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Opponents of drug testing for welfare benefits see it as hassling the poor; Brownback says it will help

Great, test welfare recipients. I have to drug test for my employer too and my employer pays for the test. Who pays for the testing of welfare recipients and the administration of that program? Oh right....tax payers do. Fantastic.

April 23, 2013 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City planners recommending denial of proposed Menard's store; Planning Commission to debate project Monday

I think the City requires that managers and above live in Douglas County but planners are just regular employees. The City would have to require all employees live in Lawrence or Douglas County to make planners live here and not many (if any) municipalities do that. And I could be wrong but I don't think the City has any long range planners anymore. Everyone is now a Planner II. http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/contact_us

April 23, 2013 at 10:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dead Bars I Used To Love

Mr. Bill's. Oh no!

April 16, 2011 at 8:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Owner of The Bay Leaf points to Internet, downtown hours as contributors to closure

I don't think commenting that it was difficult to get most of the clerks to pay attention to the customers is borderline hostile. Nor is it a sour comment to state that I would only patronize the store when specific people were working because I was made to feel uncomfortable. We are recounting our experiences in this store and citing them as potential reasons for the decline. Sometimes the truth hurts.

It doesn't take an expert to know that if you treat customers as an inconvenience and don't provide excellent customer service when times are tight, your customers will vote with their checkbooks and patronize other retailers.

It is sad to see such a downtown mainstay close its doors, regardless of the reason. But then again, I still miss Arensburg's too.

April 7, 2011 at 2:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Owner of The Bay Leaf points to Internet, downtown hours as contributors to closure

I will miss the Bayleaf and the ladies that work there very much (Hannah, Pat, Becky) but there are reasons other than the internet that this store is closing.

The Bayleaf was a fun, funky and cozy niche store until it was sold and moved to the current location. The feel of the store changed and the merchandise changed to items that can be bought in any large chain store for much, much less. The quality of everything except the coffee, went downhill and the prices went up. Some of the employees were negligent at best, rude at worst. There were times I went in and was basically ignored in favor of a what was obviously a personal phone call or display arrangement. Who wants to shop where the clerks make you uncomfortable? I found myself waiting to shop when the above ladies were working. So I'd add poor customer service to the reason the business failed.

It is sad to see it go but don't blame the internet!

April 7, 2011 at 6:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Owner of proposed Meriden strip club files lawsuit against Jefferson County

The Planning director and a former Planning commissioner both said during one of the meetings that they were told from the beginning that this would be a strip club. I smell revisionist history in the making. Someone is engaging in a little "c.y.a." now that the public is outraged.

The really funny thing about this is that this building was a VFW bar for YEARS and there was never any concern or issues about that. But until Jeff Co gets their act together and comes up with a REAL zoning code, there is nothing to stop this.

March 30, 2011 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Owner of proposed Meriden strip club files lawsuit against Jefferson County

It's not in town, it's north of town which is why the request was heard by the County Commission and not the City of Meriden. The lawsuit says that county commissioners said they would not allow this club to open anywhere in Jefferson County, which is against federal law.

The question in my mind is why doesn't Jefferson County have code preventing this??? They recently revamped their zoning codes and there is nothing prohibiting s.o.b.'s from opening near schools, churches, etc. They should have read Douglas County code and modeled their restrictions off of that. As is, they left themselves without a legal leg to stand on.

March 29, 2011 at 5:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Owner of proposed Meriden strip club files lawsuit against Jefferson County

According to the lawsuit, the Jeff Co planning office told the builder where to put the club. Sounds to me like someone in the planning office needs to be fired.

March 29, 2011 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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