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Parking plan for HERE would require tenants to vacate lot for some KU events

What a dumb idea?

Make HERE provide their tenants with parking as was dictated in the site plan.

What the hell is wrong with this city commission and city hall?

Build three levels above that KU endowment lot specifically for HERE tenants or shut down HERE!

August 23, 2016 at 8:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Confronting change

Perhaps it might be time to engage in lifestyle choices that are far less polluting for the next 100 years just in case there is a reason to do so. Until we humans do such how will we ever know?

Human made pollution brings on global warming which brings on Climate Change. Makes sense and lots of it…. I'd say.

August 23, 2016 at 8:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Confronting change

Koch Outspends Exxon-Mobil on Climate Denial

The Wonk Room has long detailed the role of the billionaire brothers of Koch Industries, Charles and David Koch.

Their pollution-based fortunes have fueled a network of right-wing ideologues.

In public, the Kochs like to burnish their reputations by buying museum and opera halls. In private, however, they’ve outspent Exxon Mobil to fund organizations of the climate denial machine.

Although Koch people intentionally stay out of the public eye, it is now playing a quiet but dominant role in a high-profile national policy debate on global warming.

Koch Industries has become a financial kingpin of climate science denial
and clean energy opposition.

This private, out-of-sight corporation is now a partner to Exxon Mobil, the American Petroleum Institute and other donors that support organizations and front-groups opposing progressive clean energy and climate policy.

In fact, Koch has out-spent Exxon Mobil in funding these groups in recent years. From 2005 to 2008, Exxon Mobil spent $8.9 million while the Koch Industries-controlled foundations contributed $24.9 million in funding to organizations of the climate denial machine.

This report, “Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine” documents roughly 40 climate denial and opposition organizations receiving Koch foundation grants in recent years, including:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2010...

August 23, 2016 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Protect Social Security

Nothing on Wall Street is solid. Social Security Insurance might not have enough in it when some want to file.

Privatizing Social Security Insurance will cost tax payers some $4 trillion tax dollars.

Privatizing Social Security Insurance can in fact place our economy in further peril.

Former President Bush claimed the trust fund is just a bunch of government IOUs and therefore worthless. Is this true?

The trust fund does just contain IOUs, but they’re not worthless. If they are, someone should tell that to the very smart and very rich people, and the central banks of Japan, China, and many other countries that hold a large share of their assets in U.S. government bonds.

When the trust fund was created in 1935, the law stipulated that any excess revenues coming into the Social Security system must be used to purchase federal government bonds. (At the time, the stock market had just lost over 75% of its value and was understood to be unsafe.)

Federal bonds are absolutely safe; the government of the United States has never defaulted on any bond obligation. Former President Bush appeared to be ready to break this tradition. He appeared to want the Treasury to “selectively default” on the bonds in the Social Security trust fund. He obviously felt the United States doesn’t have to meet its obligation to the working people of America the way it meets its obligations to ultra-wealthy bondholders.

His suggestion that the U.S. government might not be willing to repay its debt obligations was remarkable and for a time completely disrupted global financial markets.

August 21, 2016 at 12:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Protect Social Security

Social Security Q&A

Separating Fact from Fiction

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archiv...

August 21, 2016 at 12:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Clinton releases 2015 tax returns, urges Trump to disclose his

Jill Stein is the only candidate who puts people over profits every time. She’s also the only candidate in the race that stands with the American voter on common-sense policies including...

Getting off fossil fuel by 2030 to stop climate change

A Green New Deal jobs program that would provide 20 million good jobs to replace and repair our crumbling infrastructure as well as protect our planet.

Making higher education tuition-free to all

Single-payer health care as a right

Many more people know about Jill’s platform thanks to the Town Hall Wednesday night.

And that’s why the buzz is growing about Jill every single day.

August 19, 2016 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Why young voters find Trump a turn-off

Why did Bill Clinton approach Donald Trump about running for President?

August 19, 2016 at 3:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Why young voters find Trump a turn-off

Liberals, moderates ,Green Party Supporters,independents should ask themselves why in the world are so many conservatives and their money coming out for Hillary Clinton? I say Hillary and Bill Clinton are Democratic Leadership Council Blue Dog Conservatives certainly not traditional democrats if democrat at all.

Unfortunately I voted for Bill Clinton twice. What did that get me?

"Bill Clinton signed off on NAFTA, claiming it would create more and better jobs. He ended welfare as we knew it with "Welfare Reform". He escalated the "War on Drugs" and built multiple new prisons, creating the police state we have now ... And the world's leading rate of incarceration ... Disproportionately Black. Bill Clinton repealed Glass-Steagall, deregulating the banking industry, with disastrous results.

"During Bill's tenure, Hillary was his co-president. Having been fooled once, it's hard for some to believe what she's saying now. Will she improve the lot of the middle class by, for instance, declaring, once again, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership or will she be in favor of a heavy tax on outsourcing?

Will she help ordinary people by consolidating the "too big to fail" big banks even further? Will she provide second rate health care to all Americans by expanding the power of the insurance industry?

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33...

Vote Jill Stein absolutely!

August 19, 2016 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Why young voters find Trump a turn-off

Why do we americans vote in the rich which are supported by the rich to make decisions for the entire upper middle class, middle class and low income? Hey middle class republicans you too are getting duped make no mistake about it.

Wealthy Incumbents, famous political names say NO to the 99%, live in glass houses and digest corrupt money.

Why do we americans vote in the rich which are supported by the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and low income?

Is it possible we're not getting the most ethical choices on the block?

Too many of the rich want to destroy the middle class. They have sent tens of millions of middle class jobs abroad with no job replacement in sight.

Isn't their something wrong with this picture?

August 19, 2016 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Clinton releases 2015 tax returns, urges Trump to disclose his

Liberals, moderates ,Green Party Supporters,independents should ask themselves why in the world are so many conservatives and their money coming out for Hillary Clinton? I say Hillary and Bill Clinton are Democratic Leadership Council Blue Dog Conservatives certainly not traditional democrats if democrat at all.

Unfortunately I voted for Bill Clinton twice. What did that get me?

"Bill Clinton signed off on NAFTA, claiming it would create more and better jobs. He ended welfare as we knew it with "Welfare Reform". He escalated the "War on Drugs" and built multiple new prisons, creating the police state we have now ... And the world's leading rate of incarceration ... Disproportionately Black. Bill Clinton repealed Glass-Steagall, deregulating the banking industry, with disastrous results.

"During Bill's tenure, Hillary was his co-president. Having been fooled once, it's hard for some to believe what she's saying now. Will she improve the lot of the middle class by, for instance, declaring, once again, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership or will she be in favor of a heavy tax on outsourcing?

Will she help ordinary people by consolidating the "too big to fail" big banks even further? Will she provide second rate health care to all Americans by expanding the power of the insurance industry?

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33...

Vote Jill Stein absolutely!

August 19, 2016 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )