Sound Off

Sound Off: How can a member of the public look up a Douglas County court case?

The public can look up and request to view county court cases in the basement of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. The office, open weekdays 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., offers computers where people can search cases by name. Some older cases may take a day or so to retrieve from archives. Files cannot be taken from the office, but copies can be made for 25 cents per page.


skinny 6 years, 3 months ago

Why isn't this information available online like other counties?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

That could be done, and probably will be in the future.

But apparently at the moment there is a small issue in that the public in this county feels that their taxes are high enough already, and would rather not have them raised in order to pay to have all the old records digitized at the present time.

However, if you are willing to fund part the project, I am sure that your donation of several hundred thousand dollars to get the project at least started will be greatly appreciated.

kernal 6 years, 3 months ago

"Why isn't this information available online like other counties?" Last time I checked, the majority of Kansas counties do not have this information online for free due to lack of funding; such is the case with Douglas County.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

Free television broadcasts are still available over the airwaves.

And televisions sets, especially color sets, used to be very, very expensive. Looking back at the prices that were advertised for back then they sound cheap, but they certainly were not because of the inflation of our currency.

I really have to wonder about you thinking that computers need a lot of repairs. You are either not purchasing very reliable machines, or a scam artist is taking advantage of you.

My last one, a generic one that a friend and I assembled, worked just fine for ten years. But, I did take it in once for a $100 virus removal a few years ago. And the only thing actually wrong with it now is that about 4 fifteen cent capacitors need to be replaced.

And the one I am using now has had no repairs, ever. I really don't know how old it is, but it was certainly not new in 2007.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

But, if you want to get the latest and greatest all the time, yes, you certainly can spend a whole lot of money on electronic equipment. But in reality, the advantages you obtain by spending money on the latest whatever are very small.

Another way to spend a whole lot of money is to buy a brand new car every year in an attempt to impress your neighbors.

Our society today is so based upon consumerism that many purchases are not based on actual requirements or needs, instead money is spent only in an effort to appease one's own ego.

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