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May 29, 1998


It is not specifically against the law to drive barefoot in Kansas.

I would like to start a petition to repeal the 1-cent sales tax, and I'd like to know how to go about this?

``There is a provision for repeal,'' said Patty Jaimes, Douglas County clerk. ``There are several different methods. One of the methods is a petition signed by not less than 10 percent of the electors of the county who voted at the last preceding general election for the office of secretary of state.''

In case you're wondering, 26,065 people in Douglas County voted for the office in 1994. That means any petition calling for a repeal of the 1-cent countywide sales tax approved during that same election would need to be signed by at least 2,607 registered voters.

Even before any petition went out for signatures, however, it would need to be certified for form by the county's counselor, Jaimes said.

``If they want more detail, I suggest that they either contact an attorney, the secretary of state's office or the attorney general's office.''

Jaimes said she would be happy to run a copy of the appropriate state statute that outlines rules for recall petitions. Her office is on the first floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts. The phone number is 832-5281.

Why did they stop putting the garage sale map in the newspaper?

``Our Garage Sale Map runs in the paper on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the busiest part of the garage sale season,'' said Tom Fisher, advertising director for the Lawrence Journal-World. ``Occasionally, we must omit the map in order to publish all of the classifieds in the space we have allotted for their publication. If our estimate of space needed is exceeded, we must reduce the size of the classified header and, after doing that, omit the garage sale map.''

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