bethlang1998 (Betty Bartholomew)

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Kansans react to same-sex marriage ruling

That there is any question of "what kind of recognition" will be given is absurd. Any recognitions and benefits given to marriages recognized in Kansas prior to Friday should now be automatically extended to same-sex marriages. Not that difficult of a concept.

The only difficult part should/will be getting any software updates made that need made - we saw how that titles and regs update went a few years ago; Kansas is not a tech hot spot for a reason.

June 28, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Talk of a new dog park and a $10 per year dog license requirement for Lawrence; Quonset hut debate in East Lawrence on hold; city manager search update

Here's an idea to raise funds: Actually fine people who are walking their pets off leash and/or not picking up their waste. Holding the leash in your hand while your dog isn't on it doesn't count! (I don't care how well trained your dog is off leash - put it on.)

Or how about this: Every time I catch a dog that isn't mine using my yard for a restroom, I get to charge the owner a user fee and I donate half to the city. Win-win for me and the town.

June 19, 2015 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas representative faces hearing over 'racist' remarks

Since I'd forgotten about this story, my thought process was , "What did she say that was racist? ....Oh...She's under a hearing because she called others racist. Yeah, that makes sense. In Kansas."

For goodness sake, suck up that you were called racist and move on. Or maybe examine why you were called racist. Either way, trying to get her in trouble because she said it is a waste of time, but what else should we expect of our current crop of time wasters?

June 19, 2015 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Legislature planning to ease controversial welfare restriction

So with the lingerie exclusion, does that mean if your kid has outgrown their underwear at the same time as you happen to be on TANF, you can't buy them new underwear with the card? Or if a woman gets a monthly stain she can't buy new underwear? Or if her underwire busts on her last bra she can't get a new bra? They lean toward pretty broad exclusions without many clarifications, so it seems like that would be the case.

I'd think people would just be taking cash out of their TANF accounts to get around some of these restrictions.

June 5, 2015 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU, other universities warn employees of possible furloughs

KU is actually in the process of reclassifying employees. Last year, a large number of admin support positions - including my hourly-pay customer service position - were switched from university support staff to unclassified professional staff, though without necessarily any boost in pay. They are trying to bring designations in line with the private sector. The larger benefit was a higher vacation accrual. Anyhow, you really cannot go by USS positions alone because a lot of non-faculty positions have been switched.

As far as the furloughs go, student workers in many offices are also being asked not to come in since they, too, are state employees.

June 4, 2015 at 6:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: ‘Briefcase’ is new low for reality TV

It really is a despicable concept: Give money to two families who really could use it, then try to trick them into giving it away or make them look like jerks if they don't.

A more worthwhile program would be to give a million dollars each to a couple of millionaires and see if you can get them to give it to charity.

CBS should now do away with their CBS Cares campaign, because they obviously don't.

(On a related note: I have a bone to pick with asking poor people to give away money. A good example is donation takers outside of a Walmart. Do you really think people who shop at Walmart have a lot of money to give to charity? No, you shop at Walmart because you're so tightly budgeted you don't have a penny to spare and have to make every one of them count. However, you don't see donation set ups in front of a nice restaurant where the people inside obviously can spare a bit if they can afford to eat there, or outside of movie theatres. Somehow asking Mr. & Mrs. Steak Dinner And A Movie for a donation is crass, but asking Mr. & Mrs. Walmart On A Budget to donate is a-ok.)

June 4, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas GOP senators propose taking break amid deadlock on tax talks

Un-freakin'-believable.

State workers are looking at a decrease in income until they've got this sorted, and they want to take a week-long break right before the deadline?

There are not enough foul words for these people. I hope their office staff bring them a big batch of Ex-Lax brownies.

June 3, 2015 at 1:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers approve further limits on local gun rules

Wow. How infuriating. They're there right now because they can't pass a budget, so they work on something else. It reminds me of cleaning my room when I was a teenager: I'd be grounded and couldn't leave my room until it was clean, so of course I'd take a nap.

Holy hell.

June 3, 2015 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )

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