Archive for Saturday, March 24, 2007

Two candidate forums scheduled

March 24, 2007


Two forums for Lawrence City Commission candidates are scheduled for this week.

The Grassroots Action group will play host to a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The forum will feature a debate-style format where candidates will be asked questions by a moderator but also will be allowed to ask questions of each other.

Candidates are scheduled to participate in a second forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lawrence High School, 19th and Louisiana streets. The forum is sponsored by the Voter Education Coalition, a group of businesses and organizations that have banded together to put on candidate forums.

The Wednesday forum also will include the candidates for the Lawrence school board. That portion of the forum will begin at 8 p.m.

The election is April 3.


JohnBrown 11 years, 1 month ago


Job growth Thursday, March 22, 2007

To the editor:

Misinformation blossoms like spring dandelions during election season. Unfortunately, once erroneous ideas take hold, they become very hard to uproot. Let me try.

In recent letters, Deb Passig and Dwayne Peaslee have both suggested that the current City Commission has stymied job growth, among other alleged failings. Some commission candidates have been making the same assertion.

The fact is exactly the opposite. According to the city's partner in economic development efforts, jobs in Lawrence have grown steadily over the last four years when compared to the years immediately preceding them. Let me quote from an article in the most recent (March 2007) Chamber Newsletter, titled, "And the Progress Continues": "The Kansas Department of Labor indicates even stronger economic development performance for the community during 2006. Civilian job growth in Douglas County/ Lawrence has outstripped Topeka, Kansas City, Johnson County and the state's employment growth rate."

Let's review: According to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, under the current City Commission, job growth has shown steady and strong progress and produced a better performance in 2006 than even our famously pro-growth Johnson County neighbors.

Can we agree to pluck this "unfriendly-to-employers" weed and decide the election on the basis of real issues?

David Dunfield,


bearded_gnome 11 years, 1 month ago

probably for same reason the LJW didn't cover this:


From: Douglas County Area chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Release date: March 17, 2007

 Douglas County Blind Endorse Four Schoolboard Candidates

The Douglas County Area chapter of the National Federation of the Blind on March 17th voted to endorse four candidates running in the April 2007 election. Endorsed by the blind were: Michael Pomes; Rich Minder; Marlene Merrill; and Michael Machell.

"My primary focus is that blind and otherwise disabled children have every opportunity to receive the same quality education as other students without disabilities. The candidates mentioned here have shown that they too wish a bright future for these children." This was said by chapter president, Mrs. Lynda Canaday. She added, "the first step toward independence and productive membership in society is a high quality education."

These candidates were chosen on the basis of there experience and their voter education forum responses. We are particularly gratified by the genuine interest expressed by them regarding school participation by students with disabilities. We happily endorse these candidates and encourage others to consider voting for them. We appreciated the opportunity to participate with the Nonpartisan Voter Education Coalition. We also appreciated the candidates' responses to our question and our interest.

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION SPEAKING FOR THE BLIND--IT IS THE BLIND SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance.

For more information on our organization please go to:

bearded_gnome 11 years, 1 month ago

Southern Baptists don't speak in tongues! speaking in tongues in its modern american incarnation violations many of the guidelines for "tongues" as a spiritual gift in 1cor 14.

so, hawk, please try another epithet.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 1 month ago

should read "violates." earth still revolving around its axis?

KsTwister 11 years ago

This is just a ploy to fill up the parking lot with 200 cars so they can tout a new library.No,no and no.

Michael Capra 11 years ago

grassroots no one is showing to your nut case forum wack job forum as they shoudnt

bearded_gnome 11 years ago

also, we know GRA is really the radical PLC in another form, so how balanced are they really? they all think Maynard---moody is mainstream. yeah, riiiiight.

M-m stated in the March 5 forum that food prices will skyrocket, as if she's some kinda expert. scare tactics don't become anyone.

jafs 11 years ago

These forums are the only way for people to get direct experience of the candidates - their personalities, style, and ability to answer questions.

I would suggest that anyone who is not yet sure who they will vote for attend the remaining forums.

bearded_gnome 11 years ago

saw Maynard---moody's ad... she seems to be running on 'global warming' as her platform. she apparently completely buys the amazing faith-based insanity that the warming going on now is unique, and related to human activity. 1. solar output up in two bands of energy. 2. ice caps melting on Mars...not much manmade pollution there! 3. 30 years ago, these enviros were warning of global cooling/pollution winter. 4. current global temps do not exceed past peaks in the 'normal' cyclic variations of world climate.

more and more scare tactics by ydoom-dranyam. stop it!

blackwalnut 11 years ago

Kudos to LJWorld for covering these forums.

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