quantum (Charles Jones)


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Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

I continue to strongly support the council-manager form of municipal government. City management has become way too complex to put on the shoulders of citizen legislators. Electeds need to set policy and direction. An elected mayor would, I believe, strengthen those leadership tasks. But we need trained professionals to handle implementation.

December 14, 2014 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

Boy, do I wish we could get a handle on campaign spending. I completely share your concern about how big money is distorting -- or even hijacking -- our democracy. But I suspect that particular battle will have to be fought in the US Supreme Court. And you are certainly right, we need to pay attention to campaign finance.

December 14, 2014 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

Agree that we need to be mindful of taxpayer dollars. Have no preconceived notion about compensation for an elected mayor. I'd suggest we have a Blue Ribbon Panel look at high-functioning peer communities -- such as the ones mentioned in Lawhorn's article -- to see how they manage such things. But I generally agree that we need not go overboard in spending money.

December 14, 2014 at 11:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

Richard, thanks for your comments. While I'm strongly in favor of fair representation, I'm pretty skeptical about the district concept. Local government works best when all electeds take a city-wide perspective. I've seen situations where commissioners think only of their district, which can create a very polarized and contentious council. At this point, I don't think we need districts. Again, at this point.

December 14, 2014 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

House approves concealed carry on campus

I so wish all these gunnies would grow up. It isn't like on TV children. Anyone fearful or angry enough to conceal carry ought to be considered risky.

Want some truth about Conceal Carry? Check out Of course the gunnies will discredit the site. Dealing with facts in a thoughtful fashion just isn't their style.

Happy, a lot of people are the backbone of this country. Even some who feel that the gun lobby is viciously out of control.

March 24, 2010 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Eco devo myth

As a card-carrying member of the eco-devo crowd I would appreciate it, Mr. Dunfield, if you would keep your paws off our myth!Why what do you expect us to talk about?The Chamber's promises of jobs -- in return for big buck support from taxpayers -- that remain as empty as the Serologicals building?How Lavern Squier demoralized then drove good people out of the Chamber, while the Board went missing in action?How Hack, Johnson, Squier and Corliss -- aided by the LJ World and the pro-growth city commission -- managed to fumble away the Deciphera deal?Cling desperately to facts if you must, Mr. Dunfield. Truth has always been the refuge of your type, sir! As for me, when I think of the terror in those angelic American Eagle eyes as they raced one step ahead of the snapping, frothing jaws of the antigrowth crowd, well it just makes me want to cry.

July 1, 2008 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents vote to ban weapons on campus

Marion:You are so fearful that you feel the need to carry a gun to school. And this makes you brave.Anyone who doesn't subscribe to your fraidy-cat logic is a coward.Nice to know there is a mature intelligence behind that firepower.

April 19, 2008 at 11:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regents vote to ban weapons on campus

Shhhhh.While the gun kids sit on the edge of their recliners, watching Gunsmoke and making "ack-ack" sounds as they point their index fingers, can we slip away for an adult conversation?Say there is a shooting in a school. The gun-toting defenders wander out into the hallway and run into the responding cops, who gets shot? Two defenders meet in the hallway, who gets shot? In police shootouts -- where the cops have the best possible training, weapons and control -- only 25% of the bullets hit their target. RE: 75% misses, who gets shot? But here's the important part -- and don't tell the gunnies, for it will certainly send them into a rage -- maybe someone actually did have a gun. What are the chances? And maybe, those gun-bearing defenders just hid and trembled like any normal human being would naturally do. Stunned, Horrified. Maybe the same would happen to all these posters with their silly, macho "what if" mentalities.OK. Let's slip back into the living room. Marshall Dillon just wheeled on his buckskin pony and shot the gun out of the bad guy's hand. Hipshot at 100 paces, Good guys are winning, gunnies are out of their recliners, slapping high fives for simple justice.

April 18, 2008 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City, county may buy Farmland plant

Hey Reality Check: if you think the private sector is dying to take on this site you might want to check this reality...the property has been on the market for going on four years. No bidders so far.

Why not? The only way they can make money is with residential and commercial development. The city has mapped the land for industrial growth. Good for them....we need it.

November 18, 2006 at 10:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )