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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

I also wish to say goodbye to everyone.

Thank you for your wonderful comments, your passion, and your love for your country, and your countrymen.

I will miss you.

October 9, 2013 at 10:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

I would like to make a suggestion that folks go to Netflix and watch "The Billionaires Tea Party". In this film it gives you some insight into how the right wing is recruiting and organizing a right wing grass roots organization that is dedicated to putting pressure on communities across America to promote their right wing ideas. They have a strategy that believes the "end justifies the means". They are being trained to use social media to attack anyone who does not agree with their Libertarian/Koch/Anarchist world view.

They also are forming front groups that hide their political agenda while promoting causes designed to allow them to recruit new members to their organization by using baiting issues to gain publicity.

Young college students are particularly vulnerable to their techniques.

October 9, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

It is hard not to suspect that political pressure is behind this change. Right wing political pressure.

Particularly important in a time when issues have becoming so polarizing, anonymity is needed for protection from reprisals.

You cannot justify this as improving our democracy. But people are able to justify anything when a society is ruled by the most rich and powerful and that is the direction we have been heading for a long time now.

October 9, 2013 at 11:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

I will miss you jafs. I learned a lot reading your posts. You are one of the best minds out there. Goodbye my friend.

I imagine I will be gone as well.

October 9, 2013 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Hate speech

I find it interesting that even though members of this family have a lot of education in the law and supposedly are trained to disect rhetoric and think in a logical manner, the writer implies things are said in the Professor's little tweet that were never said.

It is amazing to me that you can infer so much out of a little tweet.

I think I can do the same thing and infer that your letter is simply a ho-hum endorsement of an organization you have bought into with your mind, heart, and soul. An organization that appears to operate in ways that remind me of a cult where the members have little or no ability to question how their membership dues are being spent. While the NRA is bringing in 100s of millions of dollars and buying up members of Congress, you probably have very little influence in how they actually work to make our ownership of guns safer.

I have come to believe that their goals are more in line with the gun manufacturing industry and a desire to expand their gun market rather than make guns safer.

The question I have is whether I should compromise my ethics regarding this organization in order to protect my right to keep my concealed carry license. There has to be a reasonable compromise without becoming a a stooge for the NRA millionaires and billionaires.

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

What is your biggest question about Obamacare?

My biggest question about Obamacare is whether it will work. The only way to find that out is to try it out. I am willing to do that but the Republican Party is telling us that it is Heroin. We will become addicted.

In my opinion, Heroin is what the Koch brothers are selling. No taxes. No regulations. No government. No responsibilty.

If you've got it, keep it.

What do you have to do to be considered relevant for these people? $100 million? $1 Billion?

Simply being a good person is now a laughable pursuit. You need money and ideology or you don't matter in their enlightened age.

October 4, 2013 at 9:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court reverses issuance of permit to build coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas

I am not convinced that our immediate future can ignore coal as a resource. I am not celebrating.

Last I heard, the United States has some of the largest deposits of coal in the world.

The deal that Parkinson made also included investments in alternative fuels. What is going to happen with those investments?

There needs to be a balance in our approach to problem solving and balance is not what our politics is about these days. We need to think outside of the box in order to find reasonable solutions when everyone you talk to is a fanatic.

October 4, 2013 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

You are right sir that my spelling and grammar were atrocious. And I, a one time spelling bee champion, should be ashamed and I am. The problem comes from moving from PC to tablet to smart phone in a dark and crowded restaurant. However, I accept your criticism because some of the most important police in our society are policing our spelling. Being a good speller and good at grammar are still among of the most noble pursuits left for us in a sometimes confusing world.

That and art.

October 4, 2013 at 8:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More than 100 active, retired faculty, staff support Guth's "right of free speech"

We have a long way to go to reach the level of maturity we ought to be as a civilization when we let this Professor's little tweet get everyone so bent out of shape.

The sad fact is that politicians take advantage of us every chance they get. In this case, Kansas Republicans.

I appreciate my CCL and what the NRA has done to protect that right, however I wish there was a better organization to support. They have become as extreme in their views as the Tea Party. Worse yet, they have a facade of protecting American freedoms but appear in reality to be motivated by money and political power above all else. They have a lot of people following them like cult members, blind and dumb.

Extremists on both sides playing in politics. Americans caught in the middle.

October 4, 2013 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: As Obamacare kicks off, many questions remain

It seems to me that the Republican Party has bet it's entire future on the failure of the ACA.

I think most Americans want to see if the plan will work while most Republican Party leaders are afraid that it will.

I hope the outcome will eventually be a move toward more honesty in politics and a better informed country.

September 28, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )