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Curbside recycling committee recommending city sign contract with Hamm Companies for local recycling center; question of whether to accept glass still undecided

That's great that you have a side of your house to store a couple of huge plastic carts. There are a great many people in Lawrence in townhouse complexes who have no side to their house, nor any personal space in front of their house for another cart. Not everyone who owns a home in Lawrence is in a single-family dwelling.

February 8, 2013 at 10:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Curbside recycling committee recommending city sign contract with Hamm Companies for local recycling center; question of whether to accept glass still undecided

We may have to pay for this, but we will be opting out and will not accept a 95 gallon cart. We don't have a place for it. Why can't they allow different size carts, as they do for the garbage carts, particularly if the city is doing the pickups? We could deal with one more smallest size cart in our tiny garage, but 95 gallons is out of the question. So is the current medium-size cart. Such poor, poor planning by the city.

February 8, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is solar energy a viable long-term alternative energy source?

Interesting article published last week on new record efficiency for solar cells:


January 23, 2013 at 9:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City gets proposals for citywide, curbside recycling; proposed rates come in between $2 and $5 per month

No, no, no, no, and no.
Getting the 65 gallon trash cart into our small townhouse garage was hard enough.

A second 95 gallon cart is impossible. There is no place to put it.

Don't tell us to put it beside the garage because we don't have a "side" to our garage.
Don't tell us to put it in the yard. We don't have a yard.

But most importantly, we can handle our recycling just fine on our own and we don't need a second mandated monstrous cart to do it. A 95 gallon cart would hold our recycling for several months. Who came up with this size? Surely not someone who recycles.

January 18, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

For some, campground is home, even in winter

It looks like a very cold place to be even in the best of RV circumstances and I can't imagine someone living there in a tent at this time of year. The story doesn't mention what the fee is to park overnight in the park in the winter. Is it less than in the summer and, if so, what's the difference? Though Clinton Lake is close by we seldom drive around in the park at any time of the year because of the daily fee to get in. Is that waived if you are camping or if it is in the winter when services are evidently reduced?

December 28, 2012 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lecompton Chihuahua recovering from Rottweiler attack, dog lovers helping with vet bills

A very sad story and so nice that people are chipping in to help with the vet bill.
I'm wondering, however, why the owner of the Rottweiler isn't responsible for the vet bills? If I read the story correctly the Rottweiler was in the yard belonging to the Chihuahua at the time of the attack.

December 21, 2012 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weather forces districts, including Lawrence, to cancel classes; other cancellations listed

All the streets in Lawrence are a mess. Do not drive if you do not have to. I just took Clinton Parkway and there was no evidence it had been plowed. Nothing but a lot of snow and vehicles sliding and unable to stop. I saw a van slide through Clinton Parkway and Kasold and another mini-van unable to stop for a turn at Iowa and Clinton Parkway.

If you don't have to drive, don't.
I don't know what is being plowed and being made safe for driving, but it sure isn't any of those main streets.

December 20, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weather forces districts, including Lawrence, to cancel classes; other cancellations listed

You are exactly right. The faculty and students are gone so they really aren't that concerned about the employees.

December 20, 2012 at 6:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Soup and sandwich shop opens near Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee; Meritrust Credit Union signs deal for new eastern Lawrence branch; city to host trash can recycling event Friday

Chad, you might check out how multi-unit housing is handling the lookalike carts.

I've seen tags attached to new trash carts around large homes in the Oread neighborhood which (I guess as I'm not jumping out of the car to check) may ID an apartment number. Townhome driveways (where 6 or more units may set their cans in the same spot by the curb) are another place for tagging. We tied a cord around our handle to tell it apart from the others, but we don't know what's permitted. Is it like tagging luggage so you can find it on the carousel at the airport? Can you tie a ribbon? A cord? A tag of a certain size?

It seems like an unnecessary thing to do until you realize that you are liable for the damage to or destruction of your own cart. So there's a vested interested in getting back the one you are responsible for, particularly if you are more careful than the neighbors in keeping yours in good condition.

Also, just an observation. In the two blocks of single-family homes next to my home this morning I saw 3 homes that also had bagged trash set out next to their cart and one home that could not fit their trash into their cart so the lid was left open and a large bag was sitting on top. So it seems that there may need to be a lot of adjusting of cart sizes or else the test for billing for excess bags may be coming sooner rather than later.

November 15, 2012 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Who is paying for the polls that are open during the pre-voting period and why? Why isn’t

This question sounds like it came from someone who has too much time on their hands and figures everyone else has nothing going on as well. I was very thankful for the early voting so I could vote on my one afternoon off work. Thank you Jamie Shew and your staff and all the poll workers for all of your hard work. It is really appreciated.

November 5, 2012 at 7:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )