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School board considering tax increase

The pictures of the Lawrence School Board should be posted in each United States Postal Offices with the caption:

WANTED FOR: TAX FRAUD REWARD: 5 MILL REDUCTION ON YOUR PROPERTY TAX
DISTINGUISH CHARACTERISTICS: CAN'T BALANCE LAWRENCE SCHOOL FUNDING ACCOUNTS

June 29, 2010 at 7:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trash service costs for Lawrence residents likely to rise with increase in landfill fees

To Easy To Clean-up Trash Service Cost

In the early 90’s I was lived in Pierce County, Tacoma, Washington and paid $35 per month for weekly trash pick-up even though I recycled paper, cans, plastic, and glass. Cost of landfill was the same issue there. So Pierce County came up with an alternative rates for trash pick-up. Pierce County provided the following containers for those that participated in recycling and reducing volume of trash that went to the landfill: one 120 gallon container for yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, small tree trimmings), four 10 gallon containers for paper, cans, plastic, and glass, and one 25 gallon container for trash to be picked –up for landfill disposal – the yard waste, recycle, and landfill containers were picked-up twice a month – the cost dropped from $35 per month to $15 per month. If a residence did not want to participate then they were provided one 50-gallon container for weekly pick-up and the cost was $75 per month. Commercial business had to recycle.

The immediate result was that trash that went to landfill was reduced by 85%. The cost reduction was easy to achieve because there was over a 50% reduction in fuel cost for weekly trash pick-up and one-third reduced labor cost.

There are counties in San Diego, CA that now only pick-up recycle and landfill trash only once a month and have just two containers, one for recycle and one for landfill trash as they have technology to allow residents to put paper, cans, plastic, and glass all in the same recycle container and is automatically separated at a recycle facility. The containers are such that there is just the truck driver as the truck picks up the trash containers. What drove San Diego to this was landfill cost but more importantly stopping underground pollution.

This recycle waste technology is far more important than any “Cap and Trade” energy that President Obama and environmentalist are pushing.

June 15, 2010 at 7:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Questions arise whether Lew Perkins violated state ethics law by accepting 'loan' of exercise equipment

What would anyone expect? Lew Perkins can't keep track of athletic tickets so how does anyone expect him to keep track of exercising equipment?

Stupid is as stupid does.

June 2, 2010 at 5:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Government isn’t our enemy

Mr. Pitts, the reason Governor Bobby Jindal is calling on the "Big Federal Government" is because the actions that Governor Jindal wants to take "requires big federal government bureaucracy" to approve or Governor Jindal faces criminal charges for breaking the "big federal government laws". Governor Jindal asked to construct 11 "sand barriers" to help prevent the oil from coming ashore...did the federal government give permission? No, the "big federal government" said they had to do an "environment impact study". Duh!!!

So the crude oil hit the beaches, and President Obama saw that and said he would have the federal government work on that!!! A day late, dollar short, and Obama Stupid!!!

So Mr. Pitts, the "big federal government" is still stupid and not listening to common sense people because there is an idiot as President!!!

May 30, 2010 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drunken driver who killed Lawrence woman on bicycle sentenced to 6 months in jail

If Joel Hernandez would have texting & driving and killed a Douglas County Deputy Sheriff he would not be in jail for six months. Kansas has different standards for "killing a person" while operating a motor vehicle.

Yep, 6 months or 6 years and a million dollar fine will not make any difference to Rachel Leek and her family. But somewhere there needs to be justice when a person life is taken due to a total inappropriate driver.

May 20, 2010 at 6:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wealth gap

jafs,

Your reply was pleasant, which is nice for a change since most people provide negative replies.

Yes, I did invest in the stock market, but no I do not consider myself lucky. I am not a financial genius of any sorts but by just a little bit of reading it is easy to sort out "who" to listen to and "who" not to listen to. I did not get serious about investing until 20 years before my retirement. People that in their 30's with annual income of $30,000 to $50,000 can amass great wealth by the time they reach 60 if they apply themselves.

So that is why I am disturbed by those who call themselves liberal and deem it necessary to "redistribute wealth" from those like me that worked hard, sacrifice small amounts of money each payday for investments to make my life better.

For the studies showing that societies with "more even distribution of wealth" having happier citizens - did you see the Oprah show she filmed in Sweden, maybe Denmark, where she interviewed a young woman about her life? The young woman explained how "everything" was provided by the government where "all" had the same equal status and Oprah was taken back just how happy this person was. Well, the real truth came out when Oprah went to her home, it was a "cookie cutter" housing where all had identical housing. Oprah asked the young woman, "Where do you put all of your stuff?". The woman replied, "What stuff?".

As far as Goldman Sachs, yes there were people that took advantage of the sub-prime mortgage securities; but go study how did the sub-prime mortgage securities grew so much. You will find out that politicians all but threaten banks to either make the sub-prime loans and then Fan Mae and Freddie Mac brought those sub-prime loans which launched banks such as Goldman Sachs to bundle the loans. By the way - I was in the market making money, not on the sub-prime loans, but I followed closely the housing markets and I knew that hoards of people getting sub-prime loans without documentation at 3% with Adjustable Mortgages would lead to financial collapse...hence knowing who to listen to, so I got out of the market in November 2007.

Bottom line here, if one is born into "wealth redistribution society" then one does not know of anything else. The Freedom of America allows anyone to achieve independence from the "wealth redistribution government society concept". If you study and look deep into European society of modern times you will discover that since WWI the European countries have lived a "socialist" life style...I for one enjoy my freedom way to much and would dread the thought of having to depend on the government to take care of me.

April 30, 2010 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wealth gap

Richard, if you believe that the United States is the most unfair in wealth equality because there are people who work hard to increase their income by inventing, educating themselves, sitting aside just 5% of their income and learning how to invest their money with the least amount of risk, and be willing to relocate to obtain better and higher paying jobs then you should seek out those "other wealthy nations with better wealth balance" such as Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Venezuela, etc that have a more socialist wealth redistribution.

Tell me Richard, do you have food stamps? What about Section 8 housing? Do you quality for Earned Income Credit but are not applying for it? If you don't have health insurance, have you ever been denied health treatment at an emergency room? Do you ask for assistance from your local church if you are not being provided food stamps?

I have listened to Rush Limbaugh for over 20 years and I have never heard Rush urge anyone to bear arms to take back their government - I must have missed those programs.

Tell me Richard, do you invest money regardless of the amount? Do you ever listen to radio shows that have investment programs or do you believe these people are simply the wealthy1% and are just trying to rip you off?

Richard, I certainly did not make or even come close to the income of the rich, those making more than $250,000 per year as defined by President Obama. But you know what, by saving just 5% to 8% per month I was able to retire, build my dream home of $300,000, have a new F-150 truck, and live quite comfortably. So quit complaining about this Nation not being socialist enough to correct the wealth imbalance, and get off of you dead butt and improve yourself.

April 29, 2010 at 6:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bair urges financial reform

Does everyone really think or believe that the "federal government" lacked sufficient regulations due to the fact that home loans were made without the slightest verification of income to make the payment of the home loan principle & interest? The answer is NO!

Look at the number of home mortgages that were processed based on the individual or individuals having enough income to make the home payment including principle, interest, taxes, insurance - THE REASON OF FAILURE WAS THAT THE LOAN WAS BASED ON 3% or 3.5% interest AS AN ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGE. DID ANYONE THINK FOR A SECOND THAT THE INTEREST RATE WOULD REMAIN THE SAME OR GO LOWER WITHIN 2 TO 5 YEARS???

Hello FORECLOSURE!!!! When the market reacted to loan failures (the guy at Goldman knew that these loans were going to fail along with most of the people with any common sense) the market came tumbling down...because the government "bailed out the banks" the world economy will never know if the banks were to big to fail...I believe that big banks should have been made to go through bankruptcy let investors take the hit and not all of the American taxpayers.

For financial reform - very simple; let businesses fail, and bar adjustable mortgages from the market. The loans should either be 15, 20, or 30 year fixed with VA and FHA loans with zero down. AND ONE MORE THING - ELECT FEDERAL OFFICIALS THAT SPEAK THE TRUTH, HAS INTEGRITY, AND THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF ETHICS.

April 20, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence to become first city in Kansas to get smart electricity meters

Barrypenders - You say it is "free"? Is not there a charge on your electric bill that reads something to the effect of: Advanced Metering Cost Recovery Factor.

If there is, then you new meter is not free; also ask WESTSTAR how many months you will pay that fee.

March 30, 2010 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas lawmakers to debate ban on texting while driving

For those that think this is stupid you have not lost a friend or family member because a person was texting while driving. My nephew and was killed in June 2008 by a driver who was texting. The weather was clear; the road was straight, nothing to obstruct the drivers view EXCEPT HIS CELL PHONE. My sister and brother-in-law and their two other sons suffered a loss that they will live with forever. So for those that believe this law would be stupid then you will sooner or later be the cause of an accident and high probability of taking someone’s life!!!

December 16, 2009 at 7:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )