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NEW PERSPECTIVE
October 23, 1990
There were numerous positive spin-offs from the recent Lawrence visit by 250 citizens of the Soviet Union, and chances are, there are many other dividends still to surface from the unprecedented visit. However, most local families who had the good fortune to serve as hosts for the visitors will be quick to say that perhaps the single most evident “positive” coming out of the weeklong gathering is for Lawrence residents to be given further evidence of just how fortunate we are to be Americans living in the United States.
UNPLEASANT MEMORY
October 23, 1990
To the Editor: As the city of Lawrence and its media recover from the excitement and bask in feelings of friendship left by the Russian visit, it is perhaps useful to realize that there were some rotten apples in the barrel. Some of the members of the delegation were direct descendants of the high-ranking members of the old Soviet nomenklatura, the underlings of Stalin, who attained and maintained their positions through participation in atrocities and crimes against humanity comparable only to those that took place at the hands of the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Being brought up in luxury and wealth accessible to the nomenklatura, in spite of their possible best intentions, these delegates could not in good faith represent any living Russian of good will. Their visit in Lawrence was an extra diversion provided by the infamous notoriety of their fathers. Their presence here was an insult to the memory of their fathers’ innocent victims.
KEEP THE REGENTS
October 23, 1990
Dear Editor: Few would question the assertion that the American system of higher education is among the best in the world. One important reason for that leadership is the practice of governing our colleges and universities through trustees or regents. Virtually all American private universities and all of the public universities and colleges in the 50 states come under the direction of trustees. Private citizens who serve as trustees and regents reflect the general will of the people yet provide continuity and institutional stability. They carefully balance the interests of students, faculty, alumni, the business community and political leaders in setting policy and in charting the course for each college and university.
SCHOOL CLARIFICATION
October 23, 1990
To the Editor: I wish to clarify what I consider to be a completely inaccurate statement in the Special Report from the Board of Education to the citizens of Lawrence. I was the chairperson of the Secondary School Task Force which was appointed by the Lawrence school board in November 1987 to consider the problems resulting from the anticipated growth in the secondary school population and to recommend a solution to those problems. The task force membership represented a cross-section of the population of Lawrence. There were two members of the school board on the task force.
STUDENTS PAY TRIBUTE TO IKE
October 23, 1990
Tonganoxie school children spent Oct. 8-14 commemorating the centennial of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birth with a new Eisenhower Research Center and a variety of educational activities. Roberta Michael, district library director, and Marilyn Daniels, language arts director, received a $465 grant earlier this year through the Southwestern Bell Foundation for their project, “Eisenhower Centennial Commemoration Reference-Research Center.”
CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY LINKED TO OTHERS, POLICE SAY
October 23, 1990
A Lawrence convenience store was robbed early today in what Lawrence police believe is the latest in a string of holdups committed by the same man. Officers reported today that the Kwik Shop convenience store, 1714 W. 23rd, was robbed by a Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5-feet-8 and 135 pounds.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 23, 1990
DISMISSALS Mellissa Sumonja and baby girl, Lawrence; Woodrow Strobel, Eudora; Rhonda Noll and baby boy, Valley Falls; Beulah Witmore, Lawrence.
DOWNTOWN CLUBS SPUR COMPLAINTS
October 23, 1990
Members of the Downtown Lawrence organization complained to city officials Monday that the patrons of some downtown drinking establishments are causing problems including running off an established business near Eighth and New Hampshire streets. Andy Ramirez, DL vice president, said that patrons of AJ’s Eighth Street Bar and the nearby Red’s Place have created an “undesirable” element in the area. The problem, he said, has led to building vacancies and tenant complaints and is a contributing factor in the Price Appliance store’s decision to relocate outside downtown.
ARCHIE MEEDER
October 23, 1990
Services for Archie Meeder, 84, Edgerton, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bruce Funeral Home in Gardner, with the Rev. Bud Jones officiating. Burial will be in Clearfield Cemetery north of Baldwin. Mr. Meeder died Sunday at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
DESOTO MUSICIANS TO PERFORM SHOWS
October 23, 1990
It’s a musical week for DeSoto students. DeSoto High School will celebrate its 14th annual Band Night on Thursday with four bands performing during halftime of the football game against Eudora High School.
KU ALUMNI SEEK MARGIN SUPPORT
October 23, 1990
Kansas University Alumni Association members are being asked to urge Kansas legislative candidates to endorse financing of the Margin of Excellence program at state universities. Fred Williams, KUAA executive director, said today more than 500 alumni will be asked by letter to personally encourage candidates to commit themselves to the Margin, a program aimed to increase funding for all state universities to improve faculty salaries and enhance academic programs.
FINAL STATEMENT PLANNED FOR MEETING FOR PEACE
October 23, 1990
A final statement outlining successes and business initiatives prompted by the Meeting for Peace will be released late today, organizers of the U.S.-Soviet conference said. The statement includes results of forums held in Lawrence and other Kansas cities and will be sent to U.S. President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
WHAT, PURDY WORRY? NOT OVER YARDAGE
October 23, 1990
Two hundred and six yards isn’t 252 yards. The first number is what was reported as Lawrence High’s total offense last Friday in its 34-16 district-clinching win over Topeka.
GUY JOINS KUAC BOARD
October 23, 1990
Former KU basketball captain Tony Guy has been added as an alumni member of the Kansas University Athletic Corp. board. Guy, who was co-captain of the 1981-82 KU basketball team, is now an insurance agent in Overland Park. He was chosen by the KU Alumni Assn. to fill the expired term of Mike Holland of Russell.
VOLATILE CHEMICAL REMOVED, DETONATED BY BOMB SQUAD
October 23, 1990
Experts from the Overland Park Bomb Squad on Monday detonated a chemical packing the punch of two sticks of dynamite, leaving a tiny crater in a field south of Lawrence and creating a boom heard miles away. The explosion occurred about 9:45 p.m., more than seven hours after Kenneth Reeder, a Douglas County sheriff’s officer, found the chemical in a carport shed at his mobile home at 1900 W. 31st.
COUNCIL SIGNS LEASE FOR NURSING FACILITY
October 23, 1990
The Baldwin City Council Monday night approved a five-year lease agreement with Top Management Services, an Overbrook firm, for operation of the Orchard Lane Nursing Facility. Rick Shain, city manager, said this morning that the city has operated the nursing home in the past, something that no longer is feasible because of financial restraints, increased federal regulations and a number of other factors.
LIGHT AGENDA AWAITS COUNTY COMMISSION
October 23, 1990
Only one item comprises the Douglas County Commission agenda Wednesday night. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
VELMA M. ALFORD
October 23, 1990
Services for Velma M. Alford, 73, Sedan, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church of Sedan with Ina Brooks and the Rev. Ron Walters officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Alford died Sunday at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Sedan.
FIRST STEP HOUSE REQUESTS EXPANSION
October 23, 1990
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will hear a request for expansion from First Step House, a reintegration program for women recovering from substance abuse, during the commission’s meeting Wednesday night at city hall. First Step House is requesting a use permitted upon review permit for an expansion to 411 Minn., which is about a block away from the current First Step House at 345 Fla.
SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS POLICY ON HIGH SCHOOL BOUNDARIES
October 23, 1990
The Lawrence school board Monday night approved on second reading a policy that would require two public meetings before the board could change enrollment boundaries for Lawrence High School and a proposed second high school. Under the boundaries approved by the board in September, students north of 15th Street would attend the proposed second high school, and students south of the street would attend LHS. The site for the proposed high school is near 15th and Wakarusa. LHS is at 19th and Louisiana.
LAWRENCE VOTERS WOULD BE FIRST INVESTORS IN ROAD PLAN
October 23, 1990
Where funding for the proposed eastern parkway is concerned, local officials are banking on the same basic sources they targeted for the south Lawrence trafficway: local taxpayers and the state and federal governments. But unlike the south Lawrence trafficway, for which 89 percent of necessary funding already is in place, the eastern parkway’s bank account balance is $0. If Lawrence voters approve a $4 million bond issue for the parkway on Nov. 6, they will become the first investors of consequence in the parkway financing structure.
CITY OFFICIAL SEEKS CONTRACTS WITH FIRMS GETTING TAX BREAKS
October 23, 1990
Companies receiving tax abatements from the city would be required to sign a performance contract and would be subject to annual reviews to determine whether they were living up to their promises, under a plan proposed Monday by Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Rundle. Rundle, who has long decried the city’s approach to granting tax abatements, unveiled his plan during a study session Monday afternoon at city hall. No action was taken on the proposal.
HIGHER HOUSING RATES PROPOSED
October 23, 1990
Housing rates would increase next year at Kansas University if the Kansas Board of Regents adopts a fee schedule proposed Monday by the Residential Programs Advisory Board. Ken Stoner, director of student housing, said the increases are standard, inflationary increases that would be used to cover the increased cost of renovations, food service and utilities.
SHELTER OFFERS REFUGE FOR WOMEN TRAPED IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS
October 23, 1990
Slamming her against the wall, Stephanie’s attacker warned her that if she made one move, he would kill her. She was not the victim of a mugging on the street, and the threats did not come from a stranger. It happened in her living room, the attacker was her husband and the death threats were not an isolated incident in Stephanie Coleman-Marks’ abusive marriage.
KANSAS ESCHEWS EVENT SPONSORS
October 23, 1990
You will not be attending the Dillons Class 6A state football championship next month. Nor the K mart state volleyball tournament.
EASTERN PARKWAY
October 23, 1990
The eastern parkway is a perfect example of a road that many deem necessary but nevertheless creates controversy when the mechanics of it are debated. The idea behind the parkway is simple enough: Build a road that allows an easy, unclogged route from Kansas Highway 10 to downtown so that East Lawrence residential streets no longer are used by trucks and cars for that purpose.
LAWSUITS PRESS NEW JAIL ISSUE AS BOND ELECTION APPROACHES
October 23, 1990
As the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department campaigns for voter approval of a bond issue, it also faces lawsuits regarding the living conditions in the current jail. Of the three lawsuits filed by former inmates of the Jefferson County Jail, one has been dismissed and another was dismissed and later reopened.
ROADWAY ISSUE FUELS DISCUSSION
October 23, 1990
Sparks flew at the weekly Rotary Club luncheon on Monday as Douglas County Commission Chairman Mike Amyx and Lawrence resident Leslie W. Blevins Sr. discussed the two roadway bond issues. Blevins, an opponent of the south Lawrence trafficway, was put on the defensive by two questions from the group. One question dealt with a letter he had written to the Journal-World, and the other was about his comments concerning the trafficway’s benefit to “special interest groups.”
ARTS GROUP RAISES FUNDING CONCERNS
October 23, 1990
The Lawrence Arts Commission is seeking an early detection system in its quest to gain city funding for pieces of public art. Members of the arts commission met Monday afternoon in a study session with the Lawrence City Commission and urged changes in the city’s “2 percent for art” policy.
BOARD MEMBER LAUDS PLAN TO MOVE NINTH-GRADERS
October 23, 1990
The Lawrence school district is out of step with the rest of the country in not having switched from a junior high to a middle school system, a change that could increase opportunities for students, a Lawrence school board member said Monday. “People have questioned why we’re moving the ninth grade,” said School Board Vice President Mary Loveland while reporting on secondary school organizational patterns at Monday’s school board meeting.
AREA CORNHUSKERS BRING HOME AWARDS
October 23, 1990
Two area cornhuskers reaped awards at state and national competitions this fall. Ray Oroke, Oskaloosa, came in second in the senior division at the Kansas State Cornhusking Championships, Oct. 13 in Oakley. His stepdaughter, Donna Fairbanks, Oskaloosa, placed third in the women’s division.