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Letter: Kansas dictators?

Brownie does have some disturbingly similar behaviors to a dictator. He depends on lies and distortions to support his platform. He and his party rely on fear and prejudice to distract citizens from their primary agenda. He and his party try to silence the academic community through laws and regulations against their speech. He and his party work to dis-empower groups, such as Unions, who oppose his agenda by making laws designed to cut their sources of revenue. He and his party ignore legal rulings of other branches of government if they do not agree with the rulings. He and his party attack those who are critical of their actions through petty bureaucratic measures (My example here is the young woman who tweeted some unkind things about Brownie and his office leaned on her school principle to force an apology). He and his party either ignore or work to change rules about the appointment of judges and other state officials to ensure they can appoint officials who will support their agenda regardless of experience and qualifications. I'm sure I've missed some, but that's just off the top of my head.

March 2, 2015 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill limiting sex education material advances with no debate

Sure Andy, because there aren't any existing laws that would punish that kind of conduct.

February 26, 2015 at 9:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill limiting sex education material advances with no debate

Yes, Greg. But my point is that the law may, in part, be targeting the National Sexuality Education Standards. This may be another way for the legislature to keep individual districts from adopting reasonable and consistent nationally observed standards.

February 25, 2015 at 4:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plan to allow Kansas groceries to sell wine, liquor advances

But just because a bad law has created a special circumstance in which competition is restricted does not mean we should keep the bad law. As Kansas brings liquor laws out of the dark ages some business owners may suffer, but that alone is not a good reason to stop the update of the laws.

February 25, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill limiting sex education material advances with no debate

Ok, sorry Dorothy, I thought the new National Sexuality Education Standards USD 497 adopted recently for sex ed were part of Common Core. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I would imagine this new law, if enacted, might threaten 497's option to continue teaching the national standard.

February 25, 2015 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill limiting sex education material advances with no debate

This is one more step in dismantling public education. Instead of cutting funding here, they are trying to criminalize teaching. I suspect this bill is also aimed at killing Common Core. Many teachers will see the Common Core mandated curriculum for sex education as running dangerously close to some interpretations of this law. This law is not only dumb, it's dangerous.

February 25, 2015 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plan to allow Kansas groceries to sell wine, liquor advances

Eileen, I agree with your point about Brownie looking for ways to up regressive tax revenues by expanding access to alcohol. That does not change the fact that the current liquor laws are badly written. And I do feel a little sympathy for local business owners who have built their stores assuming the current laws will stay in place. But my sympathy does not extend to keeping these bad laws just to protect local business owners. Let's use this opportunity to simplify Kansas law. I understand that Brownie's motives may not be pure, but regardless of the motivation, it's a move in the right direction.

February 25, 2015 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plan to allow Kansas groceries to sell wine, liquor advances

Getting rid of some laws that came out of a compromise between prohibition and sale of alcohol is the sensible thing to do. I like protecting small and locally owned businesses, but not with ill conceived laws penned decades ago to appease radicals. I agree with Fred. If small business owners want to stay in business, they should offer value, not rely on laws that make them the only game in town.

February 24, 2015 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: While Kansas burns …

In does not end there, Peck, R-Tyro, has posted a poll to his official site to determine which jacket he’ll wear for this session’s group photograph.

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-g...

I would argue, Dorothy, that the effort to limit academic free speech is important to the far right agenda. Peck and Brownie are playing the long game here. They are hoping that their scorn for academic voices, whether asking for money to do important work or being critical of unreasonable government action, will be contagious. I agree, wholeheartedly, that this is a huge waste of time and money, but they do have a goal, I think. And however silly and ill-conceived, it just might work.

February 21, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Rep. Peck takes on critics in debate over university professor columns

So, Peck wants us all to know that he is not the author of this Orwellian move to silence Academia. But he does not offer us any insight into the origin of the bill. In what universe is it better for Peck that he did not author the bill but introduces and supports the bill on behalf of an author who is too ashamed of the bill to own it? And Peck wants to label those who claims he bears some responsibility for the bill as "fruitcakes"? Generally at this point in my post I would just claim that Peck's little exercise in political theater is silly. But given the recent tone of Topeka politics and the fact that the speech of our academic community is already under such unreasonable attack, I think it's better to take the bill seriously. If we do not, we may find all of our freedoms threatened. One of the first things done in any political power grab is to silence the academic community.

February 19, 2015 at 11:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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