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Town Talk: Two New York-style pizza places slated for West Lawrence; city interviewing finalists for library construction job; land transfers for the week of Jan. 30

Ooooh.... I hope Tad got the recipe from Georgio Pizzeria in NYC, it is just a block or two off Wall Street... Best Pizza I've ever eaten!

February 3, 2012 at 6:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study presents 4 options for expansion of rail service

While it may have been explained poorly to you on the train, what they were doing is making sure all passengers getting off at Lawrence were in the same car. At the smaller stops, it is much faster to open a single door for rather than opening a door in each car. Also, some stations have shorter platforms than others... to open multiple doors would require the train stopping, opening the first few doors for several minutes, closing them... then moving forward a few hundred feet to open the doors of cars further back in the train. This practice also makes it much easier for the crew to ensure that everyone due to get off at a specific stop does in fact get off the train.

Additionally, your assertion that if a seat is sold for one leg then Amtrak considers it sold for the entire route is incorrect. I have been on many trains that were 100% full leaving Chicago.. if your assertion was true, there would have been no passengers boarding between Chicago and Lawrence, when in fact, I saw passengers boarding at nearly every stop.

May 19, 2010 at 8:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study presents 4 options for expansion of rail service

Easy Does it > Since many of the trains to Chicago have been sold our or nearing sold out recently (and Amtrak's pricing goes up with the number of seats sold, rather than proximity to departure) it may be more accurate to pick a date further out in the future. Do so, and you will see that the round trip cost would be closer to $120.

Also, when comparing travel times, you have to compare apples to apples. There are a number of factors you left out of your two hour estimate.

The following assumes a trip from Lawrence to Downtown Chicago...
Drive from Lawrence to KCI, park car and take shuttle to terminal: 1 hour
Reccomended time to allow for checkin and to clear security: 1 hour
Flight time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes (non stop to O'hare)
Time at O'Hare to collect bags and get out of airport: 30 minutes, at LEAST
Time to get to downtown Chicago: 47 minutes via subway, or 30-40 minutes by car

So, the total time to travel by plane from Lawrence (via KCI) to downtown Chicago (via O'Hare) would be closer to four hours and fourty five minutes.

Yes, it is still faster to fly.... but not by as large of a margin as you claim.

I would say that the train seems to be a good answer to transportation in the "low density" plains states. I am taking the train to Chicago on June 15th and returning on June 19th. When I checked yesterday, both trains were VERY close to being sold out, with only lower level seats remaining.

May 19, 2010 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rail realities

"Rail travel will never get you where you really want to go. Ever. "

Oh Really??? How then was I able to take a Amtrak based vacation to see hockey games in five cities over eight days this past spring? Between Amtrak, subways, Commuter Rail, light rail, etc, I was able to get everywhere I needed to go. In several of the cities, I even stayed WAY out in the suburbs, and still didn't need a taxi or rental car.

I own a reliable car... I can afford to fly... I'd just rather take the train. There is no way of traveling that is as relaxing as the train.

January 8, 2010 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

‘Green tag’ purchase totals nearly $8,600

"The city purchases the green tags from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which in turn provides some of the revenue to the Bowersock plant."

I'd be interested in how much of the "Green Tag" cost is taken to fund overhead activities of Bonneville Environmental Foundation vs actually accomplishing their stated goals.

October 28, 2009 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Unfair penalty

anxiousatheist,

" If you cannot see things in degrees, then you are missing a lot of the details that one would need to make a consistent decision."

So if someone is pro-life, anti-capital punishment and supports the Iraq War, you consider them to be a hypocrite... even though they are really just "seeing things in degrees" as you recommend?? Sounds pretty hypocritical of you...

October 25, 2007 at 8:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Romney confuses Obama, bin Laden

Max1,

RE: Romney's health care plan
Take a moment to compare the plan Romney has put in place in Mass. with the new Hillary Care proposal. Both have provisions requiring individuals to obtain their own coverage, with penalties assessed for failure to do so.

So, if you are criticizing this aspect of Romney's plan, you must disapprove of the same aspect of Hillary's plan, right? Or is your dislike of Romney's plan solely based on his party?

October 24, 2007 at 10:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sebelius: Health veto should be overridden

Everyone seems to be forgetting the fact that this bill would increase spending on the SCHIP program by 1200% (yes, one-thousand two hundred percent)

Also for reference, in the state of Kansas: the Federal poverty level is still used to determine elligibility for the HealthWave (aka SCHIP) program, despite our lower cost of living. For a family of four, this equates to $20,652. So, the 300% of poverty cut off in Kansas would be $61,956.

Currently, a 200% of poverty level limit is in place, or $41,304 for a family of four. So, even before the program is expanded, those making up to $41K in Kansas are elligible for SCHIP.
(source: http://www.srskansas.org/KEESM/Append...)

I challenge anyone to prove to me that in the state of Kansas, $62k a year, or even $41k a year would be considered *poor*. I fall dead center between these figures and have never sought, or needed, government aid.

If we are going to base elligibility on Poverty levels, it needs to be adjusted for local economic conditions, instead of basing it on the Federal weighted average Poverty level.

Sounds like a step towards socialism to me.

October 5, 2007 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bush expected to veto children's health care program today

Everyone seems to be forgetting the fact that not only would the bill increase spending on the SCHIP program by 1200% (yes, one-thousand two hundred percent) it would expand the definition of "Child" to include anyone under 25 years of age! Bush has never stated he is against expanding the program... he (and I) am opposed to expanding it this much.

Also for reference, in the state of Kansas... the Federal poverty level is still used to determine elligibility for the HealthWave (AKA SCHIP) program, despite our lower cost of living. For a family of four, this equates to $20,652. So, the 300% of poverty cut off in Kansas would be $61,956.
Currently, a 200% of poverty level limit is in place, or $41,304 for a family of four.
(source: http://www.srskansas.org/KEESM/Append...)

I challenge anyone to prove to me that in the state of Kansas, $62k a year, or even $41k a year would be considered *poor*. I fall dead center between these figures and have never sought, or needed, government aid.

Sounds like a step towards socialism to me.

October 4, 2007 at 9:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Scientists overheated on climate

Livingstone Said:
5. You cannot deny that USA is responsible for generating over 70% of the greenhouse gases;

Livingstone provided this link to back up his statement:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3...

Within that article, it states that the US is responsible for 36.1% of all CO2 Emmisions.

36.1% = 70%??? I don't think so.
Seems to me that I CAN deny your facts. Your own supporting evidence denies your "facts".

Should I continue? Or have I made my point clear?

August 22, 2007 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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