clawhorn (Chad Lawhorn)


Comment history

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.

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 )

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

Hi Jonathan:
The sales taxes “from an associated mixed use development on the west side of Lawrence,” wouldn’t be a new sales tax. It would just be a new shopping area (or maybe entertainment district would be a better description. Its location and specific uses are undefined currently.) You would pay the normal sales tax that you pay at shopping areas. The difference with this shopping area is that it would be part of a STAR Bond district, which means the sales taxes collected at the shopping center would eventually be rebated back to the outdoor park instead of going into state and local coffers. But it is not like the creation of the STAR bond district causes the sales tax rate to be 12 percent instead of 9 percent or something like that.

Now, if the developments also seek a Transportation Development District, that could result in a higher sales tax rate. That is the type of special taxing district that exists at The Oread, Ninth and New Hampshire and Bauer Farm that adds 1 percent onto the normal sales tax rate. But that is different than a STAR Bond district.

Hope that helps. Thanks, Chad

December 27, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU Hospital working to open facility in west Lawrence

It is one of those high-tech tunnel car washes. Here's what we have written about it:

December 6, 2016 at 5:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )