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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

Many people post on FB using fictitious names. I think that's a illegitimate rationale for the LJW to come up with, and many people are wary of FB b/c of their leaky privacy issues. You will be getting a very limited selection of people who will post on the LJW site if that is the only way. Maybe it will be more civil, less provocative, bullying, name calling, character assasination, and blandly truthful, but it will leave lots of folks out.
Also many people have sensitive professional lives...we are medical providers, teachers, attorneys, politicians, pastors, etc...maybe we want to express an opinion, have a conversation about things in the news but do not wish for our private opinions to be tied to our professional lives. I will miss the opportunity to do so, have found it a useful practice to sort out my own reactions and thoughts and to engage w others in that process.
Frankly I think in this instance as well as others, it's unfortunate that some irresponsible people have made this kind of restriction necessary.

October 9, 2013 at 2:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Dismayed Kansan

Addendum: I always tell my clients that fantasy is a great stress reliever; you can't get arrested for what you're thinking. But all too often these days thoughts seem to pass quickly to our keyboards and hence to the world at which point we'll never be able to take it back or edit those few choice words. Think before you press Send or Respond to All.

October 1, 2013 at 5:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach to have clay-shooting fundraiser

another blatant attempt at courting NRA $$$ to fund his political ambitions...I differentiate between those who support the 2nd Amendment (which is most of us) and those who support the gun manufacturers and their political lobbying organization, the NRA.. This activity is an overt attempt by him to thumb his nose at those who support reasonable gun safety, along w other measures such as mental health funding. Wouldn't it be great if he used the money raised from this event to fund the empty coffers of community mental health centers?

October 1, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Asphalt Orchestra downtown performance

First of all@ GregDiVilbiss, I take offense at your patronizing tone "(sorry about being disturbed for 3 i/2 minutes")....you might have felt differently if you were the distressed family trying to receive services in my office.
As to yr comments about the definition of "parade": Asphalt Orchestra is not just 12 people walking down the street, but people with very loud musical instruments, heavy on unconventional percussion which turned out to be very disruptive, at least to me and my clients. Conversely, there have been many parades down Mass which were not noisily disruptive of business, altho were maybe disruptive of car traffic or pedestrians or to merchants .
There are many professionals who office downtown:medical doctors, attorneys, therapists who benefit from the vitality of downtown but do not appreciate unpredictable noise and traffic/parking disruptions. Again, I find your painting of my concerns in this very black or white manner simplistic and uncompromising. I appreciate and endorse your advocacy of downtown being a welcoming environment of the arts and I bristle at your characterization of my position as "needing permits for everything,..banning things we do not prefer...micromanaging everything". Living in community DOES mean that often we DO have to notify others of our plans and negotiate with them
The reality is that downtown Lawrence is a multi-use environment, including residential, I 'm curious if the people who have characterized me as the grumpy senior screaming "get off my lawn" live, office or own a business (other than a bar or restaurant) downtown. Your opinion about spontaneous disruptions may be influenced by whether you are working or partying.

October 1, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Inequities reflect subtle racism

@ Moderate: Your arguments about the cause of inequities (race or income) are problematic for me because it sounds like the classic "blame the victim" strategy which assumes if you are poor or rich it's b/c you caused it and deserve it solely by your actions which is simplistic and NOT true; what I DO know is that being poor, a racial/ethnic/religious minority , an immigrant or oppressed by reason of gender or sexuality increases the liklihood that you will live in an unsafe neighborhood w lousy schools, high , poor housing with a limited support system. Yes, there are Horatio Algier success stories that we Americans love to point to which show all things to be possible in America... unfortunately that is less likely in this day of ever-widening income disparity between rich and poor. The possibility of pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps is possible but I believe is less likely now than it ever has been. I suggest you read "A Hope in the Unseen" a biography of a smart youngBlack man from the worst public school in Wash DC who was ultimately able to win a scholarship to an Ivy League school, but who was depressed , overwhelmed, lonely and desperate and almost left or failed over and over b/c there was little in his early life that prepared him for being surrounded by privileged white kids with a bigger life experience and $$$$...in spite of having a supportive Mom and pastor. Also read "The Other Wes Moore" which was the mandatory freshman reading for many colleges showing the different lives of a middle class whte boy and his black counterpart....different history and ultimately different futures. On an ultimately happier outcome Sonya Sotomayor's memoir "My Beloved World" depicts the seemingly insurmountable odds she has been able to overcome as she has become a Supreme Court jurist, but at significant personal cost.
Most importantly, personal life trajectory (which is the red herring you threw out) is really irrelevant when we are discussing the inequities of POLITICAL decisions that have to do with politicians currying favor among people who are likely voters AND who are affluent enough to throw $$$ their way. These pols may give lip service to American class mobility and leveling the playing field of opportunity for all, but if you pay attention to how they actually vote, you will see what their real values are: pass policies which benefit those w SSS and who will vote for you. That usually means big corporate interests, captains of industry and does not include the poor. Money trumps everything in this day and time when our Congress daily must spend much time simply fundraising to finance the next campaign.This is why many of us support campaign finance reform and want to get rid of Citizens United ruling which has massively compounded the political mess.

October 1, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Dismayed Kansan

Legal repurccusions don't follow if what someone says is "offensive". Others may judge what you say as stupid, ill-advised, in poor taste, even provocative, but unless you are advocating actual action and inciting others to follow suit I don't think a law is broken. Others may be angry w you, shun you, counsel you (in a work situation) that you are showing your organization in a bad light, etc. but mostly what this situation shows to me are the dangers of rapid communication when we are under the sway of strong emotion if we don't reflect for a moment on the variety of consequences of our actions. Just taking a moment to edit helps not only to clarify bad writing/spelling/grammar, but also to think"do I really want thousands of people to hear the primitive, uncensored stuff that goes on in my head?"

October 1, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Stupid threat

@md: oh, the poor, poor, victimized NRA ...the last I knew, nobody was enslaving or capriciously taking away voting rights of NRA members or beating them up simply because they're NRA members , etc. If you're going to make a comparison, come up with one that's real. Race/ethnicity and sexuality are not personal choices but related to biology and form the unchangeable basis on which members of the group are discriminated against. Your bitterness is extremely offensive to those who HAVE suffered hideous crimes simply for their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality,etc.

September 30, 2013 at 5:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Professor getting death threats over NRA tweet, colleagues support his free-speech rights

You're apparently not so tired of "gun talk' that you will refrain from trying to impress us with your knowledge of said guns, how many you have , what you're pining after....I don't get the fascination with something that is an instrument of death of tens of thousands of people every year in the US. Why are Americans so obsessed with guns that they will put up with the unimaginable high price we pay for the "privilege" of unfettered access? And even tho I do not wish to participate in this "hobby", I suffer the consequences of too many guns in the hands of the wrong people doing irresponsible, irrevocable things. I am SICK of having to hear the daily litany of accidents and suicides and homicides and mass murder and assasinations so arms and munitions manufacturers can make exhorbitant profits off of human misery and people with gun fetishes can be indulged.

September 27, 2013 at 2:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Professor getting death threats over NRA tweet, colleagues support his free-speech rights

It would seem that the NRA and their ilk prioritize the unlimited wide dispersal of the most heinous of weaponry above all other possible outcomes, up to and including mass shootings of completely innocent people, the unrestricted rights of felons and other dangerous people, NO MATTER the hideous consequences. I interpret Guth's outburst to be what I have now been despairingly feeling: What hellish experience is it going to take before the people who seem to have TOTAL control of guns in the US wake up and say "We have gone too, too far. This surely was not what the Founders envisioned." I thought surely the deaths of 20 children, the deaths of movie goers, the deaths of people meeting with their Congresswoman, the deaths of children in a Chicago park would arouse their disgust, but apparently there is too much money to be made selling artillery that has gone far beyond personal protection and hunting. So while i may not agree w the exact wording of Guth's tweet, I sympathize w the rage and despair he apparently feels w the out-of-control gun industry and its apologists. (And I find LaPierre's scapegoating of the mentally ill truly despicable. I don't want my clients to be indiscriminately identified and locked up any more than he wants gun owners to be inventoried and disarmed.)

September 27, 2013 at 2:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

"principles", not principals.
"naive", not naivete
PLEASE try proofreading for typos at least; I think I agree w yr content, but it's hard to say.

September 27, 2013 at 1:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )