pinballqueen (Christine Hammon)


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Kansas governor plans $63M in budget changes

Money is saved for all waiver programs when time sheet and pay period stipulations prevent any corrections in errors made using the required Authenticare system outside a current pay period, in this case weekly. I, personally, that I am aware of, have contributed to the state approximately $200.00 so far this month. No way of ever seeing wages earned for Direct Support Worker hours worked, because the Financial Management Service provider says the state will not pay wages for any shifts not corrected within the current pay period. It took two more pay periods to finally get my times to verify, and found errors in each week. So, I work with no benefits, no merit raises, no compensation for education nor experience, and the state, or the FMS,no one seems to know any answers from the FMS all the way to KDADs.

One way to create surplus funds is to exploit those to support and care for participants. If I work a two day shift, one clock in or clock out will cost me at least one $25 sleep cycle wage (8 hours), and a 16 hour shift. Another week consisted of another missed time in, and discrepancy/incorrect time,which I and my employer agreed were wrong. I have all but audio recorded the Authenticare time stamp, but it doesn't matter, as there are no DSW rights. And again, the state profits at others' expense.

July 30, 2015 at 10:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas reviewing foster care policies; advocates uneasy

Anytime seemingly arbitrary policy changes are made....just wait and see, because Brownback and his administration is staying a few plays ahead of the public through open(not) government.

I wondered of St Francis would play into the protection of religious freedoms. Two years ago the state eliminated contracts to TFI, leaving St Francis and KVC. I hope they address PRTFs, short/crisis interventions, with, at times, 7-10 day revaluation periods for kids in state custody experiencing mental health issues. Which for almost all there are experiences of initial trauma/abuse, then additional trauma or retraumatization from 'the system'. Which would reduce the number of kids shuffled between foster and residential, and lengthening the time until reintegration with family can happen.

The shift from mental health facilities to meet the needs of abused and traumatized youth/adolescents to foster and residential care is saving the state money, but setting up that system to fail everyone, the youth, the families, and the residential staff. To provide greater resources for intervention and prevention will decrease, over time and generations, the rate of childhood and familial abuse. Poverty only adds stressors to families already identified as at risk. We are setting up a system of maleficence.

One other thought, how many quality folks could be foster parents if their financial situation could improve? I am not advocating that financial guidelines be altered, which is a great safety net to avoid exploitation and fraud, rather if we had a stronger economy in which more folks could become foster parent(s). One more facet of the big picture in which ensuring the success of the lower socioeconomic statuses will create a healthier economy (preventative costs less than other forms of care) and provide more opportunity for success. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

July 28, 2015 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Despite ruling, gay couples in Kansas still battling for recognition

So, as I read the article and comments strip away the farce known as Brownback's Fight To Save Marriage In Kansas, I asked myself "Who benefits from preventing gay marriages/spouses from receiving benefits, of any type?". It hit me, insurance companies and corporate Kansas, government budgets, and other business entities all would be required to pay out benefits to more folks. More in family leave, social security benefits.....hmm....then I recall (Brownback...I wish) how Brownback's administration has privatized anything he can in Kansas. Not one hetero union, person, or species is hurt by providing equal rights to all, regarding marriage. I believe Sam, and others, are successfully dividing (and conquering) under the facade of Christianity.

Turns out, the voice of God IS government.

July 5, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Illegal firework violations can cost hundreds of dollars, jail time; police planning vigorous enforcement

One of the symptoms of PTSD is hyperarousal, in which one can exhibit hypervigilance. The sympathetic nervous system triggers body response to danger (fight, flight or freeze). So, even though military vets may be triggered to reexperience trauma by the sound of fireworks because they sound like gunfire, others who experience PTSD may also be triggered because of a continual state of hypervigilance and an exaggerated startle response.

I hope that helps.

July 4, 2015 at 1:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

I would have been there, but after shunning Facebook I have no easy access (that I am aware of) to information (one of the rare reasons to participate in Facebook). I wish access to that information would be shared via the LJW.

July 2, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

....and Brownback's pseudo holy war rages on to keep passions stirred, Kansas divided, and attention away from maleficent policies (eg: taxes, budget, education funding, etc).

Sadly, I think there won't be strong opposition to the Governor, aside from the impotent social media outcry, if not to show solidarity with our neighbors, then to show the rest of the nation we are being strong-armed by the Brownback administration, rather than sheep bleating loudly while being herded over a fiscal cliff.

What happened to marches and protests? For any reason/belief? I had a friend tell me stories of Lawrence during the civil rights era. Also, we joined together as a community to fight for our DCF office, and kept it.

My favorite quotes from the 30 and younger demographic: "why does everyone hate Brownback so much?" "Yeah, but he won the reelection by over 300,000 votes".... (My personal favorite, from my offspring) " you can't do anything about it". Sigh.

July 2, 2015 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Stouffer Place's last day means end of family housing at KU

Stouffer Place was home for almost six years. My children were 1 and 5 when I transferred to KU. My rent for a one bedroom apartment for the first two years averaged 200-225 making KU a possibility. So many memories. Alas, I worry about the future nontrad students with families.

July 1, 2015 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU designates 'reflection room' for students of all faiths or no faith to pray, meditate

I, specifically and intentionally, used no reference to religion. I referred to a student's need to access a quiet, safe environment to process. As an agnostic and a nontrad UG and graduate student alumni, well, I can see a need for a designated space, such as this.

No, according to the narrow example you returned to, students can only "meditate and pray" " in the middle of classwork". For myself, the first situation that came to mind was September 11, 2001. No, I did not leave class that morning, instead I finished my scheduled class, then went straight to Hilltop and quietly snuck through a room of napping preschoolers, to my son's, and sat next to him, overcome with emotion, but nowhere else to reflect that day. I would have went to my son, but having access to a space that was not affiliated with a religion would have been welcomed. Please remember there are adults, with families, who do not identify with a religion, who are capable of using this room, for it's intended purpose, with regard to all academic and professional commitments, GT/As for example.

Pinball is my meditation, and how I survived graduate school, but alas, no bowling alley, no pinball machine. See? The need is greater now than ever, wink. And really, please, don't make 'you' statements regarding speculative statements. I did elaborate in hopes of clarifying my view and statements, but I am open to respectful debate. Thanks.

June 29, 2015 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU designates 'reflection room' for students of all faiths or no faith to pray, meditate

Fred, college education does not mimic a workplace, as the academic setting provides the skills and specialized knowledge (depending on the level and area of study). Rarely does a student's time spent on campus resemble most employers expectations in terms of a work schedule.

For those facing moments, while on campus, where a space for quiet reflection and processing, with or without peers, that is safe, is a great resource and I applaud all who were involved.

June 28, 2015 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure

If the religious right could accept that their religion/god is not the only religion/god, then they would not feel a duty to impose their beliefs upon everyone, and judge others as their God would. I want to see a day when science trumps mythology.

June 25, 2015 at 2:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )