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Opinion: Attacks on nominee not warranted

I agree with you that the new system politicizes the selection of judges, but that is why the new system is bad. Judges should not be selected based upon their politics but rather on their abilities, at least in my opinion. This all started with the Bork confirmation hearings and, again, in my opinion, we lost a potentially great Supreme Court justice in those hearings. That is precisely why I suggest in the column that the Governor needs to rethink whether he wants this new system and the political circus that will come with it every time a nominee is selected for the Court of Appeals. Unfortunately, I doubt very much that he or the Legislature will do so.

September 4, 2013 at 7:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Legislature undermining higher ed

Moderate:

I agree that the Legislature has the responsibility to ensure that the funding it provides is well-spent. However, I would make two points:

1. The educational mission of the universities is fundamentally and primarily the concern of the Board of Regents and of the Legislature only secondarily. IF the Legislature wants direct control of the universities it should abolish the Board of Regents;

2. I do not object to legislative oversight of the universities; I object to what appears to be legislative action based solely on politics and not on concerns about the scope of the university mission with which you are concerned. I have not heard meaningful debate in the Legislature about duplication of programs among the Regents Universities nor about leaving some educational programs to other non-public or non-Kansas institutions. I would welcome such debate if it were fact-driven and rational. The Legislative criticism seems, instead, to focus on what some members think is university inefficiency, i.e. needless spending, and that I believe is neither fact-based nor accurate.

August 22, 2013 at 3:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Foliage, history are worth the trip

Actually, the Corgi is Welsh. They were also colonized by the English.
Mike

October 18, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

E-books are invading our privacy

That was a joke.

July 19, 2012 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thoughts while awaiting ruling

Jafs: I understand your position. Perhaps, it might have been different if you'd been able to sit in Yankee Stadium and watch Mantle and Maris play, let alone attend an Old Timers Day there and see Dimaggio...

June 20, 2012 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thoughts while awaiting ruling

Jafs: I suppose that I may be reflecting my age. When I grew up in NYC in the 50s the best days I ever had were those spent at Yankee Stadium. Every kid I knew wanted to be a baseball player, not because we wanted to be rich--baseball player salaries were often so low in those days that the players had other jobs in the off season--but because of the mythology that surrounded the game. I still get teary-eyed when I watch certain older baseball movies. To many in my generation, players were heroes. I suppose that may not be true today for most kids. Also, I don't disagree with you that if players use illegal drugs they should be tried and punished. On the other hand, I don't think that seeing justice done was the motivation in the Clemens prosecution and the jury obviously agreed.

June 20, 2012 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. shouldn’t ignore China’s actions

Lateralis: China, like any sovereign nation, has a right to build up its military. My point is that the U.S. is foolish to pretend that China and the U.S. are not both present economic rivals and potential future military adversaries so that we can continue to let China buy up our debt and invest freely in major US industries as well as ignore Chinese human rights violations.

June 6, 2012 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. shouldn’t ignore China’s actions

Ron: I don't think that incarceration rates alone give a full measure of human rights. It is also important as to why people are put in prison or executed. I would argue that China consistently imposes repressive measures against folks for "crimes" that we would consider attempts at free speech, etc.

June 6, 2012 at 6:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas may be conservative experiment

Ktgman: Actually, I don't think that. Indeed, generally, I am in favor of lower taxes and smaller government. What I am concerned about is that the current legislation attempts to do far too much in too short a period of time. Even the Governor has said that he would prefer a longer phase-in for some of the tax cuts. I am not suggesting that there is some sort of conspiracy going on. What I do believe is that the conservative Republicans in the Legislature are so committed to reducing the size of state government as soon as possible that they are willing to risk damaging the economy. It just seems to me, given the radically different projections on what the economic effects of the legislation might be, a slower phase-in that would permit the Legislature to monitor the effects of the tax cut and, if necessary, change the law before too much damage is done, would be a far wiser course to take.

May 16, 2012 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas may be conservative experiment

Cait:

The one place I would differ is that I don't think Brownback is pushing a solely conservative religious agenda. As I say in my column, I think his agenda is much more one of economic and social engineering, Indeed, I believe that many of his backers and advisors don't actually care that much about the religious right; they are interested in secular matters, i.e. creating a minimal state government with maximum freedom for business interests and no business taxes.

May 16, 2012 at 6:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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