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At hearing, public speaks out against proposed Westar $152 million rate increase

The Westar proposal really appears anti-solar. As I understand the proposed solar rate, you would have to buy about 350 kwh per month to offset the higher $50/mo customer charge for solar customers. I have a small house, and my electric bill this month will probably be around 600 kwh. Energy production from solar is seasonal (obviously higher in the summer), but Westar calculates the net metering for a customer monthly, not at the end of the year. So it's not economical to put in more solar than what you'll need in a peak month like July or August. Add all this together and at my house, it would only make sense to add about 250 kwh per month of solar. That's pretty small, and doesn't take into account the fixed costs of a solar installation. Westar seems to be saying, "we want you hooked to the grid, and we're ok with solar if you only install enough to lessen grid stress, but nothing more."

July 22, 2015 at 4:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Waving the flag

@Richard: Thanks for so gracefully explaining what you intended to say in your very clear letter to the editor. For the readers of meager intelligence such as myself who struggled with it, we now see the layers of complexity in your laconic first post.

July 14, 2015 at 9:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Waving the flag

@Richard: Are you familiar with Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement?

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...

July 12, 2015 at 9:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Waving the flag

@Richard: Would you have wished President Obama light the White House with the stars and bars and praise Southern "heritage" in some sort of Oscar-movie unifying act?

I've always understood political correctness as a belief, usually held by conservatives, that we've gone to unreasonable extremes to avoid offending someone, usually historically oppressed minorities. We no doubt all need thicker skins. But no one ever talks about how the PC movement was reactionary conservative and majoritarian Americans freaking out about greater equality for minority populations. Your lament about modern political correctness is, to another, the nostalgia for a "Leave It To Beaver" world where some people had it great, but not others.

July 12, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Quitting Kansas

@Scott: Why the unfriendly farewell? A big-tent, welcoming Lawrence benefits everyone here.

July 5, 2015 at 8:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

> How would someone issuing drivers' licenses know whether an applicant for a name change is gay or straight?

To change your name on your DL, you have to provide one of the following:
* Marriage certificate
* Divorce decree
* Court order of adoption
* Court order of legal name change

Otherwise, a lot of people would have licenses that said McLovin.

July 3, 2015 at 1:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

@Catherine: You criticize two things about early gay leaders: their separatism from the majority and their belief in other radical ideas. First, if you're an oppressed minority activist, then of course you're going to be a separatist. From their perspective, society had rejected them. Second, if you're a total outsider based on a minority identity, then it should come as no surprise they had the freedom and inclination to hold other radical beliefs. These don't appear to me to be flaws in the gay community so much as the "well duh" history of any minority rights movement. As gays have been less oppressed over time, they've mainstreamed and are less radical.

July 3, 2015 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

There's a certain irony when the numbers of an oppressive majority dwindle in the face of growing tolerance, and then the hold outs start calling themselves the threatened minority. Clearly a minority gay population is oppressing a majority Christian population. It would be laughable if they didn't sincerely believe it.

July 2, 2015 at 9:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

All counties in Kansas allowing same-sex marriage licenses, but state not yet allowing name changes, joint tax returns

> @Justin: "... shows how unnatural and unhealthy these relationships are..."

You're not talking about some abstract thing. You're talking about people, gay neighbors, gay coworkers, etc. You're talking about me. Did it ever cross your mind how disrespectful and uncivil your language is?

You linked to info from the American College of Pediatricians. Despite the big name, they're a fringe group of 100-200 doctors that broke away from the American Academy of Pediatrics over gay adoption. They have a history of mischaracterizing research to advance their anti-gay agenda.

July 2, 2015 at 8:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU designates 'reflection room' for students of all faiths or no faith to pray, meditate

> After thinking about facilities on the campus, why wasn't space available at the Sabatini Multicultural and Diversity center?

In my experience, the Office of Multicultural Affairs has failed to lead on some issues clearly in their court. For example, look at how SILC coordinates LGBT support you would expect OMA to coordinate.

June 29, 2015 at 10:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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