sbradt (Steve Bradt)


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Kansas Democratic Party leader says Obama will visit Osawatomie next week

Link to Roosevelt's New Nationalism Speech.

The more things change...

December 3, 2011 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Vital statistics provide snapshot of Kansas

Interesting to see that the birth rate went down by 3.4% AND up 11.4%. I have to assume that the marriage rate refers to the number of people who got married in the last year, not the number of Kansans who are currently married.

November 18, 2011 at 6:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

restaurant battles....Yesteryear edition

Now that brings back some good memories.

July 27, 2011 at 8:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

restaurant battles....Yesteryear edition

it was in Baldwin and it was the Black Jack Cafe. Great trip on Saturday morning listening to Rick Frydman's Ethnic Cowboy Show on KJHK

July 27, 2011 at 8:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jim Seaver, KU Western Civilization fixture, volunteer and opera enthusiast, dies

Many years ago I took a class, Rome - Biography of a city from Dr. Seaver. It was a survey class spanning many disciplines. The class class was taught by many of the "old guard" professors at KU. Seaver, Francis Heller, Dan Politoske, Ed Eglinski, and others. It was a magical presentation. The final class period was a round table, with all of them discussing what made that city special. Hackneyed though it may sound, it was a life influencing experience, especially the last session, wherein they discussed why Rome meant so much to them. Dr. Seaver's story was among the most moving. Bless him for his input into so many lives. My best to Virginia in her loss of a world class gentleman. I hope that my children are privileged to have such a font of historical wisdom to learn from.

March 15, 2011 at 9:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax exemptions

According to the report, Kansas tax revenues in 1995 were 3.06 billion, which is about 4.4 billion in inflation adjusted 2009 dollars. In 2009 the state collected 5.4 billion. Then throughout the report there are references to dwindling state revenues. Am I missing something?

February 19, 2011 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Name change

I have two serious issues with this. The first is that pretty much every supporting School Board member I have spoken to views the need to change signage to "Middle School" as a necessity based on a fundamental philosophical difference in the educational structure of a Middle School vs. a Junior High. I do not accept this as a need but rather as a want.

Second, the capital outlay funds are still money. Every time something frivolous gets paid for out of capital outlay we are told that it's ok because these aren't the funds that pay for teachers. Don't we have other more pressing needs for these funds. Are there no maintenance backlogs or capital improvement projects that need addressed in the schools. This side of the school funding seems to get viewed like so many view the receipt of federal funding for local projects - as free money. It's not free money it all comes out of the tax funds at one level or another and it ought to be spent thoughtfully. And to those who say that this is an insignificant amount of money to get worked up about, it is small but it represents a mind set that opposes the best interests of our schools.

Cue the fiddles, cue the fire.

February 8, 2011 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New coalition pushing to relax Kansas liquor laws

True for Nebraska and Missouri but not for Colorado and Oklahoma

January 26, 2011 at 7:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New coalition pushing to relax Kansas liquor laws

Actually, the retail liquor stores are not able to fix prices, they compete with one another. No individual or family is able to own more than two liquor stores so they are not able to fix prices by having a controlling interest in the liquor stores in any area with more than 2 stores.

January 26, 2011 at 7:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools among weather-related cancellations and closings for Tuesday, Jan. 11

Back in the day, we figured that if the plows made it past the Superintendent's house so he could get his Lincoln out of the driveway, school was on.

January 10, 2011 at 5:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )