to those dead horse questions, he can read the transcripts of the innumerable hearings that have been held.

February 7, 2014 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence blasted with snow, but drivers avoid serious accidents; KU, schools close a second day

My gosh. Seven deliveries in the afternoon was "about twice as many deliveries as we usually have"...while there was practically zero walk-in traffic?? And their delivery driver gets "stalled out on the 11th Street hill and had to push a girl’s car who got stuck”??

Hot Box Cookies corporate management in Columbia, MO needs to seriously rethink their corporate approach...and give their individual store "general managers" the authority to make intelligent, SAFE decisions.

February 4, 2014 at 10:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach urges passage of bill that would exclude Lesser Prairie Chicken from federal protection

I'm sorry, Nikki, but you've been fooled if you believe those figures. Why don't you point us to where *you* found these "facts" "transmissions lines will cost and extra $890,000/mile to the city" and "a $27,000/mile fee to build a road to that same house or your stock water wells".

Also, how can something be a "COMPLETE proposal, all 390 pages" if the proposal "changes often"???

January 26, 2014 at 7:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )