patterte (Dawn Patterson)


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City to begin enforcing ordinance that will bill property owners for sidewalk repairs

Also... if it's my responsibility to repair, can I just go up to Menards and buy some Quikcrete? Is this really something we want to encourage, an army of poorly trained civil engineering experimenters?

March 7, 2018 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to begin enforcing ordinance that will bill property owners for sidewalk repairs

Let me try to put up a gate restricting access to the sidewalk and let's see how fast it becomes the city's property. I don't have the ability to restrict who uses it (which is mostly not me), or how it is used. I don't gain anything from having it other than random dog poop that people leave when they walk their dogs. My neighbor's tree has roots that undercut my section of sidewalk-- can I force him to cut down his tree? Can I send him a bill once his tree destroys the sidewalk, and I end up having to pay for it? Can I opt out of having the sidewalk and tear it down?

This is short-sighted to say the least, and makes no sense at all. I understand the need to maintain the sidewalk in that I shovel snow from it. I do this because it is the neighborly thing to do. But there is no way I should be shouldering the financial burden of a public service, unless that is going to be spread across my neighborhood of folks who utilize that service.

March 7, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Planning Commission approves soccer complex east of Lawrence

Just to clarify, there were never "plans for the drive-thru to be a coffee shop." A coffee shop was used as a *for example* of what kind of drive through fast food *could* be placed on the corner. The development is conceptual (no word at all on what will actually go there) and the special use permit does/can not differentiate between a McDonald's (for example) and a small coffee shop.

January 26, 2016 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hillcrest school scraps Halloween parties, plans to eliminate Valentine's Day events

The argument is that no children are having fun just because a school is not doing what it has "always done"? Many traditions have come in and out of common practice in the last 50 years of elementary education-- traditions we would never *dream* of having today. (I can remember some horrible Thanksgiving celebrations in my school thirty years ago that still make me blush with embarrassment today.)

I really believe that if we expended this much energy towards creating lasting, inclusive, new traditions that support education, we could come up with something really wonderful.

November 1, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hillcrest school scraps Halloween parties, plans to eliminate Valentine's Day events

Aside from exposing kids to "culture" (which, really? I don't buy it. There are zero purposeful conversations happening around the "culture" of Halloween or the costumes or traditions in any school I have been in that allows costumes), let's step back and look at this from the perspective of the teachers and staff of your schools for a minute. You can't send a kid to school all day in their costume, for obvious reasons. So a student comes to school with their costume. They need to change clothes at school, which is a nightmare of coordination with 25+ kids and minimal private spaces. They may or may not come home with all of their original clothing, or all of the parts of their costume. Even if there are parent volunteers, teachers are now put in the position of spending 2+ hours of instructional time and a ton of energy on something that at best is a tradition, but at worst gets them yelled at because Johnny didn't come home with his super special Ninja Zombie Sparkle Belt.

Invariably, someone comes with a weapon, or a culturally insensitive costume, or no costume at all because the family is just too poor to afford one. So beyond those "silly parents who object" (And really? They should pull their child out of a federally mandated educational setting because a parade is really more important?) there are a lot of perspectives that make a shift in traditions a good idea.

Like you, I was frustrated when we started at a Lawrence school that did not allow costumes. I was irate that some schools allowed it, and others did not-- it reeked of inequality to me. My response was to start an evening event, some days before Halloween, that families could attend together, in costume-- have a meal together, do crafts, and trick or treat their classrooms. Just four years later, it is a big tradition at our school. Because it is held outside of regular instructional time, families can choose to attend or not, as they feel comfortable. We don't allow masks, hoods, or fake weapons, and we even send out a list of "free" costume ideas for families along with the invitation. Most of the teachers volunteer to come in and run trick or treat from their classrooms, with goodies (not just candy) provided by the PTO. It is really a great event, but it was born out of a change in tradition that angered a lot of people.

I can see why schools are moving away from costumes-- I wish that it was a district-wide policy, because it puts principals (who are trying to protect the educational integrity and cultural sensitivities of their schools, not ruin your fun) in a horrible position.

October 31, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Live coverage of Election Day 2012

Where was that Obama mural?

November 6, 2012 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Don't forget your picture ID on Election Day

Just want to point out that your Douglas County Clerk issued free voter ID's at several locations throughout the county, as well as at the main office, for those who lacked the necessary identification:

He was the first election official in the country to do so.

November 6, 2012 at 4:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Actual enrollment patterns not matching forecasts

There are kids showing up every day at Kennedy, and those students are not on the Sept 20 rolls. I'm sure this is happening all over Lawrence.

Want to save money? Have more dollars for education in Lawrence? Try telling Brownback to stop slashing state revenues and robbing our children's future.

November 4, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Halloween hodgepodge: Schools put on range of fall celebrations

Just want to put in a plug for Kennedy's Fall Family Festival, taking place tomorrow night! Food, games, trick-or-treating, crafts, and lots of fun! 6-8pm on the 30th.

October 29, 2012 at 9:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

First Bell: Kennedy and AYP; another teacher honor; more on enrollment

"Except for Kennedy."

It's like you can't even help yourself.

September 21, 2012 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )