Richardson_Snyder (Deborah Snyder)

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Lawrence City Commission to consider banning people from openly carrying guns in city buildings

Thank you. For me, an open-carry would heighten a feeling of intimidation, and would almost certainly prevent me from speaking at the podium. I understand and accept that concealed carry exists and would be in use. But it wouldn't pose the same aggression that an openly displayed weapon would.

November 20, 2017 at 7:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers call for reform after secrecy story breaks

Republican Rep M. Rooker, wants to throw the responsibility for (1) Failure of a transparent legislative process (2) Failure of legislative oversight and (3) Failure to ever initiate a single piece of legislation to stop, reverse or change Kansas' well-known dark practices...

...Who has more than enough experience to know right from wrong, and could have *asked* her district residents for feedback regarding *any* of the facts on KanCare, Child welfare, and kept her constituents informed of all the "Gut-n-Go legislation during her time in office...

NOW she wants to go on record to say, essentially, "It's all up to the *guhvehnor* to fix what they broke," (and allowed other branches of our state government to corrupt their procedures) and, worst of all, destroy by intent the process for a Kansas Open Records Act???!!!

November 18, 2017 at 7:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Losing trust in city

The city commission and administration have had a number of conversations over its billing procedures, misspent allocations and poor decisions regarding financial speculation. I *know* that Diane Stoddard and Tom Markus have done an outstanding job of initiating better audits, and I most certainly agree with Ms. Bowen that knowledge of these issues is certainly better than secrecy, which appears to be the MODIS OPERANDI of our state government.

After reading the KC Star exposé on how dark Kansas government has become, Lawrence's city administration is transparent *in comparison*...

November 16, 2017 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Affordable housing board review of city building code finds minimal cost savings

Now will the board please consider doing what East Lansing, MI did in establishing district protection overlays of modest housing neighborhoods? Why won't this city board open other opportunities than *just* new construction?

Say another large manufacturing plant comes to town, bringing 1,600 jobs off-the-bat to Lawrence. While apartment owners would salivate, the fact is *most* of those workers bring families, almost all of whom would *appreciate* the opportunity to live in a single-family house, with a sidewalk and front yard!

If this committee will not consider any type of affordable *used* housing stock, then by-god, SET ASIDE DEDICATED LAND FOR NEW TRAILER's ONLY PARKS.

Since when did *any* needy family EVER turn down an older, used modest house in older, established neighborhoods anywhere on this planet??!??

Cities all over this country are trying new (and old) kinds of plans to make affordable housing work, and many more than not are realizing it doesn't work with new-construction-only-so-we-won't-be-held-liable mentality!

Explain how a modest ranch house goes from $67 grand LESS THAN 20 years ago is worth almost $200,000 today???? UNPROTECTED LAND USE, that's why!!

Protect modest housing areas that have all the community infrastructure in place NOW, or we will *never* be able to support blue-collar industry the size of Sunflower Ammunition, or Amazon or any other, period.

November 14, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Kansas can't replicate Maine's Medicaid expansion vote

...note that even Douglas County is guilty of dark government practices... (that both democrats and republicans are heavily invested in keeping their legislative votes a secret) until they were challenged.

And, before anyone declares nothing can be done to change this situation, note that FOUR PEOPLE were able to change committee practices of not taking Minutes to start doing so... by state law!

Read the KC STAR Exposé this week, then come back to start a better conversation other than finger-pointing or anecdotal evidence of how everyone would regret having public initiatives or petitions, okay?!?

November 12, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Kansas can't replicate Maine's Medicaid expansion vote

What *none* of the comments so far have addressed is how our state legislature and, worse yet, our executive branches of government have hijacked not just public input, but public examination of the legislative process over the last two decades.

Kansas is one of the darkest states in the union for open meetings, recorded votes, KORA requests and financial accountability, PERIOD.

Everyone who lives in this state needs to read the exposé (starting today!) in the Kansas City Star about their cities, their counties and their state governments have done to make this state over into a dictatorship... that's right, a dictionary's description of governance without oversight or accountability... run by individuals who can hide their votes, their meetings' minutes, and their lobbyists from public scrutiny.

The exposé runs this week, and into thecnext

November 12, 2017 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas senators say Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations are true

Well, since the women's (four, I think) statements have been cross-checked for veracity, it would apoear Moore couldn't keep his pants zipped when he was a prosecuting attorney. Perhaps that explains his extreme conservative faith ... he decided he was forgiven, not by *any* of the women or child he molested, but by his religious beliefs.

Wow, dude. You absolutely did these crimes, and you need to face these women and explain *to them* why you don't owe them contrition.

As for all the Republican congressmen, have the guts to actually practice what you preach. Condemn this man, and stand up for sexually abused people , most especially abused children!

November 11, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans filed to bring gas station, retail, offices along a portion of the South Lawrence Trafficway

I completely agree that sprawl is a big issue here. Having an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will also go far to alleviate industrial/commercial creep into the wetlands. And if anyone wants to see the complete failure of mitigation on drainage and pollution, look at any ditch behind commercial buildings on South Iowa and east on 31st Street behind the USPS building.

However, I take BIG issue with the downtown proposal for a food market at the old Border's building, precisely because of the ridiculous idea that TAXPAYERS would have to not only "trick out" the space, but PAY the food chain to move in for however many years that the tax breaks last to operate!!

Back to the SLT, trash blown from any kind of retail gas station/mini mart will eventually cause that area to deteriorate, let alone restaurants. Just look behind any strip mall in Lawrence to witness the run off of oil and grease.

Most importantly for me is this: City Commission sets Precedence along the greenspace betwwen Iowa (Hwy 59) and the East Lawrence Exchange *will* degrade the recovery of the Haskell/Baker Wetlands, and it *cannot* be emphasized enough how many more years will be taken up with lawsuits to prevent that pollution creep.

November 10, 2017 at 4:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City discovers more missing payments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars

I want to thank the city staff for following through with internal accounting audits (regardless of the bad news), and implementing better and more timely billing procedures for land leases and county co-pays.

November 9, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City leaders question Lawrence school district request to waive building permit fees

The school district *had* those costs figured into their bond calculations. However, if precedent is set in waiving permit fees, then they will belly up to the bar every time. The dangerous incident at New York elementary serves as an example of what the city may face with this much larger multi-site bond project, with an exponential danger to students at those locations.

And "No," it is not the same public tax dollars either way the city decides to go. The city's inspectors aren't subcontractors hired by the school district and thus beholden; nor do taxpayers *pay* additional monies for city inspectors to do their work on ensuring public safety, quality of work and outcomes... that is *precisely* why those fees exist, regardless of who the builder/developer/contractor is.

A sadder but wiser city development staff are also more wary of shortcuts, substitutions and gimmicks the district may propose (this being one of them) in this multi-year, complicated bond project, particularly involving the contractors' track records AND all the Change Orders sure to come from micromanagement by the former superintendent heading this project.

I, too, hope the city will ensure impartiality and refuse additional financial burdens overseeing this bond, which school officials will certainly try to save money on wherever they can get away with it.

October 6, 2017 at 12:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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