caughtinthemiddle (Greg Cooper)


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Lawrence police plan DUI saturation patrol starting Friday, ‘4/20’

Friend was on pot at the time. Just sayin'.....

April 18, 2018 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Competing rights

"Bob Smith 4 hours, 45 minutes ago
Does LJW have such a dreath of reasonable readers that they allow codswhallop commenters such as Bob Smith to participate or do they pick the most click-baity ones?"

There. Fixed that for you.

April 18, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Views From Kansas: Raids on poor won’t pay off

“Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and in 13 states it pays more than $15 per hour.”

I'm guessing, Gary, that you were planning to give credit for this statement to the Cato Institute, that bastion of Libertarian honesty, which originally put it forth. It also goes on to mention that "welfare" in Hawaii earns over $60,000. Why did you not pick up on that?

Now, the real point: the Cato Institute is not in agreement with others who have the same facts and actually use them to make policy. Try looking at other viewpoints, Gary. Might not change your mind but would be interesting, anyway.

April 16, 2018 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Views From Kansas: Raids on poor won’t pay off

"In 2012 the Obama administration issued a memo 'gutting' the landmark 1990s welfare reform legislation telling states they could apply to have some aspects of the law's work requirements waived." This sounds close to a cleverly lifted and reworded statement from The Atlantic of August 9, 2012. However, you neglected to read the whole thing, if, indeed you read it at all and just posted someone else's take on the article.

If you read the whole thing, you'll find a clear, concise argument for and against work requirements. It explores both sides of the issue, which you quite clearly do not. Take a few minutes to read it. Then get back to us with your honest take on it.

April 16, 2018 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Controversial but not a terrorist

Darn. Sometimes when you disagree you agree?

April 16, 2018 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Views From Kansas: Raids on poor won’t pay off

So, taking food away from unfortunates will magically move them to a higher income bracket? Really? Will magically put food on the table? Really?

What, exactly is your point, Bob?

April 16, 2018 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Making excuses for the president

In other words, "I don't pay attention to anyone who says anything Chump doesn't approve of." Brilliant.

April 16, 2018 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rep. Tom Sloan won't seek re-election; will retire at end of term

My impression of Sloan's service is that he, unlike so many in the legislature, actually thought about the betterment of the entire state rather than like those who view government employment as an opportunity to advance a narrow, partisan agenda benefiting the few and leaving the many to wave in the wind.

Thanks, Tom, for your service and your integrity.

April 16, 2018 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Views From Kansas: Raids on poor won’t pay off

Bob, thanks for noting that your citation was of "anecdotal evidence". I also worked in groceries as a kid, and I saw the same thing, but I also saw many, many more folks I knew who used the program as a supplement to the low income jobs, or welfare, that kept them from purchasing enough, or nutritious enough, food to ensure their families could function physically.

It all comes down to education: as long as people are educated to the level of understanding nutrition, as well as making good choices for themselves and their kids, they are more able to hold jobs that pay enough to keep them off of assistance, or reduce it to manageable levels. Unfortunately, education is not an instant cure-all, as it takes time to reach the level of sophistication people need to make those choices. That is why the state's top priority is, and should continue to be, the teaching of our students, and adults through continuing education programs, schooling to meet their needs.

April 13, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Why keep felons from voting?

Comparing your past comments and Steve's, I'd say that telling him to be in school is putting the tail on the wrong end of the donkey. Or elephant.

April 12, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )