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Letter: Voting power

Truth is that those of us who are parents must be personally responsible teaching our children (one way or the other) about our governments' functions. Regardless of philosophic differences here, it seems to me an important part of our civic duty to make sure our children know what our federal, state and local governments are, how they conduct themselves, and why it is so important to participate.

Surely we all agree on this?

May 27, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Voting power

It's surprising that no one has brought up the gerrymandering which has created a great deal of one-sided voting precincts to benefit those state politicians in majority throughout the country.

If there is one thing I appreciate the Kansas Courts for doing, it was to redraw the districts after our legislature held our state in limbo for long enough to gain national attention (again) as the last one to elect its federal representatives to congress.

This is a serious enough problem that corporations and financially powerful political groups have dedicated enormous resources to manipulate and control. 36 states are republican-run, and thus disinfranchise state elections for a more balanced representation of their populaces.

Until we (re) educate ourselves over arcane state and federal constitutional voting procedures, we are most certainly going to continue seeing a deterioration in the respective congresses throughout this country.

May 27, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City seeking input on new study of bike, transit, and other multimodal transportation options

Mr. Lawhorn,

When I read the opening paragraphs of your article, I was so pleased to think that this study included pedestrian (intermodal) sidewalk usage needs, and without further ado, went to the website listed to add my comments.

After some time negotiating the site, I managed to contrive my suggestions via the bus route map, but it was only after returning to your article and finishing my reading that I realized there was actually no pedestrian input included anywhere at all.

It seems to me a shame that ISTEA monies don't seem to move beyond mechanical transport, and that if sidewalks are included, its because of bicyle lanes or traffic count alone (and the restrictions of ISTEA monies to begin with to include sidewalks) and even then, only if the money holds out for the extra cement to create one.

As an example, I point to the monies used to improve 19th Street, and only to observe the section of street between Louisiana and Naismith. There, you will find a wide walkway on both sides of the street until .... the bicycle lane ends at Alabama, and then (apparently) so does the sidewalk on the north side of the street. This section, by the way, is one of the most heavily used areas for pedestrian traffic across a minor arterial street heavy with vehicles most of the year. Both bicyclists and pedestrians (not to mention fender-benders) have been occurred as minor accidents, or nearly so over the years .... without avail from the city.

It would seem to be a reasonable request to finish a two block, three street section of dirt path on this intermodal transporation website, and I can only hope someone will pass this old request along (again) for consideration.

May 27, 2013 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )