hear_me (Carol Bowen)

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District’s failure to release information about school board applicants is a disservice to the public

USD497 has a history of excusive practices. It's reports are not available before meetings, public input is not sought, and getting on the agenda is contrived. In its favor, the last bond issue was well conceived and managed. The board is committed to neighborhood schools.

February 24, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commissioner Matthew Herbert files for re-election

Obviously, Brett and Josh, you didn't vote for Matt, but quite a few people did. That's why he is on the commission. The commission represents the community ... at least, those who voted. There's no right or wrong. We need to get over the us-against-them philosphy. That kind of thinking weakens the community. Let's wait to see how this campaign season plays out and work towards the whole community. Everyone's input is important.

For the record, I'm interested in asset management. It's just another way of stating that we should be able to maintain what we have before looking for more ventures. I am not, however, comfortable with commissioner Herbert's approach.

February 24, 2017 at 12:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

House overrides Brownback's veto of tax bill; Senate voting later today

Kinda'. Wagle is still blaming Obama and federal regulations for the Kansas budget woes, and, oh yes, loss of oil and ag revenues.

February 22, 2017 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback vetoes bill that would reverse tax cuts he championed

We might want to mellow partisan thinking. Some Democrats voted against the bill because of its affect on the middle class (whatever that is). The deduction for mortgage interest is eliminated, and I think I read that the tax rate on middle incomes is increased. The new tax structure will increase taxes for middle incomes.

The Kansas budget is so deep in debt that we will have to pay the debt while we pay for the present and future. I'm betting our taxes will double - sales tax, property tax, fees.

February 22, 2017 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

It's good to know that common decency is still common.

February 22, 2017 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Kansas whitewater

So, Bob. What do you think would be the benefits of this venture?

February 22, 2017 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

Taking care of an ailing family member is not easy. There's stress, time constraints, logistics, and much more. I am sorry the sheriff has to deal with this ridiculous situation. His mother should be able to vote in her community where she lived and knows what she is voting for.

February 20, 2017 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

I thought about that too. I was wondering if Pat Roberts voted in Kansas or at home in
Virginia.

February 19, 2017 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

"However, the McGovern incident did cause a county resident who was aware of the situation to file two complaints with the secretary of state’s office. "

What has Kansas become? Now, we turn each other in for nonsensical reasons? It's like watching an old Gestapo movie. If I were in a nursing home, I would want to vote in a community I am familiar with, not the nursing home's community.

None of the incidents that we've read about so far come close to the illegal voting immigrant rationale. Why is it we need voter ID? Looks to me that we are wasting time and money on a problem that may or may not exist.

Chad, How about an article on the voter ID effort - it's purpose, the actual law, and outcomes?

February 19, 2017 at 3:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Improving parking downtown will require policy changes, Lawrence City Commission told

Discussing a parking plan and policies in isolation is myopic. The discussions should start with why and if we need parking ... and for what purpose? Do we want parking ramps everywhere? Or, do we want to discourage high volumes of parking and encourage buse ridership and walking?

My current thoughts:

-Existing residents should be able to park near their homes.

-Landlords who convert single family homes should provide parking for their residents. It's not the city's responsibility.

-Providing parking for new development begs a question. Why do homeowners have to pay for sidewalks? I realize this is off the topic, but we always see our tax money used for something else.

-How does the parking plan fit into Transportation 2040?

February 15, 2017 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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