newyawkertonMET (Jake Hess)


Comment history

Editorial: Kasold questions

More residents should take opportunities to participate in the discussion of this plan. My personal opinion is that I dislike thoroughfares going on any "diet" at all. Volumes of vehicles need to be let through to where they are going efficiently. Reducing lanes to one in either direction does not seem efficient to the vehicle driver, no matter what study is published in whatever city. I agree that bicycle lanes and pedestrian safety are great features to have built in a community, and yes these kinds of roads are safer. Will pedestrians and cyclists increase use of this slimmer roadway? No one knows for sure. I certainly don't observe more cyclists and pedestrians using 9th street since it was reduced to two lanes. 9th street connects downtown with Iowa St: two shopping districts, short trips which would be beneficial walking or biking. But that short stretch of Kasold really doesn't connect cycling or pedestrian-friendly shopping districts, nor does it connect to any other bicycle lanes in town. There aren't very many round trip paths for cycling or walking there. For that matter, crossing 6th St, either walking or cycling can be dicey and even dangerous at times. I guess I don't share the city's vision of Complete Streets. With this Kasold plan, I only envision motorists frustrated and not able to connect to intracity destinations like 6th and 31st St in an efficient, timely manner. That is what happened to 9th St., and now it is a commuting headache during rush hour.

August 24, 2015 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

On anniversary of Quantrill's Raid, received knowledge about historic event faces scrutiny

Are people still submitting documentation or photos for historians to investigate any additional buildings thought to have survived the downtown raid?

August 21, 2015 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Warehouse Arts District bistro proposal hangs in limbo

I think the bistro is a neat idea there, but too bad noise could be an issue for residents living nearby. Perhaps if they had limited operation hours, say ending by midnight, that could work. That area won't stay quiet for long, though. Decade is undergoing changes that will take effect very soon (no spoilers, though), and it is directly nearby residential housing. I don't see why this Bistro should get the boot just because they want to do something different. Hopefully the developer and owner can aim to best serve the surrounding community with food offerings and entertainment during business hours everyone thinks would be reasonable, without hurting their profit margin.

August 20, 2015 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider reducing number of lanes on portion of Kasold Drive; new info on pending appointment of commissioner; report estimates Rock Chalk tourneys add $4.4 million to economy

Reducing ANY lanes of traffic to one or two-lane roadway is the most assinine, anti-growth, waste of taxpayer money the city has or will try to achieve this decade. Completely moronic to think mere data will compare to this city in RL traffic situations. I use Kasold all the time to commute from 6th to 31st. What about other folks who use it, too? It is a Thoroughfare, city commission. Not a neighborhood street with which to expose to some reduced-capacity experiment. I don't get it. Reduced reliability on automobile transportation? Is anyone really reducing motorized vehicle transportation in significant numbers? If the city commission wants the town to grow, it should leave thoroughfares like Kasold and the more recent 9th Street debacle alone.

August 18, 2015 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City: Former mayor used government credit card for personal expenses, claiming his own cards had been 'compromised'

Where did this guy come from, and how was he even elected Mayor? If someone is using (abusing) a credit card whose account he does not personally own, he has no place working in a corporate office, let alone working in a city office. How completely dumb. Get a financial advisor already, Mr. Farmer!

August 14, 2015 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Topeka to consider banning public nudity

Put your clothes back on, Topeka. C'mon. And a third attempt in order to make exceptions for breast feeding and children? Who struck down those exceptions in the first two ordinance proposals? Meanwhile, that guy on the trail is running around pantsless. What would his mother say?

August 14, 2015 at 12:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

Perhaps outside the scope of the author's article, It is important to understand a bit of bat ecology and know they are not pests. Consider how beneficial bats are outside the home. An individual can eat between 500 and 1,000 mosquitoes per hour, along with other night flying insects. And many parts of Lawrence have a mosquito problem. If there is a bat roosting inside the home, it may need to be captured and identified, but it is only finding a roost spot for daytime turpor. It can be released back into the area and will find a new roost outdoors.

July 10, 2015 at 8:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Demand for natural, organic products evident in evolving Lawrence grocery market

Yep. Too bad your savings st Sprouts pretty much goes straight to the tax man with the Bauer Farms District's extra 1% special "transportation development" tax. But it is a pretty decent store, and you can save fuel costs driving to OP (people actually travel that far for a Sprouts?). I'm still a Merc shopper and live too far east for Waka grocery trips to make any sense.

July 10, 2015 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked most hungover city in America

The CDC considers 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more drinks for women on one occasion as "binge drinking." 15 or more drinks for men per week, and 8 or more drinks for women, per week, are considered as "excessive drinking." (

Lawrence's bar scene is definitely alive and well. With so many great bars and restaurants to choose from, and coupled with CDC's analyses, I am not surprised by the ranking at all. But I agree with some here; I don't believe Lawrence's alcohol consumption is any different from other college towns.

January 12, 2015 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )