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Kansas Supreme Court Justice Nuss says court closings possible because of state budget

I am really getting tired of people commenting on things that they know nothing about. Just how do you make justice more efficient? Not bother with pesky things like getting your day in court or trial by jury?

The Douglas County District Court is working flat out to keep up with the volume of cases coming to it from law enforcement. Calling for it to to be more efficient is just rhetoric put out by those who have an ax to grind. Come work in the Court system for a while and we'll see how much more efficient you can make it. And by the way, they do take volunteers, if you really mean it.

And another thing, judges' salaries are not included in any cuts that the State makes to the courts. Their salaries are set by the legislature separately from anything else. They are paid whether or not the courts are open. The people that are hurt are your friends and neighbors who work hard at their jobs and care about the people they serve, and can't do their jobs if they are furloughed.

Access to justice is a fundamental right of all United States citizens, and a State government that is unwilling to fund it is failing in its duty to those citizens!

Talk is cheap! Justice is not!

September 19, 2013 at 5:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence doctor named top physician by Association of American Indian Physicians

Congratulations to Dee Ann!

September 11, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Unsightly structure

Some cities actually plan for the aesthetics of parking garages, like the one next to the main branch of the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library. You would think Lawrence could do something at least as good, but oh yeah, Lawrence is run by developers.

September 6, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City balks at plan to allow motorists to use credit cards for new downtown parking garage

It is very important for the city to assure that there is free parking in the garage for patrons of the library. This is not uncommon, evidenced by the fact that the parking garage next to the Main Branch of the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library provides for free parking for library patrons. Library staff are allowed to validate patrons' parking tickets so they can exit the garage without paying a fee. In addition, there are spaces near the entrance of the garage that are specifically marked for use by Library patrons.

Apparently, Corliss was arguing that library patrons had to pay in the old lot, so they should have to pay in the new one. That is not completely accurate, as there were several free, non-handicap, short-term parking stalls near the south entrance of the Library. That was before the taxpayers voted to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the Library and build the parking garage, so free parking for library patrons is even more important now.

August 14, 2013 at 11:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Televison history buffs dig Black Jack Battlefield

Yes and no. Doug Scott, renowned battlefield archeologist, did a two-part survey using metal detectors in 2006, in which they concentrated on the core area of the battlefield, which had been visited by metal detector enthusiasts in the 1970s, and the eastern approached to it. The Diggers crew were able to work farther west than Scott and his crew were to able to do in the time they had allotted for their survey.

There has never been an archeological dig there, in which a systematic excavation is conducted using marked-off grids.

And by the way, metal detecting is strictly forbidden on the site for anyone except those authorized by the Black Jack Battlefield Trust for archeological investigations. Anything else is looting, and will be prosecuted.

August 12, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Weak defense

The right to vote is a precious thing that has been hard won over the years. How many men and women have given their lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness to ensure that the current generation can exercise that right? The Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965 to remedy a hundred years of manipulation of power through the manipulation of who could and could not vote. The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the provisions of that Act, to continue to insure that those who suffered to give us that right did not do so in vain. For the Secretary of State to so blithely pass off the strong rebuke the Supreme Court gave to his ideas as expressed in the Arizona law, shows his supreme arrogance, and his total disconnect from what the right to vote really means in this country of ours.

June 20, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

When furniture turned into art: Wendell Castle's KU connection

The correct name is Maryland Institute College of Art, MICA for short, not Maryland Institute of Art. My son graduated from there.

May 20, 2013 at 4:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ceremony to remember unique Lawrence figure

This story is a sad commentary on how history has been treated in a town that is supposedly so interested in history. Why was the plaque allowed to be engulfed by the sidewalk cafe at Tellers? Shouldn't the City have included having the plaque treated with respect when it allowed Tellers to build the railing and put out the tables and chairs? Obviously, it did not. And just as obviously, Tellers didn't care either. It's about time that Leo Beuerman's plaque is restored to its rightful place of honor.

April 18, 2013 at 3:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prayer list targets "dark spiritual areas" of Kansas, including Lawrence

From its founding, Lawrence was despised by those who wanted Kansas to become a slave state. I'm sure they looked upon the town as a "dark spiritual area," since many of them used their religion as an excuse to keep four million black men and women in servile bondage. Lawrence, and the freedom it represented, triumphed over numerous attempts to destroy it. Regardless of what else Lawrence has done in the more than 150 years since those turbulent times, this is a proud heritage.

Lawrence is again being targeted by forces that are using a distorted view of religion to force their will on other people. It is again despised as being a "dark spiritual area." So be it. Lawrence outlasted those who despised it in the past, and will do so again. There will be darker days ahead, but the true forces of darkness who now attempt to impose themselves on us will fail in the long run. As Martin Luther King and others have observed, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

February 13, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Officials upset over reassembly of Varsity House

"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! So says Claude Rains' character in "Casablanca," just before the croupier hands him his roulette winnings.

Apparently our city commissioners don't watch old movies, or what Fritzel is doing would be no surprise. Why should anyone in Lawrence be surprised that a developer might not disclose all the facts about what they really intend to do when applying for a project. If they did, they might not get what they want, especially when they can chalk it up to "unanticipated problems" and get away with it.

Ronald Reagan, who I do not usually quote, one said, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." I wonder what you should say about an organization that has allowed itself to be fooled dozens of times over the years. "Shame" is too mild a word.

October 23, 2012 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )