merrill (Richard Heckler)


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Lawrence Planning Commission recommends approval of SLT shopping center

Think Lawrence Chamber of Commerce appointed soldiers ......... the foremost authorities on Economic Displacement and wreckanomics.

August 26, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Vouchers were promoted in the 1990s as a way to help poor black children escape failing schools. But that rhetoric has disappeared in Milwaukee.

Voucher supporters have expanded vouchers to middle-income families and have made clear they want to make vouchers available to all, including millionaires. Vouchers for poor children was just a first step.

For more than twenty years, I have listened to the voucher movement’s seductive rhetoric of “choice” and “parent power.” If I didn’t know better, I might proclaim, “Sign me up today!”

Milwaukee, however, has more than two decades of reality-based vouchers. The lesson from this heartland city?

Vouchers are a vehicle to funnel tax dollars into private schools. Using the false promise of “choice,” they are an unabashed abandonment of public education and of our hopes for a vibrant democracy.

August 26, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Our nation spends about $500 billion in local, state and federal funds on public schools from kindergarten through high school. Most Americans view this as a wise investment in our nation's future.

Throughout the 20th century the U.S. was the clear leader in public education. We created the most vibrant economy the world has ever known. The record speaks for itself -- public education is a great investment.

But there are people who look at our investment in public education, and they see a treasure chest. Their first thought is, how can they tap into those funds for their own private gain?

If just one percent of education spending were diverted to private profit, it would mean $5 billion a year in someone's pockets. And that's just counting K-12; higher education is already a huge for-profit sector.

A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.

August 26, 2015 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Private School Vouchers

Despite constitutional problems, negative impacts on public schools, bias against disadvantaged students, and comprehensive studies in cities like Washington DC, New York, Milwaukee, and Cleveland which demonstrate that private school voucher programs failed to make any improvements to the education system ALEC sees vouchers as a way to radically privatize the public education system.

Under the guise of “school choice,” ALEC pushes bills with titles like “Parental Choice Scholarship Act” and the “Education Enterprise Act” that establish private school voucher programs.

August 26, 2015 at 10:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback to host town hall meeting on possible Gitmo transfer

As I said earlier Sam is trying to direct these prisoners to a privately owned prison that which is supported with our tax dollars which is a scam on taxpayers.

The Brownback administration is an economic scandal beyond reality. Scam scam scam the taxpayers for the profiteering industry. ALEC could well be the most corrupt political party the USA has ever known.

Having the Brownback administration terrorists leave Kansas would be synonymous with relief.

Gov Nikki Haley is among ALEC controlled governors in the USA.

August 26, 2015 at 10:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Sign This Petition to Stop Kris Kobach from Purging 35,000 Votes

August 26, 2015 at 1:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Voter ID and Election Laws

ALEC is directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws.27 Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters -- including the elderly and the poor -- who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.

By suppressing the vote of such groups, ALEC’s model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote. In addition, ALEC wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that would devastate campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections.

August 26, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

From the ACLU: As we speak....

Since becoming the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach made it more difficult for Kansans to register to vote, cast a ballot, and have that vote count. As a direct result of his efforts, there are more than 35,000 Kansans who want to vote, but can't.

Secretary Kobach has put them on a "suspense list," demanding documentation from them before he will let them be registered voters. These applicants are in limbo, unable to exercise their right to vote because of onerous, unnecessary barriers in the registration process.

Secretary Kobach is stopping more Kansans from voting than the entire population of cities like Dodge City, Garden City, Junction City, and Emporia. The number of Kansans on the suspense list alone is more than the margin of victory in the 2014 governor's race.

Embarrassed by the fact that the suspense list has grown so large, Secretary Kobach has hit upon an easy way to reduce the size of the list. He has decided to simply toss applicants off the list if they don't supply documentation to his satisfaction within 90 days.

That's right — Kobach's solution to the problem of a large suspense list is to just throw people off of it.

It often takes months for citizens to track down the documentation demanded by the Secretary of State's office. Under Secretary Kobach's new proposal, that won't matter. They'll be thrown off the list after 90 days, and will have to start the process all over again.

Proposals like this one are about reducing embarrassment for the Secretary of State, rather than reducing the obstacles to voting.

August 26, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas seeks to block release of voting machine paper tapes

No no no it isn't Kansas seeking to block voting machine paper tapes it is the American Legislative Exchange Council representatives seeking to block the investigation that is looking into no voter fraud.

Vote out all electronic voting devices that are easily manipulated by the law breakers.

August 26, 2015 at 3:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Planning Commission recommends approval of SLT shopping center

The local prevailing powers have been an asset to the Legends Shopping area, Oak Park Mall
and the 119th and I-35 shopping area. You bet where prices are lower and a massive selection is offered. The real estate white collars have been encouraging shoppers to go elsewhere for years and years. The real estate white collars and their SLT will certainly reduce the driving time. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

Seems like the local prevailing movers and shakers have been working to kill downtown Lawrence since about 1985.

These same movers and shakers are making an appearance to save downtown Lawrence however where did they ever get the idea that downtown residential wants to do nothing
but shop for alcohol?

Thank you Weavers,The Toy Store,Sunflower Outdoor and Bike,Raven Book Store,Kring's,
La Parrilla,Zen Zero,Free State and the Liberty Hall conglomerate for sticking around.

August 26, 2015 at 3:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )