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Snow falls on Lawrence (Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

And I've never understood why the Journal-World doesn't have a place for readers' photographs, as well.

Does the Journal-World community not extend beyond its two staff photographers?

December 19, 2014 at 2:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

University leaders say liberal arts programs are struggling for recognition, respect

The Journal-World should have all the speeches on line and referenced to this article.

As I have mentioned previously, there should also be a translation into Spanish (and French and Portuguese) so that people can read these speeches anywhere in the world. I have friends in Africa who speak French and Portuguese, and not English. There surely are people at the university and locally in the community who can translate these talks into other languages, and would love to do so!

I was a liberal arts major and I have never regretted it.

December 18, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Snow falls on Lawrence (Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014)

The photos of the male and female cardinal (Mike Yoder) and of the Phog Allen statue and Lawrence resident Matthew Becker (Nick Krug) are especially nice.

Why doesn't the Journal-World take picture galleries like these and run them across the top of the front page on the web site (in a Flash-like fashion)? People would love these kinds of photographs, and many would choose them to be on the computer all day when they are not working on a project, for example.

December 18, 2014 at 11:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Crisis situation

In northern California, many of these mentally-challenged people are on the streets - in San Francisco, for instance, where what they need is a place where they can sleep, eat and be cared for.

This is especially important for people with difficult mental challenges. There is no room for them at state hospitals. There are signs up all over San Francisco saying "You cannot sleep here" in front of door openings. But they do it anyway: where else is there to go?

Jails are not the right situation for most of these people. But when the police are called by local citizens, police can't usually do anything, because there's no jail space available or therapy. As a result, many of these people (in the thousands) don't take their medication, which often can make a huge difference in their daily lives.

The situation described in the last paragraph of this editorial is true in many states: "a triage system that turns away people facing serious and potentially dangerous mental health challenges isn't an acceptable long-term strategy for the state."

This isn't acceptable for any state in the country. And often there are "no families" to deal with the crisis. If there are any members of the family which are still together, they are often exhausted just by dealing with the day-to-day situation.

December 18, 2014 at 2:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City officials working to fix concrete cracks at Rock Chalk Park recreation center

David Corliss says that $50,000 has been retained for repair work.

But I am wondering if $50,000 dollars is nearly enough for all the repair work over the next 10-20 years???

December 16, 2014 at 12:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Blue traffic lights reduce red light running

I think a far better idea is to have what they used to have in Munich (Germany): blinking green lights.

First the light is green.

Then it turns to a blinking green light. You are to slow down or stop during this second phase, the blinking green light.

Then it turns yellow. You should be stopped when the yellow light appears.

The same is true for red.

December 11, 2014 at 7:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district fund balances to be targeted, education group says

John Sickels and Elizabeth Newman, your responses are right on. Does Dave Trabert care, at all, about poorer people?

I very much like the phrase, "They are radical right-wingers bent on destroying the foundations of state government in favor of a 19th century vision of society, with a tiny upper class, small middle class, and vast reservoir of poorly-educated and financially desperate labor scrambling for low wages to be tapped as the masters see fit."

It makes me terrified to see young kids subservient to Dave Trabert and the Kansas Policy Institute's policies.

December 11, 2014 at 1:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Final insult

Another superb editorial!

Corliss, as well as the entire City Commission, needs to be replaced with people who listen to Lawrence residents concerns -- which include the many sides of an issue, and proper publicity for an issue which is coming up for action during the meeting. People need time, before the meeting, to study these kinds of things, and that often means days before the issue(s) are brought up in a meeting.

Corliss, as well as the City Commissioners, seem to think that the public doesn't matter. But it does matter, very much!

Also, the Journal-World reporter needs to be given an award for spotting and finding out more about the Kansas University Endowment Association staff member.

And by the way, who was this staff member, and what was their role at the meeting?

December 11, 2014 at 1:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Over 100 KU students come out to voice concerns at multicultural forum

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has put little effort into this area and needs to be replaced.

The campus needs a completely different world view, as does the Journal-World. As I mentioned in a comment yesterday, the Journal-World needs to have pages each week with local news in many different languages. Despite there being 100 or more international students on campus, you would never know this from the Journal-World.

I am sure that many international students would very much enjoy taking part in doing articles and putting pages together each week, plus people from the community would also want to take part. I have tried to do blogs more than once with Africans in The Gambia, but the blogs are so difficult to find that I have virtually given up.

The Journal-World has given up on citizen journalists long ago, even though at one time it was in the forefront of this movement.

I'm just wondering: how many writers in the Journal-World are of a minority status?

How many Journal-World writers are veterans?

Citizen journalist writers don't even bother to be counted, because there are so few, if any, who publish in the Journal-World. For most university students, the Journal-World is a white newspaper which has no relevance to them.

December 11, 2014 at 1:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Language barrier

In a university town, as above mentioned, there should be people available who speak many languages, even unusual ones.

But there also needs to be more English classes so that EVERYONE speaks some English.

I used to be opposed to this concept, but in today's world EVERYONE in this country should speak some basic Engish before they become a citizen of this country.

Second, on a different topic, but relevant - I have suggested for a long time that the Journal World do once-in-a-week pages for a number of different languages, so that people who speak limited English could get their news in their own language.

It could make a big difference - perhaps, for example, people who know the person who was killed could read the news in the newspaper and then call the police department. The result would be a much more diverse community and much more interaction between people in everyday life.

A good example of this could be San Francisco, The police department here has telephone numbers for people who speak different languages. These people can be called on at virtually a moment's notice. The same goes for health care, too.

And I would love to see the Lawrence, Kansas web site in many different languages, as well.

December 10, 2014 at 1:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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