Comment history

Leavenworth man, 36, receives minor injuries in one-car accident north of Lawrence

Che: I see where you're coming from, but I don't know that there is much that I can do from Denver to help comfort him. And if he truly doesn't have insurance (being ticketed for no proof of insurance doesn't mean he doesn't have any, just may not have had the information in his car), I would love to be able to send money in a gesture of goodwill. However, going through a near foreclosure and a near car repo with a husband out of work, doesn't leave much wiggle room to help out monetarily either. Sometimes well wishes are all some people can offer and if you are on the receiving end of said prayers and/or thoughts, it does help in some small way. I can tell you mean well, but calling it "false pity" shows that you don't think too highly of your fellow man. Do you always think the worst of someone? Not that most people don't. It's kind of hard not expect the worst in people when we see where our society has gone, but it's good to know that there are actually people out there who care for others' well being, even if they are complete strangers.

September 1, 2011 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leavenworth man, 36, receives minor injuries in one-car accident north of Lawrence

kataboom: Glad to hear you're doing OK (still pretty sore, I assume). Pay no attention to those who turn everything into politics. There are some of us who read these stories and hope everyone is OK without thinking too much into what could have happened if this law was changed or what should have happened if that law was never enacted. These posts are easy ways to vent frustrations over our current state of affairs and I'm sure no disrespect was intended on Che's end. Some of us truly do care for the people in these articles, we just don't always post any comments. Hope you're feeling better. :)

September 1, 2011 at 2:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Graduate and professional students take a hit in federal budget compromise

peartree, I work in the Financial Aid field and sadly, this is the first I'm hearing of this. I work for a college that currently has no graduate programs so my students won't be affected, but I've been trying to keep close tabs on the latest developments. I tried researching this more and couldn't find much. It's possible that they made this change and haven't quite settled on an answer to your question. My guess is that any current subsidized loans taken out prior to July 1, 2012 will continue to be interest free while in deferment. When student loans went from a variable interest rate to a fixed interest rate, all previous loans stayed at the variable rates and the new loans are all fixed based on what year they were taken out. Since they've been able to keep pretty good tabs on this change, I would think they can extend the same courtesy to graduate students with prior loans and not change the way the prior loans are being handled.
Sorry for the long-winded answer that doesn't really give you an answer, but hopefully it eases your concerns until someone can give you a clear cut answer. Talk to your school's FA office to see if they can update you as soon as they find out.

August 9, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Wisconsin man claims to have eaten 25,000 Big Macs. How many total Big Macs do you think you've eaten?

I agree! I've only had 1 and only because I made a New Year's resolution to try a new food this year. I wonder how many are on the low end of 1-100.

May 18, 2011 at 5:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Topeka residents charged in Monday morning shooting, attempted robbery

I'm not sure about the free food/health care/gas portion of the statement, but I can attest to the jobs being taken away. Part of the Health Care Reform included Student Loan reform. Ask individuals working for Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo Student Loans, Nelnet, etc and ask how much they had to downsize because they can no longer offer Federal Stafford Loans. All college students receiving Federal Stafford Loans must now go through Direct Loan Servicing (direct lender for the Dept. of Ed) if they want their Financial Aid. I'm not saying intentions weren't well placed when the bill was signed, but I know several thousand employees were laid off.

October 14, 2010 at 5:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Financial aid season here: All students should fill out a FAFSA form

Ah, a subject near and dear to my heart as I work in a Financial Aid office for a private college. Settingtherecord...the U.S. Department of Education has been offering federally backed student loans for probably longer than you've been alive. I've worked with private student loans and the interest is usually outrageous and is not fixed. Besides, what private lender wants to give you money when you don't have any collateral (you can't give them your education if you default on the loan). These loans are very difficult to get, especially in this economy. Companies like Sallie Mae are tightening their belts and approving less and less private loans. Don't tell me you are one who argues the need for higher education but then complains about how the government goes about making it possible. Anyway...yes, it's difficult to get help on the application if you are not already enrolled in a college, but keep in mind, you can always call 800-4FED-AID for assistance. Yes, it's a call center and yes, they want to get you off the phone as soon as possible, but when I worked there, we still strived for excellent customer service even if it meant our talk times suffered. It's a free call and they will help you out to the best of their ability. Another piece of advice, follow directions carefully. It's really not that difficult to see that the question tells you to look at line 7 of your 1040 tax form. You can't really screw that up unless you're not paying attention to what you're filling out. Also, feel free to post any questions and I'd be more than happy to help you out myself! :)

February 24, 2009 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Electronic invitations raise etiquette issues

Perfect timing on this article! I was just debating on whether or not it's OK to use Evite for my upcoming baby shower. I've decided to use Evite for friends and co-workers, but I will also be sending paper invitations to guests (family) from out of state. I know they won't be able to make it, but I didn't want to leave them out (in case the grandmas want to start up a baby book). This means I only have to send about 5 invitations out. Saves me some money when I have a little one on the way.

February 3, 2009 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

3 arrested for holding man against will

parsonskid, I'm not sure I understand...so, as long as no drugs are involved, you have every right to exact your own vigilante justice on a suspected thief? I know not too many people have faith in the justice system, but they couldn't take the information that they have to the police? I'm sorry your friends have gotten themselves into a bit of a pickle, but they aren't really that innocent, drugs or no. And, please, enlighten me, what law did Lawrence pass re: Financial Aid and drugs? I happen to work in the field and would be interested to know if a town is trying to circumvent a law created by the US Dept. of Education.

January 20, 2009 at 5:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas to receive $1.18 million in Eli Lilly settlement relating to Zyprexa

nobody1793 (Anonymous) says: "The drug belongs to a class of drugs commonly referred to as "atypical antipsychotics," which can produce dangerous side effects, including weight gain, hyperglycemia, diabetes, cardiovascular complications, and increased death risk in elderly patients with dementia, Anstaett said."So does the Big Mac.***********************************************Hahahahahahaha!Too funny! Thanks nobody!

October 8, 2008 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chautauqua: History under the tent

Hahahaha...I giggled.

June 19, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )