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Editorial: Use caution on Design-Build

Why does Tom Markus think that this design-build process helps ANYONE except the builders (and architects)? It would have cost us almost TWICE as much $$$ to build Rock Chalk had we done what Markus wants us to do. And this is in the taxpayers' best interests...how???

And for him to argue that design/build is *the* way to go because it allegedly "allows more collaboration between the city, the architects and the builders" is just pure nonsense. Sure. There are times it could be the best way to go. But when we're talking the difference between $20 million and $10.5 million dollars, then someone needs to buy him new calculator...and needs to explain the concept of "collaboration" to him.

December 6, 2017 at 8:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: It’s time to talk about guns

So you think that keeping certain people from purchasing guns won't change anything? Or that, say, banning bump stocks won't change anything?

We're not expecting perfection, Jim. Just hoping for logical improvements.

November 12, 2017 at 12:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: It’s time to talk about guns

In other words, your "meaningful and Constitutional solution" is actually to do nothing.

November 12, 2017 at 12:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Use the right word

My point of view is please don't use the phrase "mentally ill people". I mean, if you break your leg, do you expect people to call you a broken-legged person? Of course not. So why would you emphasize the illness when it comes to a mental illness???

November 11, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Tearing safety net

At least not decent-paying ones. And, nope, $8.50 an hour is NOT a decent-paying job.

November 11, 2017 at 2:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Support housing

Exactly *why* do you think that voting for question 3 "will create a well-supervised fund dedicated to get people into homes they can afford, either as renters or owners"???

In case you hadn't noticed, most of our tax dollars go for...oh, say...giving Bob Schumm $1 million in exchange for a 600 (or less) square foot one bedroom condo that will sell for $95,000. Affordable??? Oh. And folks like Schumm getting tax subsidies are supposed to provide 10% affordable housing. Just how is 1 out of 12 units 10%???

And why do you mention a "well-supervised fund" (like we've allegedly had for other things for years???) but fail to mention the non-existent affordable housing plan?

Vote *NO* on question 3!!!

Wait till we see an actual plan for how we intend to create actual, affordable housing. After all, we don't have to make a decision this election. Don't get suckered yet again.

November 3, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Strong transit system

Why do we need "recreational trails" when we have countless neighborhoods with sidewalks we can walk on? Get out. Meet your neighbors. See what's going on in *your* neighborhood.

November 1, 2017 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Sales tax trick

Sorry, Dorothy, but WHAT "nice roads"? And how is charging poor people money they can't afford "helping" them? And keeping more cars off the roads with public transport? I sure would like to see an actual survey on that here in Lawrence. How many people don't drive because of the buses...and how much it costs us all. (I have a sneaking suspicion that those out-of-towners don't use our buses except to go to sporting events.)

October 31, 2017 at 11:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Sales tax trick

Including continue it for low-income people who have to give up 10% of their purchasing power for...what? I know a number of people who can't afford to take the bus because they don't have that extra 10%. (And, no, being poor does NOT automatically get you free bus passes because there's a limit to them.)

Oh, and why should low income (or any of us) people have to pay for recreational trails? These folks walk just about everywhere anyway. And if you want to talk a walk for exercise? Walk on a sidewalk your neighbor (or you) paid for.

October 31, 2017 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: More laughter

And while you're bringing the comics back, GET RID OF PRINCE VALIANT!!!

My god. I thought we were rid of him decades ago. I hated the strip as a kid. I'm 72 now, and hate it even more.

October 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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