marray (Marsha Goff)


Comment history

Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center

I personally hope the lawsuit is successful. Lawrence is no longer regarded as that vibrant, progressive city on the hill that it once was.

My husband and I love walking the bike/pedestrian paths along the bypass as well as those walkways through the Wetlands. Who do we have to thank for those? Not the city. Not those who opposed the bypass and delayed it for decades, increasing its cost by millions.

One more thing: I'm sure Michigan Street lines up on a map with the road through the Wetlands, but why didn't someone get creative and name it something appropriate like Wetlands Drive or Baker Avenue?

February 6, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Web of lies, indifference to justice led to wrong Kansas brother being imprisoned for more than 15 years

I cannot understand why the sheriff said Tom Bledsoe passed his lie-detector test "with flying colors" when he knew he failed. Or why a stop order on DNA testing of the rape kit was issued and signed by the county attorney, the sheriff and a KBI special agent. Worse, that Bledsoe's attorney was told the testing results were inconclusive. It certainly appears that members of law enforcement colluded to frame Floyd Bledsoe. I wonder what they see when they look in the mirror.

On the other side, those law students and lawyers who work for KU and the Midwest Innocence Projects are absolutely amazing. They did a fantastic job for Floyd Bledsoe . . . and for all of us who believe in justice.

December 13, 2015 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Judge throws out 2000 murder conviction, frees Oskaloosa man after 15 years in prison

For weeks now, Jefferson County law enforcement and the judge who sentenced Floyd Bledsoe have known that he was an innocent man wrongfully imprisoned. The judge has likely known for quite some time that he would set aside Bledsoe's sentence and release him. Why then were his feet shackled during his court appearance? It seems a final and unnecessary humiliation.

I don't believe Bledsoe can be compensated for losing 15 years of his life, but I hope he is financially compensated to a degree that allows the cows he wants to milk to be from his own herd on his own ranch.

December 9, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Original suspect in girl's murder dies of apparent suicide as case about to be revisited

Kudos to the KU Project for Innocence and the Midwest Innocence Project for their efforts to free an innocent man. DNA doesn't lie; people do.

Back in 2000, when I read an excellent article about this case in Pitch -- -- I wondered how those charged with arresting and prosecuting Floyd Bledsoe, as well as those on the jury judging him, could reach the conclusion that he was guilty.

A telling bit of evidence was the first story told by Floyd Bledsoe's 2-year-old son which blamed his Uncle Tom for the murder. Very young kids report; they lie only when prompted by adults to do so.

The guilty need to be punished; the innocent should be released. In this case, the innocent should never have been convicted on the sole testimony of the apparently guilty. What a very sad case.

November 14, 2015 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Hillcrest school scraps Halloween parties, plans to eliminate Valentine's Day events

I'm also with Sarah. And, as a room mother who planned many a party for my sons at Schwegler during Helen Norwood's time as principal, I'm disappointed in the school if that is true.

October 31, 2014 at 8:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Analysis: Gay marriage clouds Kansas governor race

Sorry, I rarely comment, but I can't let this stand. Back to the history books for you.

October 13, 2014 at 1:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Renowned sculptor Jim Brothers dies

Jim was an important and enthusiastic part of the WW II Ranger national reunion that was held in Lawrence in 2006. Not only did he show Rangers a slide show of his magnificent work on the D-Day monument, but he and his band performed before the Thursday night dinner. The remaining Rangers still talk about Jim. They will be so sad to know he is gone . . . as am I.

August 21, 2013 at 12:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Lawrence unfriendly to new business? You bet!


Answers for you:

No, 23rd Street took decades to develop as it is. I believe it was pretty much rural in the late '40s. When LHS was opened in the mid-50s, some streets in the area weren't even graveled.

I was once a Chamber member, but have not been for many years and I was not a member when I was commissioned to write the Chamber history. My approach to history is simple: I do not believe in "revisionist history." I tell what happened and allow the chips to fall where they may. I do not attempt to clean up history nor do I try to judge it by today's standards.

Questions for you:

Do you know that Hallmark with its well-paying jobs would not be here without the Chamber? Lone Star likely would not have been built by the CCC without the Chamber? Do you know that the Chamber engineered cleanup and help for those whose homes were flooded during the 1951 Flood? Do you know about the Chamber's involvement in pushing for the building of Allen Fieldhouse? Do you know of the Chamber's successful efforts to calm the troubled waters of the 1970s?

If you want to know the answers to these questions and more, you can find them in the Chamber history at the library. You might be surprised at what you discover. --MHG

April 27, 2013 at 12:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Which is your favorite Lawrence public high school mascot?

Chesty was created and drawn by Paul Coker (Mad Magazine, Hallmark Cards and character designer for a great many classic Rankin-Bass cartoons such as Frosty the Snowman, et al). It doesn't get much better than that.

April 3, 2012 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sales tax creep

Lawrence should get its share of the sales tax I pay ONLY IF I buy within the city; when I buy in Lenexa or Overland Park, those cities benefit from the sales tax I pay. That is source based and it makes sense to me because I am using streets (and possibly other services) partially funded by taxpayers in those cities.

Also remember that when California or New York businesses sell online -- or Missouri dealers sell cars -- to Kansas residents, those states DO benefit handsomely from the income and other taxes the businesses pay to the state where they are located. Further, those states benefit from the income and other taxes paid by the workers the businesses employ.

We are in absolute agreement that city officials and others make it extremely difficult for businesses to locate in Lawrence. Nearly every alphabet group in town, including such unlikely groups as LAN and LWV, fought Target locating in Lawrence. Target undeniably has been a huge benefit to the city in the real estate and sales taxes that it pays and the contributions to local charities that it makes. Now the city is making it difficult for Lowe's. That makes no sense to me.

While we may never see eye to eye on this issue of taxation, the current law, according to Kansas Department of Revenue, is in my favor. But I greatly enjoy civilized discourse and you are providing it, gr. Thank you.

December 21, 2010 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )