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Half Price Books to close Lawrence store in coming months

I would bet that main competitor is the online/electronic book option. Honestly, I would rather read on my Kindle than a physical book and I would bet I'm not the only one. Plus, I can get a book whenever I want without having to go to a book store. It is kind of sad, actually, but just a sign of the times.

February 22, 2013 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Reasonable fees

It is socialism. It is a charity. If you want capitalism, go to a pet store. Personally, I think a charity, supported by donations should put equal effort into finding homes for all animals, not just the ones that they deem more valuble. And as far as that goes, I'd be interested in seeing their books to see if this new arrangement actually brings in more money. After all, it is a money making business, right? Oh, yeah, it's a charity. $150 is not a bad adoption fee. I paid that for dog from a private rescue. But $450? That is crazy.

February 12, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Fee concern

But they DON'T take in all animals. Right now they aren't taking any cats for 3 months. So what will happen to the stray cats now? They are a rescue organization getting money from donors. This is a bleeding heart organization. It should be. It is not a business. If you want a pet business open a pet store. Then you can pick and choose what animals to take. But this is a rescue. It should not be based on the value of the pet. The shelter used to be a very low kill shelter. It is not considered that any more. In fact I know of big donors hi have pulled their donations because of the way it is run now. It has nothing to do with an allegiance to Midge but rather a concern for the dogs.
I know of someone who was looking for a small dog and was prepared to get one from the pound. At $450 for a small mutt they walked away and instead rescued a dog from a Kansas City shelter. So now that $450 dog sits in a pen another day which means as dogs come in, the lower valued dogs will need I be euthanized to make space as our shelter no longer works with fosters either. If they would have sold that dog at a reasonable price, that kennel would have been available to save yet another dog. But instead it languishes waiting for someone to fork out $450.

February 10, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Children in need

LD, because you don't have to be a good parent to have children. Maybe we shouldn't worry about abused kids either, I mean, their parents chose to have them. They are not our responsibility. Better yet, lets regulate who can have children and then we won't have to worry about these excess expenses. Hmmm. Meet minimum income levels or sterilization until you do.

January 10, 2013 at 7:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas driver's licenses remain on hold

Business sector isn't much better. Work for a large international company using SAP, and it's been down up to a week at a time. We're all held hostage to computers and those who can fix them.

April 4, 2012 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

DST scam

I like DST.

November 11, 2011 at 11:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Reports of coyotes in Leavenworth prompt study

A coyote killed my chihuahua just a few weeks ago right next to La Petite on 23rd Street. The problem with increased numbers of coyotes in town is not because of urban sprawl. After all, how much rural land is in Kansas? The problem is towns provide easy sources of food supply. Trash cans, small pets, etc. And no predators at all. In the country they are kept in check by farmers when they get close to their herds and simply lack of food. But there is never a lack of trash in towns. And no farmers to shoot them. I love animals, but coyotes do need to be kept in check.

November 3, 2011 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rivalry bias

Great letter Alyssa! And very true!

November 2, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regulations can reduce risk of deadly explosions at grain elevators

Liberty_One, I work for a chemical company, and trust me, owners and managers alike do not care about employee safety or public safety as a whole. This comes from many years experience and discussions with many competitors as well. They are deathly afraid of lawsuits though. But they work on odds... if odds are a few extra contaminants aren't going to show up in the chemicals, they will do nothing. I have to say, the new owners are not that way, but management still is. They have to keep the bottom line as bottom as possible. I think we need more regulation, not less.

November 2, 2011 at 10:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Loan debt

How about only letting students take out student loans if they are getting degrees in something that may actually get them a decent paying wage? I graduated over 20 years ago, and even then, I would have friends that got degrees in European Art History, or something vague like that, and I would ask them, "so what are you going to do with a degree in Art History?" But nowdays, with the job market as bleak as it is, those fun/interesting degrees just really aren't worth the investment. And odds are, a decent-paying job will not come with the degree.

October 17, 2011 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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