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VoiceOfReason (Susan Mangan)

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Town Talk: Are taxes too high here?

While I'm sure many people WANT to live in Lawrence, don't make the mistake of assuming that if someone wants to move, they will. Two of our neighbors had their houses on the market for over a year (one over 2 years) because they had job opportunities in another town and wanted to move. But neither could get anywhere close to their asking price (well below the prices they paid, originally), and they finally had to, either, take a loss on their house, or stay in Lawrence for a lower paying job. They both chose to take a loss on their house. The decreasing population has major implications for people trying to get out. Implying that, simply being here, means people love Lawrence, and WANT to be here, ignores a very real group of people who feel they are here because they are financially "trapped".

May 25, 2014 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Gun safety

Well said, Brock! My first thought was, "When driving a car becomes a Constitutional right, that's a fair comparison." It isn't. Apples and oranges.

April 23, 2014 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State workers' pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers

Was that English?

April 22, 2014 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Authorities believe Lana-Leigh Bailey's body was moved to Osage County after killings in Ottawa

Our system...for some stupid reason...rewards failure. ATTEMPTING to commit a crime carries a lesser sentence, when all that really means is that you tried, but failed. Why should being too stupid, incompetent, lazy, etc. to complete the crime you are trying to commit be any less "bad" than getting it done???

All of the legal stuff aside...God bless the families of the victims. I pray that little Lana-Leigh is spending this Mother's Day in the loving and peaceful embrace of her mother. What a tragic way to be together, but at least they ARE together.

May 12, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former state representative Solbach critically injured after ATV and car collide

I certainly won't purport to speak for Him. But my best guess is that He was there, preventing anyone from being killed. No one claims that God prevents all tragedy. But He can keep it from being worse, or help us get through it. To assume that, since tragedy occurs, that God must not exist is naive, and demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of Christian principles. Unfortunately, that's your loss.

April 18, 2013 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Offended voter

Well that can't happen! They passed a law preventing most ex-felons from having guns, so that can't be true. Passing new laws makes us safe, right??? That's why so many, now, are demanding new legislation...legislation makes us safe. Try enforcing the ones already on the books and addressing the REAL problems, like mental health. There isn't a single criminal out there who is going to stop what he's doing, for a moment, because a new law was passed to prevent it. But there WILL be fewer and fewer "good guys" there to defend against those criminals.

April 13, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Offended voter

I have (the gun show, not private seller). Three or four times over the past 15 years, actually. EVERY SINGLE TIME, I had to wait, after I filled out my application, for the instant background check to be completed (they took my ID with them to call in my info. I was told, "no ID, no sale. Sorry".) I am happy to show my ID to vote because I don't want someone who is not legally entitled to vote cancelling mine out. If it turns out it never happens, even better. But it's a right that is too important to risk throwing away. I'm guessing the sum total of your experience from gun shows is from what the "mainstream media" reports to the masses. And thousands of people form misguided, judmental opinions about an issue they know NOTHING about, aside from the nightly news.

April 13, 2013 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A few KU students already feeling effects after military tuition assistance suspended

Just FYI. It is not GCSC...It's CGSC. You got the acronym wrong. It stands for Command and General Staff College.

March 18, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Buckle up

People weren't, necessarily, better drivers decades ago. We just didn't have instant news that was disseminated coast-to-coast describing the horror stories, when they happened. I had a great-great uncle who, in the 1940s, was lucky to escape an accident alive. But the rest of his family died. Out for a "Sunday drive", on a hilly road (much like Hwy 40, West of Lawrence) in North Carolina, one day, he topped a hill and came bumper to bumper with a car load of kids joyriding. They made the decision to pass on a hill and killed four people in my uncle's car. Some teenagers (and some grown-ups, too, I know) have always made dangerous decisions, while driving, because of their inherent sense of immortality. Always happened and, unfortunately, always will.

January 13, 2013 at 5:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you think there should be a citywide vote on a new rec center?

True! They irresponsibly voted for the EmptyT and the super-duper-luxury library/parking garage, in the midst of a horrible recession. But, despite their irresponsible choices, we let them have a voice in those decisions. Only okay with that when you anticipate the outcome would be in your favor, I take it.

January 5, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )