magnus (Paul Geisler)


Comment history

Brownback signs budget; claims success in 2015 session

Indeed! He truly is delusional about the fiscal condition of our State!!! If Brownslack thinks this record-long boondoggle of a legislative session was a "success" I can't imagine what he would have considered to be a legislative "failure"; a political Chernobyl?!? And he blatantly lied again about the reality of our state's finances & taxes and our State's ability to recover from the massive tax cuts he and the Kochs orchestrated, before extorting legislators to retain those tax cuts in the next budget! Of course he still found a way to blame it on the "lethargic" national economy, i.e., his "Blame it on Obama!" answer to seemingly any issues he faces! And he continues to claim this despite the fact that many other states' economies have been improving more rapidly than Kansas! What a joke!

June 16, 2015 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Democrats unveil short-term budget to avoid furloughs

Seriously??? "The rest of us"? So you don't know anyone who works for our fine State? And you don't use ANY services provided by the State?!?!? Your comments are an insult to myself and the many thousands of other State workers who do work very hard, and often make far less working for the state than our counterparts in the private sector. Our personal lives & finances are in flux because of this embarrassment of a State Legislature we have in Topeka who can't do their job which is to pass a reasonable budget. Plus your math is wrong. The article states that $96 million would cover the next two pay periods which are each two weeks long. So $48 million covers two weeks.

June 3, 2015 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DUI check lane yields three arrests, multiple citations

What people haven't figured it out? If you read the article you will see that only three of the arrests were for possible DUI. The rest of the charges were for open container, drug possession, minor in possession of alcohol, driving without insurance, and driving with a suspended license. While all of these are illegal that is pretty tame for a college town like Lawrence on the Friday night of graduation weekend!

May 18, 2015 at 4:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate blocks strong beer in supermarkets

Wow! I know we're in Kansas but that's a fairly extreme stance on alcohol, especially for 2015! Do we need to? No. But some businesses/groups WANT to offer alcohol at their events, and plenty of adults want to attend events where they can enjoy a glass or two of wine or beer.

May 15, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers frustrated as session heads into overtime

They are frustrated??? Seriously? How about the citizens of Kansas who have been screwed left & right by Brownslack and his good ol' boy legislators??? How about our frustration about losing jobs, benefits, social services, funding for the education of our children and our peers, neighbors, relatives, etc? I am appalled at the arrogance of those Republican legislators for complaining about their frustrations about fixing the state's budget woes when they are the very people who got us into this mess by approving Brownslack's absurd tax policies!

May 15, 2015 at 9:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate, House override Brownback's veto of rules for firms like Uber

This is funny if for nothing but the fact that Brownslack's own conservative Republican legislators just thumbed their nose at him for what seems like the first time since he entered office. But seriously, if Uber doesn't want to play by the State's rules for regulated taxi service then as far as I'm concerned they can go play somewhere else. The experiences I had with Uber in Orlando, FL were good and not so good, with some very nice cars and some not so nice/safe cars, and some very professional drivers & some not so great drivers that didn't know their way around Orlando, (even while using their GPS device)! But the bigger problem is how Uber treats their drivers as contract employees to avoid having to cover employee benefits like health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, etc.

May 5, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gov. Brownback: Not everyone always agrees with me

What misinformation? If you're going to claim the $13,000/student expenditures you need to disclose that a substantial portion of those dollars go to help fund KPERS, cover building maintenance, & other costs. That does not translate to dollars being spent in the classrooms. And that makes a huge difference when you're dealing with shrinking budgets at the district level, which is why several KS school districts are closing early this year despite the negative impact it will have on those students. As noted by the Kansas Association of School Boards, "The remaining one-quarter of total school funding looks much different. This includes KPERS pension contributions made by the state for local school employees, which pass through school budgets but cannot be used for regular operating costs or current salaries."

May 5, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer elected to serve as mayor; Boley, Herbert, Soden take seats on City Commission

Why? The mayor's role is more of an honorary title for ceremonies and proclamations than anything else.

April 15, 2015 at 10:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Citing changing times and 'growing losses,' KU announces Jaybowl will close

Although I am very sad to hear that the Jaybowl will be closing the rambling post above makes very little sense. There is already an entrance into the Kansas Union from Mississippi Street and has been for many years. And the Kansas Memorial Unions, which operates as a separate entity from the University, needs to generate income in order to remain a functional part of the KU campus. I would think most people would be pleased that they don't rely on tax dollars to support their mission. And if you truly want to know how much the Kansas Union staff get paid I suggest you check out the job postings on their website where you'll see that the pay rates are comparable with other employers in Lawrence.

April 14, 2015 at 5:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bill restricting sex ed moved forward by Kansas House panel

These state legislators sure are good at keeping busy making laws we don't need instead of fixing our budget & education problems. And this coming from the conservative Republicans who rant about wanting smaller government and a government that doesn't intrude on their constitutional rights...until they have some moral objection to a policy or process in which case it is perfectly acceptable for them to push their morality and restrictions on other citizens. Look at Colorado where they moved to make birth control free and as a result they have significantly reduced their rate of teen pregnancy. In contrast, this legislation will result in a significant increase in the rate of teen pregnancies and STDs, coupled with very little funding for local health departments or Planned Parenthood facilities to accommodate the increased number of patients.

February 20, 2015 at 2:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )