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Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

That makes me feel much better, if that is the case. That sounds reasonable and good, but is that in the wording? Would that be applicable to businesses as well that they must dress and appear like a woman, use a woman's name, and done so from some time "persistently"? And, how and who defines it? (I am not trying to be sarcastic or combative, just trying to figure out what this means.)

September 28, 2011 at 3:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance

Set aside emotion and such. I have not seen the specific wording, but I have a specific question: Can a high school teenage boy now enter the girl's locker room by simply stating he is transgender, identifying himself as a female? The ordinance is passed so there is no need with continued arguing, so I am now trying to get clarification on the result of the decision. Please give any further information you can in an intelligible, non-combative way. Thank you.

September 28, 2011 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district to consider buying iPad 2s

That's $710 per iPad2... Where are they buying them from? Check out or many other sites. Much cheaper!

September 24, 2011 at 7:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Secretary of State Kris Kobach may be heading west — to Douglas County

As long as people keep using terms like "Herr Kobach", "KKK", ect., no one is going to take you seriously. He may choose to live in Lawrence/Douglas County and its "more progressive population", but many progressives are choosing to live within one of the most conservative states in the U.S. Go figure.

September 8, 2011 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Secretary of State Kris Kobach may be heading west — to Douglas County

Is this blog for junior high students? Because that sure is what is sounds like. Grow up.

September 8, 2011 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notre Dame professor to talk about separation of church and state

"Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best."

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

(signed) G. Washington

September 1, 2011 at 4:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How often do you attend a religious service?

I believe you are mistaken. The majority of churches do not look down upon anyone who does not give. The majority of Christian churches keep their giving anonymous... they don't even now what you give, except two people (usually secretary and treasurer). I can list specific congregations if you would like, in Lawrence that have this attitude. It is a freewill offering, a giving to God' work. It is between you and Him. My interest is why this is such an emotional topic for you?

August 7, 2011 at 6:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Abortion providers argue Kansas' new regulations aren't backed by data

Honestly, I wish this was left up to the states to decide. A better decision by SCOTUS would have. That way we would have the opportunity to outlaw it in Kansas, since a majority of citizens are against it. If California or other more liberal states want to stop beating hearts and destroy human life, then go for it. We just don't want it here!

July 29, 2011 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence School District, teachers agree on pay raises, benefits changes

They have 188 contracted work days. 5 days per week. 37.6 work weeks. (This is not including vacation/sick days - all full time jobs have these) 52 weeks in a year. Before you get snotty with your answers, know what you are talking about. Thank you.

July 29, 2011 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At Kansas senators' request, committee will not consider Steve Six's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals

IF you are anti-abortion and you feel that it is the killing of babies with heartbeats... then it is a pretty big issue. IF you believe this, then there is a lot of innocent babies being killed. IF you believe this, then I respect those who are willing to do everything they can to make it as rare as possible. Even though it has been deemed legal by the Supreme Court, it does not mean that Kansas politicians cannot do everything their power to reduce the number of abortions.

July 29, 2011 at 12:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )