Comment history

Letter: Patrol problem

It's an empirical question--does the current level of enforcement of speed limit laws elicit enough of a response to function as a punisher of "speeding" behavior?

Who knows--it may be the case that this contingency, with whatever one gets out of speeding (in terms of a positive consequence, i.e. positive or negative reinforcement; e.g., a feeling of enjoyment, or the avoidance of being late to an appointment, etc.) coming as a far more probable consequence than does the imposition of a fine, exerts too little control on the behavior of drivers to be an effective punisher.

In case you didn't notice, though, this still leaves open the possibility that stepping up enforcement might effect a decrease in speeding.

November 19, 2012 at 7:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Patrol problem

"You assume government is made of angels or robots and not actual human beings also capable of misbehavior."

Who is assuming this?

Either I missed something, or really it's you that's making the assumptions around here.

November 19, 2012 at 7:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Enforcement action nets 16 seat belt violations, 1 arrest

But then again, it doesn't seem like turning a profit is quite the end goal in this scenario.

October 29, 2012 at 8:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Climate choice

Even if environmentalism could be considered an ideology, it's pretty hard to argue with an "ideology" that prioritizes concern for the welfare of the world upon which we all live.

October 26, 2012 at 10:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Esquina to close in downtown Lawrence, St. Louis-style Italian restaurant to take its place; City Hall to pay company's moving expenses; tougher tow regulations on tap for Lawrence

Tis strange to hear these complaints about the Burger Stand...I have always ordered mine medium well and have never been disappointed. Quite the opposite, in fact--I've always been very pleased with what I get there.

October 22, 2012 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama, Romney clash on economy in first debate

+1 for squeezing in a line from Seinfeld

October 4, 2012 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$20 million gift to help build new business school

Do you suppose that the money is being donated for the sake of being used for any old purpose? It seems to me that the money is being offered for the specific purpose of helping to make this idea of a new building happen.

Furthermore, do you really suspect that most of the students commute to campus from KC?

October 4, 2012 at 10:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$20 million gift to help build new business school

Online AND internet, eh?

October 4, 2012 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )