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Kansas Senate puts spending cuts on table as budget stalemate drags on

People who run businesses know that during slow times you have to lay people off. That's how the real world works. In government, however, when times get tough, you stick it to tax payers. After all, what can they do about it? Fight back? I realize that every state employee considers their job "essential". It is essential for State Troopers to be watching the highways. It is NOT essential for a hundred million dollars be spent on "seatbelt campaigns". It is essential for the health departments to be giving whooping cough shots to kids. It is NOT essential that they be involved in lobbying with federal funds. It is essential to keep the toilets and elevators running in the Dome. It is essential that KDOR keeps the checks coming in and going out to recipients and to keep licensing the businesses that are required.

Do you have any IDEA how many people are employed at the state and local level who's ONLY job it is is to mooch federal grants? Our cities are not growing in population. Our City governments have tripled in size. Bureaucracy is a cancer that feeds on tax payers. The bigger the bureaucrats can make their departments the more power they have.

Every federal grant that is mooched requires obedience from the receivers. The federal government has decided to take over our lives and is using the state and local governments to achieve this end. Our local governments, since they will do ANYTHING for a nickel from the feds, agree to whatever outlandish waste of funds the feds require.

Any money is good money to a grant sponger. It is their JOB to get their mitts on the money.

June 6, 2015 at 7:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House rejects plan to raise sales tax to fix budget

Kiegerl is 100% right. Kleeb is a RINO. There are ALOT of them in Topeka right now. The solution for already taxed to death Kansans is smaller more efficient government and EQUAL treatment to all. Taxing certain people and not others is wrong. ALL Kansans use the roads and infrastructure and ALL, not just smokers and beer drinkers, need to pay their share. This all seems so Nazi to me. Hitler very famously picked and demonized a certain group so he could take everything they owned. It still amazes me that Sam Brownback thinks this is a good thing! Look for the waste, which is THERE, in every department. Take a good look at KDHE! Local health departments can handle health issues. We do not need a tax supported LOBBY group in the government.

May 16, 2015 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Citizen's petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street

The same sort of "science" was used at the Salem Witch Hunt Trials, as is being used in the second hand smoke debate.

Some people don't like the smell of tobacco smoke. Stay away from it.
Some people don't like seeing people smoke. Stay away from it.
Some people want to blame something, ANYTHING, for an illness that killed a loved one, or made them sick. This is human. Not Scientific, but human.
NO ONE knows what causes any cancer except cervical and that is a virus.
Anyone who TELLS you they know what causes any other specific cancer is just quoting odds.
Genetics is what causes cancer and that is where the cure will be found.
Also, the head of the Cancer Society made the statement that the "reason that cancer is not a deadly as it once was was due to EARLY DETECTION.
If your oncologist tells you that your cancer was caused by smoking rather than saying it could have been, you had better get another doctor. If you doctor tells you your cancer was caused by second hand smoke, you should call an attorney and then report him to the Medical Association!!!!! (Then check and see which of the pro ban lobbying groups he belongs to!)

July 28, 2014 at 8:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Citizen's petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street

Rather sad that LJW has not bothered to read the complete studies, instead of just the biased ones, on SHS. Investigative reporting went out the window with the bluebird of happiness. Why investigate when that takes time and energy and it's soooo much easier to just print press releases given them by pro ban?

READ THE SCIENCE, LJW, and THEN report on the "science".

July 28, 2014 at 7:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Citizen's petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street

When the City of Lawrence passed the smoking ban in bars based on the "science of second hand smoke", I was amazed. I started reading the "studies" done on SHS. I then read the Bureau of Labor statistics reports on what was killing people who worked in bars and restaurants. NOTHING on SHS.

The entire community of Lawrence has lost it's scientific mind (and integrity) by NOT exposing the truth about all this.

This guy moves to town and wants to make some quick friends, so he whips up a petition drive, online, knowing that anti smokers are just as lonely and control freaky needy as he is.

He also got some attention for his business.

I agree with other posters in saying that this guy is full of it, both scientifically and socially.

There IS a science department at KU, isn't there? Or are they too busy getting grants to sorry about integrity?

July 28, 2014 at 7:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

THe Khi is NOT a state organization. They are unafilliated with the government of Kansas. They report themselves to be a "non profit" organization. THey receive big money in grants from groups who make big money from the sales of patches and gums due to smoking bans. Most "non profit" lobby groups use the state name in their title so they appear to be associatied with the government. They are not. They say they are unbiased. "Tobacco Free Kansas" is another good example of a money making non profit lobby group!

January 31, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

And now there is no choice.

January 31, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

That is NOT what pro ban promised! They said the non smoking place would be packed as 80% of people wanted non smoking places! So NOW you're saying that a non smoking place needs to change it's "business model" to attract non smokers?!
You said that businesses would not miss the smokers at all! You insinuated that smokers stink and they had no friends! Is there SOME story that pro ban can hang their hats on? Bans are good for some businesses and very bad for others. Those who choose to cater to adult smokers should be allowed to do that. If you don't want to go there, don't. If you don't want to work there, don't. If no one wants to go to a smoking allowed place, they will close without government intervention. Why do anti smokers want to hang around with smokers so much? Just to have something to whine about?

January 31, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

Heh, Bozo, you know what assumptions make you?

January 31, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study: Kansas' smoking ban hasn't affected business in restaurants, bars

And WE know they are lying. And the KHI knows we know. They also know that newspapers only print pro ban propaganda.

January 27, 2013 at 7:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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