roberka (Kathy Roberts)


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Editorial: Hiring hurry

Perhaps your answer is in the body of your editorial "Board members also had expressed concern that they needed to move quickly to fill this position because so many superintendents’ jobs around the state were open." As our public school system becomes less and less viable, our pool of qualified candidates will become more and more shallow. We won't be choosing from the best of the best but rather from what's left. I'm not saying that Hayden is unqualified, only that the board felt the need to hurry the process in order to fill the position. Before the entire process is privatized and your kids attend Koch High School and team uniforms look like a NASCAR racer with all of the logos, we'd better change the underlying problem. In the meantime, congratulations Mr. Hayden. I have no idea why you'd want this job at this point in time but good luck. Where education in Kansas is concerned, we're all going to need it.

March 11, 2016 at 6:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State student says flying Confederate flag not meant to be racist; others weigh in as petitions to ban it circulate

A kid in High School decided to drive around campus with a flag symbolizing the very worst our country can be. He decided to do this at a school with a diverse population. Does he have a right to do this in America? Sure he does. Does he have a right to disturb a public-funded school because he likes to get attention? Nope. Not at all. Any day that he's away from school, he can let his freaky flag fly. But on school days, he can keep his flag, his distorted worldview and his bad attitude at home. All children should be able to study without the distraction of a flag that would have ended our Republic and all that it stands for. Or, if he'd really like to fit in, he could try to get on Brownback's staff.

February 4, 2016 at 11:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

All counties in Kansas allowing same-sex marriage licenses, but state not yet allowing name changes, joint tax returns

No joint-filing, no insurance coverage for spouses. Ahhhhh, Kansas, you're like a breath of stale air.

July 1, 2015 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback signs budget; claims success in 2015 session

In other news, Brownback declares Charles Manson a friend of the state. Says we could all learn something about keeping a family together.

June 22, 2015 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas representative faces hearing over 'racist' remarks

We haven't entered Bizarro World. We're simply dealing with the worst kind of hypocrisy there is. It masquerades as piety. Now, when someone tells the truth about this awful regime, they pretend it's an affront. But you can't offend the shameless. They march on, shoulder to shoulder, ruining the environment for the benefit of big business, oppressing the voiceless so the powerful can reign unopposed and screaming "Thief" as they steal all that's good and humane in the world.

June 19, 2015 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Legislature: Furlough threat lifted, but 'absolutely stupid' stalemate continues at Statehouse

This is what happens when the Supreme Court changes the rules from servants of the people to servants of the highest bidder.

June 7, 2015 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas governor says using private email, cell is simpler

In other news, Brownback also finds it easier to affirm bigots rather than lead, persecute the poverty-stricken instead of helping and withholding vital services from the sickest Kansans rather than admit his policies have failed.

May 19, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: God’s judgment

Dear Carl:
I want you to be free to believe whatever you want but I don't want to lose my right to pursue happiness because of your belief in Heaven or Hell. This is a government, not a religion. And, at least for now, it's a Republic based on democratic standards. These standards are not beholding to any one religion. Our forefathers knew all about the possibility of religious abuses. They had to deal with the Puritans. We learn new things all the time. For example, people who hear voices are mentally ill, not possessed. Pork is probably okay to eat now that there's refrigeration and proper cooking techniques. And homosexuals aren't an abomination. We're just people trying to find love, make families and contribute to the human race, which we've done admirably from the shadows. Imagine what we could do in a society that accepts us. Carl, believe what you will but God has not foresaken me. People like you have.

May 17, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

McLinn trial: Years of sexual abuse caused multiple personality disorder, defense says

It says abuse started when she was between 3 and 5 years, which is diagnostically correct for dissociation. Her alters would have developed during periods of abuse to protect her. I would have to be convinced that she felt in immediate danger to switch into an alter that would kill. Most alters are children and would react accordingly. As for why she would stay for years of abuse, remember it started when she was 3 to 5 years old. How would she develop self-worth essential for developing self-care techniques? About 10% of all murders are commited by untreated people with mental illnesses. Of those, the majority suffer from bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia, characterized by psychotic episodes. Dissociative Identity Disorder is not psychosis. It is a difficult diagnosis to prove, especially when a murder is involved.

March 18, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House advances GOP school funding plan

If we buy all the students their teacher's textbooks with the answers in the back, we won't know how horrible an idea this is for, at least, 10 years. By then most of us will be dead, right?

March 13, 2015 at 6:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )