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Ambler surprised with mural at KU's student rec center

photo is in the article with a link to enlarge it if you can't see it well enough.

September 26, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence schools at a tipping point

The population of the city is growing to the west and the families on the east side of town are growing older and have fewer children to attend those schools. If we could pick the schools up and move them to areas that have a need for a school to handle the population growth that would be great. Another alternative would be to restrict families that have children to only allow them to move into homes where a school currently exists...both ridiculous ideas aren't they? Unfortunately, we are left with the reality that existing schools on the east side are under utilized and on the west side over populated. To resolve that we will need to build new schools to address that. I don't like it because that will mean I will have to pay higher taxes to fund it, but for the future children I will accept this up to the point where it requires me to move to a zip code I can afford.

Busing the kids to the existing schools so they don't have to be closed is certainly a valid option, however, I strongly dislike this option as it pulls the kids out of their own neighborhood, where they are no longer familiar or comfortable with their surroundings leading to a distraction from learning that provides no benefit to the student. The end result is that we might save a few dollars now at the cost of our childrens education. Bad idea in my opinion.

September 10, 2013 at 6:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City proposing $30 increase in speeding fine

I will typically drive the posted speed limit in town and on the highway, posted limit +5, so I am by no means one who insists on busting everyone who goes a little over the limit on the highway. However, in town, where cars are closer together leaving less room to maneuver in emergencies, more distractions (and not just cell phones), cyclists, walkers, kids, etc...I feel speed limits are valuable for our general safety. The people who ignore those limits do so for many reasons..."late to where I'm going, I've never had an accident, I have good reaction times if needed, driving faster is more fun, etc..." and while this may be ok for them, consider the new drivers who haven't quite got the hang of judging how fast a car is approaching and pulls out in front of a speeding car. They think they have more time, and BANG, or perhaps speeding down a neighborhood street and suddenly a dog runs out or heaven forbid a small child runs out chasing a loose toy. Can they possibly justify driving faster in those cases?

The problem isn't the fines, they could make it $1000 per infraction and it would not be an effective deterrent. The mindset of "I have NEVER been pulled over for driving too fast." is far too common, so people will drive 5-10 mph over the limit in town (15-20 mph over down 23rd in the morning is common in my experience before 7:00). Enforcement of these limits is the only way to get people to slow down, and not just in the known "speed trap" areas. When people finally become aware that they can and will be caught speeding, and punished for that infraction, will they eventually start to slow down.

August 31, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU to choose among internal candidates for new vice provost job

Perses,,,so it is your opinion that the information frankfussman provided is invalid when applied to KU? I tend to think that students would benefit more from a professor than from an administrator.

June 14, 2013 at 4:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Surprise visit makes Jayhawk fan’s day

That's the kind of thing that can only be taught with being raised with the right priorities as you are growing up. Keep on that path Perry, and you will have a successful life regardless of where and what you do. Well done young man!

June 7, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

As planners debate Menards project, new study finds retail vacancy rate at 7.2 percent citywide

Unemployment rate and Vacancy rate....comparing them is like comparing oranges and lemons. They are both related, but not as a one to one ratio comparison.

May 20, 2013 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Southwest Middle School names new assistant principal

Perhaps a better understanding of the setup could be facilitated with knowing the difference between principle and principal. Then perhaps we could move on to what it would take to run each school and managing the number of teachers, let alone the students and the class sizes, school activities, etc...

May 9, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Spring storm leaves cloudy skies with cold, wet conditions

February 60th and counting...

May 2, 2013 at 11:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City set to make additional improvements to Sixth and Iowa intersection

Why don't just rebuild Lawrence next to it's current location and have everything just the way we want it, then we can relocate to the perfect design? That way we won't have to put up with any modification to existing infrastructure to accomodate our changing needs?

March 27, 2013 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Weather delays road work on East 23rd Street

Don't confuse the issue with details and logic bad_dog...Grandma has an ax to grind!

March 22, 2013 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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