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Ferguson businesses torched in overnight protests

This is some nice, nuclear-weapons grade horse hockey. Here's the truth:

1. African-American people use drugs at a lower rate than Caucasian people in this country.
2. African-American people are thirteen times more likely to be thrown in jail on drug charges than Caucasian people in this country.
3. When imprisoned, African-American people serve average sentences almost three years longer than Caucasian people in this country.
4. African-American women use drugs while pregnant at the same rate as pregnant Caucasian women in this country.
5. Pregnant African-American women are ten times more likely to be reported to child welfare agencies for prenatal drug use than pregnant Caucasian women in this country.

You complain about African-American kids growing up with no family structure? This is why they grow up with no family structure! Their parents are thrown in jail for ticky-tack offenses that other people get away with. We are responsible for this. We have the power, and we've abused it to the detriment of not only countless families but to America. Liberty and justice for all? Try liberty and justice for the deserving. At least we'll be honest then.

November 26, 2014 at 3:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Experience counts

When did the Republican Party public relations team take control of the Lawrence Journal-World's editorial board?Experience means nothing if that experience leads one to make disastrous decisions like, say, blowing a gaping hole in the budget by savagely cutting revenues or casting a vote to trigger an economic cataclysm that would make the Great Depression look like a pebble landing in the ocean.

November 2, 2014 at 7:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'No big deal:' the real consequences of dealing marijuana in Lawrence

There are also many risks associated with drinking alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to:

- impaired brain development,
- impaired vision,
- impaired memory,
- ataxia,
- depression,
- anxiety,
- hallucinations,
- delusions,
- sleep disturbances,
- cancer,
- anemia,
- alcoholic cardiomyopathy (holiday heart),
- cirrhosis of the liver,
- pancreatitis, and last but not least,
- death.

The evidence is clear that alcohol is a far more risky drug than marijuana and should be banned. Yet nobody actually follows through on this. Why?

September 8, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Taylor withdraws from U.S. Senate race

I have one question that would determine my vote for Orman. If you were in the Senate and had to vote on a bill that would fund the government and avert a default on the goverment's financial obligations, would you vote yea or nay? Could some enterprising reporter ask him this question please?

September 3, 2014 at 8:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Unflattering poll

While it's possible the uninsured rate rose less than 5%, it's also possible the uninsured rate rose more than 5%. What is statistically improbable is that the uninsured rate stayed stable or even increased by a merely small proportion. The error necessary to reach that conclusion from the survey would be monstrous.

August 11, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Office seeks input on laws to repeal

KSA 21-3505(a)(1).

September 9, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Suggested readings about the Common Core controversy, pro and con

The pro-Common Core articles are written by groups with a variety of political perspectives. The anti-Common Core articles all come from nominally conservative organizations.

June 6, 2013 at 9:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Leadership Gap

Fact: Thanks to Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon deliberately appealing to many residents of Southern states in the 1964 and 1968 elections, the Republican Party is now the party that actively courts the votes of racists using racially divisive tactics and outright anti-minority policies.

December 3, 2012 at 12:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rally-goers seek expansion of Medicaid; Brownback’s office says discussion continues

The GOP complains about states getting unfunded mandates from the federal government. Then when the federal government gives the states a very generously funded mandate from the federal government, they still complain. Why don't they just admit that they don't want the federal government to tell them what to do in any situation?

November 10, 2012 at 4:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins touts tax reform

Switching to an all-consumption-based tax, even one with a very expensive prebate like the FairTax, will inevitably hit the middle class very hard and ease the burden on the rich. It's pretty simple why that happens. There are a lot of things people need to a) survive, and b) exist in a modern world. Things like food, housing, electricity, water, phone service, a mode of transportation, etc. Some of those you can only reduce the cost so much, and others you really can't reduce at all. Poor people consume almost all of their income on these goods. Middle class people typically can save some money, but the vast majority of their income still goes to these goods. Upper class people, especially the very rich (which I'll say is somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million), have so much money that they couldn't possibly use even a majority of it on these goods. There's only so much steak and lobster you can eat, and there's only so many Lexuses you can drive. Once you adjust for how much of your income different groups consume, it's pretty clear that the FairTax is very regressive. If you want to go to a consumption tax, why not support a progressive consumption tax?

November 8, 2012 at 1:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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