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Kansas court to decide whether school district can join suit

What is the Shawnee Mission district's position?

August 31, 2015 at 10:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SLT project would create major changes for west Lawrence traffic; city auditor urges more protection of certain City Hall files

KDOT is presenting a disaster with reckless spending as it is......

August 31, 2015 at 10:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Hot Topics at ALEC's 2015 Meeting in San Diego

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/07/1...

August 31, 2015 at 1:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

ALEC Threatens To Sue Critics That Point Out It Helps Keep Broadband Uncompetitive

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/201...

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/...

August 31, 2015 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence engineers recommending lane reduction for stretch of Kasold Drive

Complete Streets creates jobs = economic growth through existing resources instead of expanding the city budget by way of adding more and more new roadways.

Widening existing sidewalks throughout the city to 12 feet for multi use as well as dedicating portions of existing streets as protected multi use pathways could likely cost a ton less.

What's wrong with saving a few million tax dollars?

The SLT is costing $200-$300 million tax dollars. How is that good use of tax dollars? Where is the concern for questionable spending? Are fossil fuel vehicles worth this type of tax dollar spending that will necessarily expand the city budget?

http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/repo...

August 31, 2015 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence engineers recommending lane reduction for stretch of Kasold Drive

What do roundabouts accomplish? Keeps traffic moving thus less fossil fuel consumption,thus less air pollution at the same time is a traffic calming tool.

Complete Streets Come of Age
https://www.planning.org/planning/201...

Answering the Questions

--- Point 1: Complete Streets policies are necessary to safely accommodate existing users

--- Point 2: Complete Streets can be achieved within existing budgets

(a) Many Complete Streets improvements are modest in size and low cost.

(b) A Complete Streets approach means thinking ahead and thinking smart— and that can lead to decisions that save money and avoid costly mistakes.

(c) The incremental cost of features such as bicycle lanes and sidewalks are dwarfed
by much bigger cost concerns, such as variable labor and materials costs.   

--- Point 3: Complete Streets can lead to new transportation funding opportunities   

--- Point 4: Complete Streets add lasting value   

(a) Complete Streets supports healthy communities.   

(b) Complete Streets means safer streets for everyone.   

(c) Complete Streets can be a powerful aid to economic vitality.   

(d) Complete Streets is a cost-effective part of a long-term strategy for congestion mitigation.  
A final point: the “user fee” misconception   

http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/doc...

August 31, 2015 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Kasold configuration

It's good to hear some practical and fiscal responsible thinking coming from city hall for a change. Let's get on with it. This is good for the wallet.

Fossil fuel vehicles are a huge tax dollar item 24/7 which is a waste of tax dollars. Fossil fuel drivers are never happy always wanting more and more and more and more..... just like the real estate industry. Keeps the local budget way out of reality.

Kasold is not that busy 24/7 no way jose'. Maybe a bit busy during rush hour not busy enough to demand 4 lanes 24/7. Rush hour is only twice a day. Not only that when KU is off about 4 times a year thousands of cars disappear from Lawrence roadways.

Some day a ton of us will tooling around on electric golf carts at about 11 mph doing our errands which will do wonders for traffic safety, local air pollution and the budget. May as well start planning for the future in a practical fashion.

A pedestrian crossing at Harvard/Kasold needs either a pedestrian signal with a 24 hour amber flasher reminding drivers people do cross here so they know to stop when a red light appears or a full blown traffic signal will do however wayyyyyy more expensive.

Reducing lanes is good for the wallet.

August 31, 2015 at 4:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: ALEC agenda

Any group that threatens public education,Social Security Insurance,Medicare Insurance, democracy, worker wages and continues to get in the way of practical and fiscally responsible single payer insurance that would significantly reduce the cost of all government bodies and employers deserves discussion.

Practical and fiscally responsible single payer insurance that would significantly reduce the cost of all government bodies and employers should be put to a nationwide ballot and let we consumers aka taxpayers vote on the matter. After it is our wallets that need our attention as well as our good health.

August 31, 2015 at 4:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence engineers recommending lane reduction for stretch of Kasold Drive

It's good to hear some practical and fiscal responsible thinking coming from city hall for a change. Let's get on with it. This is good for the wallet.

Fossil fuel vehicles are a huge tax dollar item 24/7 which is a waste of tax dollars. Fossil fuel drivers are never happy always wanting more and more and more and more..... just like the real estate industry. Keeps the local budget way out of reality.

Kasold is not that busy 24/7 no way jose'. Maybe a bit busy during rush hour not busy enough to demand 4 lanes 24/7. Rush hour is only twice a day. Not only that when KU is off thousands of cars disappear from Lawrence roadways.

Some day a ton of us will tooling around on electric golf carts at about 11 mph doing our errands which will do wonders for traffic safety, local air pollution and the budget. May as well start planning for the future in a practical fashion.

A pedestrian crossing at Harvard/Kasold needs either a pedestrian signal with a 24 hour amber flasher reminding drivers people do cross here so they know to stop when a red light appears or a full blown traffic signal.

Reducing lanes is good for the wallet.

August 31, 2015 at 3:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Inspection questions

Bottom line ...

All three bodies should operate under the same inspection umbrella no matter how rigid .........

And those responsible for watching children should ....... need more be said.

Children are curious creatures beyond reality which demands more of those responsible for them.

August 30, 2015 at 9:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )