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Group forming to oppose sales tax vote for police headquarters; Amtrak wins key grant funding for Southwest Chief route

8.9% for nine years.

In 1994, the sales tax in Lawrence was 5.9%. 8.9% would be a 50% increase in the last 20 years.

Sales taxes are bad, but they're easy to get approved, the people they hurt the most are less likely to vote.

And if this "On the Street" is an example, Lawrencians like taxes.
http://www2.ljworld.com/onthestreet/2...

September 12, 2014 at 8:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Seating switch

Excellent editorial.

What are college sports for? Evidently not for the students. It is more a business and less a game. There is a trend here and the pace of change is not slowing.

Fewer seats this year. Next year, or in a few more years, the athletic department can raise still more money by taking from some--perhaps the students again--and giving to others.

June 10, 2014 at 8:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Broadband leap

I agree that the library was submitted to a vote is an important difference. I question the rationale for a new library and wonder if it wasn't to signal that Lawrence is a progressive city that values education and knowledge. Whether is was an efficient use of city funds in terms of the number of people it serves is another question.

I would support Rock Chalk Park if it served a significant portion of the population and advanced the health and well-being of a significant number of people.

May 29, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Broadband leap

Fast internet is not a solution to all problems, but it so clearly a big part of the future for good or ill. The current lackadaisical approach to finding a way to provide it to Lawrence residents is mystifying.

It is difficult to imagine a future where gigabit broadband will not change from becoming the "next cool thing" to a requirement for businesses interested in locating here and people who want to move here.

This town, which prides itself on being progressive, has chosen to expend it's resources on sports parks and libraries, both of which will be used by a minority of residents. I've argued before that the role of libraries (an inherently good idea) will change in ways that are difficult, if not impossible, to predict. It may be, unfortunately, that they will become obsolete, or it may be that they adapt and evolve in ways--at least I--can't predict.

I share the concerns over Wicked's ability to deliver. Providing such a service is not really challenging. Who does it is not important. Getting it done is.

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." (Look up the quote, you have the internet) Deploying fast internet may not be a major issue. Delay may not put Lawrence at a disadvantage. A quote by Peter Drucker says it best. "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

The only challenge here is leadership and vision. Something which is evidently in short supply in Lawrence.

May 29, 2014 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawhorn's Lawrence: Memories at the bottom of Clinton Lake

Martha and Betty Laird wrote, and I believe self-published, a book on the history of the area before the lake was built. "Soil of our Souls". I was fortunate to find a copy, they are somewhat expensive now on Amazon, but I see they have a few copies.

How many people know there used to be a train that ran from near Clinton/Bloomington into Lawrence?

Look for Lawrence Southwestern in the middle of the map.

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/U...

There's a lot of history in this area besides Quantrill's raid.

April 27, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kathleen Sebelius resigns from Obama Cabinet

A rollout on that scale was bound to be the disaster that it was. If you work in the tech industry, you know that.

Why?

Among other reasons, no single person with adequate technical knowledge is ever in charge. Usually no single person with any day to day involvement is "in charge". In addition, the project is almost always split between multiple companies and locations so the coordination becomes a nightmare.

Without knowing any of the internal facts, I can guarantee that the project was hugely expensive, but that it was a gravy train for the companies involved.

All of that, despite what the Republican party has said, has no relationship to the value of the program itself.

April 12, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Consultants recommending naming new Rock Chalk Park recreation center SportQuest; local Eagles lodge closed following investigation

It is hard to believe that I once thought Rush Limbaugh had something of value to say, but he had a few expressions early on that have stuck with me. The one that applies in this case is:

Symbolism over substance.

Appearance is important, but it has become more important than the reality underneath.

April 5, 2014 at 8:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Virtual options

Online educational opportunities are continuing to expand. An increasing number of universities are putting their course materials online.

Online eductation ion is finally becoming a real alternative. Over 30,000 classrooms are using khanacademy.org. Among it's supporters are the Gates Foundation and Google.

It has a tremendous amount of material on math, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, history...

Above all, it is a simple and practical concept. Some classrooms actually use it to introduce material and the teacher spends her time helping students one on one.

It is an elegantly simple idea.

Oh, and one more thing. It is FREE.

March 23, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar starts $200,000 solar panel project in Lawrence; commissioners win award for Rock Chalk Park

Just some info to give a perspective. According to Morninstar, Westar's CEO was paid 2,487,000 in 2012. So this project was about a month of his pay.

February 20, 2014 at 9:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Traffic signals installed at K-10 and 6th Street interchange

Turning left from either exit during afternoon rush hour is a slow and difficult process. The line from the turnpike exit is always long, and people sometimes take chances crossing traffic to turn left.

On the northbound exit, it is difficult to tell which lane the westbound cars are in, making that turn difficult, too.

Thankfully, the city didn't try to put in roundabouts here, but lights here should be more a help than hindrance. At least at rush hour.

January 27, 2014 at 9:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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