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District’s failure to release information about school board applicants is a disservice to the public

Hi Ken: The other thing we do with board elections, is we announce candidates as they file. Or at least we try too. That is all we are trying to do here as well. Thanks.

February 25, 2017 at 8:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

District’s failure to release information about school board applicants is a disservice to the public

It is worth noting that at the time we filed the open records request that we had no guarantee we would receive any contact information from the applicants. In fact, we had reason to believe that the district didn’t want to give such information to us. After all, we had to fight just to get the district to release the names prior to the deadline. For what it is worth, we still have no guarantee that we will get contact information from future applicants.

Julie’s assertion that this process the district is going through is somehow on par with what the county clerk does when people file for elected office is incorrect. Candidates file their forms and we have full and immediate access to those forms. The county clerk does a fantastic job with that. There is no process where the candidate has to give his or her permission about whether their information is going to be released.

Let me also say, I did not want to file this open records request. I tried on two occasions to work with the district to avoid it. I got no response from the district on those efforts. If the district simply would have provided us the names and some contact information when we first asked for it, we never even would have thought to ask for the application form. I only directed my reporter to do so after she said (I paraphrase) “Well, I’ve got the names but I’m not sure they are going to be able to get me any contact information. So it may take me awhile to get these articles done.” To which I said “I bet they filled out some type of form. See if you can get the form. It would have their contact information.” At that point, I didn’t even know the application had any of these other questions on it.

All of this could have been avoided with a little a bit of common sense and communication on the district’s part. Chad Lawhorn, editor.

February 25, 2017 at 8:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

District’s failure to release information about school board applicants is a disservice to the public

Hi Chris:
We do plan to run a profile on each of the candidates. We did run an original article listing everyone who has filed thus far. As for the profiles, we run them as we complete them, and we are trying to complete them as soon as we can. Thanks, Chad

February 24, 2017 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A whale of a mystery at a Lawrence construction site; $1 million expansion set for west Lawrence office building

Ok, I'll bite. What was the whale used for out there?

February 20, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

Jennifer: Our decision to not report on the event you are referencing was based on our guidelines for reporting on suicides and attempted suicides. Local experts in the suicide prevention field have urged us to be cautious and thoughtful in how we report on suicides and attempted suicides. Thanks, Chad Lawhorn, editor.

February 20, 2017 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The confusing speed limit situation on the eastern edge of Lawrence, and whether it is set to change

The stretch of Haskell south of the SLT is set to be increased to 45 miles per hour, according to an article Elvyn Jones wrote for LJWorld last week. Here's the article. It mentions a couple of other roads the county commission agreed to increase the speed limit on.
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2017/jan...

January 31, 2017 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Understanding sales tax growth

David: You think the price of construction materials when up 24 percent in 2016? Turner, the large construction company, estimates buildings costs increased by 4.7 percent in 2016, with a good chunk of that increase coming in labor costs, not material costs. Thanks, Chad.

January 22, 2017 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State's STAR bonds legislation needs thorough 'vetting,' state senator says

Hi Deborah: Just a point of clarification: We haven't written an editorial that was "very much in favor" of this development. We wrote an editorial that essentially said it shouldn't be rejected out of hand, and that it is fine for the community to take some pride in being considered for such a large project. But, as we stated in the editorial: "Simply put, it is too early to know whether this project would be a good one for the community." You are correct that there are many questions that would need to be answered before this project could proceed. We'll do our best to seek answers to them, if it appears that this project remains a possibility. This article is an example of us trying to find answers to questions. This article makes it clearer that the proposed financing mechanism for this project (STAR Bonds) may no longer be an option in Kansas after this legislative session. Thanks, Chad

December 28, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State's STAR bonds legislation needs thorough 'vetting,' state senator says

Huh? Did I misstate something, Joe?

December 28, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arrest affidavit: Carlton Bragg Jr. stood with hands in pockets as girlfriend allegedly hit, pushed him

Hi Bob. I obviously disagree with your assessment. A few points: 1. We frequently run details from arrest affidavits. This isn’t that unusual for us. 2. Mr. Bragg’s notoriety has played a role in our coverage, but not an improper one. The public has a genuine interest in whether people of notoriety are treated by the justice system with the same standards as everyone else. 3. We publish details from arrest affidavits not to satisfy the curiosity of people, but rather because doing so provides an important check in a system of checks and balances. Ultimately, the justice system is run by elected officials. It is the job of the public to determine if those elected officials are properly discharging their duties. If the public never has any details about the cases those officials decide, it becomes difficult for the public to judge their performance. Thanks, Chad Lawhorn, editor.

December 28, 2016 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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