HenryPeach (Matt Needham)


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Gov. Brownback's plan to post teachers’ rankings causes outcry; GOP senator describes plan as 'toxic'

What we really need is a website that let's us give our politicians rankings of highly effective, effective, progressing, or ineffective. Highly effective = you get a $5000 bonus. Ineffective = automatic recall.

January 27, 2012 at 7:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Behind the Lens: Dreaming up the perfect camera, digital rot and all

"Digital rot" is about selling cameras not making photographs. The camera salespeople pushed this same BS when they were selling film cameras too. They want to convince consumers that the introduction of a new model means their old camera (or stereo or computer or cell phone or car...) doesn't work anymore.

While there may be the occasional Nikon F that sells for more than it did when introduced, a quick look at the Ebay completed auctions suggests that $150 to $175 is what they are more typically selling for today. I own many film cameras, including a half dozen old, mechanical Nikon SLRs. They are all worth less now than what I paid for them used in the 1990s. My Hasselblad 500c/m and Pentax 67II, which were very expensive cameras when I purchased them, plummeted in value. Only a select few of my film cameras have retained or increased in value over the last decade. They tend to be the rare and uncommon models.

"It has been the fashion to think too much of the tools and too little of the use made of them." -H.P. Robinson, a photographer from the days when film was the new fangled technology

September 6, 2011 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission sold on trying donation meter plan

People give to panhandlers because there is a human being in front of them. Those people are going to continue to give change to the panhandlers. No one is going to use the meters. At least not enough to make it worth putting them in. People hate putting money into parking meters.

July 20, 2011 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moderation wanes in Kansas as Brownback off to fast start

Is it the religion creating terrorists? Or is it way too many young men and women without decent jobs and education, and no prospect for supporting a family? The great thing about keeping people educated, employed, and busy putting food on the table to make a better life for their kids is that whatever their religion they aren't very interested in fooling around with bombs or making the world a more dangerous place. Take away their education, jobs, and ability to raise a family, and you've got desperate, hopeless people who become more dangerous as time passes even without political entities masquerading as religion prodding them along. When unemployment gets high enough we're going to find out right here in America whether it's religion or economics that breed terrorists.

June 6, 2011 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fire set to rejuvenate wetlands

The best way to understand what is going on is to take some time to visit the wetlands in all seasons. It goes through a lot of seemingly drastic changes throughout the year, yet the animals and vegetation always adapt and seem to be doing quite well, as long as they stay away from the paved roads. Go out this week and see what it looks like recently burned. Then come back in a few weeks, and see how fast the grass has regrown. It'll be back to four feet tall within two months. I'm sure a few animals don't escape the fire, but in general they are like us and flee or seek cover when they see a wall of flame approaching. The fire comes and goes extremely fast; a specific location burns off in a few seconds. From the bones revealed after the fire it's obvious that winter is much more harsh. More rodents will die being eaten by hawks and owls in the week or so they are left without cover than from the fire itself. The new plants quickly reclaim the bare ground, and it all starts over again. Also remember that much of it is too wet to burn.

April 20, 2011 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach defends stance on illegal immigration at Lied Center

If you hire them they will come. It seems to me that concentrating on getting American citizens back to work would solve several problems.

April 13, 2011 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Turnout defeat

I understand the feelings expressed by people who didn't vote. I found the candidates remarkably skilled at not really answering questions, and I didn't feel particularly confident in the people I voted for. But even if you are completely disgusted with your choices in a particular election please go out and vote. Write in your uncle if you have to. Vote for Micky Mouse. Please just participate. It does matter. If we could show a 40% or 50% voter turnout it would terrify the powers that be. It might even inspire some real leaders to run.

April 7, 2011 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Merc says goodbye to plastic bags

I use reusable bags, but I like the idea of offering the cardboard boxes the store stock came in. I wish all grocery stores had that option.

April 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence police plan ahead for Final Four weekend, ready for a party in the streets

"In 2008, after the Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers in overtime to win the national title, an estimated 40,000 people celebrated on Massachusetts Street. Two nights before that win, a large crowd partied downtown when KU defeated North Carolina to advance to the title game."

And the weekend before when KU beat Davidson in the elite eight a pretty good sized crowd also showed up. So be prepared for Sunday.

Mass St after KU beat Davidson http://mattneedham.zenfolio.com/p4418...
Mass St after KU beat North Carolina http://mattneedham.zenfolio.com/p3713...
Mass St after KU beat Memphis http://mattneedham.zenfolio.com/p3857...

March 26, 2011 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Rep. Virgil Peck apologizes for illegal immigrant, feral hogs remark

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." -Isaac Asimov

Second amendment solutions are unacceptable in America.

March 15, 2011 at 1:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )