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State argues court can't order more funding for schools; two justices say state broke its promise

And to that point the previous legislature had no obligation to enter into the agreement though they did. That said they didn't have the authority to commit future legislatures to the agreement. If the courts have the authority to force a legislature to be beholden to an agreement of this nature then why do we need a legislature or any other form of representative government? The courts simply took power they didn't have (in defining “suitable”) and the previous legislature was either too weak or very willing for a tax increase they didn’t have to take responsibility for to fight them on it.

October 8, 2013 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State argues court can't order more funding for schools; two justices say state broke its promise

It seems civics has lost favor amongst our educators. That probably says a lot about our education system. Apparently these judges fail to recognize their Constitutional limits. Funding for education, taxation and budgetary policy are all powers held by the legislature, not the state Supreme Court or any judge for that matter, or the Governor. The legislature holds that authority because they are elected and most directly represent the people proportionately. If the electorate doesn't approve then it is in our power to make a change (i.e. Colorado). If the Supreme Court fails to recognize their limits then how can they ever expect the people let alone the other branches of the government to respect and recognize their authority where it lies? They will in essence spark a Constitutional crisis. That being said this is no more the Governors doing than it is the Courts right to interfere. It is up to the state legislature to resolve this. The people have the ultimate say; we are the remedy.

October 8, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senator says Stegall swearing in timed to avoid vote

It sounds like there is nothing illegal or improper about it. Both parties have approached it in the same way recently. It seems rational to give the judge the opportunity to sit on the bench long enough for the people to truly evaluate him or her. Both sides are simply being petty and hypocritical on the issue.

September 24, 2013 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Professor getting death threats over NRA tweet, colleagues support his free-speech rights

Mr. Guth is an idiot, those threatening him are idiots and the rest of us are caught in the middle, captivated by their idiocy. That said, Mr. Guth's behavior was unbecoming someone that holds the position that he does at an institution of higher learning. For that reason I believe he reflects poorly on the University and have no opposition to his dismissal if the University of Kansas, as his employer, decides that his continued presence causes more harm to the University’s reputation than the value he brings to the organization as an instructor. It is a simple business decision. I do not however condone threatening harm or harming someone for saying something stupid. I’m sure we’ve all said or done things we regretted. Saying something stupid doesn’t warrant the death penalty. Get a grip!

September 24, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses

This doesn't even pass the logic test. There is no way to stop incentives because there is going to be a community somewhere in the country willing to give tax incentives to attract business. The benefits to the community should certainly be an issue of debate but their value as a tool to attract companies really isn’t. Taxes are a major factor in profitability and any business in a position to relocate is going to weigh the cost of doing business heavily in their decision on where to locate. Just look at the flow of businesses and taxpayers out of height tax states into lower tax states over just the last decade or more. That doesn't even account for those that have left major cities to locate just outside those cities in order to avoid high city taxes in many major US cities. Incentives should be selective and a means to measure their ROI should be in place. The citizens have a right to know and future leaders making these decisions need to know how best to use them.

September 23, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senate Majority Leader Bruce calls on KU to fire journalism professor over Twitter comment on Navy Yard shooting

If his statements affect the university's product in a negative way they have every right to make a business decision. Fortunately or unfortunately this is the real world.

September 20, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

You my friend will be waiting a long time. I've lived many a place and I like it hear. I think I'll stay. ;-)

September 20, 2013 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

What I find most disappointing about Mr. Guth is his lack of effort as a journalist in finding out the whole story and presenting it in its entirety in lieu of a tweet that simply demonstrates his lack of initiative.

There are a number of commonalities amongst each of these mass shootings. They all turned firearms into weapons and their choices of firearms varied. However each of them had lengthy histories of mental illness ranging from depression to schizophrenia. Each of them had recently been prescribed or stopped taking a prescribed Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). While there are millions of firearms in circulation in this country only a few are used for violence. The fact that after the mass shootings we find out about the mental illness is concerning. The story is usually everyone knew but did nothing. The story that isn’t being reported is the SSRI connection. Is the media failing to report this because of the vast sums of advertising revenue they receive from drug companies? Is the result the intentional redirecting of our attention on the gun rather than the real cause, big pharma? I don’t claim to have all of the answers but I thought people like Mr. Guth were tasked with getting to the truth. What exactly is he teaching his students about journalism? Sounds like he is just another guy that takes the story they are fed.

September 20, 2013 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

I just want to point out that there are no walls or guns keeping anyone here in Brownbackistan. Any who wish to leave are free to.

September 20, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU journalism professor Guth placed on leave as school reviews comment he made on Twitter on shootings

We already arm 18 year olds with guns. We call them soldiers and they put their lives on the line every day so that we can sit here and spew whatever we like. We are still responsible for the consequences that come of what we say. Just because the 1st amendment protects you from the government it doesn't protect you from social consequences.

September 20, 2013 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )