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  • David MacFarland
    commented 2018-01-27 06:34:27 -0800
    HB2482 leaves only a 4-hour “window” when a Kansan could NOT be served an alcoholic drink! This is insane. Society needs more sobriety, not less. Whoever introduced this bill is either greedy, or drunk—or both!
  • Leo Schell
    commented 2018-01-19 13:32:15 -0800
    Sydney, Be careful of the new prison. Several states built large ones and then laws changed. E.g., In Burlington, CO, the state built a multi-million $$ one, SE of town, that sits totally empty because CO changed marijuana possession laws. Other states also overbuilt. KS???
  • John Warnica
    commented 2017-06-10 17:17:36 -0700
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  • Amanda Gress
    commented 2017-03-21 08:40:39 -0700
  • Jerry Hunter
    commented 2017-01-30 17:05:35 -0800
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  • Eileen Johnson
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  • Eileen Johnson
    commented 2016-10-13 19:43:55 -0700
    Representative Carlin,

    My name is Eileen Johnson and I am currently a senior majoring in philosophy at Kansas State University and I am also currently in the process of applying to medical school.

    The reason I am writing to you is to ask for help in supporting and maintaining the philosophy department at KSU. Everyone is quite aware of the horrific budget cuts affecting K-State (as well as all other public schools in Kansas). As a philosophy major, I am in the smallest departments at K-state, but I am also arguably in the best department at K-State as well. Not only are the faculty members of the philosophy department phenomenal instructors, they are also supportive role models and are constantly engaging student’s intellectual curiosities. Unfortunately, many people (including some in the academic administration of KSU) fail to recognize the value and benefits that obtaining a degree in philosophy can produce (e.g. strong critical thinking skills, improved writing skills, tools for assessing ethical issues, understanding other’s perspectives, improved problem solving skills, etc.). It has become apparent that the administrators of the college of arts and sciences, faced with the massive budget cuts, plan on dramatically reducing the number of faculty members in the philosophy dept. even though philosophy is a requirement for graduation (part of the "K-State 8). Philosophy classes are a discussion based classes, thus student enrollment per class needs to remain somewhat low, about 30-40 students per class. However, it appears that in one year from now the dept. will have 5 less faculty members (from an already tiny department). If this occurs, there will be no way to ensure every student can enroll in a philosophy class that is required of them. Or, even worse, the university may force the classes to become large lectures with 100+ students enrolled in each class- this would be terrible! no discussions or debates can occur in a coherent manner with a class of that size, students will lose the opportunity to engage in philosophical discussions that can hold great value to the individuals involved.

    The reason I am writing all this to you is because you claim you are an advocate for the students, faculty and staff at K-State. As an advocate I hope you recognize the importance of the students having exposure to philosophical content and structure, which leads to the development and refinement of many critical skills.

    In the Philosophy department we currently have 3 wonderful and amazing visiting professors, But due to the devastating budget cuts to our department, the provost will not allow us to make any of their positions permanent even though the dept. is already short staffed. I can’t emphasize how important and beneficial philosophy classes can be for students.

    I am asking you, an advocate of education, to help ensure the integrity and structure of the KSU philosophy department. The three visiting Professors- Prof. Ferrin, Prof. Dipaolo, and Prof. Immermen- are all gifted instructors who deserve to stay in this department. Is there anything you can do to help? Is there any way that you could ensure these professor’s remain in the philosophy dept- not only because all three of them deserve their positions, but also because the dept. desperately needs them as well.

    I am just a simple undergraduate student, but theK-State philosophy dept. dramatically impacted my life for the better and I can’t bare to see it fall apart due to lack of money.

    Please help if you can.

    Best wishes,

    Eileen Johnson