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Editorial: Harsh reminder about justice

It seems after reading over and over the justice system failed to pull Allen in for multiple probation violations which seems to have nothing to do with the jail issue.

"To recap, despite reportedly holding a KU student against her will and physically abusing her for more than a week, Allen was sentenced to probation. Despite violating the terms of that probation multiple times, Allen remained free."

Why was Allen not arrested?

June 15, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Harsh reminder about justice

New BALLOT Thoughts

Misinformation - http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/apr...

Bring this back in a compromised form on a November ballot. I believe fewer new jail cells and a larger mental health treatment facility in this county would be appropriate.

The city and county should pull from existing tax sources such as the 1994 sales tax cookie jar to accomplish the above.. Pool the resources.

For example the 1994 sales tax is not designated to anything therefore we taxpayers can borrow from that source. This is a county wide issue.

=== $26 million for new crisis center which will provide new economic growth on the long term. Most likely new employment will be generated some of which will pay very good.

=== $5 million for a satellite at the jail site

Mental health care….. it is being said that the need for mental health care in the USA is growing and growing rapidly

=== After 20 years $9 million for Jail improvements can be justified which should provide 5 years to set in motion additional ways to divert more people away from jail cells.

=== $9 million for separate women's unit

=== $2 million annually to support programs directed at diverting some from a jail lifestyle

Let's have this vote again on a November ballot which is scheduled anyway.

June 15, 2018 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another specialty retail store set to close in downtown, and another owner laments changes on Mass. Street

How in the world can Lawrence or any community support never ending supply of retail? Doesn't that require money and lots of it? Where is the money? Where are the above minimum wage jobs which is necessary to support too much retail.

Why do financial institutions support gone mad inflation with loans?
http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/repo...

How in the world can Lawrence or any community support never ending supply of retail? Isn't there the possibility that every community has only so many retail $$$$$ available and going beyond that supply develops into a negative which indicates the new retail cannot pay back?

Where in the world do people get the notion that a community can never get too much of anything in the way of additional residential, retail, warehouses and rock chalk buildings?

Where? From the local real estate profiteers who make their money from taxpayers being forced to financially supplement projects that cannot make it without us no matter that over extended markets bring on increased property taxes, sales taxes and user fees to homeowners.

Local profiteers are draining OUR pocketbooks and raising OUR taxes.
http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/repo...

June 13, 2018 at 11:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Study recommends 2 locations for future city bus hub

Interesting thoughts.

Was Uber type transportation in the equation?

The T does provide good pay.

June 13, 2018 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fire at Lawrence scrap yard under control; cause under investigation but may be difficult to determine, officials say

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June 13, 2018 at 11:02 a.m. ( )

Fire at Lawrence scrap yard under control; cause under investigation but may be difficult to determine, officials say

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June 13, 2018 at 10:51 a.m. ( )

Another specialty retail store set to close in downtown, and another owner laments changes on Mass. Street

Lawrence has become a victim of small town sprawl which will never pay back .....

So why do government officials keep handing preferential tax goodies to developers?

June 13, 2018 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another specialty retail store set to close in downtown, and another owner laments changes on Mass. Street

When discussing the corn field mall at some length if my mind serves me well we had a city commissioner who said IF downtown finds itself in difficulty Mass Street can be filled with restaurants and bars. I believe some reference was made to K-State. My other guess = some bar owners are also feeling the crunch.

Who was that city commissioner ......?

Even if Mass street is nothing but restaurants and bars it will be difficult for tenants to make the money that should made on that investment. What too many developers don't understand is flooding the markets is bad business.

More drinking establishments will place additional load on law enforcement .....

Sooner or later the "more restaurants and bars" mentality will creep into west Lawrence.

Unfortunately I'll wager that many Lawrence shoppers have realized that Oak Park Mall can be no more than a 22 minute drive. K-10 speedway has made that drive so convenient. COSTCO is within than time frame as well. Sometimes gasoline is 30 cents a gallon less at COSTCO than in Lawrence which is what running short on gas taught me .

June 13, 2018 at 7:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Supreme Court allows purges of state voter rolls

"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can clean up their voting rolls by targeting people who haven't cast ballots in a while."

Great we have 5 judges which support the anti american ALEC platform.

June 11, 2018 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: County comes clean on Prop 1

Let's bring a new proposition to the taxpayers so that we may have some control over the funding and the issue in general.

After all taxpayers are the largest group of stakeholders in this issue. Sometimes elected officials forget who is paying the bills.

More issues requiring tax dollar funding should be put before the voters for approval. This is one way to reduce special interest manipulation.

June 10, 2018 at 4:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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