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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 )

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

David, I could support many of your points if they were not laced with snarky jabs at people. Could you tone it down a little?

February 15, 2017 at 12:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World launches local editorial cartoon feature called Drawing Attention

This is great! A picture is worth a thousand words. A cartoon is worth a million!

February 14, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Students call for action on equity issues at school board meeting

There's a basic assumption that all levels of administration understand prejudice and their own prejudices. USD 497 is very bureaucratic. If the administration does not take ownership of the problems, the problems get lost in the bureaucratic shuffle. That's what is so frustrating. There's no need to wait for the report. The administrator's can start listening, thinking, and implementing now. Sure, the summary report is important, but the report is not the magic turnkey, I'm surprised that some anxious administrator didn't draft a summation overnight. The administrators should take the lead. That's what they get the extra nickle for.

February 14, 2017 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Governor’s plan fiscally unsound

"Coupled with expensive and overreaching federal regulations, the state has had a difficult time bouncing back, which has resulted in a budget shortfall of $350 million for Fiscal Year 2017 and $580 million for FY 2018."

I had hopes that Susan Wagle was rational, but blaming the federal government for the state's budget problems is the typical scapegoating we have been hearing. I have a hard time thinking of any new federal fegulations that have affected the state of Kansas since governor Brownbacck took office. The legislature is discussing budget, now, the way they should have been years ago. Senator Wagle needs to accept responsibility for the senate not considering all the parameters before making radical changes to the budget. Neither the house nor the senate did the math. They were operating on philosophy and attitude. This is what their constituents hear. Now, I suspect that Wagle is worried about her next election or the GOPs control of the legislature or both.

February 13, 2017 at 12:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )