Chats for August 2007

Chat with Drew Ellis of the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Months of anticipation come to a head Saturday, when KU kicks off its 2007 football season at Memorial Stadium against Central Michigan. To make sure you're as prepared as possible, join us at 2 p.m. Thursday when Drew Ellis, who covers the Chippewas for the <i>Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun</i>, will be here to answer your questions.

Chat about 'The Only Good Indian'

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Tom Carmody, writer-producer of "The Only Good Indian," a new film currently shooting in Lawrence, will discuss the challenges of trying to stage a Hollywood-style period piece featuring big-name actors in Kansas.

Judy Billings

Chat about changes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau with director Judy Billings

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Judy Billings, Senior Vice President of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, will join us for an online chat to discuss changes in the CVB that would make it the organization to run a 41-county National Heritage Area focused on the role of Kansas and Missouri in the Civil War era.

Managing editor, news director to discuss the Citizen Journalism Academy

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Cody Howard, 6News news director, and Dennis Anderson, Journal-World managing editor, will discuss plans for the third Citizen Journalism Academy this fall. The CJA is sponsored by The World Company and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University. For five successive Monday nights starting Oct. 1, CJA fellows will learn from educators and practicing journalists about the processes and standards that help translate community activities and events into "news." Fellows also will learn how news decisions are made, the ethics of storytelling, how to ask the right questions and a number of other key topics.

Chief Ralph Oliver

Chat about campus safety with KU Police Chief Ralph Oliver

Thursday, August 23, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Ralph Oliver, Kansas University's director of public safety, will take questions about campus safety and security issues.

City commissioner to chat about how property tax and sales tax increases could affect your pocketbook

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 4:00 p.m.

Lawrence city commissioners have said they need between $5 million and $6 million per year to seriously tackle street maintenance, sidewalk projects and infrastructure improvements. Commissioners have been told by city staff that there are essentially only two ways to raise that kind of coin: A sales tax increase or a property tax increase. Each increase affects each segment of the city's population differently. Commissioner Boog Highberger, who has done research on the topic, will chat with readers about the issue.

Chat about the Social Security claims process with Edward Swierczek

Monday, August 20, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Edward Swierczek, a senior claimant representative with Allsup Inc. Swierczek has worked with Social Security Disability Insurance claims for 34 years. Allsup - a national company - helps people through the claims process and has obtained more than $1.4 billion in Social Security and Medicare payments.

Greg Krissek

Chat about ethanol with Greg Krissek

Friday, August 17, 2007, 10:30 a.m.

Ethanol has been touted as the fuel of the future. Made with a renewable resource - mostly corn - vehicles running on ethanol will help the environment, put money in the pockets of family farmers and reduce the United States' dependence on foreign oil, its proponents say. But ethanol is coming under increased scrutiny. Some are concerned that the recent increase in corn crops used to make ethanol will further deplete dwindling groundwater reserves, and increase the use of fertilizers that run off into waterways and kill aquatic life. Regardless of the debate, more Kansas farmers are joining the effort to produce ethanol. There are 3.7 million acres of corn being grown in Kansas this year, about 8 percent more than last year, according to Kansas Agricultural Statistics. <b>Greg Krissek</b> is director of government affairs for ICM Inc., a Colwich-based company that is involved with the development of approximately 60 percent of the ethanol plants in the country. He'll take your questions on the topic.

Chat with child psychologist Wes Crenshaw about school, family and social issues

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Wes Crenshaw, a Lawrence child psychologist and co-author of the Double Take column in the Journal-World, will take questions about school, family and social issues.

Marlesa Roney

Chat about the new KU year with Marlesa Roney, KU's vice provost for student success

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Marlesa Roney, KU's vice provost for student success, will take questions from commenters. KU students head back to class on Thursday. Roney will provide advice about how to help students hit the books and get the year off to a good start.

Randy Weseman

Chat about South Junior High, the opening of the school year, with Lawrence Superintendent Randy Weseman

Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

The start of school Wednesday at the new South Junior High School, 2734 La., which is still under construction, could be delayed one or two days. A decision will be made by noon Tuesday. Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman takes your questions about that and other beginning-of-the-school-year issues.

Chat with Shay Wildeboor of

Thursday, August 9, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

With names coming and going from the picture this summer for KU's 2008 hoops recruiting class, Shay Wildeboor of has followed it all. He'll join Thursday at 2 p.m. to answer your questions about recruiting and give some names to keep an eye on over the coming months.

Chat about Civil War on the Western Frontier

Thursday, August 9, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Chat with Rebecca Phipps, director of the Watkins Community Museum of History, about Civil War on the Western Frontier events.

Chat about the Basehor-Linwood school bond issue with Superintendent Robert Albers

Wednesday, August 8, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Robert Albers, superintendent of the Basehor-Linwood School district, will speak about their upcoming bond issue.

Chat about law to confront school bullies

Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

State Rep. Terrie Huntington, R-Mission Hills, who helped to create the bill to protect classmates from being bullied, will discuss the initiative. Send in your questions about what the state and schools can do to prevent bullying.

Chad Lawhorn

Chat about concealed carry with Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn

Monday, August 6, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

To report about the process of getting a concealed gun permit, Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn bought a gun. Now he's going through the permit class. He'll take your questions about his gun experiences.

Chat about the Kansas GOP's "loyalty committee" with executive director Christian Morgan

Monday, August 6, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

Burned by several high-profile party switchers, the Kansas Republican Party has formed a loyalty committee to make sure Republican officials toe the GOP line. Under a change made to the state Republican Party's constitution, officials who hold party positions could be stripped of their party titles if they are found to be helping a Democrat get elected. "There are times where the party needs to unite under just one banner," Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan said.

Chat about back-to-school rules

Thursday, August 2, 2007, 10:15 a.m.

Free State High School Principal Joe Snyder will take questions about guidelines regarding school supplies, appropriate dress and the personal technology that is - and is not - allowed in school.

Chat about the new domestic partnership registry with Lori Messinger

Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

At 10 am on August 1st, the Lawrence-Douglas County Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition will host registrations for the first domestic partnership registry in the state of Kansas. Using computers set up in the City Commission meeting chambers, unmarried couples will come to Lawrence City Hall to register as domestic partners. Lori Messinger, a member of the coalition, will take your questions.