sbradt (Steve Bradt)


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Lawrence motorists get ready: A year's worth of roadwork set for Kasold Drive

"The first phase of the project, which starts Monday, includes installing new storm sewers and relocating water lines. It is expected to last three weeks and end by Christmas weekend."

Wonder how they get a three week project completed in 2 weeks.

December 11, 2010 at 4:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Flagpole atop Fraser Hall damaged in storm; university contemplates next step

The Engineering dept should be able to design them a replacement flag pole that flies at the same height, don't you think.

August 23, 2010 at 6:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City: Algae in lakes to blame for musty-tasting water

I've been drinking Lawrence City water for 46 years and I haven't grown a third arm out of my forehead yet! We are very fortunate that, compared to many areas of the world, we have excellent, clean water that will not make you ill from drinking it. The Lawrence water treatment plants actually provide pretty consistently high quality water for us to drink. Yes there are occasional taste and odor issues due to the source water that they have, but I have very little concern about the overall potability.

August 19, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Major Midwest trash company making push into Lawrence with weekly curbside recycling pickups

parrothead8 (anonymous) says...
$4.95/month with no contract and no sorting? Sign me up. If they start raising prices to the point it becomes too expensive, I'll cancel the service.

Just don't expect the small recyclers who serve us now (and take glass) to be around by the time that happens. We'll be back to schlepping it off to mallwart.

February 20, 2010 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax acceptance

“…Government is not inherently wasteful of money and in many instances is a better manager than the private sector.”

Please, provide just one example with proof.

OK, You may view this as anecdotal but I had a coworker whose father (now retired - comfortably) used to work for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The guy was basically paid to sit in his office and read 3 newspapers a day because there was so little expected of him at his job. There is not a question, in my mind, that there is waste in government, but it is not any worse than the waste in a lot of corporate environments. If everyone had to work as hard as most of us do in the small business world, there would be a lot less waste everywhere. But that isn't the case. I'm all for watching out for and fighting against the waste, but that doesn't change the fact that there are basic services that need to be provided for the community. There were some good examples of the waste in the school system at last night's school board meeting and I'm glad that those issues were raised. It's a part of the process, and a valuable one. Just don't screw the most vulnerable in our community because some of the least vulnerable piss you off.

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -- Wendell Phillips, (1811-1884), abolitionist, orator and columnist for The Liberator, in a speech before the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852

February 9, 2010 at 10:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence parents plan Save our Schools rally for this weekend

Looking at it as a "business decision", what happens to the property values of the resurgent areas of E. Lawrence that are left with no schools? And what happens to the downtown business district when E. Lawrence gets ghettoized?

February 2, 2010 at 11:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

District ponders moving ninth-graders to high school

When I graduated from LHS in 1982, there were about 1700 students. Yes the hallways were crowded at class change but it wasn't that big a deal. Now they are at 1200. The high schools can handle an extra 200 students.

January 24, 2010 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Business leaders express concerns over Parkinson's sales tax proposals

I just don't get it. Does the "NO taxes" crowd want to do everything for themselves. Do they want to plow the snow off of the streets, educate their children, purify their water and waste, maintain the highways, staff the prisons, pay for hospitals etc. all on their own and only for the part that affects them? We all have our pet peeves or areas of disinterest - "I don't have kids, why should I pay for schools?", "I don't have a car, Why should I pay for roads?", but sooner or later, everyone's ox is going to get gored by the lack of funding for public services. Yes, it's great to have money to spend because my taxes are low, but I can't afford the make sure the potholes on my street are fixed or that the hospital stays open for when I happen to need it. Those are things that take a community to pay for. Trim waste, make our community operate more efficiently by being involved in it. Don't just proclaim that it's all bad and all wasteful and strangle the whole thing by refusing to fund any of it. The end result will be uglier than anyone but the most committed anarchist might be willing to stomach. Taxes are an investment in our communities. Just like any other small time investor - public or private - I don't always have as much of a say as I might like in the outcome. But at least I'm invested.

January 13, 2010 at 8 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Regulators shut down Columbian Bank in Kansas

It would have been interesting to have a little more information as to precisely why the bank failed and and what criteria the FDIC uses to "fail" the bank following their examination

August 23, 2008 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )