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2015 Lawrence school board election: Final candidate profiles, questionnaires

John, I do read links when they are provided by posters. I prefer posters back up their opinions, whether Mother Earth or Americans for Prosperity. I don't have time to read everything myself, but I do want to know what people think.

There are some who will not post because the reactions are not pleasant. The blog posters tend to sort out posters and impose an opinion or two. I sometimes wonder if these blogs qualify as cyber bullying. Instead of a personal attack, try one of the following.

A) Thanks Richard, I wonder what others are thinking.
B) Richard, You made some pretty strong statements. There are others who disagree with your post.
C) Richard, I disagree because ...

April 7, 2015 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Important vote

We hear that Lawrence is business unfriendly a lot. Exactly what are we talking about, or are we generating our own rumor?. How can we fix a problem if we don't know what it is? Folks just use the expression to justify their own cause. That's not enough.

1. Tax breaks are an insignificant part of a developers overall plan. The requests are just part of the application ritual. We have probably given away too much.
2. Working on infrastructure would make the community more attractive. Fix potholes, sidewalks, public transportation, emergency services, water treatment, ...
3. Decide how and where we want to grow as a community. Avoid mood swings, special interest factions.
4. Define economic development as more than the real estate industry making money. Economic development involves where we work, where we play, where we worship, and where we live.
5. Economic growth means new money is brought into the community. The real estate industry recirculates old money. Real estate development is fine, but we need more.

The question should be, "What do we have to do to make or keep Lawrence business friendly?" And, how do we tell when we have accomplished that? Surely, we don't have to give the shirts off our backs.

April 5, 2015 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization; SLT concept plan could create major changes near Clinton Parkway

Mr. Holroyd, I did not say I did not want PACs. They are a given. That does not mean we have to over react to them. I agree with your math. Lawrence is a bedroom community and not self sustaining. Many Lawrencians are government employees. That also is a given.

April 4, 2015 at 11:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization; SLT concept plan could create major changes near Clinton Parkway

Uhoh. Our local politics are getting rough. Up til now, I was really appreciating the Journal World coverage of this campaign, but now I think the paper has gone over the top. I don't care if we are talking about Stan Rasmussen or Leslie Soden. We need to step back to calmer critiques and ignore the PACs. Do we really want PACS influencing our opinions?

April 4, 2015 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Manager David Corliss to leave Lawrence for job in Colorado

One of Lawrence's economic development goals is to retain and attract seniors to Lawrence. Statistically, most seniors seek family as they grow older. That's what Dave is doing. Marketing for more seniors to settle in Lawrence is not as easy as it sounds.

April 3, 2015 at 4:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Manager David Corliss to leave Lawrence for job in Colorado

Dave spent many hours working with people In the community. He listens and tries to apply input into the structure he has to work with. No negative connotation implied. There's a delicate balance between the city commission, city staff, state and local laws, and the community. There are probably even more loose ends I haven't thought of. When I read this article, I had to wonder if a student majoring in public administration really understands the challenges and pressures a public administrator experiences.

Best wishes to Dave. Boy, does Lawrence have challenges now. Essentially, we will have turnover on the city commission at the same time our city manager will be leaving. We will be rudderless for a while.

April 3, 2015 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Where is the anger?

A person can choose not to participate. The question is should a student group be allowed to deny participation to a person. Isn't that why you find the law troubling?

April 3, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Where is the anger?

Two thoughts:

1. Why would a religious group in a social setting want to exclude anyone? I can understand that religious ceremonies have criteria, but a recognized college student group?
2. Perhaps the governor is not worried about corporate backlash, because there are no major corporations in Kansas. It will be interesting to see if his agenda attracts new business..

April 3, 2015 at 1:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Where is the anger?

Do Muslim bakeries make cakes?

April 3, 2015 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New numbers out on Lawrence job growth; City Commission to consider $100K in incentives for affordable housing project

Oops. You're right. Here's what they are requesting.

"About $61,000 would come in the form of city rebates of utility “impact fees” and meter installation fees. The rest includes some city assistance with sidewalk construction, storm water work, and fire hydrant installation."

March 30, 2015 at 11:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )