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City to consider roundabout for portion of Kasold Drive; city wins big grants for trail projects

The roundabout at 19th and Barker works great. Right place, right amount of traffic.

The one on Clinton Parkway ? Well, that's probably the stupidest piece of traffic engineering the city ever contemplated and installed. Profoundly moronic, considering you're narrowing a four-lane road down to a one-lane small-diameter roundabout, and a lot of the people traversing that roundabout are towing boats out to Clinton Lake.

November 17, 2014 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

East Lawrence residents raise new concern about proposed Ninth Street ArtPlace project

Susan,

A bit of advice: Folks in Lawrence are kinda sensitive to this sort of thing. Whether it happened or not, there has been a history - or a perception - with regards to a number of projects in this community, that there have been secret agreements, backroom deals, unwritten agreements...that folks aren't being told the whole story. Witness some residents' reactions to the proposed new police facility, to the Rock Chalk Park development...and recall (or ask someone) about American Eagle, the South Lawrence Trafficway, or various purchases and actions of the school district.

It's not important whether or not there WERE any shady dealings or not. There's sometimes a suspicion or perception. What you're doing here isn't helping, and is playing right into those sensitivities. I have no predisposition either way; if anything, I ultimately approve of the East Lawrence Arts District and recent changes that are helping revive that part of town.

I understand that there might be material in your proposal that might be sensitive that you'd rather not have disseminated widely. So here's a solution: Sit down with a couple representatives, say, Lowenstein and Paden, and let'em read the whole thing. No redactions, no holdbacks, warts and all. They're adults. Talk with them about the parts you see as sensitive, and why you believe those parts shouldn't be made public just now.

November 6, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westboro church seeks to intervene in marriage lawsuit

Don't see how WBC has standing to file a petition in this case. They have not and will not demonstrably suffer loss or harm if gays are allowed to marry in Kansas.

October 27, 2014 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback, Davis discuss gay marriage at Kansas gubernatorial debate

Less that 25% of registered voters, right ? Not all citizens are eligible to or registered to vote.

October 21, 2014 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Q&A with Kansas House District 46 candidates Highberger, Robinson

"All our manmade lakes are silting rapidly. We should invest the money to dredge them and return the valuable silt to enrich our agricultural top soils where it came from."

Problem #1: Dredging is horrifically expensive. Figure $6-10 per cubic yard. In Perry Lake alone, there is easily 100 million cubic yards of sediment. So nearly a billion dollars just to dredge one lake - and Perry isn't by far the most silted in either in percentage or volume.

Problem# 2: Disposal. 100 million cubic yards is equal to ~62,000 acre-feet of mud...enough to cover about 100 square miles with a foot of mud. Now, that silt isn't soil - it's mostly clay. Fine-grained, sticky, clay - that dries hard and impermeable. Think of coating 100 square miles in a foot of modeling clay - and then it dries, hard as a rock. Reservoir sediment is NOT soil !

October 15, 2014 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Ogallala water continues to pour onto farm fields despite decades of dire forecasts

Some interesting related links:

Trans-Texas Canal: http://texaslandscape.org/maps_texasw...

The North American Water and Power Alliance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAWAPA

J. C. Hopper's Great Interstate Canal: http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/225745

September 29, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence commission split on idea of paving way for food trucks

Food trucks aren't going to compete with established restaurants. It's two different delivery models and modes of business. Err on the side of laissez-faire, City Commission.

August 20, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Man with legal concealed gun had to leave Salina theater

Simple solution: Any time you see someone with a firearm in a store, movie theater, wherever - call 911 to report "Man with a gun" at that establishment. Not a false report...and if enough companies get sick of a dozen cop cars showing up and evacuating the building for these calls, they'll apply the only kind of political pressure that the legislatures seem to listen to these days - corporate voices.

July 16, 2014 at 2:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Name game

No, no. The words have to be together for that zippy corporate look!

"RockChalk Park"

There ya go.
$10,000, please, for branding and image consulting.

April 10, 2014 at 9:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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