Comment history

Letter to the editor: Hypocrisy showing?

Try to understand, Bob. "Liberal" is one of your (probably binary) ways of categorizing people. Consider it possible the world isn't structured by YOUR way of categorizing it. Greg Cooper's reference (above) to "reality" is worth heeding.

July 23, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans split over questions about Melania Trump speech

Most to the point for me, in Melania's speech:

Although the context was a speech in support of her husband, Melania says SHE was taught the value of hard work, keeping your word, treating other people with respect. She never says those are Donald's values.

And, of course, they're not.

July 23, 2016 at 3:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Hypocrisy showing?

When people decide it's GOOD to kill another person (killing is what guns are for, Bob), they morally assent in killing. Calling a killer a "lone wolf terrorist" or a "law abiding" citizen is just spin-doctoring from different viewpoints.

"Liberal" ? That's meant as an insult...right ? Oh. Ouch. That stings.

July 23, 2016 at 2:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Rights have limits

"Tougher penalties" on what (the faction controlling the Kansas legislature wants to say) is no crime, but an unlimitable individual "right" ? That sounds unconstitutional...though I doubt that, or circular reasoning, would stop the Kansas legislature.

February 1, 2015 at 7:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Rights have limits

"Stop living in the past."

Isn't that the point: the current SCOTUS is supposed to interpret the Constitution by what it says, and by previous precedent...stuff in the past ?

"As for the falsely, I understood it the first time."

And selectively misquoted the word out ?

"The second amendment is currently restricted to a greater degree than the first amendment. "

Could that be because the 2nd Amendment has a restriction built into it ("a well-regulated Militia"): the only one of the Bill of Rights that does ?

February 1, 2015 at 7:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Rights have limits

"No law can stop someone who cannot legally possess a gun from carrying it."

We often hear that reasoning as "proving" gun-laws are useless: criminals will still have guns. By that logic, laws against murder, speeding or rape are useless: criminals continue to do those things, despite laws against them.

By that reasoning, laws against ANYthing people do are invalid, and illegitimately restrict people's "rights." That vision of a "libertarian" society sounds a lot like South Sudan.

January 31, 2015 at 8:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Rights have limits

"The militia clause has been debated and decided by the SCOTUS. The 2nd amendment is an individual right."

One Supreme Court said so. The 1939 SCOTUS said the right must have "...a reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia." (U.S. v. Miller) The1939 Court seems to have stayed closer to the 2nd Amendment's actual words.

"It is perfectly legal to yell fire in a theater when there is a fire."

Which is why I quoted Justice Holmes' exact words: "...FALSELY shouting fire in a crowded theater."

January 31, 2015 at 8:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Body of man found near Kansas River Aug. 31 identified as 57-year-old Lawrence resident

So very sad to lose Mark. God, Father, may he rest in You.

September 10, 2014 at 6:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Somalia field trip?

Small government, low taxes, and unlimited gun-rights. Somalia sounds like "conservatives" promised land. Maybe our governor and legislators will want to stay.

October 30, 2013 at 1:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two separate classes of voters possible under Secretary of State Kobach's proposal

Perhaps Mr. Koch...I mean Kobach...could give his two tiers of voters memorable names that will stick in our minds. No hurry: just whenever he has time to write legislation for the state of which he's an elected official.

He might designate his preferred class of voters, for example, the "Real Americans." And I'd suggest he designate his second-tier voters as "Non-Integrated Geopolitical Group: Electoral Reserve Status."

It will be handier for Mr. Kobach, of course, to refer to these second-tier voters by their acronym.

October 14, 2013 at 8:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )