paulyouk (Paul Youk)


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Letter: School attack


May 15, 2015 at 3:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School attack

Let me try this a different way. Imagine the owner of a small business. He tells his employees that they are getting a 5% raise next year. Then, right before the year rolls around, he decides to give them a $.05 raise for the year.

People are upset that their raise was cut. You are the person running around wondering, 'but a $.05 raise is still a raise! Why is everyone so upset about this?'

May 15, 2015 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School attack

Is this compared to the original budget, before block grants? (No)

Does it account for inflation, or other economic adjustments? (No)

I just have to point out that this is 'technically true for raw $', but very misleading in its implication.

Are you being intentionally misleading, or do you lack the understanding of why what you are typing is misleading?

Am I phrasing these questions politely enough?

May 15, 2015 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School attack

We are spending 50m+ less via block grants than we would have spent. When we switched to block grants, we reduced the amount of money we budgeted to schools. We will now give schools less money.

You can try to misdirect away from this all day, but that is a spending cut.

May 15, 2015 at 3:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School attack

So, are you happy that we are cutting $ from schools, or not?

Tone policing is one of the de facto responses people give when they don't have any substance to respond to an argument with, in my experience. Where is my tone that bad, btw?

May 15, 2015 at 12:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor signs bill overhauling civil service system

Republicans are a self-fulfilling prophecy; they know that government doesn't work, and to demonstrate that fact, they take over the government and systematically make it incompetent.

Just remember who to blame when you have even longer lines at the DMV, long-phone waits when needing to deal with government services, and when the people providing you services seem under-trained and overwhelmed.

May 15, 2015 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: School attack

Just like Dave Trabert, your claim makes here makes a false inference. Your fact is true but it infers that school budgets weren't cut in Kansas, which is a falsehood. They absolutely were cut with the block funding switch. Kansas schools will have 50m+ less in funds under block grants than they would have under the traditional funding mechanism.

Just be honest and celebrate that you like that we are cutting $ from schools.

Also, just because an institution spends a portion of money in a way you dislike, it isn't always justification to cut funds to the good things that institution does (not that I buy your interpretation of that program, which is probably as bunk as the rest of your thinking).

May 15, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence police chief requires all officers to read U.S. Justice Department's report on Ferguson, emphasizes community engagement

Because I'm not a conspiracy theorist.

Do want to commend the police chief here, both on this action and on his sentiments towards positively emphasizing how police officers should see themselves as part of the community. I appreciate several of his perspectives expressed in this article.

May 14, 2015 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Police thanks

Maybe I'm just being 'Complex', but I think most people have heard of Jade Helm 15, given that it is one of the hottest conspiracy theory topics at the moment because of a handful of morons in Texas.

May 11, 2015 at 12:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Superintendent: Lawrence response to state cuts may also include district cuts, not just tax bump

What is that thing that we give to teachers in exchange for teaching again?

May 4, 2015 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )