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Kansas gets publicity for budget problems; user nominates new state slogan

Another vote for webmocker's:
Kansa: Losing our “s”

February 17, 2009 at 4:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study supports credit score, insurance link

* I meant investment fund, not your own savings account. Perhaps an online-only savings account will get you a high enough yield to be worth your while, but properly selected investments could leave you better off than even an online savings account.

August 2, 2007 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study supports credit score, insurance link

What's the point of even having insurance with tons of risk categories and models? Soon enough, with all of this risk modeling, insurance won't even financially benefit anyone, and you might as well put what you would have paid in insurance premiums into a savings account to use just like insurance. If properly invested, you'd probably fund all of your claims and have some left over for retirement!

Of course, the law and secured creditors require people to insure their property to some extent, so they keep on adding the fuel to the sham racket that insurance is becoming.

August 2, 2007 at 9:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate panel endorses FDA tobacco regulation

The FDA already has more than enough on its plate, especially with their seemingly high approval rate for drugs that need more thorough studies and reviews done on them. Vioxx, Zelnorm, and Avandia, anyone?

August 2, 2007 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gay couples celebrate registration

I wonder how the church leaders can even think this makes society view marriage less's not as if society views marriage seriously in the first place, anyway. I mean, look at the divorce rate! And look at many celebrities...especially Britney Spears who had a marriage that lasted two days!

August 2, 2007 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Speed limit increase on hold

If I'm not mistaken, school zones have to be 20 mph by law. So the Legislature needs to make a new law allowing a 45 mph (or some other appropriate speed) school zone on a road where the speed limit is 55-70 or something like that. Then it would be so easy for KDOT to give the schools what they want and need while giving drivers a chance to go faster - a reduced speed around the schools but with a higher speed limit outside of the school zone.

August 1, 2007 at 10:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

About $16,400 found in men's bathrooms

I wish someone would do that here - sounds like the leaver of money is a pretty generous one who wants to make a difference in people's lives!

July 13, 2007 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Stricter DUI laws now in effect in Kansas

oldvet: "One reason the Legislature didn't seek further penalties is because of the concern for county jail populations, which are already at a maximum, he said."
No space means no harsh jail terms for DUI offenders, and even if sentenced to jail, they won't spend nearly that amount of time there. We'd have to build more jails if we were to toughen the jail time for DUI.

riverat: I highly agree. If 18-year-olds were allowed to drink legally, things would definitely be better. College partying might lose its steam a bit because the "forbidden fruit" allure is gone. I've seen stories on here saying that the Oread neighborhood was not as noisy when the drinking age used to be 18 than it is now.

July 13, 2007 at 10:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Instant gratification

Simply educating children on healthy eating isn't going to help them develop healthy eating habits at all if their parents aren't eating healthy (or at least providing healthy meals for their kids). A program in the schools could work only if parental involvement were mandatory. For instance, kids could be required to keep a dietary log, and a mandatory parent-student-school nurse conference about healthy eating would take place if there are unhealthy habits that need to be broken.

July 9, 2007 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bicyclist life-flighted after vehicle accident

Bicycles ridden on highways and city streets ought to be equipped with battery powered (with optional solar panel for charging) turn signals, and they should be equipped with headlights and tail lights if they are ridden at night. This should be a law. That way, regardless of who is at fault in this accident, it could have been prevented - the bicyclist could have signalled his intention to turn left, and the truck driver could have slowed down so that he wouldn't hit the bicyclist. (Of course, this assumes that the bicyclist would *use* his turn signals, and we all know how often people don't use their turn signals when driving a car!)

Also, regardless of who is at fault in this accident, the bicyclist will get $4500 (at least) toward his medical expenses from either the truck driver's PIP coverage, or possibly his own if he owns a vehicle insured in Kansas. PIP is one of the good things about Kansas mandatory auto insurance - it offers a way to at least get some medical benefit paid regardless of who is at fault in an accident.

Who is at fault? That's the big question left unanswered in the article. It may well be the truck driver - after all, he came from behind and struck a turning bicyclist. It'd be kind of like rear-ending a car while it's turning in front of you.

But of course, with bicyclists, there's always the possibility that the bicyclist darted from the right side of the lane to the left to make the turn, with no time for the truck driver to react. If the accident was caused by the latter scenario, I'd envision that bicycle turn signals could have helped the truck driver know the bicyclist's intentions, so that he could act accordingly.

July 9, 2007 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )