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Losing My Deposit


August 22, 2008 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Boy, am I peeved Part II


August 22, 2008 at 11:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Losing My Deposit

I am admittedly rusty on the smalls claims procedures, but it used to be that a corp. could appear without an attorney in small claims court.There is an AG's opinion from the mid-90s on that issue.And then 61-2714 would allow both parties the use of an attorney, which would kind of defeat the purpose.There is also a 2000 case (Babe Houser Motor Co., Inc. v. Tetreault, 270 Kan. 502) that says a corporation can go to Small Claims without an attorney as well. I don't know of any case law on whether a corporation as a defendant could choose to use an attorney or former attorney, though. Any insights?

August 22, 2008 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Boy, am I peeved Part II

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August 22, 2008 at 11:21 a.m. ( )

Boy, am I peeved Part II

I agree with all the above - except for the track stand. It takes a while to learn. Don't hate the neophytes.And if there is a bike path, which is pretty rare in Lawrence, the cyclist should proceed all the way to the front of the bike lane at stop signs and lights.

August 22, 2008 at 9:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Losing My Deposit

I have had great landlords and crappy landlords in my time in Lawrence. Without a doubt, the property management companies were the absolute worst.Way back when I was an undergrad, I broke a lease because the renter breached our agreement by failing to fix several items, including a rampant mold problem. Soon after I left, he tried to make me pay the outstanding rent and keep the deposit. I sent him pictures of the apartment I had taken on move in, a copy of our rental agreement, letters from people who were present when we discussed his failure to fix the problems, and a cover letter explaining that I would take him to small claims court if he did not return my deposit. He returned my deposit and never contacted me again.These claims can easily be handled in small claims court. There are no attorneys allowed. It just the people themselves. File your claim, gather your evidence, and present your case. But it takes a lot of time to do that and renters and insurance companies know that. In my experience, automobile insurers and property loss insurers are the absolute worst. They routinely ding claimants by shorting them a few hundred dollars per claim knowing that it is cost prohibitive to hire an attorney and most people won't take their claims to small claims court. So they short you. A hundred here, five hundred there, and pretty soon they are saving money by screwing their clients.You have two choices: fight back or take it.

August 22, 2008 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama to campaign in Kansas City, Mo., next week

Gee. Yeah. Don't let what the guy actually said get in the way of a good, hard Nazi-paranoia moment.Funny stuff. Junior Americorp: The Modern American Gestapo.

August 21, 2008 at 8:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama to campaign in Kansas City, Mo., next week

Neo-cons are so cute when they are drunk on the neo-con Koo-Aid. Mr. Obama was clearly referring to domestic and international outreach/service programs. The kind of programs that teach people to fish rather than the kind of programs that bomb their fishing holes and subject their fish to torture."Just as we must value and encourage military service across our society, we must honor and expand other opportunities to serve. Because the future of our nation depends on the soldier at Fort Carson, but it also depends on the teacher in East LA, or the nurse in Appalachia, the after-school worker in New Orleans, the Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, the Foreign Service officer in Indonesia. . . ."Today, AmeriCorps our nation's network of local, state and national service programs has 75,000 slots. And I know firsthand the quality of these programs. My wife Michelle once left her job at a law firm at city hall to be a founding director of an AmeriCorps program in Chicago that trains young people for careers in public service. These programs invest Americans in their communities and their country. They tap America's greatest resource our citizens."That's why as President, I will expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots, and make that increased service a vehicle to meet national goals like providing health care and education, saving our planet and restoring our standing in the world, so that citizens see their efforts connected to a common purpose. People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve. Because when it comes to the challenges we face, the American people are not the problem they are the answer."So we are going to send more college graduates to teach and mentor our young people. We'll call on Americans to join an Energy Corps to conduct renewable energy and environmental cleanup projects in their neighborhoods all across the country. We will enlist our veterans to find jobs and support for other vets, to be there for our military families. And we're going to grow our Foreign Service, open consulates that have been shuttered, and double the size of Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy."We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. "

August 21, 2008 at 4:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A human side?

Why should we care about what some editorial writer thinks about anything?The book on Quantrill has the same type of scholarly value as books on Alexander the Great (or Terrible, depending on which side of the wall you sat), William Wallace, General Sherman, Genghis Khan, Lao Tzu, and on and on and on. Heroes and villains are defined by the victors and the victims. I am sure that the Cheyenne look upon the Sand Creek Massacre as something akin to Quantrill's raid, and yet would anyone argue that a fact-based, objective view of what led to our soldiers committing that massacre would have no value? What about in the cyclical nature of such things, e.g. the years of violence at Pine Ridge reservation that was encouraged by the FBI and our federal and state government? Does Matthiesson's book have no value because it looks at the Peltier case objectively?Books such as these have value. What made people of historical significance tick gives us insight into the human condition. Scholarly books about these people, historical accounts: these things work together to educate us about our past. They help us move past the black and white worldview born of understandably emotional reactions to horrific events and people who have done very bad things and look at the whys and wherefores.What is sad is the continued insistence on painting history as a narrative made up of heroes and villains rather than a complex interplay between a variety of forces, interest groups, and external forces.

August 20, 2008 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pay attention

Oh. Smells like someone is desperate for a little conflict.

August 19, 2008 at 12:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )