merrill (Richard Heckler)


Comment history

Most GOP candidates for governor shun Kansas Press Association forum, citing pledge

Conservatives flipped transparency the bird instead of showing and discussing.

The so called "GOP Agreement" is an ALEC document designed in secret behind closed doors. This "agreement" is floating around the nation. It is not exclusive to Kansas.

The "Contract for America" is also a ALEC document.

Politicians DO NOT need to subscribe to such nonsense. Any politician that obviously supports such should not be elected for they will only represent the ALEC agenda.

February 14, 2018 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Property tax hike for schools

Mr Johnson is offering a way of relieving conservative republicans of their responsibility which is unacceptable.

Conservative republicans wrecked the situation in the first place which was never approved by taxpayers. Face conservative republicans are irresponsible and reckless with OUR MONEY in order to push the privatization agenda.

February 14, 2018 at 10:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence leaders propose using part of city sales tax collected on groceries to help the poor

Reducing the sales tax on groceries allows taxpayers who can to spend that money elsewhere = sales tax money being spent elsewhere thus still generating sales tax dollars = no loss = yet still being sensible.

February 14, 2018 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Real estate executive Tracey Mann named Kansas' new lieutenant governor


Russia IS NOT the problem no way jose'.... voter suppression by the republican party is the problem taking place within USA borders. Russia CANNOT impact USA elections VOTER Suppression certainly can.

Republicans ARE directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws thus VOTER SUPPRESSION.

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, Koch's model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote.

In addition, Koch money 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.

The USA Koch powered GOP is flooding the news media with RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA in order to draw attention away from Koch driven VOTER SUPPRESSION INSIDE AMERICA.

February 14, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence leaders propose using part of city sales tax collected on groceries to help the poor


Doing anything thing else creates more bureaucracy which is ineffective.

February 14, 2018 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Real estate executive Tracey Mann named Kansas' new lieutenant governor

Don't forget these fundamentalists do not bring anyone in that disagree with them.....

So we have more of right wing anti american politics which includes ALEC of course.

The Right Wing War ON America IS The agenda:

--- War against Medical Insurance and Single Payer

--- War on public education and Higher Education

--- War on the economy through Supply Side Wreckanomics

--- War against women

--- War on Voters Rights = VOTER SUPPRESSION

--- War on strict gun regulations

--- War On National Monuments/Parks

--- War on the USA Postal Service

--- War On Environmental Cleanliness

--- War On USA Jobs aka Free Trade Agreements and Leveraged Buyout Scams

--- War On Social Security Insurance

--- War On Medicaid

--- War On Medicare

--- War for Oil Control Worldwide

--- War On Good Wages aka Right To Work Legislation

Yes the state level agenda looks very much like the capitol hill agenda because
it is. In order for the right wing to take over they need control of state governments as well.

February 14, 2018 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New driver's license requirements causing headaches for some in Kansas

The new headaches are supporting the GOP and their voter suppression agenda.
This had nothing to do with illegal immigrants.

Why would an illegal immigrant even think about applying for state documents that would reveal his/her whereabouts?

February 13, 2018 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Grass vs. artificial turf: Despite cost issue, Lawrence school board chooses to go with turf again

Injuries do occur when athletes train or compete on artificial turf.

According to Reuters, NFL players suffer more leg injuries when practicing or competing on artificial turf because the footing is less secure than on natural grass.

Artificial turf can cause other injuries to occur.

The New Jersey Work Environment Council says artificial turf can reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees, which can make athletes more susceptible to burns, dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Add in all of the above to brain concussions.

How about carcinogenic free maintenance for the real turf?

February 13, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A longtime Austin bar owner has plans to expand a Massachusetts Street building, open a new bar

The current "grandfather clause" likely is not written in stone therefore can be superseded with a clause that makes more sense.

It's time to review .......

We must not be intimidated by past reckless decisions.

February 12, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Don’t expand jail

I will not support a ballot that includes jail expansion.....

How about expanding the house arrest venue .......... perhaps call it corrective custody.

February 7, 2018 at 2:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )