merrill (Richard Heckler)


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Editorial: The Facebook problem

When someone reads something the next stop might be google in an effort to research what was said just in case the claim can be substantiated or proven to be false.

Why misinformation is allowed to go to print is disturbing.

November 19, 2016 at 7:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: We must dramatically increase voter turnout

Lawrence,Kansas area is lucky indeed to have such great representation that which represents the people...... at least in the statehouse.

November 19, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: We must dramatically increase voter turnout

The Libertarian thinkers are the very very few yet have inserted their beliefs under the GOP umbrella which in effect have successfully pulled a coup right before our very eyes. Unlimited political campaign donations and many years of getting around donation caps have been the big players in this coup. ALEC of course is the guiding light.

Working with ALEC is a well trained force:

Aegis Strategic, Gone Wild

Kiss your right to vote,worker rights,local public schools & pensions goodbye

It appears to me the entire Kansas delegation to Washington D.C are graduates of this boot camp.

November 19, 2016 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: We must dramatically increase voter turnout

What is privatization and why isn't the democratic party advising voters of the dangers and about the misinformation being put forth supporting this tax dollar rip off? The education about privatization should be scheduled 24/7.

Libertarian ideology favors privatization. However, in practice privatization is usually very different in result than libertarian ideology postulates. Almost always, privatization becomes a way for well-connected private interests to loot both the public purse and the general welfare.

Most privatizations, such as those that have occurred in France and UK during the neoliberal era, and in Greece today and Ukraine tomorrow, are lootings of public assets by politically-connected private interests.

Another form of privatization is to turn traditional government functions, such as prison operation and many supply functions of the armed services, such as feeding the troops, over to private companies at a large increase in cost to the public. Essentially, the libertarian ideology is used to provide lucrative public contracts to a few favored persons who then reward the politicians. This is called “free enterprise.”

The privatization of prisons in the US is an example of the extraordinary cost and injustice of privatization. Privatization of prisons requires ever higher rates of incarceration in order to build profitability. The US, supposedly “a land of liberty” has by far the highest incarceration rates of all countries. The “free” US has not only the highest percentage of its population in prison but also the highest absolute number. “Authoritarian” China with four times the US population has fewer citizens in prison.

This article shows how well prison privatization works for well-connected private interests:

It also shows the extraordinary shame, corruption, and discredit that prison privatization has brought to the US.

A few years ago I wrote about the conviction of two judges who were paid by privatized juvenile detention facilities to sentence kids to their facilities.

Another great libertarian fantasy is Wall Street. In the libertarian mythology Wall Street is the mother of entrepreneurs and of the start-up companies that blossom into industrial, manufacturing, and commercial giants. In actual fact, Wall Street is the mother of enormous corruption. As Nomi Prins shows in All The President’s Bankers, it has always been the case.

Recently, there has been a spate of Wall Street whistleblowers. Many are reported by Pam Martens on her site, Wall Street On Parade,

November 19, 2016 at 7:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: We must dramatically increase voter turnout

Why is the democratic party trying to be like the phoney GOP party? Fortunately that is not the case locally.

There is some history so I've read that emphasizes large voter turnouts produce moderate governments which is not what the GOP represents.

This so called GOP party has some long history of screwing up our economies,supporting outsourcing of USA jobs complete with tax dollar codes that which make outsourcing profitable. Yet the democrats never talk about this serious hit to our economy. Why?

Why are the many loans scandals associated with GOP administrations never brought up?

The GOP loan scandals alone have ruined economies and cost taxpayers their jobs,homes,medical coverage and retirement plans.

The democratic party has some dirty laundry as well yet what is the party doing to rectify this
situation? The party needs to clean up it's own backyard NOT duplicate the conservatives.

What am I talking about? "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.

Let's stop pretending and level with the people!

November 19, 2016 at 7:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rep. Jenkins exits U.S. House leadership, may mull Kansas governor's race

Sooooo Lynn Jenkins is leaving with a nod from Sam and Koch dollars to run for governor.

Goodness Gracias do we need another YES puppet controlling the state to finish the demise of Kansas?

November 18, 2016 at 2:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rep. Jenkins exits U.S. House leadership, may mull Kansas governor's race

Privatization shakes down our wallets and bank accounts while providing endless special interest campaign dollars to the promoters of such I say.

What a sweet deal. Conservatives want a pile of tax dollar supported services that will allow funneling tax dollars back to their puppets aka legislators.

SAY NO TO PRIVATIZATION that which will never ever reduce the cost of government services. Think PAY MORE GET LESS!!!


November 18, 2016 at 2:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk scenario

So I am curious about something.

Why is it that sidewalk repair and the Walkable Community are so difficult to get underway in a substantial fashion?

We had a new infrastructure sales tax passed not that long ago but is it truly being applied in the manner that taxpayers had hoped? If not perhaps that sales tax should be repealed???

What if the city became a benefit district? What should this benefit district benefit? It should benefit the quality of life for Lawrence.Kansas.

I would like to see a benefit district establish the walkable community once and for all. I'm thinking this would cost taxpayers less money each month than the infrastructure sales tax.
Once this is initially established the benefit district is retired.

I would also like to see traffic calming neighborhood speed bumps funded as a benefit district
rather than be added to a long list of might get done. Once these are paid for the benefit district is retired.

Once again Lawrence had a new infrastructure sales tax passed not that long ago but is it truly being applied in the manner that taxpayers had hoped? If not perhaps that sales tax should be repealed???

Perhaps benefit districts would be more efficient use of our money because our money would be specifically dedicated to projects. That would get projects finished in a more timely fashion.

A benefit district is public funding. Just not a tax that lives indefinitely.

November 16, 2016 at 2:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Observers worry Trump campaign's disdain for civility could leave lasting damage

WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – Nearly one week after Donald Trump was elected president over Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) introduced legislation to abolish the Electoral College and have presidential elections decided on the popular vote.

“In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote,” Boxer said, referring to Clinton’s Electoral College loss last week and Al Gore’s loss to George W. Bush in 2000.

“This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency. The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts,” Boxer went on to say.

November 16, 2016 at 2:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Retired Gen. Richard Myers announced as next K-State president

Beware of bringing military thinkers and politicians in as people to oversee higher education or any facet of education.

November 16, 2016 at 2:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )