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Lawrence mayor's status unknown as City Commission OKs $207 million budget

I was involved on the Board of a non-profit that also neglected to pay payroll taxes for budgetary reasons (just didn't have the extra money). We worked out a plan with IRS and got them paid . The executive director was not vilified and we moved forward. Unless there is something more than just the payroll taxes, this is a tempest in a teapot.

August 12, 2015 at 7:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence mayor resigns as director of Just Food; nonprofit has $50K in unpaid taxes; divorce deposition alleges past mismanagement

As Mayor, he doesn't handle the City's money, so there shouldn't be a problem. He can still be mayor and do a good job.

August 11, 2015 at 7:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Family wakes to find allegedly drunken stranger sleeping on their sofa; auto burglary on Colorado Street; update on dog wounded by shotgun

That happened to me a few years ago because the person was so drunk he thought he was locked out of his own house. When I got to the front of the house, he was passed out on my couch. I didn't even call the police. My neighbor fixed the door.

August 1, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Promoter not sure now on canceling 1,000-foot water slide event in west Lawrence; city gets report on its financial health

That happened to me, too. Late at night, trying to pick up my kid from a friend's house.
This whole thing with the water slide is much ado about nothing and people complaining to hear themselves talk. It's 2 days. No one's going to die from being somewhat inconvenienced for 2 days for a fun community activity. Let's set up a slip 'n slide in Mike Kelly's front yard!!!!!

July 27, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County judge's letter on rumored foster care changes raises concern

I have raised many foster kids by myself and we have done just fine. Now are they going to make me get married?

July 17, 2015 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Woman, girl injured in downtown Lawrence hit-and-run

When you are walking you need to follow the rules AND be alert for irresponsible motorists. The main reason for this is that you, as a pedestrian, are in a lot worse shape than the motorist, if there is a collision.

July 12, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Woman, girl injured in downtown Lawrence hit-and-run

When you are walking you need to follow the rules AND be alert for irresponsible motorists. The main reason for this is that you, as a pedestrian, are in a lot worse shape than the motorist, if there is a collision.

July 12, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Community Shelter seeks immediate funds to avert drastic cuts

All that means is that they need more staff time to manage the increased population, so they have spent more money. Pretty simple.

July 6, 2015 at 6:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school days to increase by several minutes to allow professional development days for teachers

I don't know where you teach or even what your connection to teachers in the district is, but this is not true of most teachers. There certainly might be some who do that, but they are choosing to take personal time off for those appointments. There is a lot of good work that gets done during collaboration time and many teachers fought long and hard to get it.

June 23, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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