acornwebworks (Kendall Simmons)

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Illegal firework violations can cost hundreds of dollars, jail time; police planning vigorous enforcement

But the City sets them off every 4th of July. Why aren't you arguing against *that*, too?
And, based on your noise argument, shooting guns of any sort should be illegal as well.

I personally would like to see some medical statistical evidence that fireworks trigger PTSD to such a significant degree that they need to be banned for mental health reasons. I've never seen such evidence, and believe you'll find that fireworks actually are *not* the significant trigger that you think they are.

July 3, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

Except that Occupy accomplished nothing.

July 3, 2015 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Kasold plan support

I'm still shaking my head over " Consider this: most Lawrence Journal-World readers probably walked or biked to school when they were young. Now, less than one in five Lawrence schoolchildren do."

I grew up 20 miles north of Boston. You'd think that might be a fairly suburban area, right? Kids walking or riding bikes to school, right? Not hardly!!!

Granted. I graduated over 50 years ago. Regardless, guess what. Whole bunches of us took the school bus to school. Too far to walk for most of us, particularly in the early morning or the middle of winter. And hills aplenty for lots of us with bikes. So, even back in those dark ages, school buses were popular for getting to and from school.

Now, keep in mind that these were the days that kids got to run "range free". We were getting all kinds of exercise in all kinds of ways. Walking, running, riding our bikes included. But school, mind you, had a set time to get there. Plus we had school books, book bags, etc. So, until we dumped them at home, the bus was the best!

So please stop telling us to "consider this" when you're only talking about a fantasy that you actually just made up, but want us to believe as the truth. A "probably this happened although I have no evidence it's true, but let's pretend it did to make my point" versus an actual, demonstrable fact that is irrelevant if your "probably" isn't a fact, either.

June 29, 2015 at 7:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU designates 'reflection room' for students of all faiths or no faith to pray, meditate

I have to admit that I was wondering the same thing.

If she had said, say, "comfortable", for example, I could understand it since, while Danforth is a nondenominational site, that merely means it's open to all Christians.

But not "safe"? That actually concerns me. Is she concerned that there are people who would resent a non-Christian meditating/praying at Danforth? If so, that attitude totally defeats what Danforth stands for as a Christian chapel (as in welcoming to ALL.)

Sadly, there *are* people who would be resentful of a non-Christian praying/meditating at a place like Danforth. People who consider *themselves* to be "Christians" but who would probably spit in Christ's face if he came up to them wearing a name tag and tried to shake their hand.

June 29, 2015 at 6:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supreme Court declines to hear Kobach appeal on proof of citizenship

Why??? Dorothy was only talking about Ted Cruz. And being facetious at that.

June 29, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: China’s hack attack cause for concern

I'm confused.

"...the hack attack “potentially devastating.” Brenner told The Washington Post that personnel files “contain decades of personal information about people with (security) clearances … which makes them easier to recruit for foreign espionage on behalf of a foreign country.”

I can understand how simply knowing who these people are could be useful as regards knowing the names and contact info of people and maybe *trying* to approach them to recruit them.

But then Cal jumps in with his "It doesn’t take a spy novelist to come up with a scenario in which a Chinese government agent approaches someone with a top security clearance and threatens to expose a dark secret in his or her past, possibly destroying family and career, unless he or she cooperates and hands over information to Beijing."

Uh...if the Chinese got this "dark secret" information from the US government databases, then doesn't the government already KNOW the "dark secrets" about these people with these "top security clearances"? I can just see them trying and being met with belly laughs and gasps of "you aren't very good at this, are you? You stole the information from THEM...and now you're threatening to tell THEM that you have THEIR information on me???"

June 16, 2015 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback seen as losing influence going into 'lame duck' phase

This article about basket currencies is from 2009. Since that time, some countries have pulled out. The financial crisis didn't help the cause. Nor have political differences.

(I'd also point out that "currency baskets" aren't new.)

June 16, 2015 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House approves new tax plan after governor's plea

Out of curiosity, how much did the average Kansan save per $100 income from Brownback's tax cuts? (The per capita income in 2013 was $26,929.)

June 12, 2015 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House soundly rejects plan to avert steep budget cuts

Of course, not, Because those silly old oh-so-unimportant spending cuts haven't been made yet.

June 11, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback urges GOP to reach consensus; sets Monday deadline

The BEST thing Brownback could do for Kansas is to announce that "I withdraw my statement that I will veto X, Y, or Z because it truly wasn't my intention to stand in the way of our coming up with a practical fiscal solution to the situation in which we find ourselves."

Unfortunately, Sam isn't gonna do this. After all, he'd have to admit he was wrong...and give up his presidential delusions.

June 11, 2015 at 9:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )