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Letter: Precious vote

Renting a car, going to see the First Lady speak are not rights, they are privileges. Voting is a right. Until every citizen of this country is given a FREE photo ID and FREE copy of their birth certificate, I will be against what is, in effect, a poll tax. I wouldn't consider this a racial issue--there are plenty of poor white people who can't afford these IDs or have free way to obtain them--it's a human issue.

June 28, 2013 at 6:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents want to restore higher ed funding cuts

Never heard of being well-rounded? Big business often looks to hire people with liberal arts degrees over business degrees because they want people who can see outside of the business box to the world at large. You learn to think differently and critically with an English degree or History degree etc. My brother was hired by a multi-national accounting firm because he had a degree in History over Business and has worked his way up to partner. He's not the only one by far.

June 21, 2013 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County to consider temporary exemption from concealed-carry law

The Judicial and Law Enforcement building has only one public access point and it has a metal detector so how come concealed weapons will now be allowed inside?

May 28, 2013 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weekday graduations get mixed reviews from parents and families

High school graduation in Lawrence on a weeknight is not a new thing. I graduated from LHS as did my brother four years later, on weeknights. Mine was a Tuesday, the day after the last day for seniors. I don't remember any complaints from any of my friends, both graduating and not, about people not being able to attend. At least I graduated in the stadium so there were no limits on number of guests. Due to rain my brother graduated in Allen Fieldhouse and each student only got four tickets.

Really, if you care that your kid has managed to graduate, find a way to take the evening off work. Save a vacation day. Grandparents etc., use your vacation to visit your family and celebrate the success.

May 23, 2013 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westside voters seem to be outpacing eastside voters so far in today's election

I agree with you. I live on the west side as well and work full time and voted before work. My neighborhood was developed in the 1970s, the houses don't all look alike and I know my neighbors, some of whom have lived in the houses they built for forty years. Yes, a lot of the women in my neighborhood are full time moms--it's a job and if you can afford it, it's a great one. A lot of them work as well.

Generalizations are not going to make anyone friends around here.

April 3, 2013 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Snow clearing

You have 48 hours. It was still snowing at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday so the deadline would have been Tuesday morning. And, in fact, it was snowing like crazy Monday at 5:30 when I was shoveling my sidewalks after shoveling my driveway on Sunday and hurting my arm from the super heavy snow and having to stop. Did that restart the clock? If it had stuck, I'm guessing yes.

March 27, 2013 at 5:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Storm expected to dump 5 to 7 inches of snow over the weekend

No rain here in southern Lawrence either, just snow from about 2:00 on, started sticking around 3:00, got around two inches now. blech

March 23, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Home sales up in January; new numbers on county's property tax base; median home values fall sharply in Baldwin, Eudora, rural areas; weekly land transfers

My house dropped around 7 1/2%, a huge drop. If I was planning to sell any time soon I'd be really unhappy. Wanna bet this still manages to make my taxes go up as it does every year even though the value of the house has been dropping for the last five?

March 7, 2013 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Snow shoveling

I wish that were the case. In the last two snows, the initial plowing of my street (which made the streets completely driveable) only shoved about six inches into the end of my cleared driveway which I could drive over. Except that within six-eight hours (overnight) they plowed again, adding a foot more. I have no clue where they were getting this snow from as the streets were down to about a half inch of snow pack. And I know of streets that were never plowed after the first snow and yet mine was done twice within eight hours? I'd much prefer they just plow once! By the time they got to my street on Tuesday so many cars had driven on it that it was just slushy snow pack. One pass should have been plenty.

February 28, 2013 at 1:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City cleans up after second storm

A street tees into mine just down from my house. They plowed a strip down it and then...went away? That was three hours ago! Why didn't they do my street since they had to drive on it?

Completely baffling. I figure I'll get up in the morning to find three feet of snow plowed into the end of my driveway and turned into huge ice balls. What really irritates me is that they plow the streets more than once. You get the snow shoveled out and an hour later they're back shoving more into your driveway. They did this last Saturday to me. Plowed overnight, I went out to check and figured I could get out over the six inches or so they'd piled up, went inside for breakfast and they came back and plowed another foot in! Between the two plowings, the street had about a half inch of packed down snow on it that would have melted by mid-morning. Pointless.

But, as I was furiously shoveling in order to get to an early morning appointment, a plow came up and the driver gestured me away and he dug out the end of my driveway.

So, yeah, I blame management for the poor job. The drivers are doing their job and even sometimes being kind.

February 26, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )