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Opinion: Who shut Johnny out of the parks?

"Who shut Johnny out of the parks"?

It's clear that it is the Speaker of the House. There are the votes to pass a clean budget without making changes to the ACA. The problem is the speaker will not it come to the floor for a vote.

October 5, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City receives seven proposed sites for police headquarters building

Why would the City consider any site for a police station that is probably closer to Lecompton than to the center of Lawrence.

October 3, 2013 at 8:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Memorial Hospital braces for cuts from Affordable Care Act

I'm not sure where you came up with the $300 million. The net operating revenue for 2012 was $175,070,284. Expenses for salaries, etc were $166,957,840. Leaving net operating income of $8,112,444. That's what I meant when I said the $30 million of charity care and uncollectible accounts were nearly four times net operating income.

September 19, 2013 at 5:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Memorial Hospital braces for cuts from Affordable Care Act

I think there's more to this story than the two examples the Mr. Meyer stated. I suggest that people read the 2012-2011 Mid-Year Report of Lawrence Memorial Hospital that was inserted in the Lawrence Journal World a few days ago.

On page 16 of this report are the Financial Highllights for 2012 and 2011. In 2012, the hospital provided Charity care of $12,595,000. and provided for uncolllectible accounts of $18,227,600. Combined, this is over $30,000,000. of services that the hospital provided without receiving any payment. If everyone had health insurance, this is additional revenue that the hospital does not now collect. That $30,000,000 is nearly four times the hospitals net income. So the hospital could have a huge surge in income or perhaps reduce their fees to everyone else, which would result in a decrease in all of our health insurance premiums.

September 19, 2013 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas attorney general joins NRA, 21 other states in challenge of federal handgun restriction

I have trying to make up my mind if people between 18 and 20 years old should be able to purcahse a hand gun. Kansas say yes. Congress say no because "persons under 21 tend to be relatively inrresponsible and can be prone to violent crime". Then I read the article about the turkey that was abused and killed at a fraternity house party and it was much easier for me to make up my mind.

September 14, 2013 at 5:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposal: $6 million rural water plant near Lawrence

So, I guess I'll do all my shopping in cities other than Lawrence so they can collect the sales tax and gasoline tax, etc. That way I won't use up your roads.

August 26, 2013 at 7:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district explains large cushion in capital outlay budget

With this balance and the money the school district spent on building two sports complexes they could have remodeled the schools without the need for a $92 million dollar bond issue.

I predict the school district will spend some of this extra cash to put down new turf on the football fields because the old turf is unsafe and visting teams will no longer come to Lawrence because of the unsafe conditions. Isn't that how the story goes.

August 18, 2013 at 7:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to begin searching for sites for potential multimillion dollar police headquarters

Here's what get old. Years ago when City Hall was located in the old Watkins Building, we were told that the city could save money by moving to a new location because that builiding had bad windows which made the utilities expensive. So, they moved to the then First National Bank, later to the current City Hall. Guess what, the taxpayers are still paying for the cost of operating that building which now houses the Douglas County Historial Society.

Same kind of story when we moved the library from the Carnegie Building to its new location. But, it was OK for the arts center for a little while. Well, we are now paying for the operating costs of another library building, a new arts center and continue to pay for the Carnegie Building. Is there ever a thought of just disposing of any of these old buildings

July 31, 2013 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence man indicted on federal gun charge after several local arrests

How can the federal government charge him with possessing a firearm? I thought federal agents no longer had any authority to do this in Kansas. Isn't that what Gov. Brownback signed into law a few weeks ago?

July 11, 2013 at 5:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local governments breathe sigh of relief as bond market stabilizes

Since the school district promised the taxpayers that there would not be a tax increase, if they approved the bond issue, it looks like they will have to reduce the debt from $92.5 million to $84.8 million to make up for the added interest cost of $7.7 million.

Isn't that what we would have to do, if we were planning on buying a house and found out we could not afford the house we originally wanted because the payment was going to be higher than we thought.

July 2, 2013 at 5:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )