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Kansas Republicans hold to hard-right stance; ACLU and League of Women Voters 'communists,' Kobach says

The reason that Trump is getting so much support is that he appeals to those workers who have become structurally unemployable, due to the government-aided destruction of US manufacturing. People who had unionized skilled labor jobs, the income from which could go to supporting a middle-class lifestyle, lost them, forever, when the companies outsourced their manufacturing. This trend continues today, with the closure of Carrier HVAC manufacturing in the US and its transfer to Monterrey, Mexico. 1400 workers will lose their jobs – and so will lots of other people in their communities. They won’t be able to afford retraining, either. They're the victims of lousy, destructive corporatist policy, from both Democratic and Republican parties, over the course of the last 40 years, they're not "the great unwashed", they were the basis for the comparatively free and prosperous society we had from 1945 to the early 1970s. Donald Trump tells them that he’ll bring their jobs and security back. No other Republican candidate has said anything like that. Can you blame them for supporting Trump?

Same case, pretty much, for Sanders, except that the majority of his support comes from people who are about to become structurally unemployable, and who at the same time, have amassed unpayable and undischargeable debts from their mostly unmarketable college degrees. They naturally see that “capitalism” has failed them – as the current system has, although it’s more socialist in a lot of ways than they’d like to think – and when Bernie promises them relief from debt, free college, free medical care, and jobs in federal programs akin to the Civilian Conservation Corps or the Works Projects Administration, they look to him for help out of their horrific situation. Hillary promises the status quo, more of the same. Who do you think will get the enthusiastic support?

I'd like to see this race come down to a contest between Sanders and Trump, and exclude the corrupt, status quo-protecting corporatists that comprise the rest of the GOP and Democratic Establishment from the race. The bonus is that Sanders and Trump are driven by ideology, not the continual grasping for the long green which drives the rest of them.

As for Kobach and his silly comments, he's a bit of a horse's ass at times...

February 21, 2016 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence orders shutdown of Community Building gun range

William S Burroughs, a frequent shooter there, would not have been amused...

February 18, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down block grant school funding law

A fair number of those GOP legislators are good people who should be retained in office. If you wish to take control of the GOP away from the Kochs, those legislators should be supported, not thrown from office.

February 11, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Oread Wholesale submits report about city-ordered audit; record not released

It does seem rather odd that the City can disclose the previous figure of $426,000 in sales taxes wrongly rebated, citing its interest in taxpayer transparency, and now turn around several months later and put up the old stone wall and conduct taxpayer-funded affairs in the old way, in the shadows.

It also seems odd that the city, after being told off by Oread, apparently has worked some secret deal, whose details are not open to public scrutiny. Perhaps a public records lawsuit would be in order, just in order to keep the process from becoming underhanded once again.

February 11, 2016 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Perry-Lecompton High School to begin testing students for drugs, alcohol

Perhaps the district is feeling the budget squeeze, and they want to save money. One way to do this is to discourage participation in extracurricular activities, and a good way to do this is require testing for drugs and alcohol at random times. Presumably there will be false positives as there are for all kinds of drug testing: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org... and there would need to be some sort of due process - hearings, an appeals process, right to counsel - involved as well. Aggrieved students and parents could wind up suing the school district: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/fi... and this could really put a kink in the district's finances. Perhaps a reconsideration of this policy might be in order.

January 11, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU professor who used n-word in class discussion is placed on leave

Your last sentence - was the pun intended?

November 23, 2015 at 7:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU professor who used n-word in class discussion is placed on leave

Is she made out of wood?

November 23, 2015 at 7:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Profiles of the three candidates vying to be Lawrence's next city manager

Bremby got fired because he had the guts to say "No" to the new coal-fired Sunflower Electric Cooperative generating plant at Holcomb, KS, due to the ultrafine particulate matter air pollution which would be produced by the plant, the location of the unlined ash pit for the 18 million tons of fly ash and other waste to be produced (directly over the Oglalla Aquifer), and the composition of the soil - water-permeable dune sand. He was replaced by a more pliable KDHE head, who approved the plant. At the time of Bremby's decision, it was national news and there was a lot of pressure on him to approve the plant and the millions of dollars of profit the plant would produce for the shareholders of the utility - and he resisted the pressure. That's why he got fired.

November 23, 2015 at 7:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Health care costs

Not true for middle-income or poor taxpayers, true for taxpayers making above about $80,000 each: http://www.investopedia.com/financial...

November 12, 2015 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Street surprise

Putting bike traffic on a truck route is a disaster just waiting to happen, bike route markers or not. There'd have to be a physical separation to make it safe. Also see "The Door Zone" in this: http://labreform.org/blunders/b5.html "Simply stated, if you shoehorn a bike lane into a narrow street with parking, the bike lane will be in the door zone, where car doors can -- and do -- fling open at unpredictable moments. These accidents are dismayingly common. Quite a few fatalities have been documented. For more than 30 years, the safety literature has warned cyclists to avoid riding in the door zone. But now we use our tax dollars to pay for traffic control devices that instruct us to ride in the door zone! This is a sad situation. The city of Cambridge Mass. installed door zone bike lanes on several busy streets with narrow lanes, including Massachusetts Avenue, despite warnings that they were unsafe. The bike lane shown in Fig. 6 proved fatal for Tufts University graduate student Dana Laird in 2002. If you look carefully at the photo, you can see that the open car door blocks almost the entire bike lane. There is not room to avoid the door without encroaching into the motor lane. (Remember, a bike is about 2 feet wide. There is less than two feet between the open door and the left stripe.)"

See also this study of bicycle usage of truck routes in Seattle: http://faculty.washington.edu/abassok...

November 4, 2015 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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