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Editorial: Housing details
City commissioners should take time to examine their options before committing to a housing trust fund to address local affordable housing needs.
May 27, 2015
A local group has done an impressive job of mobilizing the community in an effort to provide more affordable housing in the community, but Lawrence city commissioners are right to take time to gather more information before committing to the creation of a housing trust fund.

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May 27, 2015

Opinion: Cost a real factor in railroad safety
The recent tragic Amtrak derailment that killed eight passengers and injured dozens more has, not surprisingly, raised a public outcry as well as a renewed debate about the safety of American railways. To have such a debate is important but I also think that any debate about transportation safety must be realistic and look at the underlying causes of accidents like the one that just happened.

May 23, 2015

Saturday Column: Bioscience agency should return to original mission
On April 19, 2004, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which created the Kansas Bioscience Authority. At that time, the Kansas Legislature declared, “The mission of the Kansas Bioscience Authority is to make Kansas the most desirable state in which to conduct, facilitate, support, fund and perform bioscience research, development and commercialization, to make Kansas a national leader in bioscience, to create jobs, foster economic growth, advance scientific knowledge and improve the quality of life for the citizens of the state of Kansas.”

May 22, 2015

Your Turn: Changes boost K-12 funding needs
I recently had a conversation with my dad, a retired teacher, and another relative about school funding. We all were in agreement the block grant represents a cut to our state’s K-12 operational funding. However my relative then added: “but I think we spend too much on administration and other support staff.” He reached back to his own school days, with multiple jobs shared among staff, and students helping out with various clerical and custodial duties. It’s part of a perspective shared among many that question whether schools are operating as efficiently as possible, fueled by idealistic memories of their own, or their children’s, academic experiences.

May 20, 2015

Your Turn: Two-year colleges have key role
Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan “to make community college as free and universal as high school.” This proposal, which generated both support and opposition, is important for two reasons.
Letters to the Editor

May 23, 2015

Letter: Grateful subscriber


Yes, I know, print newspapers are having a tough time of it, and I grumble a lot about missing the ...

Letter: Proud of city

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I was so grateful to be present at Justice Matters’ presentation to the City Commission Tuesday. It was wonderful to ...

Letter: Socialistic move?


Any effort, however altruistically intended as a social remedy, which leads to a greater tax burden, is socialistic in nature. ...

Letter: Words of hope


How refreshing it is to read the letters of Carl Burkhead in these times of chaos and tumult. He gives ...

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