debengstrom (Deb Engstrom)


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Faith group wants Lawrence residents to vote yes on affordable housing sales tax

What should happen is that every landlord should set aside one apartment out of every 10 to be either transitional housing for homeless or greatly reduced rent with subsidies. That would go a long way to eliminate the problem. Still need to figure out support for poor rental history and credit checks that are roadblocks to many people.

September 26, 2017 at 6:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gunshots fired near eastern Lawrence bar; one man wounded, witnesses uncooperative

It's all about the guns!!! I know people are going to say that it's not the gun, it's the person, but back in the day when guns weren't so prolific, these same people with having fistfights instead of shooting. I will never be convinced otherwise.

September 24, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Vote Yes' campaign launches for school district’s $87 million bond issue; ballots to be mailed out in 6 weeks

If you care about equity in the district you will support this bond issue.

February 28, 2017 at 6:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU basketball player Josh Jackson charged in car vandalism case; Self says he won't bench 'great ambassador' for KU

So why is this headline news? How many other 20 year olds have done things like this and worse. It's really none of our business.

February 24, 2017 at 10:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Jail practices

I agree with the writer. I believe that for many of the people in jail, their major "crime" is being poor. If you look at the jail log, so so many are arrested for "failure to appear". Why do they fail to appear? Because they think they will have to pay a fine that they can't pay, so they roll the dice and don't show up. Good option? No, but sometimes the only one they can see at the time. I would add that an alternative to incarceration should be offered for people with mental health problems and addictions.

July 27, 2016 at 7:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Black Lives Matter vigil prompts race discussion among Lawrence school board members

This forum demonstrates the issue very well. People with privilege (note I did not say white privilege, although that's usually what it is), myself included, can sit at their laptop and type all sorts of things because they don't have to live with the racism every day and worry about how they will be judged based on the color of their skin. We are not talking about all lives right now, we are talking about Black lives, and they matter very much.

July 18, 2016 at 7:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Father of woman who died in Douglas County Jail suing for $1.35 million

I'm definitely in favor of a separate facility, but for now, it is absolutely critical that people get the medications that are prescribed for them while they are in jail. Also there should be a separate area where people who are detoxing can be observed more closely.

July 3, 2016 at 6:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Father of woman who died in Douglas County Jail suing for $1.35 million

If it was for a probation violation, sometimes (usually) there is no bond. Not s sure about this case, though.

Someone I work with was arrested and went a whole day (24 hours) without his medications (anti convulsants and other psychotropics). We brought the meds and physician's orders to the jail, but they were never administered. Fortunately nothing happened, but certainly could have.

July 3, 2016 at 6:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at the 10 Kansas inmates on death row

The death penalty is legal in Kansas, since it was reinstated in 1994. They just have not executed anyone since 1965.

June 11, 2016 at 8:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rising enrollment at Free State High School displaces theater classes

So we maintain the black box theater to be exclusively for theater and have other classes in other less desirable spaces like hallways, stages, cafeteria,etc.

May 20, 2016 at 7:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )