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Editorial: Bad idea

“Thanks, but no thanks”

February 8, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate panel approves bill to balance state budget

Yeah. We can just throw them out with the rest of the trash.

February 8, 2016 at 7:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal official criticized for requiring citizenship proof on Kansas voter registration forms

I want to know if he's still a Kansas county election commissioner, too. That sure seems like it would be a conflict of interest.

I certainly hope that the ACLU sues QUICKLY!!!! Particularly with Kobach gleefully saying that his being forbidden to set up a dual voting system is now moot.

February 5, 2016 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Free speech

The limit on free speech in the Constitution is actually *very* clear. After all, it specifically says "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..."

Got that? The restriction is placed on CONGRESS...not on everyone and everything.

I truly don't understand why folks like you find that so hard to understand.

February 3, 2016 at 8:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Free speech

NO!!! The Constitution does NOT "guarantee" free speech.

Good grief. The Constitution *specifically* says "CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW...ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH..." That statement does *not*, in any way, shape or manner say that free speech is "guaranteed". Why is this so hard for people like you to understand???

You don't have the "free speech" right to incite a riot. Or to libel or slander or defame someone. Did you truly miss THAT "teaching moment" when *you* were young???

February 3, 2016 at 8:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Free speech

Nope. Free speech on public property is NOT "guaranteed". For example, you don't have a "free speech right" to incite a riot simply because you do it on public property.

The Bill of Rights provides protection for individual liberty from actions by government officials. A school superintendent is not a government official. And First Amendment rights are *not* unfettered. Indeed, it very clearly states "Congress shall make no law..."...which is a restriction all by itself.

February 3, 2016 at 7:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Consultant rejects compromise plan for Kansas City airport

Fire the consultant.

(Notice how HIS estimate of what *those people* want is higher than *his* ESTIMATE. Gee. I wonder why.)

February 3, 2016 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wheelchair team is fairness issue for KU

What a condescending column. Mike Hoeflich ought to be ashamed of himself.

"Students who must use wheelchairs have overcome substantial impediments in order to get to KU. It is not easy to excel in school when confined to a wheelchair."

EXCUSE ME???

Since when does not being able to walk mean you can't be smart? What does having to use a wheelchair have to do with getting good grades??? Since when does having a mobility disability equate to having a lower intelligence???

Then he goes on to babble "And, yet, the students at KU who would most benefit from having a wheelchair basketball team are those who have managed to excel academically in order to come here to study."

Uh...this is KU. For example, if the student is a Kansas resident and has a "C" average in college prep classes, s/he is accepted automatically. I don't know about you, but a "C" average doesn't sound like excelling academically to me. And "managed to excel"? MANAGED??? Again, what does having to use a wheelchair have to do with excelling academically???

Then Hoeflich goes on to try to play the "wounded warriors" card. And how he's come to believe that sports are, somehow, essential for "building pride" in one's school. Good grief.

He literally proclaims "As a university dedicated to recruiting and educating veterans, do we not have a moral obligation to ensure that they have every opportunity non-disabled students have to engage in sports as both fans and players?" A MORAL obligation???? Somehow having a disability means you can't engage as a FAN???

I have just one question, though. I wondered this when reading about how the Student Senate first decided to try to push this through...and again while reading this column. Just one question:

HAVE ANY WHEELCHAIR-BOUND KU STUDENTS (or even potential students) THEMSELVES ASKED FOR A WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TEAM???

I've seen no mention of those students themselves. No interviews. No nothing. Just feel-good condescension from people who apparently want to pat these students on the head and say "Look what we've done for you. We wanted to make sure you felt included. Aren't we just sooo considerate toward people with disabilities?"

February 3, 2016 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Medicaid expansion deserves discussion

Uh...I don't know about anyone else (although I have a sneaking suspicion), but I personally do not see ANY "actual numbers" in *your* post, Bart.

So how can you claim that *your* non-existent numbers are more than a myth???

February 1, 2016 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Wrong focus

My favorite Transformer has always been Optimus Prime.

February 1, 2016 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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