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Two child care facilities to close in Lawrence

The impact this will have on the community is significant. We have jobs lost. We have young children displaced out of their familiar learning environment. We potentially have parents and their employment that will be impacted depending on whether or not they can find replacement care and schooling by the time the old school closes. This is bad news for the community.

January 24, 2013 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police chief presents downtown surveillance camera policy at forum, will revise for City Commission

The only people that believe what you believe are purple and hail from venus.

See how that works?

December 19, 2012 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police chief presents downtown surveillance camera policy at forum, will revise for City Commission

Did I say that you wrote that Lawrence has a serious crime problem? Go read what I wrote again and do it slower. The implication was due to the indication that cops have "a hard enough job given todays societal problems". Those are your words. Maybe you should elaborate? What problems do we have in Lawrence that warrant the cameras that couldn't be taken care of by good ole police work like patrols?

December 19, 2012 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police chief presents downtown surveillance camera policy at forum, will revise for City Commission

You make it sound like Lawrence has a serious crime problem with the local cops barely able to keep up with the situation. This is not the case. The crime statistics in the area paint a much different picture. In addition, go drive around and count the number of cop cars just sitting around in vacant parking lots just waiting for something to happen. They are bored.

December 19, 2012 at 8:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence police call second public meeting on downtown surveillance cameras

No, we are not grateful that we are under camera surveillance. They have the cameras to protect the merchandise and for liability protection. If you think it is there for customer safety then you are sadly mistaken.

December 17, 2012 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School leaders consider ways to upgrade technology

The powerpoint that Ms. Herdman presented was exactly what I feared. It seems that AOS open systems is "Open" as long as it is Microsoft and Cisco. These two companies have nice products, but they come at a nice base price, with annual support/upgrade renewal costs. Here is the part that I want to stress out of all of this though. We want to bring technology to the classroom, but we don't know what that is. On page 3, of the powerpoint there is a nice bullet point - "Establishing standards by Curriculum and Grade level". What does that mean? It means that they don't really know what this technology upgrade is supposed to do for education. AOS Open Systems would be more then happy to sell us something, but do we actually need what they are selling?

The only two things that they know they want is exchange based e-mail and a fancy IM capabilities. What does this do for the students? Nothing. It is just for the teachers. Helping teachers be effective is great, but how is spending serious cash different then what they are doing now? They already have e-mail. We are already talking diminishing returns on the investment and we haven't even got started.

How about this - we figure out what we want by grade level. What software do we want to use? What should the students be able to do in a class room? Can we prove that this software and these tasks actually improves the education of the students? If we define those things then we know what infrastructure we need to build without guess work and excessive cost.

October 14, 2012 at 11:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School leaders consider ways to upgrade technology

Thank you! I totally missed it!

October 14, 2012 at 11:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School leaders consider ways to upgrade technology

Is there anyway to get access to this presentation? I looked at the usd497 website and couldn't find a download. I would love to see exactly what kind of technology this business is proposing for the school district to buy.

October 14, 2012 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parts of Lawrence already have super-fast Internet

Agreed. If we were to use the logic presented in this article then Knology is a source of high speed internet as well. We should also include the dorms on campus as well. His venture is no were near what Google is doing in Kansas City and doesn't even deserve the same consideration.

July 27, 2012 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Camera cues

I am going to toss out another proposal. How about we take that money and buy cameras for a group of citizens to follow around the cops in Lawrence just for their safety. Well, for their safety and maybe to make sure they do their job in an ethical and proper manner. Don't worry. We will destroy all video after 48 hours.

June 8, 2012 at 10:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )