J_Roper (James Roper)

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Saturday Column: U.S. can’t ignore threat posed by illegal immigration

And what about the threat posed by ignorant crap like this, from the publisher of a newspaper?

September 7, 2014 at 5 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Speakeasy" open in downtown Lawrence; more on school boundaries near Rock Chalk Park

Thanks, LJW! I check this site so infrequently, I clearly missed your coverage!

August 27, 2014 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Speakeasy" open in downtown Lawrence; more on school boundaries near Rock Chalk Park

Huh. "Fake speakeasy" news trumps the police killing of a distraught teenager in Ottawa, KS last weekend. Or did I miss the LJW's coverage of this past Saturday's killing of 18-year-old Joseph Jennings by Ottawa cops? As his parents pleaded with cops to not shoot their son? Perhaps their flak jackets wouldn't have protected them from his BB gun?

August 27, 2014 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Managing editor: Why we don't 'unpublish' stories and photos

It's curious that ljw will spare no byte when it comes to the police blotter but apparently flushed so much original content from the original lawrence.com site, including my own contributions of writing and photos from China. Interesting choices.

August 24, 2014 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas tea party group renews push for anti-gay bill

Hey, that's the tea party way:

Less government for corporations.

More government for YOU!

February 24, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Turnpike toll collectors to see changes in how many hours they work because of ACA, officials say

Or, fred_mertz, one can act as a citizen and participate in changing and improving a place that they love. I like my job; I like where I live. I dislike the general hostility to workers here and now in Kansas, but that can change. Besides, this country is Balkanized enough.

May 26, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Turnpike toll collectors to see changes in how many hours they work because of ACA, officials say

It's too bad that the writer only spoke with officials, rather than someone affected -- and I offered. The phrasings of the missives coming from the KTA are awful, all designed to blame Affordable Care, rather than their careful response to the federal law.

Most recent example: "Effective immediately part time {sic} employees will not be permitted to trade shifts. This is due to the Affordable Care Act. Thank you in advance for your understanding." {verbatim} I'm pretty sure there is nothing written down in Obamacare stating that I can't swap shifts with another collector.

They seem pretty eager to blame the Act, rather than take credit for their own very-well-lawyered response to the Act.

A more cynical, or worldly, person might feel as though the KTA were trying to convince part-timers that, "Hey, some black guy just stole all your money!". And your healthcare. Not me, of course. I have now seen and experienced what an honorable and august institution the KTA has become...perhaps especially under its new leadership.

May 26, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drug testing for Kansas welfare recipients proposed

This would apply to corporate welfare recipients also?

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

Solid Waste Task Force likely to propose city-issued recycling cart

This is a very good idea, and well past due. I've lived in communities that practice this sort of recycling and it's amazing how little actual "trash" is produced in a given week. Assuming that all metal, paper, glass and most plastic can go into the recycle bin, trash volume is greatly reduced. And fewer toxins going into the water table, don't forget.

And if you recycle now, count the costs of your time and (likely) gasoline consumed to make the effort. And if you use a private company, consider keeping your dollars in the city, and that the $4.95 you pay is a Netflix-like fee ploy.

I'm stoked about this, and I'm guessing that the people who aren't excited about this now haven't experienced service like this and will have totally forgotten their issues once they realize the absolute convenience of the service, along with the environmental benefit. It's a proper good thing to do, City of Lawrence!

September 29, 2011 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )