Comment history

Letter: Screening error?

Fred, the writer is simply pointing out that the Military may not provide adequate screening to avoid gun violence.

February 13, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Curbside recycling deal in the works

The Wal-mart recycling center should remain open and no jobs lost if curbside service is provided in the city. The Wal-mart recycling center will continue to offer county residents outside the city limits a location to bring their recyclables.

February 13, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Double stabbing reported early this morning in Lawrence

So now do you see why Obama wants immigration reform and to require all citizens to have health insurance?

February 11, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Run on guns

I think the anti-Obama crowd needs to acknowledge that he had no intentions to alter gun laws until the numerous mass shootings resulted in public pressure for him to act.

Also, i believe that all guns that change ownership (new and used) regardless if the transaction is between a business or two individuals, need to be through a licensed gun dealer entailing a background check and waiting period. To prevent the issue of undocumented gun transfers, create penalties for registered gun owners if their weapons have been used in crimes or are found in the hands of criminals. The crime of the gun's registered owner is selling or allowing a criminal to gain access to a weapon registered in their name.

I believe the penalty needs to be much more severe for illegal possession of a firearm.

February 10, 2013 at 9:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas City man arrested Sunday morning in Lawrence on gun charge

More guns is not the answer.

"The cost-benefit balance of having a gun in the home is especially negative for women, according to a 2011 review by David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Far from making women safer, a gun in the home is “a particularly strong risk factor” for female homicides and the intimidation of women.

In domestic violence situations, the risk of homicide for women increased eightfold when the abuser had access to firearms, according to a study published in The American Journal of Public Health in 2003. Further, there was “no clear evidence” that victims’ access to a gun reduced their risk of being killed. Another 2003 study, by Douglas Wiebe of the University of Pennsylvania, found that females living with a gun in the home were 2.7 times more likely to be murdered than females with no gun at home.

Regulating guns, on the other hand, can reduce that risk. An analysis by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that in states that required a background check for every handgun sale, women were killed by intimate partners at a much lower rate. Senator Patrick Leahy, the Judiciary Committee chairman, has used this fact to press the case for universal background checks, to make sure that domestic abusers legally prohibited from having guns cannot get them."

February 3, 2013 at 6:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If you could see anyone speak at the Dole Institute who would it be?

Stephen Colbert, Hillary and/or Bill Clinton, and the POTUS

January 27, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Democrats battle Brownback over tax plan

No, No, No, a surplus is defined as what is left over after all financial responsibilities are met. Walker simply pushed off debt for future administrations to worry about.

Wisconsin has a total state debt of approximately $79,600,643,000 when calculated by adding the total of outstanding official debt, pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) liabilities, Unemployment Trust Fund loans, and the budget gap. The FY2013 state debt total is less than the prior year's approximately debt total of $81,154,800,000.

Wisconsin's total state debt per capita is $13,936.26.

January 27, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Human Toll

I would like to commend the toll booth operators, especially those at the Lawrence exits. It is such a pleasure to see their smiling faces coupled with a great attitude, which always makes my experience on the turnpike a pleasant one.

January 26, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Work to begin soon on 23rd and O'Connell traffic signal; developers and housing authority still working on plans for rent-controlled apartment complex for area

Housing Choice Vouchers, in most instances, are a good tool, but that is another whole issue. The vouchers are in high demand and waiting lists for them are typically 1-3 yrs long throughout the US. Demand is so great that many housing authorities have closed their waiting lists that may be as long as a 5 yr wait. Also, the landlords of market rate developments have the option to accept vouchers. In high cost areas, voucher holders are forced into substandard apts because the "nice" or "good" apartment rents exceed the payment standard for the area. So ultimately, affordable housing demand and success varies significantly from market to market and the impact of subsidized developments may be very minimal or widespread.

January 25, 2013 at 3:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Work to begin soon on 23rd and O'Connell traffic signal; developers and housing authority still working on plans for rent-controlled apartment complex for area

Although the study was interesting, there are many flaws. The most blaring issue I have is that the study focus is on LIHTC developments and the impact on surrounding properties. However, the study does not control for the fact that similar results would likely occur if that LIHTC development was substituted with a market rate multifamily development. So, any impact a LIHTC development may have in certain locations would likely also be experienced by a market rate multifamily development.

In addition, there are significant locational differences between Lawrence and KC, especially the location of the LIHTC developments in KC.

January 25, 2013 at 1:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )