sbradt (Steve Bradt)


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Kansas homeowners pick up larger share of tax burden; commercial, industrial and ag taxes stay flat

Peter, what makes up the missing ±20%? Individual personal property taxes?

July 3, 2016 at 7:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State delays nearly $260 million in payments to schools as Kansas finances fall short again

Patricia, I may be indulging it a bit of rhetorical whining, but as far as your suggestions go, I can't agree with your tactics. For one thing, if you live in Lawrence, voting a straight D ticket isn't really going to change anything, except potentially eliminating Tom Sloan, one of the handful of reasonable, responsible moderate Rs left in the Statehouse. A balance of some moderates in both parties is likely the only way we are going to get meaningful discussions and responsible legislation in the Kansas Statehouse.

As for impeaching State officials, the Statutes state " Officers impeachable; grounds; punishment. The governor and all other officers under this constitution, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." and in any legally enforceable sense, that just ain't gonna happen.

Recall elections can be petitioned based on "...(a) Grounds for recall are conviction of a felony, misconduct in office or failure to perform duties prescribed by law.", which seems minutely more feasible from a legal standpoint, but also requires roughly 350,000 signatures within a narrow 90 day window (40% of the votes cast in the last election). Good luck with that.

July 2, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What do you think a fair fine for parking violations downtown would be?

Agree with the comment regarding posting the times. Many meters either are missing the little placard with the meter hours or the windows are so foggy that you can't read them

July 2, 2016 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State delays nearly $260 million in payments to schools as Kansas finances fall short again

Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan blamed the shortfall as part of a national trend.

“Unfortunately, Kansas is a part of a national trend with many states reporting reductions in revenue collections because of a weak economy,” he said.

There is a lot of interesting State by State comparison data on a whole variety of economic indicators in these Pew Charitable Trusts reports that would seem to expose the blatant deception in this statement. It's worth noting that the Pew Trusts are not exactly a liberal institution.

When do we get our State back? The idea that fiscal conservatism just means not spending money is foolish, incorrect, short sighted and irresponsible. "Conservatives" may be fond of saying that "grey" is a uniquely liberal perspective, but they seem to be unwilling to recognize the black and white decline that is in front of them. An appreciation for grey does not mean that you can't tell right from wrong and the direction we are going is simply wrong.

July 2, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

I just polled 2 LHS seniors and a sophomore in my kitchen and they are said no. The main points were:

They'll get stolen, because everything else that isn't physically chained down get's stolen all the time.

The WiFi isn't reliable in the school

There are people who don't have WiFi access at home

90% of the people who are working on a computer in class time are NOT working on the project at hand. Blended learning is a waste of time

March 21, 2016 at 6:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

OK, this pains me beyond belief but I may actually agree with Bob here.

March 21, 2016 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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."


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 )