streamfortyseven (Hudson Luce)


Comment history

Simons family selling Journal-World to Ogden Newspapers, Inc.

It'll be interesting to see if the Journal-World embarks on the same road as the Kansas City Star, with many of the best staff being fired or given an early retirement deal. The Star is rapidly dwindling, staff cuts continue, and the content is less and less appealing, leading to further decreases in readership.

"Since 2008, two years after McClatchy purchased The Star and about 20 other Knight Ridder papers, The Star has shed scores of newsroom employees — and hundreds in the overall operation — to the point where the news hole got so small that many people wondered how long The Star could continue publishing the print edition every day. ...

No longer do I hear significant speculation about the prospect of some daily print editions being dropped, and the hiring of Vockrodt and several other young journalists in recent weeks tends to indicate The Star has steadied after years of tumbling down the cliff. ...

To execute its mission — providing readers with the news they need and want — major metropolitan newspapers have an obligation to maintain strong reporting staffs. They need a lot of people watching and applying pressure in various places — including private enterprise and government agencies — and making those “attempts seeking comment for this story.”

June 17, 2016 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Mideast bigotry

Opposition to the Netanyahu Likud government is often characterized by supporters of that government as "anti-Israel" or "anti-semitic", both of which, in this context, are ad hominem smears. It's a cheap and fallacious argument and should not go unchallenged.

June 14, 2016 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district plans for potential shutdown amid funding uncertainty

As for doing the lunches, I'd suggest local churches volunteer their facilities to get the job done. I think there's more than enough capacity there; they'd be doing it for the public good, but one hopes that such a thing would be possible to get the job done in a pinch.

June 1, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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: 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: 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 )