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Efforts to build local food hub in Douglas County gaining traction

I suspect the "truck farmers" you talked to don't have very good information on the food hub since, as the article points out, it doesn't exist yet. Not sure why they would be opposed to it. Other growers in the region who have looked at how this has worked in other areas of the country have been encouraged. In areas that have such systems in place it has vastly increased the markets for the growers, provided economies of scale for storage, packaging,processing,transportation, etc. and has made them more profitable. Tell your truck farmer friends to get involved in the process now, during the planning stage, and get informed. Eileen would be a great place to start. They may see there's a lot of potential benefits for them, as these types of programs are developed to encourage and support this type of local grower

September 26, 2013 at 8:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County seeking grant to study feasibility of 'food hub'

Most the commenters above obviously have little understanding of what this is all about. Try clicking on the “food hub” link within the article for a good explanation. The local farmers markets are great places but they are not food hubs. There is a need to better supply restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other institutions with large quantities of good, consistent, local food, rather than have it all shipped in from out of state. Individual local growers are not well positioned to provide the large-scale cold storage, processing, warehousing, and delivery systems needed. The idea is to help coordinate the infrastructure needed to ramp this up to the next level. This takes some planning and coordination, just what the grant is for. More local food means better food and local jobs.
It’s a clear win for the community. What are you guys complaining about? Since the money is already budgeted by the USDA, would you feel better if it went to another community?

April 29, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Offbeat Occupations: Scuba instructor makes 300 dives per year, despite living in landlocked Lawrence

Nice article about Dave and the Scuba Shack. Don't let the small, cramped footprint of the dive shop tucked into a corner of Das Autohaus fool you. Dave has a real passion for diving and is an excellent instructor that will not only teach you all the technical aspects but make it a truly fun experience. His love for diving is infectious; highly recommended!

March 25, 2013 at 8:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Health care providers oppose Republican resolution to not expand Medicaid

P76, your facts about employers dropping health care coverage are interesting, but mostly bogus. Consider that prior to Obamacare employers were not required to provide health care coverage at all. Employers did so to attract and keep good employees. As health care insurance costs have gone up over the years (it started way before Obama) some employers have considered dropping this benefit. With lots of unemployed workers right now, they figure employees will just have to put up with it or be replaced. But now they can drop this benefit and shift the blame to Obama. How convenient.
By the way, I own a small business with less than 50 employees, so we are unaffected by Obamacare. We provide health care coverage for our employees and will continue to so we can keep good employees. It hurts me personally in the wallet, but it keeps them from being among the uninsured that drain public funds. If all employers acted responsibly we wouldn't need to have the government mandate it.

February 22, 2013 at 7:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dust Bowl tale 'The Worst Hard Time' chosen as KU's next Common Book

Agree with riverdrifter. Great book. I had no real understanding of what some of our parents and grandparents lived through and managed to overcome. Read this and you'll realize most of our problems today pale by comparison.

December 12, 2012 at 9:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County Commission, District 2: Thellman vs. Male

Thellman approaches development issues intelligently. She took a stand against industrial zoning in two areas for very good reasons. The airport business park proposal put forward by Jes Santaularia (whose Bella Sera development went under) would have significantly worsened the problems of flooding faced by North Lawrence and have required millions in infrastructure costs to be shouldered by the taxpayers. Cowboy, she saved you and me a ton of money by opposing this. She opposed an island annexation proposal along I-70 because the process was sketchy all along and was bound to end up in court for years (it has). She supported a similar project just down the road, done right, and we now have the Berry Plastics warehouse there.
It's easy to say yes to every development proposal as I'm sure Frank Male will. But I'm glad somebody is there who looks at the big picture of what the results would mean for the taxpayers and the whole community.

October 28, 2012 at 6:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Lawrence home sales for first half of year up nearly 11 percent; Americans for Prosperity rep. urges City Commission to dump sustainability posts

Don't know much about Mr. Mullins or Agenda 21, but I do know that the city and county spend a LOT of money on fuel and utility costs. Fuel for ambulances, fire trucks, law enforcement, city and county maintenance vehicles plus the cost of heating, cooling and providing water for all the public buildings really adds up. Add in street lights, lawn mowing... well, you get the idea. The reason the city and county created the position and want to continue funding it is because the cost savings in efficiency so far have already MORE than covered the salary, and will only continue to improve.
Agenda 21 or not, I wish AFP would shut the hell up and let our local government do what they can to save taxpayers like me some money.

July 18, 2012 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County approaches budget with caution

Am I missing something?
1) Increased county costs to make up for lost state funding of necessary local services (police, courts, drinking water safety, etc.)
2) New budget needs for fire and medical services
3) Drop in property valuations
All this with no increase in your mill levy. And you guys are complaining?! Look around at the financial disasters that have hit other local governments around the country. Be grateful that the county commission and the administrator seem to have a pretty good handle on things this year. If this article is right, it seems like good news to a taxpayer like me.

July 4, 2012 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )