bethlang1998 (Betty Bartholomew)


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Murder trial: McLinn describes killing Sasko in police interview

Thanks, Bob - that clears up my confusion.

March 19, 2015 at 8:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Murder trial: McLinn describes killing Sasko in police interview

Questions: is the defense her attorney using different than not guilty by reason of insanity? I was looking it up for more info and everything I found says Kansas abolished the insanity defense. So if that's the case, how is her attorney able to invoke it under a different moniker?

March 18, 2015 at 7:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Poverty a social, not economic, issue

So to sum up this article:

Well-off white man is discussing impoverished black people*.

I can see where he totally knows what he is talking about.

*Based on the fact that he's talking about a 50 year old study of black families rather than anything recent and based on multiple cultures living in poverty or the fact that, percentage-of-their-respective-populations wise, white people are about on par with black people for welfare benefits, and outpace black people in terms of raw numbers. The only part of the article that's roughly any good is the opening paragraph where the guy noted a rise in the number of working people on welfare...but then totally misconstrued the whys and wherefores of it because again, in a not at all startling parallel, well-off white guy in the 60s talking about impoverished black people in the 60s.

March 17, 2015 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Big incentives

So... They're seeking a tax rebate from the school district? That's when they get some money back for taxes they do pay, right? ... Why would or should the school district agree to give them money for a project that has little or no benefit to them? Will the Eldridge be opening it's rooms as extra classrooms? Or providing lunches for the schools? That seems like an odd thing to request on any project that does not have an obvious benefit to the school district - where's the quid pro quo?

February 10, 2015 at 9:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Defense wins right to psychological report at trial in slaying of CiCi's Pizza owner

Even if she does have issues, the article covering the preliminary hearing indicates she told police part of the reason she killed him was simply that she wanted to see somebody die, which, if true, would make her a clear threat to others regardless of anything that occurred between her and Mr. Sasko. Mental hospital if she's got problems, but just letting her go free? That's kind of a terrifying prospect.

January 28, 2015 at 2:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New two-lane Wakarusa roundabout may be a little confusing at first, but it's safer, city official says

I was skeptical at first as to how well it would work for that intersection, but having driven through it several times per week since it opened, I really do like it. It also helps that it is multi-lane since, to me, they are easier to navigate than the single lane rounds, there's more room for traffic to get through without everybody having to wait and wait and wait. Plus the single lane rounds tend to be smaller, which makes them more annoying, if you ask me - an irritating bump out that I have to get through (like the one at Monterey and Harvard, and all those little ones along Harvard - they may be safe, but yeah, they really don't improve one's opinion of roundabouts in general).

Anyhow, all in all I'm happy to have one less full stop that I have to make between 6th and 15th on Wakarusa. Getting up to speed then having to slow down and stop every block was really irritating.

January 28, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'I'm a Kansas Guy': Thousands greet Obama during KU visit

The President really needs to listen to Brownback - the gov. is an expert on deficits eating up our kids' lunches.

... Shut up, Governor.

January 23, 2015 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Mexican restaurant on 23rd Street, more signs that Port Fonda coming to Lawrence, an Old Chicago rumor and other restaurant news

If it's the same Pancho's as is in Topeka, color me excited - their chicken chimichanga is one of my favorite foods, and big enough to share between two people, which is nice when you want Mexican on a budget.

Sadly, Sarah, there's not much hope for Taco Grande: It's my understanding that they finally sold off the last one out in Hays and all the recipes sometime last year. I would've snatched them up in a heartbeat if I could have afforded it - that place was my first job and I and my folks all got addicted. The closest I can get to the chicken nachos supreme is the chicken taco salad at Taco John's with a cup of nacho cheese dumped on it. Nobody has a good substitute for the hot sauce, though, which was made in house but always made before my shifts started.

January 13, 2015 at 10:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Not 'marriage'

Let's make this easier: Do away with the marriage/sex dichotomy. Then if two guys or two women get married, it doesn't matter if they are homosexual or heterosexual because marriage wouldn't be tied to sexuality. If two people are getting married because they have sex with each other, they've got the wrong outlook on marriage to start with.

November 21, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Not 'marriage'

To the extent that children are involved, I don't believe in no fault divorce as it currently stands: one should not be able to wake up one day and announce the intention to tear the family apart without showing that serious work has been done to maintain the marriage.

That said, no-fault divorce would probably not exist or at least be far less prevalent if we did not insist on marriage (in any context) as the be-all, end-all of human relationships, especially when - as a whole - society does not encourage methods to make sure those two people are compatible for a life-time together such as pre-marital living arrangements (never mind pre-marital sex). If two people date for a year or two (hopefully) but spend no time living together, they are almost being set up for failure when after five years of living together they realize they can't stand each other.

And let's not forget all the kids who are told not to have sex until marriage, so they get married before they are ready for that kind of commitment just to have sex. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen. Nor forget the kids who have sex but were mostly taught abstinence until marriage rather than safe sex and the girls whose parents wouldn't get them birth control because "sex is wrong", get pregnant, and get married because "that's what you do".

So maybe instead of blaming same-sex marriage (and actually, I don't care if the people are gay or hetero in a same-sex marriage since I don't care whether or not married people are having sex) or no-fault divorce, we should take a hard look at the pedestals marriage and life-long expectations are on to start with.

November 21, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )