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I'd love to see you cover all the community work that is being done locally to make it easier for people to lead long, healthy lives. Groups like Just Food, Lawrence Public Schools, and the City of Lawrence have made, and continue to make major strides in creating healthier food and physical activity environments.
We need to depart from the mindset that health is only a matter of personal responsibility, to be tackled with exercise routines, diets, gizmos to track health, and tips on how to eat healthy while traveling. That's only one side of the coin. The other side of the coin is that health is also a community responsibility. Making the city more walkable and bike able and increasing access to healthy food are two important ways that citizens are working together to improve health for all of us.
Posted 29 April 2018, 8:42 a.m.
"Many nonprofit organizations try to have their operating revenues cover their operating expenses, which leaves donor money to be used for building expenses, special projects or other one-time expense".
False. I spent the last 13 years reviewing nonprofit financial statements. Most do not have operating revenues sufficient to cover operating costs. Hospitals and a few health care org's are the only org's I can think of that meet this standard.
Donations and grants are the bread and butter of nonprofit revenue. Some have no operating revenue at all.
Posted 29 April 2018, 8:24 a.m.
Many, many thanks for your service, Mike.
Posted 26 December 2017, 7:44 a.m.
You are an exception to the rule. Generally speaking, wearables do not change lives http://time.com/4517033/fitness-track....
Research that shows that food consumption--how much and what kinds--matters more in weight loss than exercise https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/up...
Exercise has many, many benefits and is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. But it is important not to oversell its weight loss benefits.
Posted 29 October 2017, 8:21 a.m.
I think it is a fine idea and will support it financially.
Posted 12 October 2017, 7:37 a.m.
This is a great idea that motivates me to donate more books.
Posted 11 August 2017, 7:34 a.m.
While I understand that the cumulative effect here may be a hardship for some, I'm not a fan of protest votes. The 0.3% for infrastructure will pay for important transportation improvements. And if you believe in access to motorized transportation, you have to consider voting yes for the 0.25% for transit.
Posted 9 August 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Thank you for your service to the community, Michael. Glad you are landing on your feet.
Posted 17 July 2017, 6:50 p.m.
If the idea is for the city to leverage other investments, the two local nonprofits that build affordable homes may need to build capacity to take on more projects per year. That requires, at a minimum, doubling or tripling private fundraising for the non-grant-covered portion of costs. Is there a plan for helping these organizations ramp up their fundraising?
Posted 14 July 2017, 8:11 a.m.
I see a lot of advantages to a holistic approach from the start. There are many agencies that work with people experiencing mental illness. Coordination is crucial.
And I'm in favor of anything that makes it easier for people to get treatment for addiction. Substance abuse is devastating to families. It triggers a cascade of other problems--domestic violence, unemployment, trauma in children to name a few--that cause suffering and strain the public purse. We can attack the problem or pay for the consequences.
Posted 9 July 2017, 10:08 a.m.
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