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Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says

I worked for one company for many years. They generated slightly over $50 million a year with approx. 250 employees.

Every year, our insurance costs went up and our choices narrowed. Every year....without skipping a beat. The last four years, our company switched insurance carriers 4 times in an effort to reduce the cost increases.

Sometimes, when I see these discussions and hear the inevitable Tea Party comparison of the president to Hitler, I wonder if this is what it felt like (just a little bit) for people involved in the Civil Rights movement. I can't even fathom how they held a conversation with people who felt that "separate but equal" was a really good solution.

It is literally bizarre to think that the richest nation in the world can't provide health care for all of its citizens, and even a few who aren't. The world is turning my friends....and heating can complain all you want but health care for every American is coming.....and so is Hillary :)

September 25, 2013 at 6:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says

What were they paying for their previous policy? Oh yeah, that's right, they didn't have one. Which meant you were paying for their health care. If that is a choice available to all of us, would you mind paying for my health care, too?

September 25, 2013 at 6:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to craft statement saying it doesn't have plans to use drones

I'm also hoping for a city policy statement that prohibits the building of a Death Star and/or a clone army. If you agree, please join our group for a snipe hunt near the Stull church this evening.

September 25, 2013 at 7:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses

Usually because governments don't want to get directly involved in business investment, so they often use abatements, incentives, etc. to give money to businesses rather than outright, direct funding. Lack of courage, lack of leadership, lack of vision are all good reasons why this hasn't been done.

There's an old saying: if you don't stand for something then you don't stand for anything. Lawrence's primary issue isn't it hasn't decided what it wants to be in terms of job creation. The result is that there has been virtually none. At some point, you have to have the will to create a vision and then to follow it.

September 24, 2013 at 6:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses

There will always be businesses for sale - available to the highest bidder. The results for most cities is that they buy a bad company. Has the American Eagle plant transformed Ottawa? I don't think so.

A smart city invests in itself, in entrepreneurs, quality of life including parks, bike lanes, sidewalks, etc. and works on attracting aspiring talent. And it competes. It measures the impact of its efforts to develop home grown businesses. Once the word gets out that a community is smart, hot and ready for new ideas, then businesses will naturally grow and locate there.

For a fraction of the money used for business incentives, we could build a thriving and innovative business culture right here. Imagine if we took $1million per year and conducted our own in-house Shark Tank program? The city is full of good ideas just waiting to be developed, and though there would be some losers, the winners would be huge and the entire city would benefit.

September 23, 2013 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

GOP's 2012 vice presidential candidate Ryan to raise funds for Brownback

Next in line will be Scott Walker and we can then complete the trifecta of bad politics.

September 23, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Charges won't be filed in fatal bike-truck collision at South Lawrence Trafficway

It also does not make sense to plant a stoplight in the middle of a highway. There are many good solutions and I'd like to see the city commission take the lead in moving one forward asap. Please don't respond with questions of jurisdiction...this is a local issue and we need to fix it.

September 23, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

This is a great point. It's easy to pick on the poor because they don't contribute to campaigns and don't have a collective voice in the political process. It's sort of like bullying the awkward kid at school - all your friends smile and smirk while you make fun of the kid without a voice.

All government programs have waste, could be run better, need to be more efficient, blah, blah, blah. But no taxpayer-funded programs bring out the rage and criticism quite like the programs designed to help those with low incomes.

September 20, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Paul Davis makes it official: He's running for governor

Where would legislation to limit 2nd Amendment rights come from? Wouldn't it be better for us to focus on real issues rather than hypothetical ones?

September 19, 2013 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Paul Davis makes it official: He's running for governor

I like Obamacare. Spending helped save us from a depression. Deficits are going down. Employment is going up. And I like regulations on banks and savings and loans because we've seen what happens when there aren't any.

I'll be volunteering for Davis. It will be an uphill battle, but it's one worth fighting.

September 18, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )