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Opinion: Redskins mascot can’t be justified

I have no need to deflect, nor am I concerned with deflecting blame. My comments were made in light of statements tuschkahouma has made through the years.

Understand my point or don't, it makes little difference to me.

June 18, 2013 at 5:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Redskins mascot can’t be justified

"Land theft and attacks on culture are your history."

For someone who seems to take such pleasure in reviewing history, you sure seem to have a narrow focus. Land thefts and attacks on the minority's history are what every sizable country has done. Just look up the Japanese and the Ainu, the Indians and the untouchables, the Muslim Iranians and the Zoroastrians, the Zulus during the Mfecane, the Aztecs to anyone who resisted them. The only thing which separated the actions of the United States from the Native Americans it was pushing out was the scope of their capabilities.

The simple unpleasant fact is that the more power people get, the worse they treat those around them. It is quite naive to think that any country has a monopoly on capacity towards inducing misery.

June 17, 2013 at 4:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Redskins mascot can’t be justified

There are, however, a lot of relatives of the jayhawks, cornhuskers, sooners, wheat shockers, Columbia Tigers, cowboys... and those are just the college mascots in the area immediately around Kansas. There are times when people are justifiably upset by something derogatory, then there are times when people just want something to be mad at.

June 16, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Redskins mascot can’t be justified

I can understand getting rid of a word like "Redskins", that is a rather derogatory word. Slurs don't belong anywhere, much less national television. I don't understand any effort to get rid of all mascots based off of Native Americans. What is truly the difference between a historically inaccurate depiction of a Ute and a historically inaccurate depiction of a Spartan?

June 16, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Privacy lost

I can understand the argument you present, but to me it bears comparing to those who state that price fixing among oil companies does not happen. They would point out that there are six major oil companies in the world and any sort of price fixing would immediately be undermined by the fact that the one company that goes slightly cheaper stands to make a large profit.

The reality is that the executives of the six companies are very well aware that a price war helps no one and that they all benefit by working together. The same can apply to the government. You may think that anything wrong would be immediately seized and exposed by the opposing party, but the great political uniter is the opportunity for corruption. With a search this broad in scope, the opportunity for corruption is endless. I don't distrust the government, I distrust the ethics of politicians... and for very good reason at that.

There are some things that require secrecy for the purpose of protecting those citizens who protect all of us. There are other things that require secrecy to keep from exposing the foreign nationals that the US has no choice but to try to cooperate with. This isn't either of those situations. This is secrecy to avoid disclosing the degree to which politicians have entrusted themselves with greater power over the people. To me, full disclosure and a public conversation should be necessary prior to any expansion of the powers of the government. Somewhere along the line, we moved from governments "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" as is stated in the Declaration of Independence, to attempts to prosecute anyone who exposes the true extent of the powers derived from the consent of those who govern. I think that is unfortunate.

June 13, 2013 at 4:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Privacy lost

I would have a lot more respect for him if he stayed and faced the consequences of his actions as well, but let's not kid ourselves into thinking that anything would have changed by writing "a few letters to key members of Congress". Should "Deep Throat" have written letters to Congress instead of Woodward and Bernstein?

There is a fine line between the respected whistle-blowers and the maligned tattle-tales. In this particular case, the only thing this person divulged was the depths to which the government has tried to secretly conduct searches that millions of Americans would not support.

Further, while you may feel that Snowden should have had a conversation with the people affected by releasing this information prior to taking action, I would continue that by saying that the government should have had a conversation with the American public prior to conducting these dubious searches. Two wrongs do not make a right, but criticizing one without criticizing the other is hypocritical.

June 11, 2013 at 7:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: True conservatism?

LOL. The majority of those people are retirees, not families. They are heading to the places with warm weather and low housing prices (for obvious reasons).

June 8, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Sinking state

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/empire/2012...

From last year and to quote the article: "It marks the second year in a row the state’s budget has come in balanced and before the deadline." This year's budget made it three in a row.

June 8, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Sinking state

You know, you could at least bother to check if your statements are actually correct before posting them. California is facing a large budget surplus right now. New York's budget has been balanced and ahead of schedule almost every year since Cuomo took office.

Only Illinois is in the same position as Kansas is where they have to cut spending to make up for revenue shortfalls.

June 7, 2013 at 7:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget advances with 'devastating' cuts to KU

So, you think that construction makes up the majority of potential new jobs in Kansas? I am curious as to how you came to the conclusion since construction has been one of the slowest growing areas of the US economy over the last 5 years.

One of the fastest growing areas of the US economy is, without a doubt, healthcare. That field requires increases in doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, etc... all of which are predominately supplied by the University of Kansas and Wichita State University. Board of Regents universities in Kansas supply healthcare workers, legal workers (lawyers, judges, paralegals, etc.), engineers, architects, veterinarians, business management, teachers, etc. Without those jobs, there would not be any work for those without college degrees.

June 4, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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