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TheSychophant (Bob Forer)

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Letter: Undue criticism

If the folks of East Lawrence fail in their efforts at self-determination, it is naive to assume that the the outcome will, by default, be determined by the Lawrence citizenry at large. Insteaad, it will be determined by the developers. I'd rather see the people of East Lawrence, control the direction of their neighborhood rather than a couple of rich guys hungry for another buck.

January 4, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Ice rink is a joke

Calling what I saw at the rink "ice skating" is akin to cuddling with your loved one in mutual full body wet suits and calling it "intimacy." Too much friction and not much fun.

January 4, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home to many more than city's own homeless

Fred, I would respectfully disagrere with you. I have noticed some younger people among the homeless, but in the several years I have been back in Lawrence, I only have run across one couple who clearly appeared "healthy and young"--a very attractive young woman in her late teens or early twenties with an equally svelte boyfriend. They were panhandling on the sidewalk in front of Kinkos with upscale backpacks at their sides. Although her clothes were a l;ittle dirty and torn, the woman had perfect teeth, beautiful skin, and was very well nourished. I wouldn't hesitate to guess that she was a middle class kid out on a summer lark.

But those two seemed to be the exception, and not the rule. Most of these apparently "healthy" young people are probably mentally ill, drug addicts, or recently released inmates. I don't doubt that there are a few "adventurers" amongst the "young and healthy" but I would surmise they are a small minority.

January 4, 2015 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home to many more than city's own homeless

The "build it and they will come argument" doesn't appear to hold much water. There are over six hundred thousand homeless people in our country. If the Lawrence shelter is such a powerful magnet, it would be perpetually full beyond capacity, nd with a waiting list. But that's not the case. In fact, it appears, based on this, article, that until the recent cold spell it was operating at less than capacity. Yes, the stats do demonstrate that 22 per cent come frrom out-of-state, and it is reasonable to assume that perhaps a few of those out-of-staters were drawn to Lawrence by the proverbial "word-of-mouth." But so what if our goodness attracts a few out-of-staters? Around eighty percent of the folks served are Kansans, and around half are from Douglas County.

Every commentator who has posted so far is spot on. Lawrence, is a good, decent and compassionate community. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

January 4, 2015 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Official: Race relations in Kansas better, but equity is still far off

"Equality is there. You just have to work for it."

Good one, Fred. That has to be the best oxymoron I have heard in a long time.

If you have to work for it, it's not equality.

January 3, 2015 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Ice rink is a joke

Ditto. I was at the library earlier in the week and took a few moments to watch the ice skaters. I am from the east coast where ice skating is much more popular and what I witnessed was hardly "ice skating." Apparently, the artificial surface is far from low-friction, and it is impossible to glide for more than a few feet, and that's for the obviously experienced skaters. For the majoirty of the skaters, they were really just awkwadly walking on an plastic surface wearing bladed shoes.

From my perspective, it didn't look like a whole lot of fun.

There was a nice crowd, but I doubt such crowds will last, as I surmise that once will be enough for most folks.

If the City was going to do it, they should have done it right with real ice. Instead, the taxpayers bought, as the writer correctly states, a "JOKE"

January 3, 2015 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Friends remember former school board member Alice Fowler as strong advocate

Alice was a good woman. Back then, she was one of the few elected officials who tried to represent her constitutents instead of selling out to special interets. She will be missed. My consolences to her family.

January 2, 2015 at 9:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RadioShack closes South Iowa Street store; pro-police HQ group spends about $24K in losing effort, opposition group about $500

Chad, a link to the campaign finance reports, if available, would be both indicated and appreciated.

January 2, 2015 at 6:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RadioShack closes South Iowa Street store; pro-police HQ group spends about $24K in losing effort, opposition group about $500

I think Herrington's interest in the police station issue is purely philosophical, i.e., he doesn't have any type of financial interest in a new station. He was a Lawrence cop in the mid-eighties. http://www.lawrence.com/news/2011/jun...

The six thousand he contributed was apparently a mere drop in the bucket for him. His total executive compensation in 2013 was over 2.3 million. http://www.forbes.com/profile/harry-h...

January 2, 2015 at 6:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RadioShack closes South Iowa Street store; pro-police HQ group spends about $24K in losing effort, opposition group about $500

eBay also offers cords and batteries at very reasonble prices, but some of those items are shipped from China and take around ten days to receive. The price of the item is so low, that even with increased postage, the total acquisition cost is much less than local retail. Only problem is that it takes a few days to receive. The retail markup cords, I-phone accessories, etc, is huge. I am sure some adapters, cords, etc, which retail at Radio Shack for twenty dollars or so cost Radio Shack less than two bucks wholesale.

January 2, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )