sylviejr (Sylvie Rueff)


Comment history

Incentives to attract retailers and other matters up for debate in Horizon 2020; Lawrence job growth outpaces state's; update on south Iowa development

At one point, I thought the area of the Southeast corner of Iowa & the SLT was determined to be in the flood plain. Does anyone care about those kinds of things anymore? It seems as if development in flood plain is asking for trouble. It hasn't worked out too well for the western part of the SLT that goes through flood plain.

November 10, 2015 at 4 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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

Sometimes, when women are paid so poorly, it's just more cost effective to just stay out of the conventional workforce. Women who 'stay at home' provide what would otherwise be costly services for their families and the community. When women are as a group, paid at a discount rate, it is women rather than men who are providing those services at zero compensation. If we were to figure in the rich contributions to the Lawrence community volunteer work makes, and, looked at the numbers by gender, I believe the remunerations for women's work would be closer to 50% less than what men get. Also, I think if one checks the figures, the figures reported as 'average' are too often the median. a calculation of what full-time working men and women were paid using the 2000 census information showed women receiving just 58% of what men were receiving. (In figuring pay, I threw out those earning more than $120k per year, as there were no actual figures or range - only one in five of whom were women.)

Interestingly, the US does not figure unpaid work disproportionally that done by women) in the GDP, unlike other countries. And, yes, from my experience, women's expertise and educations are under-valued and under-utilized in Kansas - which figures significantly in our economic position overall among the states.

October 13, 2015 at 5:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Parking questions loom for Here @ Kansas apartment project as high-tech parking company files for bankruptcy, stops work on project

She-e-e-esh! 624 bedrooms and 460 parking spaces! What fools would even propose such a thing? I guess the pool is going to have to go; and, there will be a parking tower with parking on the roof. So much for aesthetically-pleasing luxury apartments across from the stadium. Sorry, I'm thinking they need to stop for a potential redesign before the whole project goes bankrupt.
(Maybe The Oread can give them the spaces they need...?)

October 8, 2015 at 4:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach debates voter ID laws with KU law professor

When I investigated how much it could cost to obtain an ID which would qualify to register to vote under Kansas requirements, I found it could cost from $45 to $225. From a state ID card to a US passport, including acquiring a birth certificate from a state charging the lowest amount for a copy, or a copy of naturalization papers. The wait to get the required documents in-hand could be as long as 12 weeks. I believe, our Secretary of State's actions qualify as a poll tax, and as voter obstruction, which are Federal crimes.

All you already registered voters, vote regularly and don't move.

September 13, 2015 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

ACLU asks Lawrence schools to suspend mentoring program

Clara, The number of women and men scholarship athletes is the same. It just looks skewed because in place of football, women have so many other sports teams.

January 30, 2015 at 7:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If President Obama has a chance to dine out while he’s in Lawrence, where should he eat?

Breakfast at Wheatfield's, and, take a bunch of loaves back for family and friends.

January 21, 2015 at 7:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City struggles to interpret Wicked Broadband's finances as it considers $300k loan guarantee

The loan guarantee from the city will convince loan sources of the city's commitment to getting the job done. It will also assure the availability of lower interest loans for WIcked's project. Wicked also wants to use the city conduits to lay their fiber, thereby reducing the costs.

I think the independent (professional) auditor was convinced Wicked was in good enough shape to allow the consideration process to go on for at least another year, so maybe that's not the problem.

November 10, 2014 at 10:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

One year in, Lawrence foundation helping people who have had medical catastrophes regain their abilities

As a volunteer in the 'gym' at LMH, these Heros have given me new definition and appreciation for courage, discipline, and devotion to undaunted efforts - and, for the rewards dedication can bring. Thanks be to Sam. He is one of the Heros; and, using his understanding, he is working to make it possible for other people to achieve better recoveries.

(P.S. LMH Therapy Services is staffed by some of the very best people in their fields, who are darn nice about helping people get where they need to be.)

October 13, 2014 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

900-unit apartment complex wins key vote; the path forward for SLT shopping center; Hurst Fine Diamonds to close, move

Isn't there a flood plain in the area where the retail wants to happen? What is the responsibility of government to avert catastrophe?

July 22, 2014 at 5:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Retail realities

Please, don't let development happen in Flood Zones. It ends up costing all of us.

July 21, 2014 at 3:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )