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I would hope that with "40 years as a community professional," you would have come across the fact that sales taxes are one of the most regressive methods of taxation on the books. Increasing the sales tax by 0.50% places an undue burden on the segment of society that can afford it the least -- especially in a state like Kansas that chooses to tax food items in grocery stores.
No, Proposition 1 is not "the solution." Defeat it soundly, and send a message to the County Commission that they've failed on two counts:
1) Coupling mental health and jail expansion into the same ballot question; and2) Attempting to pay for it with a regressive tax that never goes away.
The County Commission has done a great disservice to the residents of Douglas County, and they need their pet proposition shot down.
Posted 18 April 2018, 3:41 p.m.
Actually, to be authentic Colorado green chili, it should use Pueblo green chiles. They're native to Colorado, while Hatch are all about New Mexico. Both good, but as a Colorado native, I wouldn't use anything but Pueblos...
Posted 23 January 2018, 8:54 p.m.
Sales taxes are the most regressive taxes in our economy -- especially in Kansas. We already have the inexcusable sales tax on food items. Now the Douglas County Commissioners, in their collective lack of wisdom, propose to raise taxes that have an adverse impact on the most vulnerable in our county -- low-income taxpayers.
Finally... Francis... fine job hurling statistics, but what was your actual point? And "let's think about the quality of life in Lawrence compared to these other 5 cities." Okay. Again, WTF is your point?
Posted 5 January 2018, 3:35 p.m.
Merry Christmas, Chad. Thanks for all you do to keep us updated on all-things-Lawrence.
May your holiday be filled with the traditional holiday staples that Lawrence is known for: chicken wings, chicken strips, chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, popcorn chicken... I could go on, but you know...
And be sure to finish it all off with some green tea ice cream! Cheers...
Posted 22 December 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Well, Bob, your President seems to be very popular in the states with the most uneducated residents. Given that you're stuck here in the middle with us, might I suggest you try Mississippi or Alabama? Move on, and you'll be amongst your own people. Go on... and bless...
Posted 16 October 2017, 8:20 p.m.
Not knowing how ancient you are, Francis (I could assume, but you know...), the world has changed since you were a teenager. Since then, we've had this thing called a "Civil Rights Movement" where we acknowledge that people of different races have equal rights. We've also had this gender thing... where people of different sexes have equal rights.
And... not to completely blow your mind... we have the whole LGBT thing... but I know you're still stuck in the racial, gender equality bubble. So, give yourself a few years to process that, come back, and we'll work with you on the rest... BLESS.
Posted 10 October 2017, 9:22 p.m.
Oh dear... Bob found his way to thesaurus.com. I guess anyone can play at literacy these days, even trolls. He failed, but still, he tried. Someone, please give the troll a treat...
Posted 10 October 2017, 9:15 p.m.
(Actually, he's an OSU fan, so with his three teeth, he probably opts for soft oatmeal.)
Posted 10 October 2017, 9:09 p.m.
How so, Steve? Other than throwing "snowflakes" like you're the Christmas Fairy (hmm), you seem to lack substance in your comments.
Posted 10 October 2017, 8:59 p.m.
LOL. Don't change a thing, Chad.
Posted 6 October 2017, 4:09 p.m.
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