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Everytime I hear one of his crazy commericials, I want to scream. He says he is a dealer for the people. This is a used car dealer and I believe his specialty is getting everyone fiancied. What bothers me is that he can get you fiancied and then charge you a hefty documentation (paperwork fee) which is $300. This price is on top of the selling price for the vehicle.

Most dealers in Lawrence charge from 0-to around $200. Some dealers that charge from $100 to $200 are dealers that are full service and sell new cars. These dealers also have a very large overhead and numerous employees.

October 6, 2011 at 11:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Around May of this year I hired McLaughlin to replace my roof that had hail damage. I felt his price was fair and they were prompt to start the job and finished in one day. I do feel he sub-contract the work to a group of hispanics from Topeka who are very hard working, honest and polite. The new roof they put on looked top notch and they spent a good amount of time making sure they picked up every nail and pieces of debri from the old roof.

With that being said I recommended McLaughlin Roofing to my brother-in-law around July. McLaughlin Roofing returned my brother-in-law phone call but never showed up the following week like he had said he would. My brother-in-law hired a different roofing company.

Around August I again recommended McLaughlin Roofing to a friend who lived out in the country. He needed a new roof on his house and barn. He hired McLaughlin Roofing and to my knowledge was pleased with their work. Around September I again recommended McLaughlin Roofing to a friend of my wifes. Last word I had was that she was still waiting for McLaughlin roofing to return her phone call she had left with their company.

After hearing that McLaughlin Roofing had failed to return her phone call, I decided to get involved and inquire why they have had such a difficulty in returning her phone call. Well it has been almost three weeks and I've called their anwering service twice and McLaughlin Roofing has yet to return my phone call. What concerns me now is that my new McLaughlin Roof on my house has a five year warranty with their company. What good is the warranty if the company won't return your phone call.

I've contacted one of their roofing suppliers to see if they have gone out of business. I was told they were still in business.

To hire this company would be a coin toss because they forgot about Customer Service.

October 6, 2011 at 11:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence's latest economic development initiative: Attract older folks to settle here

My first question would be why the hell would a retired person want to live in Lawrence Kansas. Very high taxes, low wages and a housing market that few can afford to buy in Lawrence. It would seem Eudora would have a better chance to attracting retires, cheaper housing, close to KC/K-10/ New Turnpike Gate.

At present Kansas is rated 11th as having the highest sales tax in the country. Housing is taxed at 100% of fair market value. How many states tax groceries at 100%. The only good thing Kansas has going for it right now is that government pensioned are tax exempt. But if you move here from another state, your government pensioned will be taxed at 100% unless it is federal or railroad retirement.

The state of Missouri recently figured out they wanted retirees with government pensions and are phasing out tax on government pensions and social security. Missouri residential property tax is 19% of fair market value.

The other day I was talking to a retired couple who live in Lawrence and also have a house in the state of Montana. They were telling me they bought a new car and were deciding which state to register their new car. Montana is one of about five states that has no sales tax. With that in mind the couple figured that the property tax would be real expensive since Montana has no sales tax. Guess again, it was cheaper to register the new car in Montana. I didn't ask , but I did some research and to register an RV in Montana is about $150 a year. The state of Kansas (Lawrence) lost out on about $2,000 in sales tax (8.85) and about $600 a year in property tax on this new car. To me this would be an easy guess on which state to resister your new car and the funny part of all this is this couple is retiring on a Kansas government pension (KPERS).

For anyone who is considering retiring in Kansas (Lawrence), there is a very good website for retirees wanting to live in any state in the union. The website is called taxes by state and is full of free information for every state. I'm affraid when our current governor with his fat federal pension is done, this state will be considered one of the worst states to live or retire in with sales and property tax at the high-end of the scale.

July 19, 2011 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City man claims he had no intent to harm bicyclist

I feel sorry for the bicycle rider having to go through this ordeal. I always move over for bicyclist and give them plenty of room. With that being said, I wish some of our local riders would be more respectful of automobiles. It always bothers me when I pull up to a stop sign or intersection and the bicyclist rides right through the intersection.

I have the greatest respect for bicyclist but in major riding events there is always a few I've noticed that don't care and ride like they are in a race. I have spoken to the owner of a local bicycle shop and he agrees that these bad apple bicyclist need to be ticketed for stop signs and riding more than two abreast.

March 2, 2011 at 9:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former KU football player Vernon Brooks pleads no-contest to burglary, assault charges

Makes you just want to shake your head and wonder what is going on with the Athletic Department. First Mario Little Little was in the paper this morning talking about his diversion and now the up-date on former football players Jamal Greene/Vernon Brooks. Brooks taking a plea on Agg. burglary.

I wonder what Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little thinks of the Athletic Department. A training camp for hoodlums. Is this normal for a university of this size to have some many athletes who are getting arrested. Instead of KU, it should be KU in the Hood.

January 12, 2011 at 7:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City prosecutor reveals details of Mario Little's diversion agreement

Shame on Coach Self. Any man who shoves a female is a coward and should be dismissed from the team. Over the years there have been numerous KU athletes arrested for various crimes, all the way to serious felonies. ( I would love for the Journal-World to do a five year recap of all the arrest for KU athletes).

The Athletic Department should have their new hire, ex-Police Chief Ron Olin do a major police background check on all future athlete's who get a full scholarship before they sign. If a police department or the military wouldn't accept this person, why should the Athletic Department.

Most people would be on cloud nine to get a full ride to a major university and all you have to do is go to class and play a sport you love. How hard can it be, you have a tutor, you have someone check on you at each class to make sure you are there and all you have to do is act as if your are as smart as a fifth grader.

I really doubt that Mario Little can stay out of legal trouble for a year and his true self will reappear. I wonder down the road when Mario is serving jail time, will his father figure coach Bill Self come visit him or will the coach write him off as another bad apple. Mario Little is a (Little Thug) and if he want's to shove someone, try that on a football player and see what happens.

January 12, 2011 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City prosecutor reveals details of Mario Little's diversion agreement

Shame on Coach Self. Any man who shoves a female is a coward and should be dismissed from the team. Over the years there have been numerous KU athletes arrested for various crimes, all the way to serious felonies. ( I would love for the Journal-World to do a five year recap of all the arrest for KU athletes).

The Athletic Department should have their new hire, ex-Police Chief Ron Olin do a major police background check on all future athlete's who get a full scholarship before they sign. If a police department or the military wouldn't accept this person, why should the Athletic Department.

Most people would be on cloud nine to get a full ride to a major university and all you have to do is go to class and play a sport you love. How hard can it be, you have a tutor, you have someone check on you at each class to make sure you are there and all you have to do is act as if your are as smart as a fifth grader.

I really doubt that Mario Little can stay out of legal trouble for a year and his true self will reappear. I wonder down the road when Mario is serving jail time, will his father figure coach Bill Self come visit him or will the coach write him off as another bad apple. Mario Little is a (Little Thug) and if he want's to shove someone, try that on a football player and see what happens.

January 12, 2011 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Retail report details what Lawrence shoppers buy — and whether they buy it in town

103 million in lost sales for vehicles and fuel seem high. With that being said, I don't know how many times I've heard someone try to buy a vehicle locally with no luck. It seems the local dealers have the attitude pay my price or go somewhere else.

My suggestion is for everyone is to quit buying their vehicles in Topeka or Johnson County because all that expensive sales tax goes into their coffers. Drive a few miles into KC MO and buy from one of those mega dealers on the Missouri side. By doing this it is a win win for everyone. You get a good deal, all your sales tax is paid to Douglas County and local dealers will still do all your warranty work. (Missouri dealers can't collect sales tax because you are buying out of state and Missouri unlike Kansas collect's no sales tax from buyers---it is done when you register your vehicle.

January 7, 2011 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: KU unveils legislative priorities; KU alumna becomes first African reporter in China; Kansas Athletics 'The Wheel Club' explained

Nice article about the Wheel Club for the Athletic Department. As a taxpayer it has bothered me for years how the Athletic Department treats the public and has the attitude they can do whatever they want.

It ranges from parking in loading zones daily, telling the public they can't watch a football practice from a public sidewalk or Anderson Sports Complex is closed to the public. Once I was told Memorial Stadium is private property.

To further make my point the idea of certain members of the Athletic Department driving vehicles with dealer plates is a direct violation of Kansas Statue 8-2406. If you google the statute, it states the following are authorized the use of dealer license plates;
-Licensed dealer and spouse, sales manager and other dealership personnel, customer when operating a motor vehicle with negotiations to purchase said vehicle or during a demonstration.

I'm no attorney, but I don't see how the Athletic Department can operate a vehicle with dealers plate. I was told by a local dealership it is okay to do this and since the vehicles were never titled, they are sold as demonstrators, not used vehicles.

January 5, 2011 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger to be paid $450,000 per year for 4.5 years

It says in his contract he get the use of two automobiles. Since he has spent time in Kansas, hopefully he can read Kansas statue 8-2406. Apparently numerous members of the Athletic Department feel they work for various car dealerships in Kansas/Missouri.

You can always spot Athletic Department vehicles at Anderson Sport's Complex and The Fieldhouse with dealer tags and athletic department parking permits. I'm told this is an accepted practice and the car dealers who do this are called members of The Wheel Club. The car dealers sell the vehicles for a dollar and buy them back for a dollar after four months or so. In return the dealers get preferred treatment for athletic event tickets they purchase.

Also since the vehicle had a dealer tag and was never titled, it is sold as a demonstrator (not a used vehicle). I'm sure if your a popular member of the athletic department, buyers are lined up to pay top dollar for your four month old vehicle just to say this vehicle was driven by!!!!!!!!!

January 3, 2011 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )