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Indoor Aquatic Center closed through Aug. 19

I would imagine that the maintenance is scheduled for this time of year in order to prepare for the start of the upcoming school year.

August 1, 2012 at 10:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you use the Lawrence public bus service if its hours were expanded into the evening?

I have NO idea regarding costs, but I'd be more inclined to support bike paths being built to hit all of the major roads in Lawrence, making it possible for people to ride safely to all destinations in town. This might include adding paths east of Iowa street on 23rd, 9th street, 6th Street, 19th Street, Iowa Street, Naismith Dr. to KU, and Main Street down to the hospital area. A route might also be run along N. 2nd Street, as well. This sounds costly, but then public transportation could be curtailed to support only senior citizens, and those with disabilities.

May sound like too much, but I might actually USE the bike paths . . . . and lots of others would benefit by being able to get to all destinations in town according to their own schedule, instead of walking to bus stops, only to wait long periods of time.

Just my two cents . . .

July 5, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report provides details on trash carts

When my wife operated a licensed daycare out of our home a few years ago, I purchased two 90 gallon trash cans. I purposefully purchased ones having lift bars for the trash trucks, hoping to take it easy on those that would otherwise have to lift large cans that might occasionally be heavy. When I first heard of the city proposal to require all of us to use city carts, I immediately emailed city commissioners to share what I've described above. I was told by Mr. Cromwell, in particular, that there would be not increase in cost. Now that details are coming out, I see that the proposal would provide me with one 65 gallon cart, 25 gallons less than one of my current cans. For an extra $1, I can have one can the same size as those I already own.

Now, my wife is no longer in the daycare business, so we do not use both cans for trash very often anymore. Usually, we can use one for trash, and use the other one for yard waste. However, if we have a larger trash week, we have the flexibility to use cans that we've already paid for, and not use bags. If the city wants to require households to have trash cans with the lift bars, so be it. Give people a year or two grace period to wear out their current cans, and then purchase new ones with the required lift bars. Spending over $1 million of tax-payer's money is a complete waste. Giving people a grace period to purchase their own can, or be allowed to rent one from the city if they choose, would take no money out of the public coffers, and it would have the same result of lessening worker's compensation claims that come from lifting heavy cans. Those of us that already have cans that meet requirements should not have them forced upon us, costing more money, and providing much less service. Those that believe they can lessen the amount of trash that people produce by such mandates are kidding themselves, too. Although I would not be one to do such a thing, I know that charging more based on the amount of trash produced will only create more pollution, as some will deal with the issue by taking a bag to the nearest ditch instead of send it to a managed landfill, as they currently do. Additionally, limiting the size and number of trash containers is going to have many to frequently attempt to force too much trash into too small of a can. Cans that are slightly ajar, or sometimes left wide open, attract animals that scatter trash. Sometimes good intentions that are not well thought out result in many unintended and worse consequences. Just because this ball has started to roll does not mean that it should not be reconsidered and stopped.

April 28, 2012 at 10:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Hy-Vee seeks to build convenience store on Clinton Parkway; planners take aim at firing range issues; would you like wooden streets any better?

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This area along Clinton Parkway needs a gas station!

July 26, 2011 at 10:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School boundary issues draw attention

My son currently goes to the FIFTH closest elementary school to us because of a weird boundary nook. And if I am lucky enough to get him transferred to the school that is closest, my daughter still might get shipped to a school that is much farther away. I definitely have no issues with the school my sin IS attending, but the closer one would make the most sense for our family.

June 12, 2011 at 5:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

When spending your dollars, are you loyal to your pocketbook or your zip code?

We do most of our dining out here in Lawrence. With Lawrence restricting the size of Home Depot, and making it difficult for Lowes to enter the community, many of our home renovation projects take us out of town, unfortunately. Greater selections are available to see in person at the larger Lowes and Home Depots in Kansas City and Topeka.

March 6, 2011 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gill's timeout explanation puzzling

I also recall watching Bill Self's basketball team struggle early on. Lots of decisions were being made that people second-guessed him on. I recall a comment made by Self stating that he'd LIKE to play fast, but he needed to see what the players wanted to do. Huh?? I thought the coach made that decision and told the players to go do it. Sounds very familiar to our first year football coach, doesn't it? Give the man a chance. Don't hang on and critique every word and thought that comes out of his mouth. I know that's the unfortunate nature of things in big-time athletics, but doing so does no one any good. Wait . . . . take a breath . . . . . show some patience . . . . . In two or three years, we can then see if improvements have been made. If they have improved at the same level as Coach Self did with basketball, people will be ready to enshrine Coach Gill rather than entomb him . . . .

September 21, 2010 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Wage increases slated for police and firefighters

I know where our Fire Chief and school board member, Mark Bradford's position has been in relation to teacher salaries. I guess it's not surprising that he is not speaking out on this issue. Lost teachers to surrounding, higher paying districts wasn't a problem. Losing firemen to surrounding districts apparently would be a bigger problem.

I'm not against paying firemen and policemen what the market calls for, but this would be an obvious discrepancy . . . .

August 1, 2010 at 12:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heat advisory for Douglas County expires

Sitting by a campfire near Estes Park right now, breathing in the cool, mountain air. I'll try to bring some of it back with me next week. (the cool air, not the fire)

July 13, 2010 at 10:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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