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Electrical fire destroys home near Lecompton

35 firefighters!!! WOW!!!

Volunteers???

Glad nobody was hurt, but terrible loss if it was a historical structure...

January 16, 2013 at 1:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dealing with state tax cuts driving the 2013 legislative agenda

I was always under the impression that states could not run debts, simply put... so you're claiming KS is on the high side of 25B in debt. Interesting, please elaborate...

January 13, 2013 at 8:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dealing with state tax cuts driving the 2013 legislative agenda

ya we need to go back to the cowboy days when we drank yellow water, had muddy unpaved streets, rampant diseases, didn't need basic education... we're so spoiled by these lavish government luxuries.

January 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dealing with state tax cuts driving the 2013 legislative agenda

Where'd you get this KS debt number. Pretty sure KS doesn't have any debt as it is illegal, as it is in most states one way or another. Same goes for Lawrence and other municipalities.

The value of debt decreases by half every 25 years because of inflation. So balancing the budget alone does substantially decrease debt. (In other words GDP doubles every 25 years on average.)

January 13, 2013 at 12:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Governor sets sights on boosting reading

3.1 billion x 1.04^(13) = 5.2 billion

if you use 2012 instead of 2011, i.e., 14 years: 3.1 billion x 1.04^(14) = 5.4 billion

avg rate of inflation = 2.8%, I used 3% plus 1% for population increase

future value = current value x (1 + i) ^ years

no tricks here, you're wrong... look it up!!!!!!

January 6, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Governor sets sights on boosting reading

That's inflation only. What about population increase and demographic changes - an increasing urban population and decreasing rural population???

BTW, it would be 4.6 billion using 2.8% avg rate of inflation.

January 6, 2013 at 5:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Governor sets sights on boosting reading

3.1 billion x 1.04^(13) = 5.2 billion

if you use 2012 instead of 2011, i.e., 14 years: 3.1 billion x 1.04^(14) = 5.4 billion

avg rate of inflation = 2.8%, I used 3% plus 1% for population increase

future value = current value x (1 + i) ^ years

no tricks here, you're wrong... look it up!!!!!!

January 6, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Governor sets sights on boosting reading

When you factor in inflation (3%) and population growth in Kansas (1%), 3.1 billion in 1998 dollars is 5.2 billion in 2011 dollars. So its really only about an overall 8% increase in spending over 13 years - or 0.6% per year.

If you factor in that KS population is becoming more and more urban, where it is likely to be more costly to educate compared to rural areas, that might compensate for the 0.6% increase per year, and maybe we really haven't spent more at all.

But I do agree that we need to spend it in a smarter way, but the funding level does have an effect on the results in education.

January 6, 2013 at 2:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teenager receives three years of probation for his part in summer burglaries

What do you know? He's a kid.
People are not simply just good or bad. Whether you like it or not people are products of their environment. There's a reason there's such a strong correlation between poverty/broken homes and crime/drugs. Besides prison time and hard line stances haven't exactly worked with the war on crime or drugs, have they?

January 5, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Leash law in Lawrence

My dog has been deemed an alpha female by the humane society and her vet. This is common and they typically are threatened by any dog that is near their size or larger. She is a large german shepherd, and I have to be really careful around other dogs.

I can tell you the people that constantly allow their dogs to get out and let them run free in the neighborhood make me really nervous when I'm walking her. I usually have to pick her up to prevent a fight.

December 19, 2012 at 9:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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