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Kansas would have fewer school districts under new proposal

This is hardly a new idea and, although it has some real merits, it has been brushed aside for decades. Let's not assume that the idea is a bad one just because so many others from the same sources are. It is a very difficult issue to consolidate administrations, but in the end it will be better than closing more schools.

January 20, 2016 at 7:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Civil discourse

And so, the "civil discourse" begins...

January 16, 2016 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback, Democrat spar over merit pay for Kansas teachers

"Now, paying teachers more - across the board - is a different story. Not because teachers will decide to "teach better" simply because they are paid better. Rather, it makes the profession more attractive and thus draws a wider pool of candidates. Districts can then be selective, instead of hiring whomever the one licensed candidate is who happened to apply for the job. Or, the unlicensed candidate....when nobody else applies. Or, just leave the position unfilled for lack of applicants,...and pile that much more work on the other teachers with bloated class sizes."

Bingo!

January 16, 2016 at 8:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Reporters must check political ‘facts’ first

George, even as someone who is afflicted with an affinity for the "grey" in the world (which I was recently informed is a uniquely liberal foible), I still believe in facts. Facts are defined as things that actually happened or existed. In your view, is the concept of factual reality unacceptable? Is everything mere opinion and all statements fair to make, whether based on reality or not. I find Daniel Patrick Moynihan statement above more salient - “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”. A world with no facts is a confusing place indeed, and one in which there is no basis for "reality". The whole concept of "fact checking" is that facts can, indeed be checked, verified and confirmed. Sometimes that process reveals "facts" to be untrue, and at that point they should no longer be accepted as valid constructs for a fact based argument. They are then, at best, opinion, and should be treated as such.

January 2, 2016 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas has $8M surplus in tax collections in November after estimates were revised downward

Does anybody know what the estimates were before they downgraded them?

December 1, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Don’t be silent

Knowing Edith as well, I'd be glad to echo that thought, Dick.

November 20, 2015 at 6:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Promoter not sure now on canceling 1,000-foot water slide event in west Lawrence; city gets report on its financial health

There aren't any driveways between 6th st and the roundabout. Nobody appears to get any greater inconvenience than driving a couple of blocks out of the way to avoid that stretch of road. I'm not sure how many spots you'd find in Lawrence that create Less of an impediment to the neighborhood

July 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas jobless rate rises to 4.5 percent in June

So everybody has a smart assed comment to add to this but no one is interested in what it might actually mean? Disappointing as usual.

July 21, 2015 at 9:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas jobless rate rises to 4.5 percent in June

I'm a bit confused here
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"The state's June Labor Market Report showed that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Kansas economy added 5,700 non-farm jobs during the month, or 0.4 percent. That included 4,300 jobs in the private sector.

But the summer months are typically a time when students go looking for summer jobs, and people who work in seasonal industries like construction expect to be able to find more work. So even though the number of people entering the workforce in June was lower than expected, the department said the unemployment rate still rose a tenth of a percentage point."
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Does this reference jobs added but somehow not show jobs that may have been lost during the same period? Otherwise I'm not clear on how the State adds jobs but sees an increase in the unemployment rate. That last sentence in particular makes me think there must be something missing. Admittedly, I'm not the greatest mathematician but I'm having a hard time seeing how this adds up. Does it has something to do with the fact that this is a "seasonally adjusted" jobs report? If so, perhaps some explanation of how that works is in order. Peter?

July 18, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence prepares for winter storm arriving tonight

Seems odd that they called off school for USD 497 hours ago but there is still no mention of it at LJW. It is, however, listed on the Topeka Cap Journal's web site

February 3, 2014 at 7:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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