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Aging Lawrence High School would receive bulk of bond issue funds; a look at most pressing needs

One of the main things I would argue out of David's points above is his mention of "project managers". The school district did a poor job of project managing the last round and they should not try to handle project management in-house. I'm fine with bringing the schools up to date with appropriate class sizing and the necessary tech to provide a modern education, but they need to recognize that the administration is not qualified to act as project managers for these huge construction projects.

April 9, 2017 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Updates on a pair of high-profile demolitions in town; longtime restaurant on Iowa Street closes

"Sorry, but 2412 Iowa will always be the Shoney's building to me, as that was the first business at that location. "

Wasn't that the location for the Wagon Wheel restaurant in the 60s/70s?

January 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City asked to financially back outdoor rec center at Clinton State Park

And since the Corps (or is it the County?) closed all or most of the unimproved camping areas along the North shore of Clinton, there is a decided lack of camping areas already. Giving people an opportunity to connect with the natural environment is critically important to developing their ability to appreciate what a powerful force it is. If you want a cool, sanitized, man made outdoor water experience, go to Oceans of Fun. Don't try to civilize yet another chunk of nature to make it palatable to your expectations.

December 17, 2016 at 5:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to decide on Kasold Drive reconstruction design

I pass through the 19th and barker roundabout every day, often multiple times. On Bicycle, Car and on Foot. Is it perfect? Nope, no more than the drivers are. Are there abundant examples of how people fail to use it correctly? Yup, cause they are full of navigationally challenged humans. I can find plenty of examples of stupid driving at just about any 4 way stop, yield or traffic signal in town. Occasionally around 5:30 or so the traffic backs up on 19th all the way back to Learnard. It then progresses pretty quickly. Nothing like the long hangups at the old 4-way that was there when I moved into the neighborhood. You've all been around long enough to remember when "rush hour" could mean traffic backed up from the stop sign at Barker to the traffic signal at Mass. Seen that one lately? Everything has its ups and downs. I can't understand the level of vitriol that every change to the traffic controls engenders. I mean, really guys (David, Fred, Kendal et al) it ain't your fathers intersection and the traffic isn't a horse and buggy either. Can we accept some minor inconveniences and learning curves without implying the end of civilization as we know it is nigh? Sheesh!

September 4, 2016 at 7:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas homeowners pick up larger share of tax burden; commercial, industrial and ag taxes stay flat

Peter, what makes up the missing ±20%? Individual personal property taxes?

July 3, 2016 at 7:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State delays nearly $260 million in payments to schools as Kansas finances fall short again

Patricia, I may be indulging it a bit of rhetorical whining, but as far as your suggestions go, I can't agree with your tactics. For one thing, if you live in Lawrence, voting a straight D ticket isn't really going to change anything, except potentially eliminating Tom Sloan, one of the handful of reasonable, responsible moderate Rs left in the Statehouse. A balance of some moderates in both parties is likely the only way we are going to get meaningful discussions and responsible legislation in the Kansas Statehouse.

As for impeaching State officials, the Statutes state " Officers impeachable; grounds; punishment. The governor and all other officers under this constitution, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." and in any legally enforceable sense, that just ain't gonna happen.

Recall elections can be petitioned based on "...(a) Grounds for recall are conviction of a felony, misconduct in office or failure to perform duties prescribed by law.", which seems minutely more feasible from a legal standpoint, but also requires roughly 350,000 signatures within a narrow 90 day window (40% of the votes cast in the last election). Good luck with that.

July 2, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What do you think a fair fine for parking violations downtown would be?

Agree with the comment regarding posting the times. Many meters either are missing the little placard with the meter hours or the windows are so foggy that you can't read them

July 2, 2016 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State delays nearly $260 million in payments to schools as Kansas finances fall short again

Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan blamed the shortfall as part of a national trend.

“Unfortunately, Kansas is a part of a national trend with many states reporting reductions in revenue collections because of a weak economy,” he said.

There is a lot of interesting State by State comparison data on a whole variety of economic indicators in these Pew Charitable Trusts reports that would seem to expose the blatant deception in this statement. It's worth noting that the Pew Trusts are not exactly a liberal institution.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedi...

When do we get our State back? The idea that fiscal conservatism just means not spending money is foolish, incorrect, short sighted and irresponsible. "Conservatives" may be fond of saying that "grey" is a uniquely liberal perspective, but they seem to be unwilling to recognize the black and white decline that is in front of them. An appreciation for grey does not mean that you can't tell right from wrong and the direction we are going is simply wrong.

July 2, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

I just polled 2 LHS seniors and a sophomore in my kitchen and they are said no. The main points were:

They'll get stolen, because everything else that isn't physically chained down get's stolen all the time.

The WiFi isn't reliable in the school

There are people who don't have WiFi access at home

90% of the people who are working on a computer in class time are NOT working on the project at hand. Blended learning is a waste of time

March 21, 2016 at 6:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

OK, this pains me beyond belief but I may actually agree with Bob here.

March 21, 2016 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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