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For second election in a row, east Lawrence turnout dwarfed by west

The issues decided by the city commission affect everyone who lives here. The voter participation rates on both sides of town make me truly sad. Advance voting was available, both in person and by mail. It only takes about 15 seconds to Google the election office website and find out how to do it.
One thing the county needs (not sure if they have it but it isn't mentioned on the website) is a secure drop slot for advance mail ballots so they can be dropped off the night before or early morning of election day. The l j world often publishes candidate's positions the day before the election when it may be too late to be 100% the mail will get the ballot there on time.

April 9, 2009 at 12:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

80-year-old pedestrian killed in accident on North Michigan Street


jgm (Anonymous) says…

1) The car had to be driving east, not south, out of the townhouses. Both driveways go east onto Michigan. He may have been turning south there.
2) The driver is at fault. Traffic is supposed to stop for Michigan St, and that includes for pedestrian traffic. It doesn't matter if his windshield was frosty, he had a hard time seeing thru the glare, whatever, it is his responsibility to make his car safe before driving and drive according to conditions.
3) He probably ran the stop sign. It isn't likely that he could hit someone hard enough to kill them starting from a complete stop a few feet away, even an older gentleman.

I don't care if conditions were less than optimal, i don't care if the sun was in his eyes, it's time to start holding drivers responsible for their actions. And accompany the crackdown with an education campaign to try to keep this from happening again. Reckless homicide is still a crime.”

Marion writes:

Quite a few completely unwarranted conclusions there, especially considering that no report concerning the cause of the accident has been released by the LPD.

And you attended just which traffic accident investigation school, Probie?

Sorry as I am about this accident, you have made my case as concerns the speculation and rumour-mongering which pervades this forum.

You should sit on your hands and stay off of the Internet before you break it.

jgm responds:
#1 is a fact. Look at the accident scene.

#2 Stopping for Michigan street is a fact. Look at the accident scene. I don't need to go to traffic investigation school to see which direction has the right-of-way. I am sick, disgusted, and tired of drivers using the sun-in-my-eyes / couldn't-see / glare excuse. If you can't see, SLOW DOWN!!!! You are operating a 2000 pound vehicle (or more). You do not own the road. If you can't see where you're going then slow down enough for the visibility you have.

#3 Does include speculation. Note the word "probably". It also has solid reasoning to back it up. There is no rumor-mongering anywhere in my comments. Keep your insults and personal attacks to yourself.

Driving safely for the conditions isn't just nice, it's the law. "I couldn't see" is no excuse.

April 9, 2009 at 12:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

80-year-old pedestrian killed in accident on North Michigan Street

1) The car had to be driving east, not south, out of the townhouses. Both driveways go east onto Michigan. He may have been turning south there.
2) The driver is at fault. Traffic is supposed to stop for Michigan St, and that includes for pedestrian traffic. It doesn't matter if his windshield was frosty, he had a hard time seeing thru the glare, whatever, it is his responsibility to make his car safe before driving and drive according to conditions.
3) He probably ran the stop sign. It isn't likely that he could hit someone hard enough to kill them starting from a complete stop a few feet away, even an older gentleman.

I don't care if conditions were less than optimal, i don't care if the sun was in his eyes, it's time to start holding drivers responsible for their actions. And accompany the crackdown with an education campaign to try to keep this from happening again. Reckless homicide is still a crime.

April 8, 2009 at 12:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Light cues

No! No! This is stupid! Everywhere else flashing yellow means you have the right-of-way. And here it means yield? How clueless can they be?

October 30, 2008 at 10:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New street signals turn toward safety

Not just rural intersections now that i think about it...

October 28, 2008 at 3:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New street signals turn toward safety

BAD!! idea.... flashing yellow is used for rural intersections where the cross traffic stops and you have the right of way. It warns you that there's an intersection there, even though you don't have to yield. It shouldn't be used for something completely different here.

October 28, 2008 at 3:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What would a sales tax increase go to?

No! No! No! The only reason Lawrence needs this tax is because our current taxes are subsidizing the developers. Too much money is going to build infrastructure required by new development, and the expenses are far greater than the return in taxes. Not more taxes until the developers start paying their own way.

October 28, 2008 at 2:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )