Comment history

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 )

Letter: Sand pit plan

These are not just opinions of mine. Several professional geologists, including Dr. Wakefield Dort, a professor emeritus at KU who has studied the Kaw River over his fifty-plus year career, and is the undisputed world expert on the Kaw River and its channel changes, has examined the issue and opposes the pit.

October 19, 2012 at 12:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

History draws ‘rut nuts’ to town

I hope I wasn't too pessimistic. With the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area and the revitalized Watkins Museum, there is much more support for history in the area.

August 10, 2012 at 12:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

History draws ‘rut nuts’ to town

I definitely think that more recognition of all the rich local history we are fortunate enough to have here in Douglas County the better. Having the proposed Rec Center as one place for that recognition would probably be a good idea, but I am concerned that the powers that be would not push very hard for doing so. I was on the School Board when Free State opened, and I tried hard to get it to be a place where local history could be recognized and commemorated. Wayne Wildcat was preparing a three part painting about the Free State history of the area that would have been in the commons area of the high school. As he had with the painting at Central, he was involving students in the research, planning, and execution of the work. Outside sources were going to supply all the funding. All he needed was the school district to agree to accept the work and it would have been done, but internal politics in the district thwarted us at every turn, and after several years of trying, he finally became frustrated by the opposition and dropped the project, much to the detriment of the students at Free State and the recognition of our history in Lawrence. If the Rec Center is built, for it to be a place for recognition of our history, then there will need to be a concerted effort to make sure that internal city politics do not let what happened at Free State repeat itself again.

August 10, 2012 at 12:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )