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City Commission, East Lawrence neighborhood go back and forth on Ninth Street proposal

Finally, finally, an article that exposes the frustration so many property owning residents in East Lawrence have known for so long.

Let me state this very clearly as a former ELNA Board Member: the association does not represent the values of this neighborhood and has no interest in doing so. ELNA is simply a small group of like-mind activists whose central theme is to oppose any kind of change, particularly if it involves any action that might improve property values. It's certainly their right to organize and do so. It's not their right to pretend they represent everyone.

Commissioner Jeremy Farmer's comment "ELNA is not very representative of the actual residents of East Lawrence," is spot on. There's a growing group of residents in this area that are fed up and are starting to organize.

Chad Lawhorn, I welcome you to contact me so I can introduce you to a group of residents of the East side that do not share the neighborhood association's values. It's high time another side of the story is heard.

December 21, 2014 at 10:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach to have clay-shooting fundraiser

Will they using semi-automatic rifles?

Before some of you go postal, I grew up with guns in west central Kansas. Don't get the need for lack of background checks and all this b.s. the NRA is preaching. The people we hunted with out there, they weren't like that long ago and they still aren't. Don't know who they are but they certainly are a bunch of blathering idiots.

October 1, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback to lead river float trip

You made my day.

September 26, 2013 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prepare to relax, savor at the most intimate restaurant in Lawrence

Sara, I'm enjoying your reviews of the food scene in Lawrence. You're digging out some pretty thoughtful information in a town that's not necessarily the greatest but has a few gems of interest.

August 22, 2013 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prepare to relax, savor at the most intimate restaurant in Lawrence

One of those Yelp reviews is mine. I've eaten there three times under Chef Mel, headed back for #4 soon. It's hands down one of the finest dines in the region and has no equal in the price category that I've found if you include Lawrence, Kansas City and Topeka. I run a large community web site for a living and can tell you there's always two sides to the story for forums and review sites and one of them is rarely told.

Here's what I will tell you about Megan D.'s Yelp review from a lot of experience with Yelp and online communities:

The positive Yelp average is something like 80% for all reviews on the site by all members, all reviews, globally. The individual in question has a total of 12 reviews in 2 1/2 years: 7 one-star ratings, 4 five-star ratings, 1 four-star rating. That's pretty unheard of to be that out of balance on Yelp. People I know on Yelp would ignore this individual as unreliable, unstable, mostly angry. In addition, the individual is anonymous (I'm not, on Yelp, am on LJW). Many of the reviews are one-liners. Not enough description to have value. I have over 200 reviews and only managed five total 1-star ratings. My professional opinion is this individual maintains an account simply to trash businesses out of anger. Not defending CB, they may well have been asked to leave, but I'm betting there was a huge contribution on the dining party's part that involved more than food and is not getting told. Likely the most desirable result for both parties.

Someone above summed it up correctly. You don't base evaluations on Yelp on one review or reviewer. You base it on the total average. There are some businesses either so bad or so good that Yelp cannot have an impact on them. In this case, sorry, this reviewer only proved to many how unstable she is.

August 22, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dole Institute to celebrate Bob Dole's 90th birthday

A real Republican, not these wing-nut wacko idiots currently serving office.

Who says so?

Bob Dole.

Rest my case.

July 20, 2013 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback to lead delegation to China

I'm happy to foot his first-class airline ticket if it's one-way and promises to never return.

July 13, 2013 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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