quantum (Charles Jones)


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New bill would pre-empt concealed-carry regulations devised by KU and other schools

"Don't like open carry or concealed carry then amend the Constitution." Constitution doesn't need amending to prohibit concealed carry. That's a political decision.

March 11, 2017 at 5:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New bill would pre-empt concealed-carry regulations devised by KU and other schools

You misconstrue the Constitution. In Heller, even gun-right advocate Antonin Scalia stressed that the Court was not casting doubt on long-standing bans on carrying a concealed gun or on gun possession by felons or the mentally retarded, on laws barring guns from schools or government buildings, and laws putting conditions on gun sales.

I'm not sure it's realistic for you to expect others respect the Constitution. When you carelessly twist it around to substantiate your uninformed position.

March 10, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

I'm a lifelong Democrat. But this article is just plain silly. A nutshell summary. Sheriff nice to his mother. No harm cited. No laws broken. One of Topeka's sleazier pols (Vic Miller) attempts to make cheap political points (check him out at http://cjonline.com/stories/091805/lo...). I've long admired Chad Lawhorn. But if the LJW wants to dedicate this much type to scandal. I'm sure we can come up with something better. Something that actually matters.

February 19, 2017 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate to move quickly on bill that would repeal Brownback tax cuts

People get angry when denied something they want. But far angrier when something they are given is taken away. Let's hope the Kansas Legislature learns a lesson from this. Do your job. Deliberate. Study important policy questions with intellectual honesty. Alfred Laffer has been discredited time and again. Supply side economics ignores the need for healthy demand. New businesses are more vulnerable to sales and property taxes (income only comes later). Ideologue Steve Anderson (BB's first Budget Director) never did, or could, come close to filling the shoes of Duane Goossen (who served both R and D governors).

Poor Kansas.

February 3, 2017 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: A look back at strategic planning in Lawrence

Excellent article, Linda. Agree there is a lack of leadership and vision. But it's not that our electeds don't care. The system -- particularly the 1 year rotating mayor -- impedes the development of skills, experience, connections and the long-view that go into leadership and vision. One thing certain about the 2007-2016 period. The challenges we face have grown much more severe.

January 25, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Analysis: Brownback's view of Kansas economy as a 'three-legged stool' no longer accurate

Yes. City commission races are reactive to actions of the preceding commission, rather than on a future vision. The group charged with setting our economic course -- the Chamber of Commerce -- is semi-opaque and experiencing persistent churn. In other cities, the public visioning opportunity most clearly rises in mayoral campaigns. Time for Lawrence to consider an elected mayor?

As for Brownback, astonishing that he -- and his advisors -- have such a weak grasp of the Kansas economy. Fine work Hancock!

June 28, 2016 at 9:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Saturday Column: New provost has vision, drive to re-energize KU

A friend and I were walking across campus the other day, sharing Dolph's lament about the doldrums around KU. Across the newly-renovated Jayhawk Boulevard, past construction at the Spencer, the new geological sciences building, new dorms on Daisy Hill, down the hill with its massive Central District project, through the DeBruce building, and to the new business building. What, maybe half a billion in construction altogether? Construction cranes all over the place. During this brutally stingy time in Kansas politics? But Dolph sure hits the nail on the head. No energy at KU. Nothing at all. What has Chancellor Gray-Little been doing?

June 25, 2016 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats stage US House sit-in on guns; GOP unmoved

Yeah, they are cute, in a sort of dignified way. But say, you want adorable, type "gunshot wound photos" into your web-browser. As for Liberal "sheepishness," nobody -- and I mean NOBODY -- guzzles the kool-aid of simple-minded hysteria like the NRA.

June 23, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gun debate heats up locally, nationally

What a silly thing to say, Mr. Middleton. We "infringe" on that right all the time and with perfect justification. You don't have a right to bear arms on someone else's private property, like airplanes and personal homes. Children don't have a right to carry guns into schools. Criminals don't have a right to be armed while they're in prison. Nobody has the right to manufacture bombs, which are "arms" in the minds of the Posse Comitatus and other 2nd amendment extremists. Really, let's try for an adult conversation on this issue. The more than 30K who die from guns each year deserve at least that much.

June 16, 2016 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Right choice

Nice to see this issue resolved in such a civil and cooperative manner. Good job, Commissioners! Having successfully navigated some recent choppy seas, maybe it's time look to future possibilities.

Great cities have strong leadership at both the administrative (city manager) and political (mayor) levels. Good job with the new CM. Now let's think about the mayor.

According to the LJW: “Herbert said Monday he and Larsen had discussed whether to change how Lawrence's mayors are elected, moving away from a "ceremonial mayor system" to a strong-mayor form of government, in which voters elect mayors. Both agreed that type of shift should not be decided by a two-person subcommittee."

They're right. This should be a matter of public discourse and action. But when and how will the public have that opportunity? I, very respectfully, hope this Commission will open a door to thoughtful consideration.

April 29, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )