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Short Takes

Short Takes are unsigned and represent opinions specifically endorsed by the Kansas Progress Institute. KPI welcomes the submission of well‑reasoned position papers taking issue with KPI Short Takes and will consider them for publication.

  • Family Versus Community Frames of Reference: Fear, Love and Courage

    May 9, 2012

    David Burress

    The family metaframe. Political “framing” refers to the activity of placing political discourse into a context of commonly accepted values and commonly known stories, fables, or archetypes.  George Lakoff argues for a general approach to political framing (i.e. a metaframe) that starts with a family metaphor, and more particularly a parent-child metaphor, for the relationship of ...

  • The Lottery User’s Right to Know

    May 7, 2012

    David Burress

    You can’t get something for nothing.  That’s something Kansas progressives and moderates and religious conservatives and libertarians can all agree on.  Therefore Kansas government shouldn’t be telling people they can get something for nothing by gambling.  A majority of gamblers are simply having harmless, affordable fun.  Unfortunately, others have more desperate motives.  Lottery ads sponsored ...

  • Fiscal Conservatives Against the Death Penalty

    May 7, 2012

    David Burress

    Win or lose, bringing a death penalty prosecution costs county government some serious money it didn’t have to spend.   To pursue a successful death penalty prosecution, county governments in Kansas must spend on average an estimated $198,000 over and above the costs of non-death penalty murder trials—and costs are rising.  (The costs are much ...

Short Takes are unsigned and represent opinions specifically endorsed by the Kansas Progress Institute. KPI welcomes the submission of well‑reasoned position papers taking issue with KPI Short Takes and will consider them for publication.