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Lawrence's Hank Booth and Beverly Smith Billings to be recognized for service at Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

Congratulations to Hank and Beverly, both very deserving of the thanks of the community they serve. Selfless public service is increasingly rare and these two are shining examples for the rest of us.

January 29, 2014 at 8:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach urges passage of bill that would exclude Lesser Prairie Chicken from federal protection

Why is the Kansas Secretary of State even involved in this? We have thousands of voters hanging in limbo and Mr. Kobach has time for this?

January 23, 2014 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

LHS qualifies four-speaker debate team to state tournament

Congratulations to these wonderfully gifted students! Good luck at State!

December 24, 2013 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Flory seeks moratorium on some agritourism permits

I hope the Commission will not impose a moratorium on agritourism registrations. The State of Kansas acrtively promotes agritourism because it provides economic benefits and jobs, without tax abatements or other governmental tax incentives. This can work in Douglas County if it is allowed to do so.

The pumpkin patch application resembled an amusement park more than an agritourism business and the trepidation expressed by neighbors was understandable. But the process worked exactly as it should: the Commission considered it and was empowered to impose reasonable conditions and in the end, the application was withdrawn.

Please don't let the pumpkin patch application taint the important progress we've made toward promoting agritourism in Douglas County. Many of those in the rural areas need the added income agritourism can provide in order to survive. We have wonderful examples of agritourism working in Douglas County and to stop now would be a mistake.

October 11, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fairchild reappointed chief judge in Douglas County

We are extremely lucky to have Judge Fairchild in Douglas County. He's an excellent judge and in addition to his caseload, he handles a host of administrative duties.

October 3, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Government shutdown produces automated calls from Democratic Party group targeting Jenkins, Yoder

Good. Lynn Jenkins is one of the worst representatives Kansas has ever had. She's never had an original thought and simply acts as a puppet for the right wing wacko extremists. Yoder is just as bad. Don't let the Republicans complain about the economy when they are willing to shut down the government because they oppose a law that was passed 4 years ago. Don't forget that Obama was re-elected when Romney made the repeal of Obamacare one of his primary campaign issues. The people have spoken. Don't let Jenkins and Yoder get away with this.

Margie Wakefield is opposing Jenkins and will do a great job voicing the opinions of people not named Koch. I wish her the very best. Time to improve our representation.

October 1, 2013 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence scientist a witness to Voyager 1's history-making journey

Fantastic job, Tom. We're all very proud of you and your meaningful role in human history. This is really quite profound. Wonderful story.

September 23, 2013 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Zarco stations begin selling E-15 product again after ending 28-year relationship with Phillips 66

Zarco is a local business that leads by example when it comes to alternative fuels. Thank you, Scott Zaremba. We need more innovative business leaders like you!

September 20, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pumpkin patch designs draw outrage from neighbors

Interesting that the pedophile argument wasn't raised when Rock Chalk Park was introduced...it will by definition include a large number of kids, creating a "target-rich environment." Where's the outcry there? Fear mongering usually breaks down with some rational thought.

Agritourism requires no public funding and no tax breaks. It creates jobs and can be extremely beneficial to the land owner and business in the surrounding area. Sure, it needs to be conducted with sensitivity to neighbors, but pumpkins are picked what, one month of the year? Maybe two?

September 12, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bicyclist injured in accident

I live in the country and often encounter bicyclists of all types. Usually, you just slow down and wait to go around them and it's no big deal. Once in a while, I encounter groups of bicyclists that are absolutely defiant about getting over to the side. They ride two or three across and flip you off when you finally get to pass them. Then there are the redneck idiots who try to run the bicyclists off the road. Neither position is defensible. If you ride out to Lone Star or Clinton, please be careful.

September 11, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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