justavoice (Mark Thompson)


Comment history

Report: Kansas economy growing far slower than US economy

So, Kansas is unique because it's economy is largely agrarian? Last time I checked, there are more than a few other states that fit that criteria. Also, apparently the Kansas economy is uniquely impacted by the drop in oil and gas prices, right? Wait, that's impacting all other states as well. No, Kansas has never been a hotbed of manufacturing jobs, except Wichita was once the "Air Capitol of the World'. I may be wrong, but I think we've lost quite a few of those jobs since the Governor took office. Kansas could be a leader in the wind turbine manufacturing industry, but the Governor and his cohorts appear to be trying their best to short-circuit that potential To try to excuse his actions and praise his "austerity" doesn't demonstrate much objectivity nor factual awareness. Finally, the name-calling is more than a bit childish, don't you think?

October 3, 2015 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan lends support to Pat Roberts in Senate race

Commenting disabled? I thought that was reserved for articles that involved the loss of loved ones, truly sensitive topics, and threads that had clearly gone off the rails. Why the new Saturday column? Evidently standard operating procedure when claims can't be backed up by fact and the author knows he/she will be called on it.

October 18, 2014 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fact-checking on Kansas economy reveals questionable claims

Does it bother anyone else that the head of a state agency, appointed by the Governor, is spending so much time monitoring the comments on a relatively narrowly-circulated newspaper - and during office hours? How do most employers feel about their employees spending their work time perusing the internet and offering commentary? Shawn, how would you feel about your administrative staff doing that? Sorry, Shawn, but to apply your own "smell test" to your own contributions, when you offer the statement that there was only $876.05 in the state coffers at the beginning of the FY the Governor took office, you are sending a message that you are trying to mislead. Though factually correct, you ignore that another Governor was in place for 6 months while that balance increased hundreds of millions of dollars. And to deny that the sales tax was not a factor and was not computed into projections is simply laughable.

August 15, 2014 at 5:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor's chief spokeswoman taking lottery job

Until they included a picture of Jones-Sontag, I thought Brownback was just making her up like Andy Dufresne did with creating Randall Stevens in "The Shawshank Redemption". It was perfect, he could write what he wanted her to say (usually something lacking any true substance and just furthering his shortsighted goals/marching orders) and then release it to the press. He, then, can claim plausible deniability and pretend to give a ____. Just like his supposed claim to wanting to fund higher education at the same level, knowing all the time that his slight of hand in getting the legislature to pass his unconscionable tax package last year would force this year's legislature to make the cuts he wanted all along. Maybe he's smarter than I give him credit for - nah, just good at following orders.

June 8, 2013 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why are graduations in the middle of the week?

I thought the graduation ceremony last night was almost perfect. The weather was absolutely beautiful. The graduates were not sweltering in 90+ degree heat. Those in attendance were comfortable and able to focus on the graduation. I didn't notice a difference in the size of the crowd. The only draw-back I see is that it makes it difficult for those from out of town to attend. There is no perfect solution, but I thought this was a good move at the time the decision was made and last night reinforced my support.

May 22, 2013 at 6:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Board hears opposition to Common Core Standards

The article is mostly accurate in depicting what happened except with the characterization that the speakers were from "many parts of the state". The speakers were mostly from Johnson County and Wichita. If you looked a bit deeper into their backgrounds, I'd venture to say that most of them were proponents of home schooling and private schools - not frieds of public school in the least. This was a very coordinated display that reflects an extremely narrow segment of Kansas. Please pay attention to the words the speakers kept using: bibilical, federal intrusion, loss of freedom, backdoor. These are obvious talking points provided to the speakers. The ultimate irony is the speakers were trying to portray that they were tired of bureaucrats telling them what to do, but every one of them were parroting exactly what someone else wanted them to say. Puppets in a propaganda machine.

May 15, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence High soccer captures first victory in 2OT

Congrats to the Lady Lions! You played with tremendous heart and stayed together as a team.. Ella scoring the winning goal on a header - couldn't have been a better fairy-tale ending to the game. Bring it again tonight against Topeka!

May 10, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

LHS senior Emma Kelly puts ACL pain behind

Great "feel good" story about a great young lady! Glad you were able to come back and play your senior season, Emma.

December 30, 2012 at 5:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Outgoing legislators recommend big increase in school funding, but chair declared meeting adjourned

The story is right in front of you. Four republicans, three of whom were targeted and defeated by "their own party" provided another example of the emerging fractures in the party. In addition, the three who walked out demonstrated that they are not interested in a real discourse. The Brownback freight train keeps rolling along, but actions of his minions like these will sooner or later (hopefully sooner) start getting the pendulum swinging back toward the middle.

The "antics and posturing", from my perspective, were performed by those that left the meeting.

December 18, 2012 at 10:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Right decision

There is also "incontovertible evidence" linking falls from ice skating, skate boarding, skiing, drunken stupors, .... to concussions. Let's outlaw falling!

August 18, 2012 at 9:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )