bethlang1998 (Betty Bartholomew)

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The verdict on tax cuts: Lawmakers must decide if 2012 tax experiment is working

"Clearly this is not a tax plan that has failed,” said Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, another defender of the tax cuts. “This is a tax plan that is taking some time to take root, as all new things do..."

... HA! That is the funniest quote I've read in the whole debacle. How much time does she think it should be given? It could be ten years from now, the state could be a ghost town, and she'd probably still think it needs time to take root.

May 28, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas universities lack firm plan for concealed guns on campus, making some anxious

I think you unintentionally made a good parallel: You have to know how to use a fire extinguisher properly in order to put a fire out safely, just as you'd have to know how to use a gun properly in order to protect yourself safely - it does you no good if you smack yourself in the head on the kickback or get it taken from you because you're too nervous or hesitant to shoot your attacker. (I always wonder how many people who advocate for looser gun laws are truly prepared for the shooting-another-person part of self-protection.)

May 26, 2015 at 2:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence-based fundraising company buys building to accommodate expansion; Minuteman Press moving to east side; Sixth Street to get another traffic signal

That will actually be a really helpful spot for a light. There's really no traffic control between Folks and Wakarusa but a lot of traffic going in and out of those businesses.

Now if they could do something about the intersection at Folks and Overland. It's difficult to make a left onto Folks from Overland most of the time, and is especially difficult when school traffic is incoming or outgoing, or if there is something going on at the school or the theatre (which does not have nearly enough parking - how did they manage that?). Graduation weekend you're better off staying home if you can't avoid the area. It needs to be a three-way stop at the very least.

May 13, 2015 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate panel approves bill to revive KCK racing park

I'd think there are plenty of gamblers around to support multiple gambling places.

I've never quite understood the state's reluctance to allow more casinos and slots. It seems like it could be a steady revenue stream and an avenue to draw more tourists. If such places can turn the Nevada desert into a tourist attraction, surely the grassy plains of Kansas could fare as well. (Not better, though - I don't think our prairies can beat out the double-draw of gambling and legal prostitution.)

May 13, 2015 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Amid budget crisis, some Kansas lawmakers question benefits of tax cuts

What I'm reminded of here are discussions with my daughter that go like this:

Me: Kiddo, you need to clean up this mess you made.
Kiddo: I didn't make a mess! (or: I didn't make a mess, I [did something creative]!)
Me: ... Clean it up anyhow.

And then she has a tantrum about cleaning up the mess.

Unfortunately, I don't think telling the legislature I'm going to count to five and then they'll go in time out will get them to clean up their mess like it does with my daughter.

May 4, 2015 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas GOP leaders quietly molding tax plan

Sometimes, I pick up my keyboard and hit myself in the face. It feels better than thinking about the state budget and the republican excuses for it.

They accuse democrats of being "tax and spend", but at least the democrats understand that you have to have tax income in order to spend on anything, even if you could trim the budget to only constitutional obligations, and you can't just pull money out of thin air.

And why do they not understand that if they raise sales taxes, people will buy fewer things across most income levels? Stores don't lower the prices of their goods to balance out an increase in sales tax, and employers don't give raises to compensate for it, either.

And then they want to play the sales tax off like it's fair because everybody has to pay it? Well, in theory, we should all be having to pay taxes on our personal income, but they think it's ok to let a certain segment of the population out of that one, so they can stick what they think is "fair" in a pipe and smoke it.

May 4, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Power balance

Since the state constitution spells out reasons for impeachment, shouldn't this have to be introduced as an amendment to the state constitution since they are adding items and not just clarifying what "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors" mean? And in turn wouldn't that require it to pass on a public vote? (Though sadly, in Kansas, only a simple majority of voters have to say yes...)

March 27, 2015 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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.

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*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 )

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