hear_me (Carol Bowen)


Comment history

Brownback ponders religious objections legislation following gay marriage ruling

How would someone issuing drivers' licenses know whether an applicant for a name change is gay or straight?

July 3, 2015 at 1:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New plans filed for major shopping center south of SLT and Iowa Street interchange

David, Let's ask a reverse question. What qualifications do you think our city commissioners should have?

July 3, 2015 at 12:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Illegal firework violations can cost hundreds of dollars, jail time; police planning vigorous enforcement

I admit my kids set off impressive displays of fireworks. That was a long time ago. I don't know when or why I changed my mind. Maybe, it was the firecrackers weeks before and after the fourth, or birds falling out of our trees, or watching our pets feel tense and miserable, or reading about PTSD. At least our display was only on the fourth, and the cleanup crew was out in the morning, sweeping the street if necessary. I'm glad we have an ordinance, now. I should have been more aware sooner.

July 3, 2015 at 12:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home sales surge in May; new report shows local rental rates on dramatic rise; local incomes still lagging

It's easy to see why incomes are low in Lawrence. We don't have a good mix of jobs and pay is low.

Why is the housing market tight? Are more people moving to Lawrence, or are Lawrencians moving around? (Think housing bubble. Every time a house changes hands everyone involved wants to make money on the transaction. The house becomes worth more on paper than it really is worth.)

July 3, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas gay marriage lawsuits cost taxpayers $100,000

I would like to see the budget and expenditures for both the Secretary of State and the State Attorney General by year with high points itemized. Under governor Brownback's administration, there has been significantly more activity in these two departments than in the past. Regardless of political positions, we should look at all budgets, prioritize, and cut back. It looks like spending has increased here.

July 2, 2015 at 11:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Court ruling on air standards may save Westar millions

Does this mean they have funds for research, development, and production to address air quality issues?

June 30, 2015 at 4:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Schumm files plans for new multistory commercial/condo building on Vermont Street; Sprouts set to open; update on Bauer Farm development

Some neighborhoods have the same problem. Apartment complexes are not good buffers. Somebody needs to rethink H2020.

June 30, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New plans filed for major shopping center south of SLT and Iowa Street interchange

Brett, I tried to make a distinction between regional retail and neighborhood commercial. Large scale developers are naturally attracted to South Iowa because of exposure and access from a larger area - Baldwin, Ottawa, even Eudora and Lecompton - once the SLT is completed. That does not negate the need for retail on west 6 th. Big box stores might be a stretch, but a retail hub on west 6th would cut down on the need to drive across town. An historical example, the Meadowbrook apartments requested a neighborhood commercial zone at the street. Tenants would have been able to walk to a few convenience shops instead of driving elsewhere. H2020 did not plan retail there and the request was denied. Consequently, we have more apartments and more traffic. Yes, the northwest area needs a substantial retail area. I just don't think it can be forced.

June 30, 2015 at 10:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New plans filed for major shopping center south of SLT and Iowa Street interchange

Our comprehensive plan tries to swim upstream. South Iowa is the only highway that is viable for regional retail, attracting shoppers from Ottawa, Baldwin, and rural areas. That does bring in money from outside the community, but how much and is the development worth it? What services will be needed - traffic lanes and controls, utilities, ...?

If we are only planning for community shopping, we probably cannot support more retail. It's ok to drive out of town for a favorite store. Many retail businesses will not build in a town with fewer than 150,000 people. On the other hand, it's already zoned commercial. The commitment has been made.

P.S. Evidently, the land owners are not interested in saving the land for prosperity. We'd have to buy it.

June 29, 2015 at 4:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )