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Obama announces support for gay marriage

I want to be neutral in asking this question. If gay marriage becomes legal, I assume that legally gay couples will have equal access to adopting children as to non-gays. Perhaps gays have this equality already. If not, that means the gender of a parent makes no difference when adopting. Forget the issue of pedophilia, because the authorities will prevent pedophiles in any case. But this may mean two gay men can adopt a girl or two gay women can adopt a boy with the same equality of heterosexual parents. Does a parent's gender make any difference in raising a child? Does a daughter really need a mother or does a son really need a father, and the same question can be posed in reverse, daughter/father or son/mother?

I pose this situation, because by legalizing marriage, I cannot imagin there will not be equal footing when it comes to adopting children. Just a thought.

May 10, 2012 at 12:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

House gives final approval to bill that opponents say will allow discrimination of gays

By no means do I wish to justify this bill, but I suspect in narrowly-drawn cases, the proponents may see justification. For example, does a Catholic church have the right to fire an employee who is found to be gay? Whether one agrees with the Catholic position on homosexuality, there is no doubt where the Catholic faith stands on this issue. To have a homosexual in the church's employment would be inconsistent with its belief system. I am not Catholic, but I suspect part of the support for such a bill comes from a circumstance such as my example.

March 29, 2012 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU’s law school drops again in national rankings, while 12 programs make top 10

I will be polite enough to omit names. But for some of these programs, the reason for their high rating is that there are so few universities offering these specialties. So the rankings are a bit deceiving.

March 14, 2012 at 10:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Border War loss 'dagger' for KU women

From all I can tell, Coach Henrickson appears to be a very responsible person, a good person. But the reality is that since she has been at KU, I do not think that the KU women have been in the NCAA tournament or has the KU team been in the top half of the final Big 12 standings. Perhaps her team has done so in her time at KU, but if so, it is a rare occurrence. KU's record against K-State is awful. Yes, she currently has an injured player that now effects the team's record, but other teams face this sort of difficulty.

It is time for the KU athletic director to consider hiring another coach. For goodness sakes, this is KU, one of the college meccas for college basketball. There is no reason why KU should not have a woman's team that is annually in the NCAA tournament unless the following is true. KU does not offer all of its BB women full scholarships. The support facilities for women at KU could be lacking when compared to other Big 12 schools.

I have no definitive answer, but it is time for something to happen. KU women's basketball has been in a real slump since the best days of Coach Marion Washington. Alas, she was not able to sustain that success.

Coach Henrickson is not a poor coach, but she has not been as successful as what KU should expect to achieve. I wish Coach Henrickson the best.

February 19, 2012 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Concealed carry on campuses approved by committee

Someone posed a question about research on having guns and crime. Author John R. Lott, Jr. has conducted empirical studies in which the evidence the presence of guns reduce crime rather than increase it. To access information about his work, get onto Amazon.com and enter the book title, More Guns, Less Crime

February 9, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback says he will push for reducing state personal income tax rate

Without taking a liberal or conservative stance, I believe there are some matters that merit agreement.

1) We need to eliminate any state deficits and to reduce the national deficit.
2) Tax breaks should serve both private and public interests. A tax break for a wealthy person makes sense if that tax break is tied to jobs that the wealthy person creates. Allowing a tax break to someone who strictly invests in stock market portfolios does not directly create a job, and many companies in those portfolios are not based in the USA.
3) We should not allow the real poor to be desolate, whether we help them publicly or privately.
4) We should be very careful as to how we fund this nation's military. We have become the world's policemen while other countries do not pay their way, either in funds or deaths, as does the USA. This is a likely place to reduce spending (but like all federal cuts, reducing spending will reduce jobs). But the public burden to provide health care for future veterans would be significantly reduced.
5) If we make the funding of local schools increasingly a local responsibility, we will have to address the consequences of western Kansas not having sufficient funds to educate children in the area, probably causing a further erosion of population in that region. Should we do this or not?

Government funding is inextricably linked to private outcomes. Deciding on what outcomes we want has much to do with what we decide to tax or not to tax to reach (or not reach) legislated ends.

December 14, 2011 at 2:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thin line can separate coaching and bullying in schools

Although the topic is sports, I wonder about how parents would respond to how their children are treated by the military services? Yes, drill sergeants are not as physical with recruits as they once were, but they must still get results. Of course, the military has the built-in fear factor of being "recycled" and a person must go through the same training again. I think much of what has happened to athletics is the result of too many abuses and the introduction of women into sports. You meet few women who feel that anyone should be subjected to verbal abuse, but men tend to be more forgiving on this count. Men have often used physicality to get the job done, and women want to use gentle persuasion.

I have no solution here, but I believe that there are historic forces that have made current behaviors inappropriate whereas in the past those same behaviors were not. Consider what Bear Bryant did with "the Junction Boys" at Texas A&M. Some of his actions were certainly unjustified, but he certainly created a winning team. Perhaps the issue is related to this question - At what price do we pay for possible glory?

December 14, 2011 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Loud and clear: UK pulls away, makes statement

We can laud the Jayhawk effort, but what I find incredibly irritating is that Calipari could care less that his players earn a college degree. What he is doing is not illegal, but I think unethical given the principles of collegiate athletics. However, the University of Kentucky is also to blame. UK knew what they were getting when hiring Calipari. He is totally indifferent to higher education. But unfortunately, he is not alone.

November 16, 2011 at 3:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Run it up? Oklahoma Sooners wouldn't stoop so low

If KU's lack of success continues at the same rate of being defeat, the question becomes can KU financially afford to fire Gill? With his being under contract (and I suspect KU does not have an escape clause for signicant underperformance), KU fans may have to endure being in an abyss of big losses.

October 12, 2011 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

All the right pieces: KU women aim for more successful March

If Henrickson does not make significant progress this year in the Big 12, it's time to get another coach. In women's athletics at KU, it seems the athletic department is willing to put their coaches to the same tests of success as they do for the men's teams. Can you imagine Henrickson surviving with her past record if she was the men's coach?

October 12, 2011 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )