roitman (Judy Roitman)

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Downtown Lawrence to get an old-fashioned soda fountain as part of major building renovation

This is way beyond cool. Thank you Mass Street Soda people!

November 2, 2017 at 4:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I've silenced Kris Kobach on the issue of voter fraud

Thank you, Chad, for doing your job so well. But would that you were actually silencing KK on so-called voter fraud. He won't talk about the McGoverns and he won't talk to you but that doesn't stop him from talking about his myth of voter fraud. Maybe he believes that if he says something long enough it will actually come true...

July 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: The benefits of using liquid ice melt

Linda, I usually love your column. I think you are great and your store is great. Plus you are a fabulous role model for kids. But liquid ice melt is not so great. My husband applied it before the recent snow as per your directions. Now I'm watching the neighborhood kid who is shoveling our walk while I recover from an injury. He is hacking away at solidified snow/ice --- it's as if the liquid ice melt were gluing the snow to the walk. We're going to go back to granular. Sorry.

December 29, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A list of past Thomas Fritzel controversies and the $10 million question that comes with the latest allegations

You are a treasure, Chad. Muckraking at its best (and there is plenty of muck to shovel here).

December 17, 2015 at 1:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New study suggests women getting raw deal on pay issues in Kansas

"You have to factor in that women and men aren’t drawn to the same professions in equal numbers." This is a little naive. 1. as someone pointed out already, why should nurses be paid less than bank executives? 2. a lot of women might be drawn to professions currently dominated by men if the climate was welcoming (and in some professions, the climate is downright hostile). So it's not like there's a natural order to things which necessitates women gravitating to fields which necessarily pay less than others. To make things even more confusing, when women do enter formerly male fields in large numbers, pay sometimes (mostly? always?) goes down. Doctors in the Soviet Union is the classic example of this.

October 12, 2015 at 7:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fallout from Farmer allegations may create questions at City Hall; process to find City Commission replacement gets going tonight

Chad, you are usually completely great and right on, but here you are slinging mud at least a little.

"Should the city look at the much broader issue of whether there was an abuse of power by Farmer? I don’t have any particular instances to report, but I think it is fair to raise the question at this point. "

"Was Farmer unduly involved in the recommendation of any contracts awarded by the city? I’m not saying that he was..."

This kind of thing emphasizes the possibility you're trying to back away from. This is the kind of thing your boss does all the time in his Saturday column. ("Did the search committee ask for recommendations? I'm not saying they didn't..." --- okay I made that up, but you know what I'm talking about.) This strategy is, you should excuse the expression, kind of sleazy.

Better would have been to present a checklist of questions that should always be asked when there is reason to question that actions of a city commissioner. Which is essentially what you are doing.

Of course the situation is sleazier than any column about it could possibly be. I was just in New Orleans telling my husband's family that the difference between their local news and ours was that theirs was all about crime and corruption and I come back and realize --- no, actually, there isn't that much difference.

September 17, 2015 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but 21st is already a cut-through street to avoid both 19th and 23rd. I will miss it.

July 17, 2015 at 3:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A look at a new vision for Lawrence and Douglas County and the questions it may create

Chad Lawhorn you are the best. Lawrence is lucky to have you.

July 13, 2015 at 1:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Large apartment project near KU to set up office in downtown; new report shows T ridership grew in 2014

All the new mega-projects in town look the same. This is not good.

April 14, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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