bethlang1998 (Betty Bartholomew)


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Kansas Senate panel puts brakes on KU Central District project

Dear Arpke,

1) You're the rep from Salina but you don't take the Salina paper? That's shameful. How do you keep up with current events and concerns for the place you represent?

2) Don't be lazy:

3) You don't have to "take the paper" in order to, you know, go on the world wide web and read the Journal World ( or the Topeka Capital Journal ( or the Wichita Eagle ( or the KC Star ( or the Salina Journal (

You really are awful at this game.

Everybody Else

February 11, 2016 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Veto threat

What they need to do is see if they have enough votes to override a veto, then get to work salvaging what remains of our state's finances.

They need to think of it this way: They pass a good budget, they look good; the governor vetoes it, he looks bad to the people but to whoever his buddies are that he's trying to impress he's standing up for his principles; the legislature overrides the veto, they look even better and the governor gets to play sad puppy to his buddies. They all ... win?

In any case, in the upcoming session maybe they should start working on the budget first thing and put everything else - which is usually stuff that seems like a waste of time, anyhow - on the back burner until it's done.

November 3, 2015 at 9:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas behind most states in not streaming Statehouse events

I'd like to see their numbers. The initial cost of equipment might be high depending on what equipment they get, but it wouldn't be close to two million dollars. You can stream over YouTube for little or no cost, so I'm interested to see what method they're looking at for streaming. And how much does somebody have to be paid to make sure it's up and running at conference time - even if it had to be babysat, it seems like something a tech savvy intern could do.

I sense smoke being blown, if not by the legislators then definitely by whoever they're getting their quotes for equipment and services from.

November 3, 2015 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Technology not transforming education

I suspect this is largely due to a basic lack of teaching about how to use computers, both the mechanics of it and how to use the programs in a way to get better results. Sitting a kid down to play a learning game is all well and good, but if that's all we're going to teach them about using a computer, you may as well stick with flash cards. The older students need to be taught how to use computers not just for research papers but also to learn more about topics beyond what is in (sometimes questionable I'm-looking-at-you-Texas) text books. And there is a whole world of artistic tools and inspiration out there for kids to discover if people can get over their fear of the internet (still raging in 2015).

Honestly, I put much of it down to the number of people my age (which is sad because I'm only in my mid-30s) and older who don't know how to use a computer who can't then teach our/their children how to use a computer. I have had to walk so many people who are parents and teachers of all ages through the basics of using a website or a web browser that I can't be surprised any more when I meet 18 year olds who can't figure out how to check their email. I think we as a society have an image in our minds of ourselves as techno masters, but I think the reality is that a large swath of us can still barely figure out how to play solitaire on our computers.

October 13, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas elections chief files 3 criminal cases under new law

But the real question is: Are they illegal immigrants? Because I thought that's who he was trying to stop from voting illegally. If they're not, I'm still going to have to count his success rate as 0.

October 13, 2015 at 2:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Kasold ‘diet’

I drive through the new roundabout along Wakarusa and through the intersection at Harvard/Kasold with equal regularity and I actually wouldn't mind a roundabout at the latter. I don't think it's got enough traffic - and I drive through there at rush hour - for a light system (which are annoying in most of Lawrence anyway with how much deference they give to certain directions of traffic rather than being on demand), but the four way stop it has now definitely needs replaced. Frankly, I think any four way stop with more than one lane coming in from any direction needs to go away since six to eight cars all trying to figure out who gets to go when causes issues.

I know we in the US are loathe to have roundabouts put in, but they really do help smooth the traffic flow in these intersections where stop signs don't work too well but there's not enough traffic for a light to work well, either.

September 3, 2015 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Parking going paperless, stickerless

If you've looked at the campus master plan, parking is going to get more and more unavailable as more buildings are built on top of lots (why level an area if you can take one that's already leveled?). Raising prices is one way to make people think harder about whether or not they need to drive to campus or where around campus they might be able to park and bus from. And since none of the maintenance fees for parking lots comes from any of the tuition money or other state dollars, money has to be brought in for it somehow. It's not like the labor or material costs have gone down. Then, too, going back to the master plan, it calls for building more garages to make up for the loss of lots, and again, since the money can't come from tuition or other state dollars, rising parking costs are going to make up some of that. Unfortunately, that's the reality of parking on campus. (Going to the open forums is good for perspective, by the way.)

August 18, 2015 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Parking going paperless, stickerless

Actually, you'd just go in and add the plate for the borrowed car.

August 18, 2015 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Neighbors concerned about stalled construction near Peterson and Monterey; city, KU transit system named tops in state; a bus hub question for Centennial Park

But in a lot of the places where the transit hub is downtown, that's also still approximate to the center of town. With the directions Lawrence is growing, our downtown is no longer the center of the city. For me to get where I need to go using buses, I would have to ride a bus completely across town to get to downtown, then across town again to get to my destination, at nearly right angles to each other. That's hardly an efficient method of getting around. A centralized hub would eliminate that problem.

Beyond that, my only thought on the system is that it needs some public parking along the routes so that people who don't live on the route(s) they need might only have to drive enough to get to a convenient pick up lot then let the driver deal with rush hour traffic on the main roads.

August 10, 2015 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: So, Donald Trump is number one?

That there are people out there who support Trump does not surprise me. That nobody is reporting on what that says about the rest of the Republican field does. If they had any candidate who actually spoke to the majority of their base, Trump would not be leading. Instead, they are so splintered they can't manage to unite the party behind any one or two options, leaving this idiot in the lead. So on upside, there is 83% of the party who don't support him. The bad news is those 83% can't agree on anybody to beat him. Which is why the Republicans are going to have a difficult time taking back the White House.

July 19, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )