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Man sentenced to probation for beating girlfriend's kids with belt

I never ceased to be amazed by the double-standard in our courts. If this man had gotten into a confrontation with a complete stranger on the street, he would have been charged with assault and probably would have been sentenced to jail time. Beat your children in the privacy of your home and call it "discipline" and you get counseling and probation. Disgusting. Those children have been victimized again by the system.

As for the letters the boys wrote to the judge, I'm not surprised. Victims of abuse typically feel responsible for the abuser, like "they made him do it" and now "he's in trouble" and "it's they're fault." "If they had just gone to the pool, none of this would have happened." Or, maybe they were coached by their mother on what to write. Hard to say.

In any case, abuse that is doled out in a family system is not only about the abuser, but the support system within the family. One cannot exist without the other.

I'm glad the grandmother alerted the authorities. I, too, believe in forgiveness, but that does not mean you have to continue to put those children at risk. There is a huge difference between forgiveness and tolerance. Eventually this man will be back in their homes and next time -- because there will be one -- they won't say a word, because of all the "trouble they caused."

I'm appalled.

November 19, 2011 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

McLouth student Justin Johnston shot, killed on school trip to Costa Rica; classmates returning to Kansas

The headline made my stomach drop. As a parent, I can't imagine the grief this family is experiencing. My sincerest condolences to everyone involved and prayers being said for the family and friends of this young student.

June 2, 2011 at 2:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County fugitive taken into custody in Nebraska after low-speed chase

I remember this story from a couple of years ago. The comments posted were quite heated and a few of the posters were concerned about her son. Looks like their concerns were warranted. Child abuse? Driving a stolen vehicle? Possession of stolen property? Outstanding warrants in three states? She's sounds like a real piece of work. I can't imagine the kind of craziness this kid has witnessed. How very, very sad.

October 29, 2010 at 8:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Federal prosecutors accuse Kansas City woman of helping husband abduct her 16-year-old daughter so he could have sex with her

I'm not surprised by this new allegation. I heard the KC news, yesterday, and was already wondering about the mother and her choice in men. It seems that the daughter's biological father was denied any visitation with her and hadn't seen her in five years. Now, her step-father is charged with trying to coerce into having sex?!? Based on this information, it seems like mom isn't very "motherly."

June 10, 2010 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police investigating death of 25-year-old Lawrence man at The Oread hotel

I agree with ModSquad. Family and friends of this young man are in pain and shock right now. They deserve our respect and condolences, not armchair speculation and callousness. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to this young man's family and friends!

June 8, 2010 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority considering smoking ban in its apartments

The LHA provides a service within our community to individuals who have fallen on hard times -- whether by choice or circumstance is beside the point. They are the property owner and therefore can make the rules. Life's a trade-off. If you choose to live in public housing, you, in turn, have agreed to live by the rules created. The LHA has a right to provide smoke-free housing, just as smoker's have a right to seek their own housing -- either purchase their own or rent from a landlord who allows it.

June 8, 2010 at 2:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should smoking be banned in residences owned by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority?

The LHA provides a service within our community to individuals who have fallen on hard times -- whether by choice or circumstance is beside the point. They are the property owner and therefore can make the rules. And, yes, it is paternalistic, but life's a trade-off. If you choose to live in public housing, you've given up a small piece of your personal freedom. The LHA has a right to provide smoke-free housing, just as smoker's have a right to seek their own housing -- either purchase their own or rent from a landlord who allows it.

June 8, 2010 at 2:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans comfortable with socialism

So, KawHawk, would it be less hypocritcal for Mr. Gurley to be FORCED to pay into Social Security and Medicare during his lifetime of employment and not expect to receive any of his own money back? This somehow makes him a hypocrite? Hardly.

Now, if you're alright with working everyday and giving more and more of your hard-earned money to the Feds, so they can "spread the wealth" then that's your perogative. Strike that. It's not your perogative. It's mandated. And, based on our current Administration's agenda, you can kiss most of your paycheck goodbye over the next couple of decades.

Guess you're not a hypocrite. Just a sheep. How 'bout that? Baaaah ....

June 8, 2010 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans comfortable with socialism

Why is it that when liberals hear something that is shocking and supports a conservative's point of view that it is considered "spouting" or some kind of right-wing propaganda? The numbers that jaywalker referenced is straight from the Congressional Budget Office. I do agree on one point you made SloMo. Those numbers are BS.

June 7, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Americans comfortable with socialism

I typically stay out of political commentary. Not because I don't have strong opinions or personal beliefs, but because the subject itself is so divisive. Comments get nitpicked and words become semiotic swords in the battle between Democrats and Republicans.

Personally, I prefer not to be defined by my Party designation, but by being an American. In my opinion, both parties have lost their way.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

"It is both foolish and wicked to teach the average man who is not well off that some wrong or injustice has been done him, and that he should hope for redress elsewhere than in his own industry, honesty, and intelligence." Teddy Roosevelt

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville

June 7, 2010 at 1:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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