hear_me (Carol Bowen)

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New City Commission set for more study of police headquarters, other goals

There were a lot of questions about what the Police Department needs and why. I think we wanted to know about programs within the department, why we need them, and, then, what facilities are needed.

Like commissioner Soden said, we do need a new facility for the Police Department, but it should be program driven rather than driven to fix facility problems. Identifying mental health issues is an example. What program addresses mental health issues. What are the programs within the police department? What programs are needed or not needed? Commissioner Boley represented us very well with his statement:

"We need to build something for the next 20 years, not just for today,” Boley said as he asked the commission to consider a blue-ribbon commission. “I need to learn more before I can make decisions on this issue.”

These were pretty dynamic statements for first meeting commissioners. This is going to be an interesting term.

April 22, 2015 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Stagnant city

Give us an example.

April 17, 2015 at 2:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parks and Recreation has long list of projects that could be affected by police headquarters plan; weight room at Rock Chalk to close temporarily

David, The neighborhood has tried to take care of Parkhill Park - pulling poison ivy, replacing the BB net, and so on. The Park needs overall care and planning beyond what the neighborhood could manage. The park is quite large. Your points are well taken. We do not have an active association. We are talking about having a meeting to discuss the park.

Dolph Simons donated the land on the either side of his property to the city. The small parks help control flooding and kids play on them. They are mowed at the same time as Parkhill Park. I have lived in this neighborhood a long time, and have never seen parking in those parks. Maybe, you're looking at the edges of his property? If I were to complain, I would bring up that the city Parks department thinks so little of those parks, it has merely named them Parkhill Park #2 and Parkhill Park #3.

My general reaction to your comments is that, yes, some of your things are possible. However, I would caution you to know for sure what expenses were necessary. It would add credence to your comments.

April 16, 2015 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parks and Recreation has long list of projects that could be affected by police headquarters plan; weight room at Rock Chalk to close temporarily

Parks and Rec likes new things. Park hill park is so neglected, fewer and fewer people are using it. The BBQ is the original, circa 1960s. The grass is mowed too high. After one complaint a few years ago, they replaced the basketball area. I have not been up there. I wonder if they removed the tennis/volleyball court. Since its out of sight, out of mind, it's forgotten. Certainly not updated. There are probably more older open parks that could use some attention. We've done well with the recreation part of Parks and Recreation. We need to pay some attention to the parks part of Parks and Recreation.

April 16, 2015 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence, other cities, deal with many issues related to low voter turnout for local races

Putting this map in the news is a good start. We can guess all kinds of reasons, but a door-to-door survey would give us more information before we spend money on a solution. First, let's fiigure out the problem before we try to solve it.

April 10, 2015 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Voter apathy

Phillip, At first read, your suggestion spurred visions of traffic whirling around like square dancing. Sorry, nothing intended. Just a chuckle. I have no idea how they decide where to put roundabouts. I have created a couple of unofficial roundabouts to turn right for the purpose of turning left. I do think roundabouts can be useful. I've been surprised by roundabouts on highways in other states. They really are not hard to drive through. Drivers in Lawrence do not accept change very well. Maybe that's why there are not more roundabouts at prominent intersections.

April 9, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Voter apathy

Fred, Again I agree. The drivers are the problem. They are responsible for increasing numbers of fatalities among drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians...even people sleeping in their own beds. When I said roundabouts were the only option available, that's the only solution engineers are offering. And, they do have supporting data. Of course, one finds what they are looking for. How do you propose we solve the problem of unsafe drivers? It takes an idea to start the research.

April 9, 2015 at 10:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Voter apathy

Fred, You bring up some good points. Below are my thoughts.

Roundabouts are the only solution available to us. I have seen them in other communities. They're used easily. Some drivers will not support any solution to traffic problems.

I absolutely agree that we are not bringing in good paying jobs. Retail and real estate development will not provide those jobs. Neither will the rec center or the hotels. What growth and development was opposed that you thought would provide good paying jobs?

KU is a major employer, but less noticed is the real estate/construction industry. Real estate development is very active, but there are no new jobs. The industry tries to support existing jobs. I agree that neither of these employers bring in new jobs.

There are lot of issues that need to be addressed. If you don't want them to function in a vacuum, give them your input.

April 9, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Questionable leadership

Kevin, October 10, 2010, according to factcheck.org

McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

National Journal: What’s the job?

McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

April 7, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Questionable leadership

Didn't Mitch McConnell say that he wanted president Obama to be a one term president early in the president's first term?

April 7, 2015 at 3:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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