Comment history

Brownback: Kansas should defend gay marriage ban

Still can't see why anyone thinks it is a good idea to give the government the authority to decide if two consenting adults can marry each other or not.

October 8, 2014 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Gun sense

Every child's death is a tragedy, but let's keep things in perspective.

Motor vehicle accidents 35,303
Accidental discharge of firearms 591
Accidental drowning and submersion 3,556

September 17, 2014 at 12:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate candidates differ on overturning Citizens United ruling

Would it be enough if you got to see the birth certificate?

September 16, 2014 at 11:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate candidates differ on overturning Citizens United ruling

Did I say a corporation was the same as a bucket? No.

I own pieces of several corporations, and I work for one, but I don't recall any of them asking me about political contributions. I own them because I expect them to make money; I don't own them because of the political stances of the CEO. So, how is, say, John Deere, an extension of me? I am John Deere? That is interesting.

Let's consider citizenship a moment. By your logic, BP is a corporation that exists in America and so is entitled to a voice in American politics. Lot's of British citizens own BP. Therefore, British citizens have the right to influence American politics.

September 16, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate candidates differ on overturning Citizens United ruling

People have the right to speak, corporations are not people. A bucket holding apples is not an apple.

Corporations exist only to make money. That's not a bad thing; I am happy to get a paycheck. But, but maximizing profits of the companies currently making the most money in the coming quarter is often not in the best long term interest of the populace at large.

September 15, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Politics, hatred

I am wondering how bad conditions would have to be before I sent my child off to a foreign country without friends or relatives. I'm pretty sure the Latinos don't love their children any less.

Granted, I think we have to have some control over our boader, but I'm not sure what Ted's solution is. Bus the 10-year olds over to Tijuana and just drop them off?

August 4, 2014 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence residents take climate change fight to D.C.

Good article Peter, but a couple of minor notes. Cap&trade is a completely different animal involving government issued carbon credits, and Boxer-Sanders is not entirely revenue neutral where our proposal is.

July 15, 2014 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Campaigning for Brownback, Santorum says American values under assault

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Declaration of Independence

"we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard"

Yes, American values of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and equality are under attack.

July 15, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Issue not settled

"That does not mean we do nothing."

OK, but I think a lot of people could read Dr Eagleman's letter and conclude that we don't need to do anything until we know more. Waiting until we know more is paralysis of analysis, and is deciding to do nothing.

July 13, 2014 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Issue not settled

What do you mean by "not settled"? If you mean we don't have a very good idea that continuing to increase the CO2 content of our atmosphere will be detrimental to our well-being, that's just not facing the reality of the difficult situation we are in.

I understand this is not your belief, but then that leads us to a discussion/argument about why we believe the way we do. And that leads to this tedious rehashing of what we have learned from science over the last 200 years or so.

Not sure what your background is, but I have a masters of science, which just means that, while I'm not a climate scientist, I have a pretty solid foundation of math, physics, and chemistry, and I can understand what the actual scientists write, for the most part. (I have a broad knowledge, but not very deep. For instance, I can tell you that the energy states of an electron shell and the strength and nature of the bounds between atoms within a molecule are quantum in nature and determine what wavelengths of light a molecule can absorb and emit. But, I can't tell you which states are associated with which wavelengths, where a physicist of radiative energy could.)

So, when I read the reports about how the world is changing physically, and the reports about how those physical changes will affect our food production, I believe we have a serious problem. I would very much like to believe everything is fine, but I can't get that out of the information available. And yes, I have read a lot of material from the more optimistic camp.

July 13, 2014 at 3:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )