JohnSickels (John Sickels)


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State argues school funding at record levels, satisfies Kansas Constitution

The state will lose, again. They are just re-using the arguments that failed before.

The court will order funding increased. Brownie and the legislature will say "no" and then we have the full-blown constitutional crisis that the far right has been hoping for.

November 24, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local officials expressing early support for proposed Menards manufacturing plant in Lawrence

Agreed. Given their past history, strict environmental oversight would be needed, such as "loss of tax abatement" if EPA regulations are not followed.

November 24, 2015 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local officials expressing early support for proposed Menards manufacturing plant in Lawrence

I'm not a big fan of Menards as a corporation but this plant would be a good thing for the city. 100 jobs adds some manufacturing diversity and we need large employers besides the University and General Dynamics.

Now, add this with the rumored Costco and things are looking up economically.

November 23, 2015 at 6:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Profiles of the three candidates vying to be Lawrence's next city manager

All three seem like worthy, experienced candidates. I like the fact that Bramby has Kansas roots although I would like to know more about why Parkinson fired him. Markus seems fine as well but he would be making a lateral move and is the closest to retirement. I'd like someone more likely to stick around for awhile. Harrison-Lee seems like the best option on the surface, although all three seem like good fits in general.

November 23, 2015 at 11:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Methodists to sponsor Syrian families in Kansas, Nebraska

Good for the Methodists!!

November 20, 2015 at 4:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chatter about a possible Lawrence Costco grows; a closer look at how developers hope retail grows near Rock Chalk Park

I agree, Bob. Normally I am skeptical about tax incentives but Costco is a good corporate citizen and would be a great asset to Lawrence. Good wages, good prices, treats people decent, and potentially kick-starting the Rock Chalk area. Sounds great to me.

November 19, 2015 at 2:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Naive thinking

This editorial is a bald-faced lie and one of the most despicable things I have ever seen the Journal-World publish. The screening process is real, takes 18-24 months, and more than half the people admitted are children or the elderly.

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

November 18, 2015 at 12:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Arts action

The Journal World endorsed Brownback for re-election, knowing full well his anti-arts attitude, not to mention his hatred for Lawrence in general.

When will they apologize for their error in judgment?

November 17, 2015 at 5:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New report shows number of downtown Lawrence retailers on a significant decline; new numbers for citywide vacancy rate

I agree with this. Expanded hours would help. Retailers would also be able to catch some of the runoff from early-evening restaurant business. Right now if you go downtown for dinner, when you are done everything else is closed. No time for shopping or impulse buys. If more stores stay open until 8 or 9, they would catch more pick-up sales.

November 17, 2015 at 2:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )