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Halloween no longer a staple in schools, in Lawrence and elsewhere

What a fitting article for a day when a new Pink Floyd release is announced. Maybe "just another brick in the wall" needs to be redone as well.

After all we celebrate diversity and traditions, unless of course those traditions have a hint of 20th Century USA. Which through our all-knowing PC-filters we have determined to BAD, BAD, BAD!. Perhaps we could reduce that time to non-history, maybe we should burn books written then too, as long as it is in the name of political correctness- all is fine, right?

Just one gray day after another would avoid offending anyone at all (or anyone that matters) wouldn't it?

November 10, 2014 at 12:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Troopers identify two men killed in K-10 crossover accident

Commuting this road every day, I have to wonder if familiarity and complacency are as much a root cause for these horrific accidents as any "fatal design." I'm not at all sure that the design of this stretch of highway is markedly different from any other in the state. However, on a nearly daily basis I am shocked by the NASCAR-wannabes that weave through traffic on this particular stretch of highway. The type of highway signage or modification that would render such drivers "safe" boggles the mind and would certainly drain the taxpayer checkbook. I, for one, would like to see a new labeled designation for stretches of KS highway with the clusters of fatalities similar to those observed on K10. There would not have to be a change the laws, but such a designation could be used to multiply the penalties (points and fines) in a manner similar to construction zones. Perhaps this would impact the pocketbooks and driving privileges of the "fast and furious" crowd that can't seem to distinguish between the X-Box/Silver Screen and real life. Suspend the licenses of even a few individuals of this sort, and you have probably made this highway safer than a few more yards of barricade (at a fraction of the cost).

March 22, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No reason to celebrate: Jayhawks lose at OSU, win Big 12 outright

Pre-season Big12 co-champion pick has its fans storm the court?

I wouldn't blame my cowpoke friends for being embarrassed, but I guess that is one of the more honest admissions of the degree of pain and disappointment felt by the faithful in Stilwater this season.

March 2, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New wave of oil drilling disrupts rural neighborhoods

Unfortunately, during a long dormant period to technology hurdles to profitable petroleum mining in Kansas, too many landowners (or want-to-be landowners) and industry alike have forgotten what is means to be good neighbors (and frankly good businesses).

I sympathize with both parties here, and there isn't clever, gotcha, one-liner here that is applicable for anyone other than snarky bystanders. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Legalities and Politics always apply, but can be wielded as a tool rather than a blunt weapon (equally applicable to both parties). Shame on any opportunists who drop in on either side with only capital (either financial or political) to gain. I'm sure there will be both involved in this issue. Blindly fingerpointing at opposing political parties may placate your inner child, but shows a frightening ignorance of the decades of history and precedence that attempted to reach legal fairness with a great deal more thought than any commenter to this article (myself included).

February 9, 2014 at 11:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU names its first "Foundation Professor"

Typical ol' KU.

I love my alma mater, but at a time when the costs of higher education are skyrocketing, when the legislature and the Governor are not exactly drowning KU in dollars, when return on investment is becoming the new yardstick for higher education, KU has decided to kick-off this "foundational" program with a hiring that epitomizes the economic engine that KU brings to Kansas, namely - History and American Studies.

I'm sure Kansans from Wichita to Goodland are rejoicing that this obstacle to their communities' dreams (a lack of knowledge in History and American Studies) will now be deftly eliminated.

Spare me the sanctimonious lecture on the value of philosophy; I'm not saying we should cater to the narrow minds that the school is dependent on for money at Topeka's every whim. However, it might not hurt for the leadership at KU to stop thumbing their noses at the legislature's struggles with the state's numerous financial shortfalls in-between Oread's pleas for additional funding.

January 11, 2014 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Right to bear arms isn’t unlimited


I'm not opposed to everything stated in this opinion. However, I do think the focus on the argument is somewhat a tangent to the primary concern, how to reduce the threat of violence without unnecessarily restricting freedoms (whether based on a particular persons interpretation of the bill or rights or the opposite).

I know this. The marketers of firearms and ammunition have never blasted through their previous sales targets like they did since the President began the discussion of additional restrictions. My friends who have a business that includes the sales of these types of wares have been unable to even stock their inventories at usual levels since the demand has increased so dramatically.

The most painfully slow and ineffectual measures are what democracy often requires in the modification of long-perceived freedoms. In fact, "quick fixes" often add volatility to an already inflammatory circumstance. The bottom line as fuzzy and gray, as it might be, is that young men do not feel equipped and/or empowered to meet the societal changes in the preparation for, and meeting the definition of sucess in our times. Any mental vulnerability in a man is still considered a weakness rather than a human limitation with accepted and product ways to seek support without eliciting ridicule and/or judgment. The product is the slaugher that we have all grieved.

No gun law will fix this. Without a gun the same person will turn to explosives, or poison, or another device of shocking and unnecessary death. I know that I'll be judged as a "gun nut," or "nullifier," or "NRA stooge" for acknowledging this truth. All the same, I don't believe in round pegs in square holes, nor in demonizing my neighbor for not recognizing the same.
Both sides have valid concerns unmet by their opposition, unfortunately the more "intellectual" on both sides simply use the ivory tower to ridicule their opposition rather than to recognize that both sides have holes in their arguments.

This is why we all feel both grief and guilt as each of these events occur, because most of us are guilty in petty argument rather than embracing the need to move the discussion toward a less violent tomorrow.

For the part that the writer attempted to discuss without being "strident" I applaud the writer.
For the portion of mindlessly throwing around labels like "nullifier" and making broad accusations of the NRA and its membership, the writer will have to share part of the feeling of guilt and grief from the next tragedy with the rest of us.

September 15, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police break string of high-dollar burglaries, continue to investigate


hmmm....strange how none of the frequent lamenters of social "over-criminalization" of drug use have posted here? I'll admit that pot may be over-criminalized, at least I'll listen to the argument.

On the other hand, the argument that we lock-up too high a percentage of our population so far fails to alarm me. I've been proud to know plenty of under-educated and quite poor people who were honest and trustworthy.

Sometimes wonder if when times are bad the less honest crowd has more difficulty "blending-in" with an illusion of "playing straight," and consequently we see a corresponding rise in crime rates.

August 4, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More than a decade after a citywide ban, fireworks still making noise in Lawrence

All that we learn from history, is that we learn nothing from history. A shamelessly stolen quote that is so applicable here.

Fireworks aren't the issue today any more than alcohol was the issue in Prohibition. There is no "try it once, and you're an addict for life" aspect to fireworks.

The issue is that relevant laws, enforcement, and punishment for irresponsible/reckless/negligent/hazardous use of fireworks is apparently a bridge too far for our city and law enforcement leadership. So we pass a meaningless, unenforceable, and generally foolish law that further distracts from more concrete measures to address the critical safety concerns.

July 8, 2013 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How the center of the KU campus has moved over 140-plus years

monoword - monorail

June 19, 2013 at 9:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opponents of drug testing for welfare benefits see it as hassling the poor; Brownback says it will help

"There are provisions in the law to steer payments through another person to ensure that a child's benefits are continued"

WELL! THAT ought to about solve any concerns for the children. As long as the kids have the "Benjamins" then ANY other affects on the kids should be minor and irrelevant?? Right??

Who could foresee this going wrong?

...and the Titanic was unsinkable, sorry I'm suffering from ignorance overload.

I'm a veteran of twenty years, and I'm drug-tested for work. I don't feel like that has anything remotely to do with the circumstance here. My former, and current employers OWE it to my current co-workers (and formerly my fellow soldiers) to make a reasonable effort to ensure a reasonably effective/ safe workplace (as safe as circumstances allow). It was, and remains advisable to ensure that my work is performed without any negative impact of drug use for the safety of the end user/ customer. What co-worker, workplace, or consumer is Gov Brownback keeping safe with this testing?

He doesn't even appear to have any merit to an assertion of saving money.

Is there something stopping the good Governor for offering drug rehabilitation to those on welfare without mandatory testing? If this were truly the ultimate goal?

Is there any data to back the presumption that a single stint of rehab is typically successful? Does the Gov truly care?

All of you Polly Anna excuse makers just keep it up. Brownback is certainly the kind of leader that needs yes-men (of any gender) and lots of them. Too many independent thinkers in the electorate, and the Koch brothers might have to find another stooge to run Kansas for them!

April 21, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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