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Opinion: How America can ‘get to yes’ with Turkey

"Erdogan has threatened an “Ottoman slap.”"

That's terrifying, because the Ottoman Empire ended in 1922.

February 17, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence leaders propose using part of city sales tax collected on groceries to help the poor

While it is true that the money saved by not paying the city sales tax on food is very likely to be spent elsewhere here in town, claiming that there is no loss in tax revenue to the city is an exaggeration.

Assume that $10 is not paid in sales tax on food. Spent elsewhere, it would generate only a bit over $0.90 in sales taxes paid on other items besides food. There would be other taxes paid besides that, for instance, property tax paid to the county by the business establishment or the owner of the property. Furthermore, income tax to the state would also be paid by the employees of said business establishment. And Federal tax also, for that matter.

So, the claim that there would be no loss to the city is not true. But it is true that the reduction in tax revenue would not be as great as it might appear.

February 14, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

Something not mentioned in the article is that birds, and other animals, can trigger intense allergic reactions in some people. I'm very aware of that because I have an inherited allergy to bird dander. It's really bad, around a bird I very quickly develop flu like symptoms that fortunately are alleviated within an hour or two after I'm no longer near the bird or its dander anymore.

And, some people are allergic to dogs, and others are allergic to cats.

If I were in close proximity to a bird on a jet, I would very quickly become very ill. It might not help very much to be seated away from the animal, because of the recirculation of the cabin air.

Do passengers have a right to an allergen free flight?

February 11, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

"Southwest rather sternly says that passengers accompanied by emotional-support animals had better have papers from credentialed experts certifying “a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — Fourth Edition.” "

Get with the times.

The DSM is now in its fifth edition, the DSM-5, published on May 18, 2013.

But it is possible that Southwest has an old copy.

February 11, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Healthy Outlook: This potentially deadly trend is not one you want to try

It's too bad that "raw" water is so expensive, because I'm sure it's great for use in aquariums.

January 14, 2018 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

World War I in Lawrence: Church leaders want to prohibit liquor among deployed soldiers

Surely intoxicating liquors were used only for medicinal purposes.

January 10, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas couple receives no money for police drug raid based on tea leaves

This case sends a firm message to potential criminals: <br>
Do not smoke tea leaves!

December 13, 2017 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Guns among us

Personal arguments should be taken somewhere else!

November 29, 2017 at 11:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

See the latest plans to build large student apartment complex around Lawrence day care

Being the first to occupy a piece of real estate does not give you any ownership rights to the surrounding properties that you do not own.

There are only a few exceptions to that. For instance, a liquor store cannot be opened within 500 feet of a church. There may be other exceptions, but I'm sure day care centers are not one of them.

November 15, 2017 at 6:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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