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Updates on a pair of high-profile demolitions in town; longtime restaurant on Iowa Street closes

Manhattan and Hutchinson do not have larger cities nearby. The restaurants in Manhattan and Hutchinson have regional pull. Topeka and Kansas City have more pull than Lawrence. Another criterion.

January 14, 2017 at 8:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Updates on a pair of high-profile demolitions in town; longtime restaurant on Iowa Street closes

Red Lobster and Olive Garden do not move into small cities. Their criterion is 150,000 or greater population. We are already seeing other retail chains retreat to larger cities -Topeka and Kansas City. If these restaurants really wanted to be in Lawrence, they would find a way.

January 13, 2017 at 9:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Let’s get serious about city’s plan

To me, the vision statement is a bit touchy-feely. In outline form, the vision statement is the title of the outline. The mission statement contains the main headings. The goals are more specific. The objectives and activities outline the program.

I do agree that Lawrence is like a boat in a storm. Each department is headed in its own direction. Department goals should be in sync with city's goals and the other department's goals, ... in a perfect world, anyway. The new strategic plan can be a useful tool. There would not be so many competing winds.

January 13, 2017 at 3:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board votes to advance bond issue to May election

If the schoolboard really wants more public safety involvment, then it should share the report on course options and seek public input. In general, USD 497 does not take input very well

January 10, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Kansans deserve a school plan

Last I knew, unions get their money from their members. Unions represent members regarding working conditions. If the unions address academic issues, that's a plus. Bob, the union is not "given" money, nor do unions control the academics.

January 9, 2017 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Kansans deserve a school plan

"... and little progress has been made"
should read,
"... and no progress has been made".

January 9, 2017 at 8:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Incoming Lawrence mayor with uncommon job gets comfortable as a public figure

Not funny, Stacy. There was a lot of hostility.

The mayor sets the agenda. A strong mayor represents and guides the commission on priorities, philosophy, and politics. There are always complaints about city hall and the commissioners. Our commissioners were elected by us. Generally, they are doing what they promised they would do and what we voted for. Lawrence has a very open government. If you don't like something or want to support something, let the commissioners know. Keep in mind that they receive opposing views and must deal with all the input in addition to ordinances and laws. If you don't like the outcomes, mobilize like-minded people and run for office.

January 8, 2017 at 6:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Incoming Lawrence mayor with uncommon job gets comfortable as a public figure

Nice article, but a week too soon. It would be better to wait until a new mayor is officially elected. I can think of at least one occasion when the vice mayor did not become the mayor. The media do not choose the mayor. The commissioners do.

No offense intended, Rochelle. It's seems to be part of the current journalistic style. .

January 8, 2017 at 2:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A sweet shop closes in downtown Lawrence, and the owner says the reasons why leave a bad taste

Walk-in stores are closing, but shoppers use the store's websites. Some stores work with Amazon to sell their goods online. The change in shopping styles will also impact traffic volume and destinations. Lots of changes will happen because of the internet.

January 5, 2017 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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