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Library Lawn Skate Rink to close for season on Sunday

You're preaching to the choir. :)

January 29, 2016 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State High School student told Confederate flag not allowed at school

If the student had it displayed on his vehicle, I have no issue with it. Had he brought it inside the school (to put in his locker or something), then yes I agree the school can decide what is or is not appropriate.

The Kansas House and Senate a couple years ago passed a law stating that a vehicle is a mode of conveyance (it was done to prevent businesses from saying an employee could not have a firearm in his vehicle (the conceal carry law)). I would think this could apply here as well. A vehicle is an extension of our home, and the Castle Doctrine laws apply if someone is defending themselves (from a carjacker for instance).

Ergo, if a vehicle is a mode of conveyance and an extension of our home, should the student not have been allowed to display that flag (or really any flag) of their choice?

January 29, 2016 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State High School student told Confederate flag not allowed at school

It's a lot more complicated than "they just wanted slavery". It has become over-simplified into a north/south antislavery/slavery battle, but that's not entirely what it was about.

True, slavery played role, but it was a complicated set of issues that culminated into the Civil War.

January 29, 2016 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State High School student told Confederate flag not allowed at school

Bob, to a degree, everyone is biased. Whether that takes on a form of racism, sexism, ageism, etc, we will never stamp that out of our human existence. Certainly we should strive to learn and love each other, but from times immemorial there has always been an "us vs them" mentality. Doesn't make it right, but it's at the very core of our ancestry. If people deny it, they're flat-out lying. It's best to embrace your frailties and try to grow from them.

I would be lying if I said I'm not nervous when I get on an airplane with people who look like they're from the Middle east. It doesn't mean I'm going to punch them or yell at them, or call them names or anything like that. But at the same time, when I'm at work (multinational corporation with people from all over) I try to talk with people from that culture to gain a better understanding.

January 29, 2016 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU and the problem of the fraternity secrets it keeps

KU acted very, very poorly here. I wonder if they can still be forced to give the redacted documents, but without the redactions? (Is unredacted a word?)

I think someone needs to pursue this further.

January 27, 2016 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

BB gun clubs seek school access, but current state law forbids firearms

For everyone thinking someone is going to assume it's a firearm (for those of us who are conceal-carrying lawless wild-west people), the club could just institute some of their own bylaws, such as making sure it's in a case going to and from the competition, only getting out the airgun when it's your turn (perhaps a period of time for prepping it).

I'm pretty sure even us slack-jawed redneck conceal-carriers are going to recognize "oh, it's a BB competition at that school, so I'm betting those 20 kids carrying what looks like to be guns might very well be a part of that competition. I'll just stay my itchy trigger finger, no matter how hard it is to do so!"

January 27, 2016 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Architects offer new plan for Kansas City airport renovation

B.S. the TSA hasn't done a damn thing. It's security theater. That's all it is. We are not more safe (or less safe) than we were pre 9/11. The TSA has caused more problems than it has fixed.

I would feel just as safe today if they did pre 9/11 screening. They should banish the TSA, and just hire Air Marshals.

If you believe you're more safe now than pre 9/11, you've been drinking the Koolaide.

January 21, 2016 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas regents approve new gun policy to comply with state law; university policies to come next

How will it impact the way they teach?

I'm pretty sure learning calculus will be done the same as it has been for the last couple hundred years.

"Sorry class, since some of you might be carrying concealed handguns, I can no longer teach you how to find integrals. Ergo, you'll not be able to find areas under a curve and you'll all now fail at life. May God have mercy on your souls."

January 21, 2016 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Architects offer new plan for Kansas City airport renovation

This is one of the stupidest ideas yet. KC airport is highly efficient, low wait times, and generally is one of the better designed airports in the nation. The *ONLY* reason this is being done is so someone can make a bunch of money. There has been some talk in back rooms, because I can think of no other reason that this is being done.

January 21, 2016 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City sends proposal for shooting range near school back to planning commission

Actually yes, Colt started selling the civilian (semi-auto) version of the AR-15 in 1963. The time period I was referencing in my anecdote was late 80s, early 90s. We even had a handgun in our shop (.22 revolver) but didn't use it because it wasn't as effective for killing cattle (seriously, even using the rifle, some large (1500 lb) bulls sometimes took 2 (or even more rarely, 3) shots to kill).

The only real "escalation" of killing power was probably when we went to the repeating rifle in the late 1800s. (for civilians I mean). Obviously the invention of the gatling gun helped military advancement (even though it wasn't truly an automatic weapon).

So no, between then and now there hasn't been any advance in technology that puts people in any other immediate danger than in the past - the variable we need to look at is still society. That has changed. Not the guns.

January 14, 2016 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )