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Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

If 4 million people lose food stamp benefits, is the public ready to step up and "fill in the gap" to help feed the hungry?

Most of us know of people--friends, relatives or neighbors, who are currently receiving food stamps and couldn't make it without them. They may be unemployed, or suffering from physical or mental disabilities such that they cannot earn a living wage, or elderly or children--our most vulnerable citizens.

Realistically, are we as individuals financially able to provide them with meals or help pay for their food on a regular basis? While we might donate occasionally to a food pantry or serve at a soup kitchen, the average person cannot afford to take on this increased financial responsibility. Yet, that is what will happen if the 4 million people are "cut off" from their life-sustaining food. They will be begging from us, their neighbors and friends.

September 20, 2013 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

DUI crash survivor hopes to become agent for change

Thanks for sharing your story, Becky. You are a very brave woman!

August 16, 2013 at 7:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Lawrence man is early proponent of the 'staycation'

The old iron city jail and jail yard used to be near the intersection of 6th [then Pinckney street] and Vermont. It was on the north side of 6th. See Sanborn map below:

August 10, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How would you improve downtown Lawrence?

Sidewalks would look so much better if business owners would sweep the sidewalks in front of and behind their stores each morning.

June 13, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City set to make additional improvements to Sixth and Iowa intersection

I've wondered the same thing. Will those tunnels be updated too?

March 31, 2013 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$1.2 million from longtime Lawrence couple's estate will go to KU

What a generous gift!
They were wonderful people and are greatly missed.

February 16, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawhorn's Lawrence: A tale of an abandoned baby, a dime and a Lawrence laundromat

What a wonderful story!

If adoptees [or the public in general] want to find genetic relatives, it is easier now than ever to do that with DNA testing. There are several companies that specialize in DNA testing for recent as well as "deep" ancestry. For example:

One company, FamilyTreeDNA, has what is called "Family Finder" that checks thousands of points in the autosomal DNA and matches them to others who have done the test and are in the database. One can potentially connect to genetic parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and even cousins up to 5 or 6 generations back across all lines. One can choose to be notified when there are matches and then contact those matches to see how they connect and determine who the common ancestor is that they share..

Another company, 23andMe also offers a similar test, "Relative Finder," for autosomal DNA, matching genetic relatives, who have also taken the test, up to 5 or 6 generations, as well as giving ethnic percentages and testing for health risks for many conditions. Again, one can choose to be notified when there are matches with genetic relatives.

These are just a couple of examples of DNA tests that are now available.

Of course male adoptees, can take the Y-DNA test that will trace from father to father to father back thousands of years. Sometimes this can help to determine the surname [during the recent past] of the birth father.

Both females and males can take the MtDNA test (mitochondrial DNA test) that goes from daughter [or son] back many generations on the maternal line though this is not as helpful for determining surnames.

I am no expert on DNA or DNA testing and am not endorsing any company, but I find it exciting that so much can be learned about our ancestry these days with just a simple saliva test.

January 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Open spaces

An excellent idea, Clark.
I agree, we need to do something soon before these open spaces and woodlands are lost forever. Creating a Douglas County Conservation District seems to be a logical first step. Thanks for having the vision to see what lies ahead if we don't make plans now.
It is obvious that you have put a lot of thought and research into this. Keep up the good work!

December 13, 2012 at 8:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Two Journal-World photographers win awards in national contest

Congratulation to you both for your fine work.

October 16, 2012 at 8:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rediscovered painting offers slice of city history

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School is also fortunate to have a wonderful, large painting, "Central Time" that was created about 1996 by local artist, Wayne Wildcat, who worked on it with students from then Central Junior High.

The painting portrays the students who painted themselves and some former students and teachers of Central into the painting. The painting is on exhibit in the downstairs hallway of the school.

September 4, 2012 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )