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Brown, Holland vie for District 3 Kansas Senate seat

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I agree it should be on the front page but...

November 1, 2012 at 7:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown, Holland vie for District 3 Kansas Senate seat

Bulldog1,

I am sorry to be so blunt as I probably know you personally being as my daughter is on the CC team ( a slow but diligent runner) and I usually sign my posts so I will take a chance and hope that you take this in the spirit of a concerned voter and not some nasty jerk. I can be both.

I just wrote several paragraphs describing why Anthony Brown is a bad choice for anyone who believes in Baldwin schools, especially those who like extras like sports and band. Anthony Brown is anti-public school. That he is pro-life and that makes him a good choice is about the most bizarre thing I could hear. A pro-life former Marine? I can speak with special insight on this topic being as I too am a former Marine (even the same job he had). Marines are pro-death. We start off our careers singing "Napalm sticks to babies", not that we use napalm much anymore, its far better to drop a few dozen HE rounds then follow it on with White Phosphorus gas and ignite. What we call a "shake and bake". From day one in the Marine Corps you are indoctrinated into the most vicious cult of death on the planet. Not that I am ashamed of it, just keeping it all in perspective. Pro Life Marine LOL.

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

November 1, 2012 at 7:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brown, Holland vie for District 3 Kansas Senate seat

There is no question that this article is colored by the publishers/ author's bias. Having said that though I think that it is worth trying to understand who is buying this election and why.

It is no surprise that Kansas, a Republican bastion, makes a great place to test out new political ideas and see how well they fly. I like that idea and Kansas has produced more than its share of great politicians and ideas. I do, however, happen to dislike the intentions of the current John Birch Society Libertarians. Some people may confuse this group with traditional conservative Republicans, but it extends far beyond what you may know. Sorry another link :-(
<L>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Birch_Society</L>

The guys funding Anthony Brown's campaign are sons of one of the founding member's of the JBS.

The Kansas State budget shows that funds come primarily from personal income tax (3 billion) and sales tax (2.7 billion). That money plus some misc income is then spent in a budget of almost 6 billion of which almost half goes to schools and around a third to something called human services which is medicaid (health insurance for low income) and SRS (I guess, in a word, welfare).

The Governor recently submitted a budget that makes dramatic cuts in the State's primary source of income (income tax). He did this without showing where the money will be cut but it is pretty obvious where it has to be cut from. The cuts in SRS and medicaid will be trivial since federal mandates require certain expenditures and we receive a bunch of matching dollars for those programs anyway. That leaves schools and that is why this election is so important. The Republican party is currently split among moderates (like me) and conservatives (like Anthony Brown). Democrats have been joining with the moderate Republicans to create a majority to defeat many of the experimental policies of the current Governor. Sam Brownback is no Scott Walker and his attempts to cut taxes are either going to lead to large deficit spending or a huge reduction in State's spending on education. Districts in populated areas with large property tax bases (Johnson County, Lawrence, Wichita, Topeka, KCK) will be largely unaffected but districts like ours will be heavily affected. What is preventing this from happening is the slim majority held by moderate Republicans and their unlikely allies, Democrats. Anthony Brown is an important key in the governor's strategy because he already defeated the moderate Republican in the primary. That's why your mailboxes are filling up 10-1 with pro-Anthony Brown literature.

November 1, 2012 at 4:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sen. Moran aide to be in Baldwin City

Are you kidding me? Maybe publishing this story BEFORE the meeting rather than 8 days AFTER would make it it useful.

July 10, 2012 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think someone tried to steal plants out of our yard last night.

There are a number of domestic and feral animals that dig in garden beds. While nothing would surprise me I think that plants are bit creative for common thieves. There is a rather notorious group that rifles through peoples cars looking for cell phones, mp3 players etc. We have been hit twice but nothing was taken. They do not break windows so locking the doors seems the best way to deal with that. Motion lights are more of a hassle than they are worth since all our nocturnal visitors set them off. The camera idea is pretty good but I would imagine that you would need IR camera's and is it really worth it?

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

February 13, 2012 at 7:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin school board tells state representative school finance reform flawed

I think Torch does have a point that their is a glut of teachers in the market. I also agree that the teachers union is the worst enemy of teachers by cementing the status quo. We seem to be stuck in a standoff in which the we continue to train teachers and then (through tenure and other measures) retain many of the worst. Unless a person is driven to be a teacher there is no reasonable reason to be a teacher. The pay is awful, the working conditions stressful, the hours are terrible: many teachers work 60-80 hours a week even if they do get 2 months off in the summer. Despite all this we have some amazing teachers. I really don't understand how. Oh my point though is that the article continues to point out that Representative Gregory is a Johnson County carpet-bagger. Does anyone know if she will be challenged in a primary this election cycle?

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

February 2, 2012 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin High School culinary arts program: Popular, successful and threatened

I think that many of the comments skirt around one of the more salient points of the article:

"State Rep. TerriLois Gregory told Baldwin USD 348 board members Jan. 23 that the proposed changes would help provide students the education needed to prepare them for the nearly 70 percent of jobs in the state that don’t require a bachelor’s degree."

"Should the proposal be approved, state funding would “follow the students,” Gregory said."

I agree with the premise that our education system is due for an overhaul but what is being proposed in this plan is a way to stratify the labor market so that districts like Baldwin provide the 70% and suburban districts the 30%. Baldwin offers an excellent opportunity for all types of students. Whether stated or not the current administration's goal is to create a school that allows students the benefits of a suburban education. Our technical programs are largely a joke, understaffed, badly equipped, etc. It is a good idea to move those programs to centralized areas but the students most likely to benefit need to have reasonable access to them. I am always stunned at the legislatures ability to state that a measure is aimed at helping the education system when in fact it is simply cutting the budget. Real change takes some boldness and creativity. There was a time when being a Republican meant that you were pro-school. Those days are clearly gone.

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

p.s. @Hyperinflate If you call somebody out and insult them please have the courage to sign your real name.

February 2, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local food, made easy: Feaster’s Bistro aims for effortless farm-to-table dining

Actually, I had someone email me that they were, in fact, growing Arugula in their greenhouse. It led to a conversation in which I found out that the owners actually have a board up that says where everything comes from. That would have been a nice piece of information to have in a news story but alas... Anyway, my apologies to Feaster. I'll be heading in to check out the restaurant this week.

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

January 17, 2012 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local food, made easy: Feaster’s Bistro aims for effortless farm-to-table dining

I really like the idea of Bistros in general but, like many people, I am nervous because the last two restaurants in that location were just so awful. I have to admit some skepticism about "local" food as it is not an uncommon practice for folks that work the farmer's markets to purchase the same produce that would be in a supermarkets and putting it on their truck and going from city to city selling it at a premium. I hope the Mr. Feaster takes a close look at what he is purchasing. The produce guys at checkers do more for our local produce than anyone else I have seen and we also have a number of cottage industry greenhouses in the area but the fact remains: arugula is not in season locally, ever, since it is not heat nor cold tolerant, and when I see that on the board, it raises my hackles.
That being said, I will give the place a shot based on Baldwin Dad's comments and even if not strictly local, if its good we will return.

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

January 13, 2012 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Wow, I thought 1776attorney's absurd statement was just going to stand. Glad you corrected it hyperinflate. How long does it take to Google "Is trash public property?". Interestingly the final "proof" is contained in 1776attorney's own title "There should be a city ordinance". There isn't and even if there were, it would have to be defended in court. What a useless waste of money. I have found that if I want to get keep something curb-side, it helps to put a BIG SIGN with words like "FREE" or "PRIVATE PROPERTY - NOT FOR DISPOSAL".

Nathaniel Johnson
gruyere.emmentaler@gmail.com

December 21, 2011 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )