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Letter to the editor: Reforming health care

Sorry, meant to say healthcare will Not Improve for anyone, let alone everyone.

February 28, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Reforming health care

What I have seen is that no one in these posts recognized the well-established history that republican governors, state representatives and the medical industry lobby *all* did everything they could to interfere and damage the ACA since its roll-out!

What an *irony* it is to have our loudmouth president admit to the complications of healthcare! What a disgusting act of two-faced bullying to have Aetna withdraw coverage after threatening the last administration and then have the unmitigated gall to try to buy out another insurance company with money it said it didn't have!!

And the indefensible decision *not* to allow our federal health care agencies to competively shop for the best prices in pharmaceuticals in order to make ONE MAN wealthy (the senator who rammed it through and then retired to become the lobbyist for that industry) is Unforgivable!!!

So until those factors stop sabotaging the ACA and Medicaid, healthcare will improve

February 28, 2017 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A new cafe with a competitive twist in west Lawrence; an international airport 20 minutes from downtown Lawrence?

I believe what we have here is the old carrot and stick approach to strong-armimg the reconfiguration back on the ballot ... again.

KCI isn't going to lose anything to anyone anytime soon. If the airlines and the vendors wanted to make the terminals work... they would work... as it has been able to since it was built. And airport recon proponents using paper dragons to threaten voters would be a fairly typical tactic to get what they want sooner than later...

February 21, 2017 at 3:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City's affordable housing board looks for new ideas, new funding

Approximately four decades ago, top city officials and KU's chancellor agreed to not build on-campus housing for students.

About two decades ago, neighborhood associations across Lawrence collaborated on performing an inventory and found affordable housing throughout the city was being snatched off the market and converted into rentals.

Certain realty agents were eager to work with landlords, rather than work to find families to move into modest housing stock. Land use changed, and city services were strained to address the heightened demands on police, utilities, trash, firefighters, etc.,. Deterioration, particularly in central-city housing, accelerated.

Because there were no ordinances on occupancy, and there was no effective enforcement in place at the time to deal with physically dangerous housing, there was virtually no limit on the money to be made by renting, and landlords soon outnumbered homeowners in older areas of Lawrence. Driveways doubled or tripled in size. Schools closed. Churches moved. Infrastructure (sidewalks, street curbs sewege and stormwater water services) deteriorated.

There actually is no lack of affordable housing in Lawrence. Modest housing tracts exist in plenty in central-city neighborhoods. Unfortunately, they lost their value as single-family homes, while their value as rentals quadrupled.

If the city board featured in this story has the will and dedication, and the support of the city commision and city management, all of this housing can become affordable again. State legislation could be changed to bolster support.

It will take hard work and legal support. They will have to obtain the full support of neighborhood associations. But it *can* be done.

By district overlay, or by city ordinance, modify the number of unrelated renters in older city neighborhoods to *two.* Any house built for single-family use would qualify.

That's it. That's all it would take to change this shortage. Apartment developers would support it. The housing itself would stop deteriorating as rapidly since its land use would revert to its original purpose.

I know this won't happen. But, it felt good to postulate.

February 19, 2017 at 9:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whitewater group explains how $70 million Clinton Lake project would be funded; it involves help from the public and a new shopping center

WHY did this "technically 501C3" overlook the Sunflower Plant site, which was considering an OZ theme park?

Could Mr. Lawhorn cite who, specifically, approached Mr. Wise as a representative of KDWP or the governor's office to consider this project?

Can Mr. Lawhorn cite when this invitation occurred? Who was at this meeting? Has there been any subsequent meetings with state officials regarding this invitation to develop state parkland into entertainment areas?

Why, Mr. Lawhorn, wasn't such a proposal put in front of other cities in Kansas with state parklands, such as Wichita, or Hays, or Manhattan, etc.??

As a comparison, Mr. Lawhorn, what would officials in those cities have to say about such a project being proposed on or near state park lakes which serve as water sources for that city?

Not conjecture. Not opinion by editorial boards at the Topeka, Kansas City or Lawrence newspapers in support of this project, and thus biased. Facts. Are state officials going on record as having invited Mr. Wise? Does such an invitation mean the state will build infrastructure to support 700,000 visitors to this theme park?

BY THE WAY, have any LJW reporters considered walking around large manufacturing or retail businesses in town to look at the condition of storm water management runoff?

There is more trash in those areas than the city could collect. That's environmental issues already existing; not addressed, and certainly not managed by those businesses. To compare the dismissive statement by Mr. Wise that water resources would remain unaffected is easily refuted by factual evidence.

Who contacted Mr. Wise?

February 15, 2017 at 9:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas officials look at building new Kansas City airport

I actually laughed when I saw this article being highlighted in the Kansas City Star... This pooprosal is an obvious Good Cop/Bad Cop ploy to force a panic attack on the very big "NO" to crash and trash the KCI Airport facilities.

Here's an idea, boys; fully utilize KCI before complaining it's so-o-o empty. Oh, and *all kinds* of smaller airlines will GLADLY move into KCI, which will accomodate carriers with national and regional connections!

So, go ahead. Make all the noise you want. That airport works for passengers when airport authorities, airlines services, and concession stands cooperate to serve customers, not themselves.

February 14, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students call for action on equity issues at school board meeting

I am dismayed by your comment, which perfectly captures the dimwittedness of staff and faculty in prioritizing this self-made crisis.

How can you or *anyone* involved with USD497 possibly "think" there is an environment of learning to conduct when a child comes to a building filled with trepidation, fear, resentment and intimidation??!

I will *not* accept a pathetic response from any school board member who expressed shock and dismay upon learning that the very institute allowing this racial bullying and cavalier condescension has. done. NOTHING to fix it!?! Clearly, one should not put the fox in charge of the henhouse!!

Let me make a simple, easily understood statement of truth: This atmosphere of learning is in crisis. It is broken on the backs of those minorities forced to daily endure indifference and cover-up of OBVIOUS behavior, either because staff and faculty belive it is not their job to stop it, and/or school principals are deliberately looking past this problem in order to address what they belive is some other problem more important.

The superintendent is quite capable of putting out an all-point-bulletin for *all* staff and faculty to give this issue their utmost attention; and to open up a hotline or website for *all* students to call or download examples of the grueling racial bullying they must endure.

And he needs to make that website or phoneline his hourly checkpoint in order to follow up on the frightened or isolated child being tormented. Personally.

February 14, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Overflow crowd turns out for testimony on extending concealed-carry ban

O.k., wow. Mr. Crow, it is specious reasoning to ass-ume that the argument for concealed carry is so a woman (of *any* age) can walk alone at night!!?

Dude, First; assault doesn't happen that way, which any collection of data will confirm. Second, the idea in your brain that somehow, the *only* safe way to walk anywhere in public is to pose serious or fatal harm to everyone else in that same public place. Your **intent** is to explicitly harm them should you decide to.

THAT is the definition of subjective interpretation of my movement, of my speech, of my due process, of discrimination against my gender (we made this law for you, little lady, so you have no excuse to go anywhere ALONE without a lethal weapon or the consequences are your fault), and oh-by-the-way causes complete destruction of equality (I gotta gun and you don't).

You suspend the Bill of Rights. You destroy any sense of common civility and polite behavior in public. By displaying your weapon you destroy everyone's human right to respect, because you will decide whether they deserve it or not.

I consider such behavior as cowardly bravado. I consider such reasoning to be based on an inability to trust in the rule of law and a retarded ability to endure dissent, let alone civil disagreement without resorting to violence against other human beings as a "constitutional right."

February 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City's upcoming budget process to include discussion of sales tax renewal

I fully support continuing the sales tax, despite the regressive method being used to collect it.

It's unfortunate that the only way the community can capture non-resident dues for the services they disproportionately use is through sales and services, but unless anyone can come up with another broad-spectrum method for collecting needed monies for infrastructure, this is the best tax structure available.

BTW, this article is about SALES tax, not PROPERTY tax. I would be very upset too, if infrastructure were supported *only* by property owners. Also, as far as I know, anyone's purchase price of property 20 years ago has more than tripled its sales value on today's market, making any increase in property tax commensurate with that value. That is, I was taught, the point to owning property in the first place.

And for what it's worth, Douglas County provides a monthly installment plan for property taxes, which ensures our lower-classed income doesn't suffer from semi-annual or annual tax bombs. In fact, every recurring bill we have is either averaged out into a steady payment, or accommodated into a monthly pay-off, which allows us to live modestly in Lawrence. We're lucky to have that.

February 2, 2017 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Female firefighter in Olathe files sexual harassment lawsuit

I sent this news to my daughter, who is also a firefighter in Raytown, and an instructor at the Johnson County Fire Academy. The stories she told me of her training and certification really made me mad, but she not only got through it, she's also a paramedic, and a teacher at the school she attended.

It's abso-creepy-lutely how threatened the veterans are to have to keep pace with their female colleagues, that they resort to bully tactics and isolation in order to protect their sense of entitlement!

However, let me be the first to acknowledge that it was a female firefighter here in Lawrence who inspired my daughter to become one herself.

January 6, 2017 at 9:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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