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School Board President Rich Minder - Recuse ME!

Benjamin Roberts

Recuse: to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest (Merriam-Webster) Rich Minder, current USD497 Board of Education President, is also one of the original six investors in Delaware Street Commons, a Co-Housing Community. It was reported by the Lawrence Journal-World that Minder was delinquent on his property ...

Lawrence Community Shelter: Scattered-site Proposal

Benjamin Roberts

The Board of Directors for the Lawrence Community Shelter (LCS) has attempted to relocate the Drop-In and Overnight shelter in several Lawrence Community neighborhoods. There has been significant opposition to each and every proposal. Recent studies have shown that housing the homeless in shelters is more costly then providing homeless ...

Library Expansion Approval - A Rented Vote?

Benjamin Roberts

The Lawrence Journal-World reported Lawrence voters approve $18 million library expansion. The final results showed voters approving the measure with a 55% affirmative vote. Prior to the election, another blogger speculated that an election of this type was skewed by renters because the result might be Free Lunches for Renters. ...

Liberal Gene Discovered

Benjamin Roberts

Being Liberal, politically speaking, may be in the Liberal's DNA. Cambridge Journals' The Journal of Politics released a study conducted by scientists from Harvard and the University of California San Diego which claims to have discovered the "Liberal gene." The gene, known as the DRD4 gene which works with the ...

NO to Library Expansion; YES to Alvamar Satellite

Benjamin Roberts

The Lawrence Public Library has plans for an $18 million expansion that will be voted on this Tuesday, November 2, 2010. A library expansion is long overdue. However, the trustees have chosen the wrong time and the wrong proposal to put forward. Taxpayers, faced with lower income and increasing taxes, ...

The United States Constitution - Article I, Sections 1 - 3

Benjamin Roberts

This is the second, in a series, of a study and dialogue about the Constitution of the United States. Each installment will seek to explore one segment (Preamble, Article, or Amendment) of the Constitution. Please read the first installment, The United States Constitution, Preamble. Background The United States Constitution, adopted ...

Censoring or Politically Correct?

Benjamin Roberts

The definition of politically correct: conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated. The definition of censoring: to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable ; also : to suppress or delete ...

The United States Constitution, Preamble

Benjamin Roberts

This is the first, in what is hoped will become a series, of a study and dialogue about the Constitution of the United States. Each installment will seek to explore one segment (Preamble, Article, or Amendment) of the Constitution. Background The United States Constitution, adopted on September 17, 1787, is ...

Congressional Time Limits

Benjamin Roberts

The Upper and Lower chambers of Congress are elected and meet by authority of the United States Constitution. The election of Representatives and Senators, the qualifications, and basic responsibilities are laid out in Article 1 of the Constitution. Although the Constitution lays out the terms of the office, there are ...

Teabagging Teabaggers

Benjamin Roberts

The TEA Party Movement found its footing on April 15th, 2009. It was planned, named, and executed as a modern day emulation of The Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773. The Boston Tea Party protested the British government's Tea Act, passed by Parliament, by dumping three shiploads of taxed ...

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