Chats for December 2006

Santa Claus

Chat about Christmas 2006 with Santa Claus

Friday, December 22, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

He knows if you've been naughty or nice. Here's a chance to make your last-minute pitch to Santa Claus before the holiday rolls around!

Chat about holiday traditions with Gwyn Mellinger

Thursday, December 21, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Gwyn Mellinger writes about food for the Lawrence Journal-World. She takes your holiday questions.

Bob Johnson

Chat about the Douglas County Commission's new raise with Commissioner Bob Johnson

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Douglas County commissioners on Monday gave themselves and other elected officials pay raises amounting to several thousand dollars per individual. They say the move is to bring salaries in line with other Kansas counties of comparable size. Commissioners will see their annual pay increase by more than 50 percent - from $21,507 to $32,552. Commissioner Bob Johnson will take your questions about this and other county issues.

Roger Werholtz

Chat about the prison system with Roger Werholtz

Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Kansas Secretary of Corrections Roger Werholtz will be here for a chat at 1:30 Tuesday, Dec. 19. He will talk about issues related to his department - and about last week's Lawrence conference that revealed Kansas is on track to run out of prison space within two years unless something changes.

Lyn Walther

Chat about Christmas trees with Lyn Walther

Thursday, December 14, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Lyn Walther of Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm will answer questions about how to choose, cut and care for live Christmas trees.

Chat about a debt-free Christmas with Robert Baker

Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 2:00 p.m.

Robert Baker is a certified consumer credit counselor with Housing and Credit Counseling. They teach a class on how to have a debt-free Christmas.

Janeal Krehbiel

Chat about the Lawrence Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall with Janeal Krehbiel

Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 1:00 p.m.

Janeal Krehbiel directs the Lawrence Children's Choir. The choir was invited in May to submit an audition tape to be considered for a national choir festival sponsored by Field Studies International. The group was selected and will perform at the storied Carnegie Hall in mid-April.

Bob Beatty

Chat about Sam Brownback's presidential prospects with political scientist Bob Beatty

Monday, December 11, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Bob Beatty is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. His interests, research, and projects in Kansas Studies focus primarily on Kansas history and politics. Beatty is also the producer and moderator for Public Affairs programming on KTWU and WUCT in Topeka. His programs focus on in-depth discussions with Kansas' political leaders (such as Senator Sam Brownback, Senator Pat Roberts, Congressmen Jerry Moran and Dennis Moore, etc.) and in election years forums between candidates for key Kansas offices such as Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Congress.

Chat with Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan

Friday, December 8, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan is one to tell it like it is, whether it comes in his columns, his postgame ratings, every Sunday night on The Drive or in the Spodcasters studio. This Friday he'll bring it live to, joining us for a live chat. Got a question about KU hoops? KU football? Caramel Macchiatos? Tom's the guy to ask.

Scott McMichael

Chat about Lawrence Own Your Own Art Show with Scott McMichael

Thursday, December 7, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Scott McMichael is in charge of this year's Lawrence Own Your Own Art Show; the public reception is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Jason Boots

Chat about crumbling classrooms with KU student body president Jason Boots

Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Jason Boots, president of the KU student body, is spearheading a campaign to draw attention to $284.1 million in needed maintenance and upgrades to campus facilities. He takes your questions.

Talk about energy efficiency with Paul Johnson

Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Paul Johnson, a lobbyist for Kansas Catholic Conference, has fought for programs to help people weatherize their homes. Johnson hopes the Legislature will work toward helping Kansans become more efficient energy users. "At least a quarter of our energy, especially home-based, is wasted," Johnson said.

Chat about Douglas County's uninsured with Nikki King

Monday, December 4, 2006, 1:30 p.m.

Nikki King is the administrator for Health Care Access, which offers care to the uninsured of Douglas County. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is on pace to double the amount of money it spends treating Health Care Access clients in 2006.