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Journal-World websites to require commenters to identify themselves

It is absolutely hilarious that a decision to require individuals to identify themselves to comment has drawn likely more comments than almost any other story. And, most seem upset with having to link to Facebook not with the requirement to use one's name.

This is long overdue. If the majority of the discourse in these comments was intelligent and usefully promoted dialogue, it would be one thing. Much is unfortunately mean and outrageous, enabled by anonymity. The comments have provided hours of entertainment, however.

Personally, I must admit to occasionally wanting to comment on a story without revealing my name. Though I won't use Facebook so I won't be commenting any longer, my respect for the Journal World has gone up.

October 9, 2013 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bicyclist injured in accident

Read the law.

September 11, 2013 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bicyclist injured in accident

Read the law.

September 11, 2013 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas unemployment rate increases for third straight month

Can't wait to hear how Brownback spins this.

August 19, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents propose keeping tuition flat next year if Legislature restores funds that were cut

What's the point of this verbal contest to prove who is right about reserves? That universities shouldn't have them? Do we say that businesses shouldn't have reserves because they are profitable or people shouldn't earn salaries because they have savings accounts? Should the K-State athletic department or football team not have reserves? Isn't having reserves simply natural and smart business practice? KU has recently engaged in a much-hated Changing for Excellence process precisely to save money on business practices that don't directly affect teaching and learning. Should it not do that? Should universities go back to old ways of state government: spending down excess money at the end of the year on whatever just to get rid of the money?

Why don't you accountants (who seem to be suggesting that universities shouldn't have money) also look at the historical data that clearly show how Kansas has shifted the burden of paying for college from from government to individual students and their families? There are few attributes of Kansas that are recognized positively outside the state. We have no mountains, streams, ocean to attract positive acclaim. Our universities are one of the few things for which Kansas competes relatively well and is known for nationally. In order to do excellent teaching and research to keep that positive reputation, it must compete in a national arena and compete at a high level. Tax policies alone can't attract business to a state that has a second-rate education system. If you live in the state of Kansas you will only punish yourself and your children by not supporting a strong education system at all levels--especially if most states have now turned the corner and are now supporting education financially.

August 15, 2013 at 5:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House's top budget writer says legislators will have lots of questions for higher education officials

Rhoades' answers suggest that he has already made up his mind and is looking simply for individuals who will confirm his views--his party line.

August 6, 2013 at 7:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ex-KU guard Russell Robinson finds overseas career rewarding

It's nice to see players with Russell's maturity embrace the opportunity to play overseas if they don't make in the NBA. Nice story.

July 28, 2013 at 6:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Democrats expect nominee for governor soon

When foreign leaders act as Brownback does--excluding other voices, shrouding his decisions in secrecy--we are happy when the military overthrows the government. Why is it that we can't see this same authoritarian behavior, bought and paid for by the Koch brothers, in action when it is in front of our eyes?

Perhaps the answer for Kansas is for every Democrat to join the Republican party to try to change it from within.

July 22, 2013 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What was your favorite book as a kid?

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Bobsey Twins
Nancy Drew

July 1, 2013 at 5:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Simons' Saturday Column: Leadership gap triggering education ‘perfect storm’

If faculty morale is bad (not sure how Dolph knows this) it is largely because we live in a state that currently has a legislature that does not value public education. The Chancellor's recent "raise" is a red herring. It is symbolically problematic in a year in which faculty will get small, if any raises, but it is not unjustified. The state ought to be stepping up to provide adequate salaries (comparable to chancellors and presidents at like institutions) for leaders as well as faculty--and the K-12 schools. When Dolph writes a column chastising the legislature, not just the administrators and regents who have to do more with less every year, then we might take him seriously.

June 29, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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