Daily Archives: June 18, 2013

Don’t surrender civil liberties

What is most troubling about the NSA’s data-collection program “is that Americans are not particularly troubled by any of it,” columnist Leonard Pitts wrote. “According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post, most of us – 56 percent – are OK with the monitoring of metadata, a process then-Sen. Joe Biden called ‘very, very intrusive’ back in 2006.”

Young voters not enamored with either party, but especially GOP

“It is not that young voters are enamored of the Democratic Party. They simply dislike the Republican Party more,” according to a recent report by the College Republican National Committee. Actually, they dislike the GOP quite a bit more. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that found that 65 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 think the Republican Party is out of touch with concerns of most people today, while 47 percent of them think the Democratic Party is out of touch. However, 58 percent of younger Americans think President Obama is “in touch” with concerns of most people, which is one reason why he dominated the youth vote the past two elections.

Funding cut, except for program KU didn’t want

The $66 million in state budget cuts to higher education over the next two fiscal years makes the Legislature’s approval of $2 million to help start the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City seem even more ridiculous. KU never asked for the center. It was an idea dreamed up and pushed through by Kansas senators, including Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. Lawmakers even named the center. Kansas Board of Regents member Ed McKechnie wondered if the money for the center could be diverted to help cover the budget cuts, but other regents members didn’t think that wasn’t a good idea, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.