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Speeding on Washington St. Before and after School

In 1911, Ray Harroun was the first winner of the Indianapolis 500. He averaged 74.6 miles per hour in the inaugural race. No driver has since won this event driving his or her car at less than this rate of speed. The Indianapolis Speedway is a controlled racing track and does not pass through any schools zones or residential areas.

November 21, 2012 at 10:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown, Holland vie for District 3 Kansas Senate seat

1776,

Thanks for your clarification on this matter. I didn't think you had any evidence.

November 4, 2012 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown, Holland vie for District 3 Kansas Senate seat

1776,

Your arguments appear to be based frequently on ad hominem attacks. You, of all people, should realize how fallacious such reasoning is.

Specifically on this post, do you have any evidence, besides your own personal opinion, that "Deb Miller is a partisan"?

November 1, 2012 at 10:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City Council to consider church's rezoning request

1776,

So sorry to have offended your sensibilities, sir!

What exactly is it that I have said that is innaccurate? What is this secret trove of information to which you have access, but none of the rest of us do?

September 8, 2012 at 6:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City Council to consider church's rezoning request

1776,

Outstanding response.

One of your claims seems to be that obtaining information about important issues before the city council is inconvenient for you. I would contend that citizens' access to information is greater now than it has ever been, except for maybe in 1776 when information raced at the speed of horseback.

You also seem to suggest that members of local government boards don't communicate effectively with the general public. Is it your contention that each city council or school board member should post a blog detailing the proceedings of meetings? How far do you wish to push this -- do you want a personal call from each sitting member so you can ask him or her about particular points of discussion? Do you want to have a personal visit from each person so you can press him or her on issues in the comfort of your den? I would contend that you may be responsible for making some effort in making contact with these public officials. The ratio of members of the public versus council or school board members would, I think, follow this logic.

And who is this silent majority of voters who are having their interests ignored by the city council and school board? Are they friends and colleagues of yours, or do you have some secret access to the will of a cross section of the Baldwin City community? If the sources of your widespread suspicions are limited in scope, then even you should know your conclusions may be biased.

I'm sorry that city council and school board discussions that are required by law to be held in public settings and are reported by a public media are not convenient enough for you, or that you and your neighbors have not agreed with decisions made by these groups in the past. I would suggest that is the way representative democracy is supposed to work -- it's not supposed to be easy and each of us doesn't always get our way.

September 5, 2012 at 9:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City Council to consider church's rezoning request

Exactly right, 1776. Good post.

If only city council meetings were open to the public so citizens could observe council members' discussion in an open forum ...

If only proposed ordinances had to have something like a "first reading" and then be voted on for final approval two weeks after being proposed ...

If only city council members had to be residents of Baldwin City who community members could contact to voice their concerns regarding pending ordinances ...

Then we would have a responsible and accountable system of city goverment! It is time for some serious reform!

September 4, 2012 at 10:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )