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Douglas County cleaning up after overnight storm

fascinating_person: I saw the blue/green light - three times as well. I was wondering what caused that as well. One of my colleagues and I were just discussing this and wondered if the lightning was hitting a substation or something? Anyone know?We didn't lose power, but it sure was odd.

May 2, 2008 at 9:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another shot for Sixth, SLT project

Can we put this thing to a vote?

I'd like to see a shiny, new Wal-Mart with an Eldridge Hotel facade at the corner of Inverness and Oak Tree Dr. A tangy taste of the new with a hint of the old.

There are lots of people in this neighborhood that would love to walk to the store to do all their shopping. Right Mike?

April 17, 2007 at 9:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Candidate leaving job as Baptist pastor

I'm guessing it's a job with the Board of Realtors or one of their clients.

March 14, 2007 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Survey: Teachers overworked, lack sufficient time to plan

I have a couple comments - first, most teachers - the good and dedicated ones, anyway, use their summers to take the needed classes to stay on top of things. Some of these continuing ed classes are required to stay certified. When I taught over 15 years ago, we were required to work toward a Masters degree, meaning each summer we took several credits toward this. So, summer isn't all fun and games for teachers.

Second good teachers have lots of options in life. Some become administrators, others leave the profession for higher paying, lower stress jobs. So summer vacations or not, the teachers we often lose are the good ones - the ones who have other options.

Some of you may envy the hours of a teacher, but I would bet much of what I own that after a month or less of walking in their shoes and cashing their often mediocre paychecks, and seeing the lack of respect they get from many parents and students, you'd find whatever else it is you do better worth it. Teachers rarely have the luxury of NOT taking their work home with them - be it grading or phone calls from parents (rational and irrational ones). Ask yourself if you have that luxury...would you trade it if you do?

Teachers to deserve our thanks. They also deserve more support so they can do their jobs.

March 12, 2007 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Election upset unlikely

While it may be unlikely for someone to go from 6th place to getting elected or from 1st to NOT elected, let's not forget the 1999 election when Brenda McFadden won the primary, but did not get elected.

See these links for more (not sure if the link are live or not):
1. "<a href="">MCFADDEN LEADS CITY RACE</a>", LJW, March 3, 1999
2. "<a href="">HENRY, RUNDLE, DUNFIELD TAKE RACE</a>", April 7, 1999

March 1, 2007 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faster speed? Maybe a higher toll on the Turnpike

Imagold: I don't buy it. Your husband may be more comfortable in an SUV, but he certainly doesn't "need" that leg-room anymore than I do. I'm the same size as he is and easily survive a smaller car. Yes, more leg room would be great, but there's nothing wrong with my safety or comfort.

It sounds to me like you're justifying your wants, not your needs. Which is pretty much what 90% of those with SUV's do. You want an SUV for status, leg-room, extra passenger seats, mythical safety or whatever, but probably don't "need" it, but just a small fraction of the time. And often, a more fuel-efficient car (even a minivan) would substitute well (esp. for those with larger families), yet the cool factor (or whatever it is) doesn't quite compare with an SUV.

So, unless your husband is Shaq or an equivalent, please be straight with us and just say it's because you "want it" for whatever reason that driving a gas-guzzling SUV gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside, but don't tell us you need it for the legroom for a 6'5" guy.

February 28, 2007 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Are these KU students self-centered?

Omigosh! It's my wife and my best friend!

And here I thought she was a Wildcat fan...and attending Ashley's tupperware party that night.

Shocked! SHOCKED!

February 28, 2007 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioner opposes new coal plant

RationalAnimal: "For starters, a small hydrogen energy source we on earth like to call the "sun". Just for FYI, its also visible to the naked eye from the earth. Any more questions?"

So if you stare at it long enough, it becomes an eye sore. Guess that makes sense.

Still don't understand how that relates to your 1:49 post, however, unless the sun's reflection off Wyoming strip mines and Canadian tar sands operations hurts the ol' peepers.

November 1, 2006 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioner opposes new coal plant

Rationalanimal, just curious, what energy sources are you referring to that are visible from space?

November 1, 2006 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Commissioner opposes new coal plant


I didn't say the folks of Western Kansas were stupid, but do think that this is an issue of the tragedy of the commons - that for them, the gain of having a coal plant in their back yard (jobs, tax revenue) exceeds any of the negative stuff - such as mercury and CO2 emissions. They're just adding a little bit more of each to the atmosphere, right?

I don't blame Western Kansans for thinking this is a good idea, but I also don't think that the rest of us should just leave it to them to decide since all of us are effected - even we Lawrence-based folk.

Any mercury that is emitted from Holcomb will deposit somewhere downwind. Even if it doesn't land in Lawrence, it will enter our lakes and rivers and fish and be yet one MORE reason not to recreate on the Kaw and other bodies of water.

If we as a global society decide to get serious about atmospheric CO2, then we need to focus on local (regional/state) issues, too. Building more coal plants right now in light of what we know about global climate change is irresponsible. Citizens of Lawrence - including Mike Rundle - have every reason to care and speak out on this issue. We live in the commons and are/will be effected when it is sullied.

Further right now there is a rush to build more coal plants and it doesn't match sudden, new demand for electricity. It does appear that the goal is to build these plants before any carbon-limits are mandated by the government (and many in the industry think these limits - whether as a carbon tax or other mechanism) will come. In Texas, the utility TXU is planning to build 11 coal fired plants. In Kansas there are 5 units planned in Kansas and 1 on across the border in Missouri for a net gain of 3,000 MW of new coal (the Lawrence Energy Center is around 500 MW). This is around a 60% increase in KS coal capacity and a 30% increase in KS overall electrical capacity.

Nbnozzy - more coal-fired power plants will not relieve one barrel of foreign oil. Oil is used for motor fuels (and increasingly less for electricity) and coal is used almost exclusively for industrial purposes including electricity generation.

November 1, 2006 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )