merrill (Richard Heckler)


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City Commission to receive briefing on attack plan for emerald ash borer infestation

City Commission Agenda

Receive recommendation from the Public Incentive Advisory Committee on Industrial Revenue Bond financing for a redevelopment project at 800 New Hampshire Street and adopt Resolution No. 7135, authorizing the issuance of up to $7,800,000 in industrial revenue bonds for the 800 New Hampshire Street project for the purpose of obtaining a sales tax exemption on project construction materials.

Staff Memo & Attachments Parking Memo

Perhaps the commissioners could explain how Lawrence, Kansas does not need new/additional sales tax revenue.

November 27, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Development denial

That could depend on what John Menard may have exacted on Donald's wife......

No matter that would be a question for the Donald family.

For certain Lawrence cannot afford any new polluter one which has demonstrated a 24/7 watch will be necessary.

November 27, 2015 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Development denial

Retailer Menard Inc. has agreed to pay $30,000 in fines and court costs for violating state environmental laws in connection with a 2007 case in which a pallet of herbicide was dumped on a parking island of a Menard store in Onalaska.

The judgment against Menard, which has a history of environmental violations in Wisconsin, shows the company allowed a pallet of containers with liquid herbicide to freeze and crack in January 2007.

A Menard employee then disposed of the weedkiller on the parking lot island.

The chemicals are considered hazardous waste under Wisconsin law, and according to court documents, attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice concluded that Menard failed to safely handle the waste.

In a statement, spokesman Jeff Abbott said a "young part-time team member poured some weedkiller from damaged bottles into the center islands at our Onalaska parking lot, thinking it would just kill the weeds.

"The team member didn't intend to do anything wrong, but nevertheless we received a substantial fine."

Menard hired a consultant and concluded that no environmental damage was found, Abbott said.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Ed Culhane said records in the case show Menard didn't hire a consultant until two years after the spill - January 2009.

"In two years, it's hard to say what happened," Culhane said.

Abbott said the company will "continue to work very hard to comply with the very complex environmental laws of the state at all levels."

The judgment was filed on Thursday in La Crosse County Circuit Court. Court documents were released on Tuesday by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Menard has been at the center of high-profile pollution cases in Wisconsin in the past.

• In a criminal case in August 2005, an Eau Claire County judge ordered Menard to pay $2 million in fines and other charges after the company pleaded guilty to discharging pollutants that spilled into an adjacent watershed. The case represented the largest environmental fine against a company in the state.

• In another criminal case in 1997, the company and founder John R. Menard Jr. pleaded no contest and paid more than $1.5 million in penalties on charges of violating state hazardous waste laws.

The case included allegations that John Menard, a billionaire and one of Wisconsin's richest people, used his own pickup truck to haul bags of chromium-contaminated incinerator ash produced by the company and dump it into his trash at home.

At the time, it was the largest criminal environmental fine ever imposed in the state.

Exposure to chromium can irritate skin and cause lung cancer, federal health officials have said.

November 27, 2015 at 2:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Development denial

Excellent document ........

November 27, 2015 at 1:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Safer Kansas?

I would think that conceal and carry make some law enforcement people a bit nervous and paranoid.

November 27, 2015 at 1:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Safer Kansas?

Some people believe the Brownback Administration is a terrorist organization wanting to over throw the USA. Since the American Legislative Exchange Council hired Sam Brownback to work in Kansas there may be something to that thought.

Whether from the campaign trail or in the halls of Congress, the Fascist American Legislative Exchange Council posing as Republicans seem to find a new way to hammer people every week -- attacks on women, immigrants, voting rights, consumer protections, LGBT equality, the environment and passing legislation that encourages reducing wages aka Right To Work.

In 2013, they launched an attack on women’s access to birth control which then exploded into a government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. They continue to deny women access to healthcare by defunding Planned Parenthood.

They’ve tried to undo important Wall Street reforms, like the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has already forced the biggest banks in this country to return more than $10 billion to people they cheated.

And to satisfy their big money backers, they’re blocking my bill to let people refinance their student loans and have even set their sights on dangerous cuts to Social Security.

The Right Wing and their deep-pocketed special interest backers aren’t going to rest. Fighting back is the only way to win. I don't want the Fascist American Legislative Exchange Council to own me,you or the USA government.

Will ALEC want to shut down government again? It must be in their platform considering the frequency in which they apply this lame strategy.

November 27, 2015 at 1:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach, public await actions by two courts on proof of citizenship law

The justice system may find itself rounding up Kobach and hauling him off to jail for proceeding before the courts have had the opportunity to render a decision.

November 27, 2015 at 1:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Gratitude abounds as LINK feeds cold, hungry on Thanksgiving Day

Good job LINK. Thanks for being on the planet.

November 26, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Guns, refugees

Perhaps the open carry privilege has made too many in law enforcement very nervous which is why the rise in violent gun fire coming from law enforcement is on the table?

How is any law enforcement person to know what a law abiding conceal and carry person looks like?

What does a law abiding person look like?

Robbers, inside traders,murderers and rapists come from a wide spectrum of society to the "finest" families" on the planet.... blue collar to white collar to bank presidents,to the country club to CEO's.

November 25, 2015 at 9:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Freed: Cheick Diallo finally cleared by NCAA


Amateur competition is a bedrock principle of college athletics and the NCAA.

Maintaining amateurism is crucial to preserving an academic environment in which acquiring a quality education is the first priority. In the collegiate model of sports, the young men and women competing on the field or court are students first, athletes second.

The NCAA membership has adopted amateurism rules to ensure the students’ priority remains on obtaining a quality educational experience and that all of student-athletes are competing equitably.

All incoming student-athletes must be certified as amateurs. With global recruiting becoming more common, determining the amateur status of prospective student-athletes can be challenging.

All student-athletes, including international students, are required to adhere to NCAA amateurism requirements to remain eligible for intercollegiate competition.

In general, amateurism requirements do not allow:

--- Contracts with professional teams

--- Salary for participating in athletics

--- Prize money above actual and necessary expenses

--- Play with professionals

--- Tryouts, practice or competition with a professional team

--- Benefits from an agent or prospective agent

--- Agreement to be represented by an agent

--- Delayed initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition

Additional information regarding NCAA amateurism rules is available on the NCAA Eligibility Center’s website by clicking on the “Resources” link at the top of the page. Another resource is the Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete.

Now that I explored Amateurism what exactly is/was the problem?

November 25, 2015 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )