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Award honors 'East Lawrence fixture,' homeless-shelter staff

"I would rather still be at Penn House. It's really, really hard for me not to be there," she said in a recent interview. "But it's changed. There's no funds."

-You can always volunteer.

April 25, 2013 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer wants to highlight need for more jobs, technical education as part of City Commission campaign

I have met the guy on several occasions and think he is full of it. I don't believe anything that comes out of his mouth.

March 14, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

I don't have "anything" more than anyone else. I am just trying to remain open minded since it stricks me as strange that the BCS would handle things the way they did. Why is everyone so confident that they KNOW all the circustances in this particular incident since the story only covers one side of the story. Again, I am not defending BCS, but that is the point, they were not given an opportunity or explaination according to the article. Thats all.

January 7, 2013 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

I agree, that BCS BOD should admit that they handled the situation in por taste, but I do not pretend to know all the circustances surrounding that decision either, and I am guessing none of you know. What appears one way from the outside may appear very different for the other side as I have learned over the years. Instead of making comment after comment posted here about why you disagree based only on this article and the information that was chosen to be given to you, go meet Kyle in person and maybe you will gain a better more insightful response than words on a screen can provide.

January 7, 2013 at 11:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

"Apparently as much as 85% of Ballard's budget is given over to operating expenses." This statement is a broad assumed fact with no detail - and thus means very little until you know much more. I am not defending BCS or there expenses by any means, but to state that figure and leave it at that, implies much (speculation) but actually says little regaarding accountable details. If there is corruption, it is best meet with proof rather than allegations. Again, I am not defending BCS, but until I see all the numbers and expenses I am not going to accuse or insinuate the BCS of wrong doing. This seems to be a common theme from both sides of the argument (in general), to insite behavior based on loose accusations while not providing proof. Its an emotional ploy used too often in arguments.

January 7, 2013 at 10:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

i suspect from your reply, we both know what the underlining issues are. I do not disagree that BCS disrespectfully handled the termination, but the article implies that somehow Linda's termination was a complete suprise. I know a lot of organizations these expect people leave immediately following termination due to potential retaliation. Obviously I do not believe that Linda would have any retaliation from the sound of her character, but they must have rules that apply to all. I am not saying I agree with this attitude or policy, but I understand the concerns and need to treat all employees the same. A party in her honor would have been nice, but I can see some in the community then blaming BCS for spending expenses on a party. I am just trying to be objective, but do not claim to be right.

January 7, 2013 at 9:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

"Why don't you address them here, and now, rather than hide behind your desk." He is offering to discuss the matter in person where it deserve to be discussed. What more could someone like you ask for...go march in and tell him how to do his job, and when your done there I have some issues that could use your enlightened knowledge, that is if you can make the time. This has turned into another trolling exercise for the online elite.

January 7, 2013 at 7:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

Do you know if the Board collects a paycheck? Do you know how many people are on staff at all of their locations? Do you know how many locations that Budget covers? Do you know how many programs they operate?
Speculation is a great way to accomplish nothing.

January 7, 2013 at 7:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

"we also cried together when we met and discussed financials over two months ago, when she was told that recent funding cuts would not support current agency salaries in 2013."
This makes it sound to me, that Linda had about 2 months notice that her job would be ending as of 2013.

January 7, 2013 at 7:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Longtime employee Linda Lassen 1 of 2 laid off at Penn House on Friday

Katara you sound like a saint.
It sounds like the article published presented only part of the story. Great way to stir up the pot a get a fire lit. Now we just need a bunch or irrational emotional speculation to divert the public from an actual focus from the root of the problem.
"we also cried together when we met and discussed financials over two months ago, when she was told that recent funding cuts would not support current agency salaries in 2013."
Sounds to me like, Linda was notified 2 months prior on the likely conclusion of her job come 2013. So lets all run to grab a stone and ask questions later. The real problems with the situation will be over looked I fear, due to people's emotional desire to attack the messenger. If this makes you toss your cookies, get over it, and yourself and go make a difference NOW.

January 7, 2013 at 7:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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