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Weekend Guide: Bizarre Bazaar; 'Black Friday;' Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa Rescue; Van Go Adornment Holiday Art Show and Sale

When all of the above is over and in need of a relaxation boost think Bear Paws and happy feet ...

We feel that, as business people creating products relative to an active lifestyle, we have a distinctive responsibility to act as stewards of the environment and the surrounding communities. It is imperative that we contribute towards the preservation and restoration of our natural world. We should help to ensure that there will be mountains, forests, beaches, and oceans for generations to come.

We share a passion for sustaining the environment so that the actions we take now will not compromise future generations. We believe it is the responsibility of every company to take the appropriate steps toward creating less waste and to improve their processes.

We are not satisfied with the status quo in our industry, so we have started by setting specific objectives.

Our objectives:

Strive to be an industry innovator on environmental issues.

Motivate our suppliers and customers to share in our mission.

Commit to environmentally friendly ways to produce and package our products.

Educate and inspire our employees.

Reduce, reuse and recycle within our workplace.

At BEARPAW, we recognize the importance of being responsible when it comes to the environment and our role in making the world a better place. As a result, we’ve created our own team… “Greener Living,” We have set expectations on our employees in terms of recycling and emphasize responsibility in energy use throughout our offices and homes.

We will constantly evaluate our packaging efforts to determine where we can utilize recycled materials and where we can cut back on waste. We will communicate our expectations with our suppliers and provide them with ideas on how they can participate and help meet our objectives.

November 28, 2015 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Refugee rhetoric drives GOP into swamp

Has the 24/7 USA Government occupation of foreign borders that which is home to larger oil resources contributed to the people of this region having nowhere to run?

The answer is yes.

November 28, 2015 at 9:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Refugee rhetoric drives GOP into swamp

Strategic Errors of Monumental Proportions

The role that US military forces can play in that conflict is seriously limited by all the political decisions the US government has already taken. The most fundamental decision was setting as its larger strategic purpose the stabilization of the region by building a democracy in Iraq and encouraging its spread. This, of course, was to risk destabilizing the region by starting a war.

Military operations must be judged by whether and how they contribute to accomplishing war aims. No clear view is possible of where we are today and where we are headed without constant focus on war aims and how they affect US interests. The interaction of interests, war aims, and military operations defines the strategic context in which we find ourselves.

We cannot have the slightest understanding of the likely consequences of proposed changes in our war policy without relating them to the strategic context. Here are the four major realities that define that context:

Confusion about war aims and US interests. President GW Bush stated three war aims clearly and repeatedly:

* the destruction of Iraqi WMD;

* the overthrow of Saddam Hussein; and

* the creation of a liberal democratic Iraq.

The first war aim is moot because Iraq had no WMD.

The second was achieved by late Spring 2003. Today, people are waking up to what was obvious before the war -- the third aim has no real prospects of being achieved even in ten or twenty years, much less in the short time anticipated by the war planners.

Implicit in that aim was the belief that a pro-American, post-Saddam regime could be established. This too, it should now be clear, is most unlikely.

Finally, is it in the US interest to have launched a war in pursuit of any of these aims? And is it in the US interest to continue pursuing the third? Or is it time to redefine our aims? And, concomitantly, to redefine what constitutes victory?

The war has served primarily the interests of Iran and al-Qaeda, not American interests...

Strategic Errors of Monumental Proportions

November 28, 2015 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Refugee rhetoric drives GOP into swamp

Meltdown - The men who crashed the world

This four-part series on the global financial crisis, by Al Jazeera, offers an excellent insight into the causes of the financial crisis.

In particular, this installment focuses on the events that lead up to the crisis, and the initial stages of the great unwinding; following the events in the early stages of the crisis such as the bank run in the UK and the collapse of Bear Stearns and then Lehman Brothers.

It also focuses in on the key personalities in the crisis; the wall street investment bankers, and the power brokers in Washington.

In the first episode of Meltdown, we hear about four men who brought down the global economy: a billionaire mortgage-seller who fooled millions; a high-rolling banker with a fatal weakness; a ferocious Wall Street predator; and the power behind the throne.

The crash of September 2008 brought the largest bankruptcies in world history, pushing more than 30 million people into unemployment and bringing many countries to the edge of insolvency. Wall Street turned back the clock to 1929.

But how did it all go so wrong?

November 28, 2015 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chamber announces tentative deal for $25 million, 100-job manufacturing plant on east edge of Lawrence

Please flood commissioners email requesting a public explanation as to why Lawrence, Kansas does not need new/additional sales tax revenue or property tax revenue from new sources. How is it that Lawrence can provide such a wide variety of Free Lunch's to corporate America?

Also explain how tax dollar abatements and such pay back the taxpayers if ever on low wage salaries. Where is the hard evidence? Speculation is no good.

A living wage is still a low wage. If families with children are under the roof the living wage is not enough. It would require both parents to be away from home working and still making less than the $64,500 median income. Hiring childcare is expensive.

It also deprives parents of parenting time which is essential to children seeking guidelines on behavior and decision making. State government is more or less claiming I don't want my tax dollars available for food and healthcare assistance to families which is absolutely misinformation. City government must be implying the same.

Giving AMC $47.000.000(million) state income tax $$$$$ to relocate across state lines was reckless indeed and irresponsible beyond reality.

There are two big issues. WE have the state declining and/or giving away tax dollars and city government declining and/or giving away tax dollars to very wealthy corporations. Both want homeowners and workers to make up the difference which seems a bit misguided.

November 28, 2015 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Please flood commissioners email requesting a public explanation as to why Lawrence, Kansas does not need new/additional sales tax revenue.

Also explain how tax dollar abatements and such pay back the taxpayers if ever on low wage salaries. Where is the hard evidence? Speculation is no good.

November 28, 2015 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )