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Kansas governor plans $63M in budget changes

You have no idea how vast my exposure to psychology. Your attempted indictment of me by quoting one of my comments shows nothing but that you are stalking me. It does not indicate any negation of my thoughts. I stand by my statement.

You, "Sam", are a true troll, in that you really bring nothing to the table but your ego, and an apparently endless and reborn need to be the best. Oh, yes, you are intelligent, and probably quite well off, and that's just peachy for you. It's just too bad that you feel it necessary to make any discussion in which you join an exercise in sarcasm, misdirection, personal denigration, and, in the end, all about you.

August 1, 2015 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas won't prevent singles from being foster parents

Let me get this straight. It has been this administration's contention that only a "traditional" male-female couple is capable of rearing children correctly, and yet, now, it's OK for a single person (can that person be GLBT?) to rear children, but still not for same sex couples. Have I got that right?

Unless I miss my mark, this is a direct assault on same sex unions. And, if I'm not mistaken, there was this little U.S. Supreme Court ruling just a while back that, I thought, precisely addressed this kind of discrimination.

Just how far do they think they can go just to satisfy the orders of the powerful in this state who, at the least, don't give a tinker's dam about human dignity and, at worst, actively campaign for the ability to treat selected groups as second class citizens?

This state has a great sickness, and only a huge dose of good sense will cure it. Perhaps the people of the state will provide that in subsequent elections. But it won't happen unless we, the people, make it happen.

July 31, 2015 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor plans $63M in budget changes

Crow, in psychology, those who continually diminish names to childish, baby names are exhibiting anger, denigration of those addressed, and are showing their frustration with their own inability to engage in cogent conversation.

Perhaps, if you'd try presenting factual arguments, address others with their given names, and quit trying to protect your own vision of your failing arguments, you'd be more effective in taking part in conversations.

Hope you at least will read your own comments with an open mind. You'd see petty, childish words refuting nothing.

Have a nice evening, now, y'hear?

July 31, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

"Why can't the public have a voice in where & how their child is educated?"

David, the public does have that voice. It's called elections and the legislative process. The problem you have, it seems to me, is that you want only part of the public to have a voice. If the super-majority of the legislature decides to overrule common sense and give public money to private concerns, then "the public" has spoken. Seems pretty straight-forward to me, does it not?

July 31, 2015 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor plans $63M in budget changes

Lynn Grant 1 hour, 3 minutes ago

"Real special that Brownback will refuse federal money to expand Medicaid but gladly accepts the 17.7 million from the feds to fund the SCHIP program. Meanwhile he cuts 17.7 million from the same program. Sorry Angela, I don't buy your reasoning as usual."

Lynn, my thought, precisely. It seems OK for the state to accept money from the feds when it suits the state's Republican needs, but not when accepting money would be a tacit agreement to the Federal Health Care Exchange, and to expansion of Medicare.

Apparently, budget needs, needs created by Republican financial miscegenation, are sacrosanct, over and above the needs of the most needy citizens. Sick.

July 31, 2015 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor plans $63M in budget changes

Ms. de Rocha, I ask these questions: What safety margin, financially, does the department have, after this $1,000,000 cut? What sort of pad does the department have in the event of higher than anticipated need, and who determines that need?

My reason for this is that it seems to me that budgeting human need to the penny is quite a feat. It means to me that, when the money runs out, human needs are not met. And how in heaven's name can the department determine that 6100 and only 6100 humans will be in need of its services?

July 31, 2015 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: True facts

Sam's prevarication doesn't matter to him any longer, does it, as he is not going to stand for re-election anyway. He can say and do anything he wants to now, and, in the end, blame the legislature, the President, the clueless Kansas voter, and get by just fine. He will get his cushy politically-connected job after this term, will be able to remain a mainstay of the "Christian", economy-denying, socially careless right while collecting his federal farm subsidies and KPERS income for taking this state to the brink of disaster, creating an almost impossible to bridge gap between sense and senselessness, and leaving the state gasping for air.

Thanks, Sam, and thank you to all the people who did not vote with their heads.

July 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP legislators block audit of Kansas foster care system, despite recent child deaths

"It would be a lesson in futility,” she said. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I don’t think this is going to reveal anything that’s going to be substantive enough (to justify putting it ahead of other scheduled audits).”

Of course, in the Republican mindset, the deaths of two (already born and living) children are not "substantive" issues requiring further investigation.

"They also noted that an interim legislative committee will hold hearings this fall to review the foster care system and the qualifications it requires of foster parents."

And isn't this the entire issue anyway? We can't have same-sex couples caring for children, now, can we?

July 29, 2015 at 1:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

And, in reality, a family of four making $30,000 can tithe enough to have their kids in a private school? I'm surprised at that, Brock, and would like to see some information that supports it.

Of course, that presupposes the family wants to send its kids to a parochial school. Absent that, your argument breaks down, does it not?

July 29, 2015 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

Really surprised (NOT) that you reacted as you did to Dorothy's rhetorical question.

If you have a point, make it. If all you want is to stir debate, debate.

July 29, 2015 at 7:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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