mtoumi (Melinda Toumi)


Comment history

Results: Soden, Boley, Herbert top Lawrence City Commission vote

Hmm. Farmer's heart is in the right place, but it looks like he has never dealt with crooks who water down concrete or guys that have illegal hiring practices in drywall operations. The other 2, being experienced in dealing with all kinds of people, should have done better. Whoever the next mayor is, s/he has an enormous amount of work to do in regaining the voter's trust.

April 7, 2015 at 10:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization; SLT concept plan could create major changes near Clinton Parkway

We smear the only female candidate over partaking in national social media conversations? How is Chicago developer money bribing our city leaders possibly story #2? Ugh, Chad or editor fail.

April 4, 2015 at 12:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New arts and culture director leaving Lawrence after three months on job

Um, we have (roughly!) 78% bachelor degrees and 48% MS/PhD and massive under employment in this town. Stop picking people from out of state who foolishly think their spouse is going to become gainfully employed in a completely saturated job market. Do the math.

December 30, 2014 at 9:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU students raise funds to pay for records request

$65/hour at a public university that is NOT a professor? Doesn't that say what's wrong with KU right there?

September 24, 2014 at 7:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at how smart and how small Lawrence is; large apartment project near KU seeks change in parking standards

Seriously? It's called wages. From painting houses to analyzing pharmaceutical mass spectrometry data - low wages.

September 17, 2014 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New wave of oil drilling disrupts rural neighborhoods

Fracking and tar sands pipeline running through the Midwest where we grow the food... What are we... Dodo birds?!?

February 10, 2014 at 2:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pinckney students dig into history

Special thanks to Ace Hardware for donating all the child sized gloves we needed for this project!

September 14, 2013 at 6:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Bond reservations

Are we sure that tobacco use causes cancer? Is global warming really happening at the hands of humans? Is evolution real?

Our dear editors' logic is the same of the tobacco lawyers and those that deny obvious & accepted scientific fact. Question something and then you've discredited it, RIGHT?

Um, no. Cordley has one working boys' bathroom. Fact. Lawrence has rejected the consolidation efforts of Doll et al. Fact. You may feel differently, but you would be in the minority. That's your right, but time to recognize that! This town has a majority that favors strong neighborhoods & local schools. Not every family can own two cars and drive to their 500 student elementary school at 8 and 3. Get real.

The Chamber publicly endorsed the bond March 1st. Business leaders will have a chance to put some of their own money where their mouths are - and maybe they'll get some influence in the location of expanded vo-tech education buildings. Minor detail.

What is disgusting to me is that some of my fellow Lawrence residents would really rather have crumbling schools (which decreases future employment opportunities, decreases home values) just to save $120/year on their property taxes. Maybe you aren't in a financial situation to BE a homeowner if that $120 is really going to break you. When I write that check every December at the court house, it's a duty that I carry out with pride.

26% of LHS/FSHS graduates go directly into the work force... with what skills? It's a really big deal that the Board of Regents approved these expanded technical educational opportunities for our students, and what a loss to our community if we don't act now, when the time is right.

Think of the families that will come off of Medicaid and food stamps because Dad gets a new construction job - and YES, the school board is committed to keeping these jobs local. That's worth more than $120/year to me!

If this isn't more reason to invest in education, then I don't know what is: Please do not "assure" i.e. make the quality education feel nice, please ENSURE quality education by voting YES on Question 1 April 2nd.

March 24, 2013 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Doll says no plans for widespread drug testing

Wth? Do you know what pot costs & what teachers make? Incongruent argument.

January 7, 2013 at 7:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )