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5 things to know about the city's new curbside recycling service

Are you sure about that? My apartment complex had the new bins delivered the other day and are sitting right next to the trash can. I probably wouldn't have noticed, but I got a nice letter on my door saying I was now responsible for the 2.81 on my rent every month.

October 19, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback: Kansas should defend gay marriage ban

"Both Brownback's support for the ban and Davis' hesitancy to publicly embrace gay marriage frustrated Tom Witt, the executive director of the advocacy group Equality Kansas."

Oh come on Tom, you and I both know where Davis stands on the issue, but do you really want him to make a statement that Brownback can spin in to some ad that the public will eat up. Just be quiet and let the guy get elected. Davis has everything to lose by coming out in support, and nothing to gain in the short term.

October 8, 2014 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Davis vows to reform KanCare services for some disabled individuals

It's ironic because I know people who this change actually effected, and they seem to think it was extremely harmful But no Brownie, go ahead, continue to live in your little silo.

October 8, 2014 at 3:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Suspects identified in LHS football field vandalism that included racial epithet

It seems like they maybe went there with good intentions (using shaving cream) but somebody just had to ruin it by getting racial. If not for the racial slur, this just would have been a little prank. There really was no harmful vandalism.

September 18, 2014 at 9:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More than 30 high school bands to play during KU Band Day

I think this is pretty common across the state. I went to school in Wichita and a lot of schools from that area would come. Unfortunately most Fine Arts programs have had to cut out Field Trips like these with all the cuts. Taking 100+ people up to Lawrence isn't cheap. They stopped coming up here a few years after I graduated.

September 13, 2014 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU slips a few notches in U.S. News & World Report ranking of best colleges

If I am not mistaking, Kansas State also fell. This is despite both schools being in the middle of very rigorous campaigns to move up that list. Incidentally, Topeka has basically defunded Public Education in Kansas, but those two things can't possibly be related.

September 10, 2014 at 12:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider $1 million loan guarantee for downtown, East Lawrence broadband project

Yes, and they did do that. It may not be great, but that is a limitation of the technology. I can get on their Wireless network just about anywhere in Lawrence at this point.

September 8, 2014 at 10:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider $1 million loan guarantee for downtown, East Lawrence broadband project

This is about broadband, Phone and TV are dying technologies. Eventually it will all go over the Internet. In many places in Lawrence you have one option for Broadband, that is WOW. Even WOW only has a theoretical Max of 50 Mbps, which is a joke. AT&T is only useful if you get U-verse, which is not available in many places. So best case you can get AT&T with a max of 24 Mbps, or WOW with a max of 50 Mbps. That is just laughable.

September 8, 2014 at 10:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider $1 million loan guarantee for downtown, East Lawrence broadband project

That is the problem, this has happened time and time again across the country. A city is underserved, the current broadband providers could give two craps about expanding and improving service. Then suddenly a local company or municipality proposes high speed fiber with public incentives. Suddenly the incumbnent providers come out of the wood work and say "Well hey thats not fair." despite never once proposing a similar project or in some cases, completely ignoring pleas for better access.

One of two things can happen:

The city can say no, and the project goes dead. The result of that, and I will bet money on this, is that nothing changes. We continue to be one of the worst places in Kansas for broadband (Worse than places like Garden City, Manhattan, and Salina) and the companies complaining about "uneven playing field" won't even bother to come back to Lawrence.

The city can say yes, and Lawrence can finally have real broadband and a plan to expand it to the entire city going forward. Wow suddenly now has competition, they have to pay up, or start bleeding. AT&T suddenly has to compete, they have the money and resources. Even if the project doesn't go off like planned, it starts competition. And there is a good chance if the project does fall on tough times, when Google completes their build-out in KC, they might just pick up the little fiber project to the west.

I literally see no downside to this. Everybody wants government out of things, but when private industry refuses to because they have monopolistic power, it is time to kick-start it. If Lawrence doesn't get on fiber now, we will quickly become a broadband black hole in Kansas, and that is NOT good for business, period.

September 8, 2014 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback campaign to residents of Lawrence: 'It's nothing personal'

Davis should milk this for all it's worth. Get as much of Lawrence to show up to the polls and vote and it could actually make a difference. I'd be the first in line for a "Lawrence Liberal" T-Shirt and bumper sticker.

August 13, 2014 at 11:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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