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Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

Tuschie - if you had paid attention to the conversation here you would know that each contractor, whether they are from Colombia or Perry or Lawrence, all have to meet the same specs that KDOT puts out. The engineer that Prairie Band hired was from TX and used TX DOT specs which are entirely different that KDOT. His road design was like comparing apples and oranges. For David Prager to claim that they were comparable was an indication of his lack of understanding of the situation. Besides, that argument was never going to be strong enough to reverse the court ruling. He should have tried a different tact.

September 23, 2013 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

What exactly is the "conspiracy theory" here - the myth that there might be graves out there or rational explanations why there wouldn't be. There are no graves and never were any graves. This was a "theory" made by a wishful thinker as a way to stop the road. This "theory" has been picked up by the opponents. The point being that none of the elders who should have known about these burials would speak up. Not because they wanted to "protect" the burial sites but because honestly did not know of any burials. And my point here is that the "conspiracy theory" doesn't matter because if there is no excavation, there will never be any evidence one way or another.

September 21, 2013 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

What Dr. Boyd said and what you heard are two different things. This has been explained before but you continue to twist the truth (your own words even) to come to the outcome that you desire. Once an area is/was a wetlands, it is NOT always a wetlands as you desire. To use one of your stupid analogies. You have a forest with many trees. You and all of your indian friends come along and cut down all of the trees. The question then is, is it still a forest? Likewise, if you drain a wetlands and plant corn in it, is it a wetlands? The plain and simple answer is NO! For crying out loud, NO! And yet you garble on about it being sandy soil and so therefore it is always a wetlands. Please, for once, stop your stupid little red car, get out and look at the soil at the Baker Wetlands, hey, even the Haskell Wetlands and try to find ANY sand. If you want to pretend to be an expert, learn something about the subject before spouting off nonsense.

September 19, 2013 at 5:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

Big problem for your conspiracy theory Tuschie. There won't be any excavation going on within the Baker Wetlands. Therefore no opportunity to prove you wrong. Speaking of facts - how do you explain that tribal elders were able to explain where the "missing" children went and none of them knew of any burials in the "wetlands" which of course were not wetlands when they were being cultivated? But nice try to scare everyone with your "facts".

September 18, 2013 at 9:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

You have absolute NO idea what you are talking about!

September 18, 2013 at 9:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

You got that all wrong. Re-read the comment.

September 18, 2013 at 9:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October

It could be about money. The Missouri Company was about $8 million less. Can you imagine the outcry if they chose a KS company and paid $8 mill more?

September 18, 2013 at 9:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Cultural deafness

Mike Ford is to be commended for his perseverance of pointing out to all that will listen/read what his concerns are about indigenous people's rights. What he does not seem to understand is that compromise is the way of democracy and diplomacy. Not hard-line, irrational tripe! Everyone is tired of you droning on about unfair practices to the American Indian that has no direct relevance to completing the SLT on the 32nd St. alignment. "Just saying No" is not the solution here. I don't need to suggest that he "move on" because we all know that he is incapable of doing so. The rest of us can move on for him. Since "construction" of the SLT within Section 18 will not require ANY excavation, only fill, he can fret all he wants about exposing past graves. It just isn't going to happen~~~

September 8, 2013 at 5:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Wetlands not ‘vacant’

It occurs to me that part of the reason this project has been so controversial has been the lack of understanding - on the part of both sides. When Mr. Lawhorn uses the term "vacant land" he is referring to the COMMON usage of the term from the legal sense - the lack of human dwellings. Why is this so foreign to Ms. Hanson? I appreciate her frustrations and concerns but really, is "vacant land" actually a foreign concept? I doubt it! Try to keep in mind that 30 years ago the area was mostly crop fields.

September 5, 2013 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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