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Saturday Column: Why do Koch contributions trigger such scorn?

You just scorned Carolyn above for misspelling Mozilla. Pot meet kettle.

April 6, 2014 at 1:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins bill to delay individual insurance mandate would be vetoed, White House says

You answered your own question...you either buy insurance or you don't. If you don't, you get fined & if you do, you pay through the nose for a product you don't want & in many cases don't need. So, your choice is to pay the insurance company or to pay the government. You deprive someone from making a choice because you judge it to be not much of a choice? Who are you to judge?
And furthermore, what if I judge that purchasing an overpriced insurance plan with unnecessary coverage is not much of a choice? Why is my money taken from me and used to support someone else's poor choice?

March 5, 2014 at 2:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lt. Gov. Colyer to testify to Congress that economy hurt by Affordable Care Act

Dr. Colyer is exactly right. 13 days from the launch of exchanges & you can't know what the policies will cost or look like for sure. I've used ehealthinsurance.org for years and can choose from 42 different policies & pay as little as $135/mo for myself & dependent. Same info on insureKS.org and I have a choice of 2 companies and get an estimate of $338/mo. I'm either paying for coverage I don't want or the prices are going up. But I'm sure that's the Kochs fault, too. LJWorld commenters really need to get over this idee fixe!

September 18, 2013 at 12:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Drone policy?

"Let’s be clear also that any local policy would not control how the federal government chooses to use drones..." That's an issue to be argued under another amendment but just because a city resolution might not curtail our federal overseers from using drones in inappropriate ways, why would we not want to curtail our local overseers from using them inappropriately? One layer of overreach is not enough? Just think if the city police were routinely collecting all of our emails & phone records like the NSA is doing. Would we not want to put an end to any department, no matter what level, that is infringing on our civil liberties?
And I thought Lawrence considered itself a leading city!

August 21, 2013 at 5:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

ALEC meeting draws Kansas legislators

Why is ALEC behind Common Core? According to this video, they're supported by many of the groups that support Common Core http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/0...
What's up with that?!

August 13, 2013 at 8:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence-Douglas County health department unable to bill Medicare

All a provider had to do to be "revalidated" was get an account & log on to PECOS (Provider enrollment, chain, and ownership system) website. Yes, it was a pain but not that much time. This smacks of sheer laziness & incompetence. If they can't handle the 2012 rules, how are they ever going to handle the layers upon layers of bureaucracy coming down the Obamacare pike?

August 8, 2013 at 11:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New 'no gun' signs posted in public buildings

I'd sure rather have a legal gun in the building with me when the criminal starts shooting. Might have a chance. This sitting duck would prefer to fight back.

June 29, 2013 at 8:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Efforts continue at blocking Common Core in Kansas

Why do they keep promoting the lie that Common Core was a state-led initiative? Common Core was mainly created by Achieve, Inc, which is a non-profit corp, and then funded by Gates Foundation. I assume that when they realized they needed to make it at least look like it came from the states (due to federal law), they asked the National Governors Association (a trade association) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (another trade association) for input. Neither of these groups had any authority from any state to write the standards. The states are 'allowed input' on about 15% of the standards. Wow! They get to voice their opinions.
As usual, the federal gov bribed the states to accept the standards by attaching federal monies to it with Race to the Top. Money and the race to get away from the equally horrible NCLB makes for bad decision motivators.
Do some more research: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/b...

May 31, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City hears pitch for policy limiting use of drones by police department

The article fails to mention that Mayor Dever admitted that while it was a sure thing that money would not be in the budget to purchase drones this summer, sometimes federal funds are available to make special purchases, such as the armored tactical vehicle recently purchased by the city.

May 28, 2013 at 11:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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