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Renowned sculptor Jim Brothers dies

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August 21, 2013 at 7:12 p.m. ( )

Faith Forum: Can prayer really heal people?

The only studies done on this topic indicate that intercessory prayer has a negative effect.


May 25, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Courage lacking

"The right to keep and bear arms." What would the definition of "arms" be when that was written? If you say that it changes with the times, then I want my nuclear missle and I don't want to have to pass some stinking background check to get it.

If it doesn't change with the times then all you're allowed to have is a musket-type of "arm."

April 24, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anti-abortion bill expected to win final approval this week

Thank heaven they're about finished with this. Now they can devote full attention to the witch-burning statute.

April 3, 2013 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sweeping abortion bill approved by Kansas House committee

So any pregnant woman (whether she's aware of the pregnancy or not) could be charged for endangering the life of the fetus in her womb if she drinks alcohol or smokes tobacco.

March 8, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What qualities make a good teacher?

A good specials teacher in elementary school needs a very effective immune system.

March 7, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Legislation seeks to block federal gun laws on Kansas firearms

kuguardgrl13: Probably, since the shooter wouldn't have necessarily broken any federal laws.

February 19, 2013 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prayer list targets "dark spiritual areas" of Kansas, including Lawrence

According to the New York Times intercessory prayer doesn't work. And if you know you're being prayed for, you get worse!


February 15, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State trying to make sperm donor pay child support

Unfortunately, unlike the characters in The Wizard of Oz, this poor guy IS still in Kansas.

January 5, 2013 at 10:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Term limits

Looks like Jack believes all the false rumors about congressional retirement plans.

"As it is for all other federal employees, congressional retirement is funded through taxes and the participants' contributions. Members of Congress under FERS contribute 1.3 percent of their salary into the FERS retirement plan and pay 6.2 percent of their salary in Social Security taxes.

Members of Congress are not eligible for a pension until they reach the age of 50, but only if they've completed 20 years of service. Members are eligible at any age after completing 25 years of service or after they reach the age of 62. Please also note that Members of Congress have to serve at least 5 years to even receive a pension.

The amount of a congressperson's pension depends on the years of service and the average of the highest 3 years of his or her salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member's retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary.

According to the Congressional Research Service, 413 retired Members of Congress were receiving federal pensions based fully or in part on their congressional service as of Oct. 1, 2006. Of this number, 290 had retired under CSRS and were receiving an average annual pension of $60,972. A total of 123 Members had retired with service under both CSRS and FERS or with service under FERS only. Their average annual pension was $35,952 in 2006.

October 19, 2012 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )