sditt54 (Steve Dittmann)


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Cromwell defends giving city employees raises while private sector employees often go without

Top 1% families earn $350,000+ in annual household incomes, with an average of about $1.1million. Approximately 300-350 such families in Douglas Co.

Top 0.1% families earn $5,000,000+ in annual household incomes. 3 or 4 such families in Douglas Co. About 11,800 such families in the total US.

July 12, 2011 at 2:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district preparing to deal with $3 million loss

HEADLINE: "Lawrence school district preparing to deal with $3 million loss."
ALTERNATIVE: "Lawrence school district preparing to deal with 2.5% budget reduction."

Both are true statements, but which one sounds more sensational and dire?

$3 million might sound like a big number. But it's slightly less than 2.5% of the total budget. I think given the current economy, a 2.5% expenditure reduction is very reasonable. Most families and small businesses are cutting back their expenses by at least that much.

LJW... let's go for less sensationalism and more objective reasoning in your reporting. Our world is changing, and we must adapt.

March 30, 2011 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislator suggests using hunters in helicopters to control illegal immigration, likens immigrants to feral hogs

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March 14, 2011 at 8:57 p.m. ( )

Survey project on east half of proposed South Lawrence Trafficway extension to begin Tuesday

14 weeks to survey what... about 8 miles of roadway across flat land. The whole Trans-Continental Railway was probably surveyed in that amount of time.

Obviously I don't know anything about surveying, just surprised by the timeline.

December 27, 2010 at 9:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New equipment allows Lawrence road crews to fix potholes in winter

Nice! Hope it works as advertised. Looks like a great solution to a perennial problem.

November 17, 2010 at 10:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cliff's Notes: Turner Gill press conference, 10/19/10

"...maybe even a little bit embarrassing for KU fans."


What an understatement!

October 19, 2010 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wheel Genius: Road work set for this week

23rd St from Haskell East is in horrible shape. When is this road scheduled to be repaired?

May 17, 2010 at 2:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )