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Retired Lawrence firefighter killed in Reno County crash

Oh yes. They do an autopsy, but they never seem to carefully examine the vehicle for the possibility of a mechanical malfunction that could have caused the accident in the first place.

Since that is rarely done, we really don't know how many cases of a driver losing control of a vehicle is directly caused by a mechanical malfunction. They say it's rare, but it does occur.

I know of a fine young woman whose father's pickup was in the shop to have work done on the tie rods. She went to the shop at lunch, and wanted to drive home in the vehicle. She was told she could drive home, although the work on the tie rods was not completed.

On the highway, the pickup veered wildly out of control, struck an RV head on, and she died instantly.

I didn't really understand what might have happened until the tie rods on my car gave out. My car was veering all over the road, no matter what I did! I was lucky, and managed to get the car into the shop before wrecking, although I should have taken it into the shop much sooner.

And, many people have driven vehicles that were in accidents and had the body repaired, but the vehicle never steered right again. My grandfather had a pickup with that problem. After the body was repaired, it was always veering to the left. He fixed it by trading it in. And, I bought a used car that had the body beautifully repaired, but it just can't be aligned correctly. It's not too bad now, after $700 worth of work on the front end alone, but it is certainly not right.

If the accident rate is to be lowered, there needs to be more analysis of possible mechanical malfunctions done, not just autopsies of the aftermath.

April 14, 2015 at 4:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

Lawrence Freeman - Yes, me. I go to the VA in Topeka.

A whole two hours for your lab work to be done? That's amazing, usually it's much less time than that. And very thorough, too.

I can hardly believe that anyone would have a problem with the medical services provided by the VA in Topeka. Good grief, how long does it take to get an EKG done? About 45 minutes from the time it's requested. How long does that take in a private hospital? Anything else is done just as quickly.

Some time ago I had chest pains. It was treated as a bonafide emergency, there I was in the emergency room within 10 or 15 minutes, and within 45 minutes a correct diagnosis was made - heartburn.

Am I really so special that I get great medical care at the VA, and everyone else suffers?

April 11, 2015 at 1:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

I think you are talking about a nonformulary medication, which requires approval by a medical board. Requests for it by a veteran's physician are usually, although not always, approved in my experience. If the medical board does not approve it, sorry, you're not going to get it, and you will be given a more conventional medication. Only the newest and most expensive medications, still under patent, and of questionable medical benefit, are nonformulary.

I have never heard of congressional approval being required for any medication at the VA. That sounds like a terrific exaggeration to me.

April 11, 2015 at 1:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Debate over gay rights is done

The word "divorce" occurs 29 times in the Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), and injunctions against homosexual behavior occur only a very few times. There are injunctions against it in the Levitical Law in the Torah, but anyone that eats pork products, shrimp, or shellfish of any kind shouldn't have a thing to say, since those behaviors are equally condemned.

Jesus Himself never addressed the subject at all in the four Gospels. However, Paul had a few things to say. It's my opinion that he's not nearly the authority on Christianity that Jesus was and is.

People should get their own house in order before they criticize others. I am reminded of these Bible verses: <br>
Matthew Chapter 7, verses 3 - 5: <br>
"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."

April 8, 2015 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Today in Lawrence: Food program for seniors, try a yoga class

This information was left out of those brief comments about the CHAMPSS program:

1) First off, it is regardless of income. The only requirement is that you be 60 years old or older.

3) CHAMPSS is federally funded, no money comes from our state's taxes.

2) There are two locations here in Lawrence, and in other counties there are others. The two locations in Douglas County are at the two HyVee stores here in town. If you have ever eaten at the deli there, you should know that the food is excellent. You will have a choice of entrees at those locations, as well as side dishes. And, either milk or yogurt supplies your calcium.

3) The selections that you have available were selected by a dietician to supply you with 30% of your dietary needs for the day.

4) You can have your meal for take-out, or you can eat it there.

5) The suggested donation for each meal is only $3, however if your finances are limited, you can donate less.

There is no greater bargain for a meal here in town!

April 6, 2015 at 5:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback signs bill allowing concealed carry without permit, claims economic successes

The state cannot sell off the turnpike because it is privately owned. No DOT money was used for its construction or upkeep.

April 3, 2015 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Fluoride benefits

"The vessels are corroded beyond use by the presence of fluorides in the phosphoric acid."

And the phosphoric acid doesn't cause any corrosion? That's amazing.

April 1, 2015 at 5:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Fluoride benefits

There's a very big problem with your methodology. Your filtration systems surely removed other things besides only fluoride, or else you really got ripped off. So, since you don't have a clue about what chemicals or pollutants were removed that might have made a difference, your plant experiment is purely anecdotal.

For instance, chlorine and/or other chemicals that are almost always added to tap water to kill bacteria will wipe out a tankful of tropical fish within a very brief time. They don't die from the fluoride, I'm sure. And, that has happened quite a few times!

When I was younger, up to about age 15, I had some cavities, but I haven't had a single one for over 40 years now. Between birth and age 2, and also the age of about 4 and 9, I drank mostly well water, and I don't know what the fluoride content was. Between age 2 and 4 I drank whatever Denver, Colorado put in the water. About our well water, the only claim I can make is that it was never tested.

So, you haven't proved or convincingly demonstrated anything.

April 1, 2015 at 5:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Fluoride debate

There was a "real names only" policy in effect on the posting forums here. But it appears that it is not always enforced on the articles and letters to the editor that concern the use of fluoride.

I do have to wonder why there are apparently a few people that must be spending a whole lot of time scouring the web looking for news sites where they are allowed to register and comment. And then, they comment on nothing else.

April 1, 2015 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas set for 1st ban on a 2nd trimester abortion procedure

I read through most of the arguments on this thread, and not one seems to have accurately addressed the Judeo-Christian religious point of view, questioned by this quote at the end of the article:

Republican Rep. Randy Garber, of Sabetha, said he'll vote for the current bill, but asked, "Is G-d happy with where we're at, or does G-d say life begins at conception and should be protected?" <br>
- end quote -

First off, G-d didn't talk on the matter at all. And whether G-d is happy or not cannot be any more than personal opinion.

The Jewish position on the matter is that abortion is certainly not encouraged, but it is allowed based upon the following passage in the Torah:

Genesis Chapter 2, verse 7: <br>
"then the LORD G-d formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

Thus, the thinking goes, life begins upon the first breath of air. But again, abortion is certainly not encouraged, but no woman that makes the decision to have one is to be ostracized.

As for a Christian viewpoint, I can't say much, because there is no scriptural basis for any point of view on the matter. It's simply not addressed in any of the canonized scriptures. So, any Christian argument against it would be merely an extrapolation. But, that is not to say that it does or does not have any validity.

March 31, 2015 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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