cait48 (Cait McKnelly)

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Opinion: Surrendering ourselves to ‘strongmen’

There are two things I think you are not mentioning in this piece; the role of money and the "dumbing down" of the US educational system.
I graduated from a Kansas high school in 1971. At that time, it was required by the state that every person who graduated from a Kansas high school had to take a class called "American Government". It had a standardized syllabus and was taught in every Kansas high school. You couldn't get a diploma without passing it. It was a year long class and it taught every student the entire structure of how American government worked; at the the Federal level, at the state level and at the local level. It studied the US Constitution IN DETAIL. it explained the three branches, the system of checks and balances. In short, it explained HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS in this country and our role as citizens in that government.
That class hasn't been required in at least 20 years. In fact, it's no longer being offered as an ELECTIVE.
In 2012, the GOP added a plank to their party platform that opposed the teaching of "critical thinking skills" in all Texas classrooms. This is pervasive in the Republican party throughout the country.
As for the role of money, I'm not sure I even need to address that. Citizens United, Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute and a whole lot more are just the tip of the iceberg. It says a great deal when well over half of Congress are millionaires and less than 10% of the US population has that kind of money.
So what's the conclusion? This was a set up. Keep 'em dumb and poor and disaffected. It's a gold mine.

April 8, 2017 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence in path of major ice storm this weekend; travel discouraged

Not when the predicted HIGHS even from the Weather Channel are in the mid 20s. That's not overhype. I lived through the ice storm in '96. We were without power or heat for three days. We were able to manually light the gas kitchen stove and oven and we huddled in there for warmth. Good luck.

January 13, 2017 at 6:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas conservative think tank launching its own news service

Fascist governments ALWAYS create their own propaganda machines. Goebbels would be proud.

December 13, 2016 at 4:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dakota Access CEO: Company committed to finishing pipeline

So what they are saying is that they don't give a damn about how people feel about it or what impact it may have on the environment, they're going to cram it down the throats of people anyway and they will use imminent domain to make SURE it gets built.
My language at this point isn't fit for public consumption.

September 13, 2016 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach defends voting laws in light of primary results; also defends acting as Trump surrogate

He says that the primary was proof that his laws don't restrict voters. He doesn't mention that a week or so before the primary a Federal judge forced him to register over 10,000 voters he had "suspended".

September 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Enough cuts

Dems are highly known for knowing that to make money, you have to spend money.

August 26, 2016 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU announces cuts to public radio, geological survey and other programs; more cuts on the way

My son just graduated with a two year degree from a college in Oklahoma. In choosing a university to which he would transfer, he bypassed KU almost immediately, despite the fact that he could get instate tuition. Instead, he is going to Portland State University in Oregon. <br>
It is the truth that people go to a university for much more than just an education. The very quality of the institution and the opportunities for networking within a chosen field are just as important, if not more so, then the base quality of the education obtained.<br>
In the years that I was growing up and in my younger adulthood, KU had a stellar reputation nationally, evidenced by it's plebeian nicknames of "Harvard on the Kaw" and "Athens on the Plains". Those days are past. <br>
Brownback has done more than just destroy primary and secondary education in the state, he's also destroyed it's institutions of higher education. They may never come back.<br>
The grand old man on the hill is now shaky and trembling. Its museums and halls echo with past grandeur. But the thick coat of dust is there. <br>

August 24, 2016 at 7:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at the races that could change the balance of power at the Statehouse

It's kind of disheartening not to see Mary Pilcher-Cook's name on this list. I desperately want to see that Marsha Blackburn/ Diane Black wannabe GONE. She has a strong opponent in Vicki Hiatt. Darn it, Shawnee, toss that moron out. Let her go lip curl somewhere else.

July 10, 2016 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Human costs

When Sam Brownback first became governor, he did so on a "prolife" platform. I think we can now all agree that he's about as "prolife" as Idi Amin.

July 10, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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