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Kansas governor won't be present for budget announcement

My prediction on the $50 million cuts: a shell game to take it all from K-12 while claiming to hold schools harmless. Brownback will send $50 million less pass-through KPERS money to school districts; BUT, still require the current KPERS amount be sent back FROM school districts. Voila! Brownback can then claim he didn't cut KPERS, since the system still gets the same amount, and he can claim he didn't cut K-12 funding, since the block grants remain the same.

July 29, 2015 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School collapse

No, Brock. Private schools can't (and won't) educate kids for bsapp. That's not the point of vouchers. The point is yet another way to rig the system for the wealthy. Vouchers = handout of public funds to wealthy folks who send their kids to private schools. Poor folks can't afford private school tuition even with vouchers.

July 28, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

In wake of ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, Brownback issues executive order on 'religious freedom'

I might believe the whole "religious freedom" excuse if there were even an ounce of logical consistency. Remember when all the good Christians refused to recognize the marriages of divorced couples? Non-virgin brides? Me either. And how about all those clergy refusing to officiate weddings where people wear mixed-fabric clothes? Nope, don't recall that either. What about refusing to provide services for weddings held on Sunday? Nope. You don't see that too much. Profit trumps commandment 4 every time.

Here's a thought: how about all you self-righteous bigots just own your fear and hatred. Just admit your disgust with homosexuality compels you to mistreat gay folks any way you can. Just own your hatred instead of hiding behind religion like a bunch of cowards.

July 8, 2015 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

And you don't see Jewish grocery cashiers refusing to ring up the bacon on the basis of "religious freedom."

July 2, 2015 at 4:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas gun dealer to pay $132K to woman for selling weapon that felon used to kill her son

Surprised the mom settled for so little cash. If things occurred as the grandmother testified (guy says he's a felon, grandma fills out NICS paperwork, guy hands money to dealer), it would seem that criminal charges and loss of FFL are in order for the shop owner. Charges for grandma, too. More laws won't solve anything if we don't even enforce the laws we have.

July 2, 2015 at 11:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Supreme Court declines to hear Kobach appeal on proof of citizenship

Not everyone has a birth certificate. Birth certificates aren't free. Therefore, requiring a birth certificate = poll tax. This issue was decided long ago. Kobach and his ilk have deliberately ignored the constitution they swore to uphold. They belong in prison.

June 29, 2015 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure

If you can't justify or defend a law without resorting to religious doctrine, then the law does not belong in the statute books. If you believe otherwise, you're in the wrong country.

June 25, 2015 at 5:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Republicans gearing up for Obamacare fight

The headline is wrong. It should read "Kansas Republicans gear up to fight against federal tax law which benefits poor people."

That's really it. If this were a tax credit to purchase business software, given only to businesses that showed a large profit margin already, these TeaGOPs would love it. But a tax credit to help low-income families buy health insurance? Oh, no. That's gotta go.

Shameful.

June 25, 2015 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Less safe

Seems to me that, given the protected right of individuals to bear arms, a unit on safe, proper, and legal use of firearms (including shooting experience with various types of guns) should be a required part of every public school curriculum. With state funding, of course. The status quo (see, hear, speak no gun stuff at school) makes about as much sense as abstinence-only sex ed (and we know how well THAT nonsense works).

June 21, 2015 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Employers tell state's education leader about need for more workforce skills

Dear employers,

You have some nerve criticizing public schools after helping engineer a tax system that absolves you from helping pay for them. But your confusion is more profound than that.

Public education does not exist to train your future employees for you. That is YOUR job.

Public education exists to create a literate, historically-aware, scientifically-competent, independently-thinking populace. Such a populace is essential to successful self-government in a free society.

Such a populace is also readily trainable in whatever specific skills are needed for any particular job.

I understand many of you see public education simply as a means to provide you (at no cost to you) with a steady stream of obedient workers; just narrowly skilled enough to do your work for minimal pay, and just ignorant enough not to question the system.

That would sure line your offshore tax havens in the short term. In the long term, that will be the death of the nation. Study history...see what always happens to great nations which choose that path. Of course, if we just replace history class with widget wiggling 101, nobody will see it coming.

June 18, 2015 at 8:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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