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Technical training center receives $20,000 donation from local builders

Taxpayers have a limited amount of money. They voted for a VoTech school through the USD 497 bond issue. Taxpayers' dollars are already commited. If they also commit to VoTech through the city, that's a stretch.

The Stultz family has made a donation that shows their support for VoTech education. I hope they experience the benefits of VoTech graduates. And, I hope to see more local businesses contribute and benefit from VoTech.

I have strongly supported the bond issue for VoTech education. I was surprised twice. The first time was when business leaders developed another plan for VoTech. The second was when we were asked for more tax dollars for VoTech through the city.

We haven't heard a whole lot about the program and its funding. I'd like to see involvement from the business community. It would increase the training of the labor pool as well as give students better job opportunities. Are there internships? Who is providing equipment? How are other community colleges involved?

December 19, 2014 at 12:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis situation

My terminology may be inaccurate. My point is that we are turning away seriously mentally ill people.

December 18, 2014 at 11:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police: Near accident between car and bicycle results in stolen phone

Yes, I agree. It is possible to ticket a pedestrian, as well. Sometimes, I sound like I'm on a bully pulpit, but I realize that accommodating pedestrians requires a different mindset ... for me, too. I am just as guilty for overlooking the white line before a crosswalk or ignoring a pedestrian crossing sign. Those things surprise me, because I'm not tuned in to them. It's going to take discipline on my part.

December 18, 2014 at 4:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Union leader files for seat on City Commission

We have fewer candidates who can afford to become a commissioner.

December 18, 2014 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police: Near accident between car and bicycle results in stolen phone

A driver is responsible for a few tons of a moving vehicle. S/he is supposed to be aware of everything in front of them.

This month, it was reported that the pedestrians were in crosswalks with the light. I read no indication that the cyclist was a problem.

In either case, yes, the driver should bear some responsibility.

December 18, 2014 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence found to lag behind Manhattan in college community ranking; City Hall and the land of meetings; butcher shop expanding

We should compare the number of variance requests and tax break requests with other communities.

December 18, 2014 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police: Near accident between car and bicycle results in stolen phone

Leslie and Beth, I disagree. Pedestrians and cyclists are extremely vulnerable in Lawrence. This is the third incident this month that I am aware of. The first two incidents were more serious, but all the drivers should be ticketed and suffer the full extent of the consequences for their actions. It's time to enforce the laws.

December 18, 2014 at 11:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis situation

There are two assumptions I have issues with.

1. Osawatomie is a campus with treatment programs. It provides more than just beds. Community support services are only viable when a patient is stable.

2. It is almost impossible for a family to care for seriously ill people. Beyond daily support, we have all read about disasters to families because of mentally ill family members or friends.

Osawatomie has been overcrowded and understaffed for a long time. However, changing the admission policy without a plan for displaced patients creates more problems not less. Stating that the problem is solved because the hospital now qualifies for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement is a small solution and does not address the larger problem. And no, community services cannot come close to the treatment services at Osawatomie. The lack of services for seriously mental disabilities is an even bigger problem now that Osawatomie has fewer "beds".

December 18, 2014 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Union leader files for seat on City Commission

David, they did recently raise the pay, but I think it's deferred to the next commission. Our city commissioners make about $9000 per year. That's less than surrounding communities.

Now, I know what you're thinking. Why should we pay the commissioners at all? They spend a lot of time in meetings, listening to the public, studying city code and proposals. That time is taken away from their families and their work. $9000 does not begin to cover their expenses.

December 17, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jenkins says conservatives won in $1.1 trillion spending bill

"Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Republican whose district includes Lawrence, called the bill a victory for conservatives."

We are already reading about winners and losers. Wouldn't it be great to read that the parties were able to work something out together? Looks like another non-productive term coming up in the House.

December 13, 2014 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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