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Junction City, KS

Nativity Scene in the 6th Street Park

Thanks Roo!!! I stopped posting here because of the inability to havr a serious conversation on here. I am not in favor of boycotting anything nor am I in favor of allowing one person stop those of us who choose to celebrate Christmas by displaying the Nativity to stop us from doing so. Political Correctness is used as a weapon to scare the local officials into some crazy compliance with the complainers views. If you want to put up dragon then do so. I would prefer that you do not interfere with my right to use the Nativity as a reminder of where and how Christ was born. After all it is a Federal Holiday called Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Roo.....  (Dec 20, 2012 | post #28)

Junction City, KS

Nativity Scene in the 6th Street Park

Can anyone tell me why the Nativity scene in the park is not lit at night? Have we given in to some PC person again?  (Dec 18, 2012 | post #1)

Junction City, KS

Armadebton - Junction City, KS

There never were any bills submitted in any form from the Democrats in the Senate or the House for the last 6 months to specifically begin a dialog on the debt. The senate, in the person of Harry reid, refused to even debate any bill from the house side no matter what it said. Only until they were forced into making a decision did they do anything at all other than make speeches and call people names. MSNBC villivied each and every bill put forth by the house but when challenged could not or would not show what bills the Democrats in either house had put forward for debate. There was never any real debate on the specifics just name calling.  (Aug 1, 2011 | post #1)

Junction City, KS

Airplane crash

I am gone this week but would very much like to comment on the airport. I was one of those close the damn thing down last year. The city manager gave me some information that blew my mind. (90% of the operating costs of the airport are paid for by the FAA. The only money we,the tax payers, spend is to pay for the hanger improvements we needed to park the life flight helicopter in a hanger that can be used to maintain the helicopter on site. A bond had to be issued to pay for the cost of the hanger improvements. This is just my question for those here....Where did all these pilots stay while they were here for the weekend? Those that had families where did they stay? Where did those folks eat and shop while they were here? Was there a parking fee to cover all the extra expenses? Again I am not a huge fan of the airport but it does not cost us tax payer money to the extent all the hate mail here seems to think. I have no idea about the accident but I will bet you a cold soda that the FAA would not let one of these things fly without insurance. Yes it was an accident thay happen>>> >>>> > My two cents worth.  (Jun 6, 2011 | post #54)

Junction City, KS

Law Enforcement "CONSOLIDATION"? yes/no.....pros/cons.....

I don't see where we have the money to try this right now. JC Resident is also correct that consolidation does concentrate the police efforts where they are most needed and normal rural and quiet areas are seldom looked at. The sheriffs department also performs fire watch in our rural areas as well as many other duties that are Geary County related only. I am not saying that it would not save money in the long run but is the cost savings going to be worth the cost in money and loss of some security outside the city limits. When was the last time you saw a Manhattan Police car in Ogden? In my recollection it has been some time.  (Jun 3, 2011 | post #5)

Junction City, KS

The Old JC Shuffle

The only question I have have had about the purchase and never got an answer to was the following: The building attached to it is owned by Mr T. Helmstead. I believe he was still a member of the city commission when the purchase was made???? Once it was determined that the building had a roof problem the CITY paid to have it fixed. Then the CITY had it inspected for mold. Then the city paid to have a survey done to determien the cost to remove the mold. All this was done at the taxpayer expense. Could it be that the initial intent was to get the city to buy it and fix it and maybe then sell it to an adjacent property owner??????? I am probably wrong but my trust level concerning property deals the last 5 years have stolen that trust. I am very happy all those executive property sale sessions are now in the public arena and we can see who is pushing what. How can the city run the peoples business at a loss? The only answer I can come up with is that some is or was trying to get something on the cheap.  (Mar 16, 2011 | post #5)

Junction City, KS

"New development coming to Mann's Ranch"

I am going to rant a little and probably get on the bad side of some folks. The military as short a time ago came to the city and county council meetings and made it clear that thye needed 2 Bedroom rental apartments to support the troop increase next year. What do the folks here do allow someone to come in here to build mudular homes/slab homes in tornado alley and sell them to enlisted soldiers for $150,000.00 each. Was this not tried the last time we went down this road. How many damn times do we have to repeat stupidity? Is this contractor paying for the installation of the electrical and sewage and hte streets or are we????????  (Feb 25, 2011 | post #2)

Junction City, KS

Are Unions to Blame for Wisconsin's Budget Crisis

I agree that the union demands and absolute controls need to be amended. The way I would fix it is to specifically identify the areas where the actions of the union inhibit the decision making process of the state, city or county governments. Example: Making Professors in state run colleges actually teach and work at least 40 hours a week like the rest of us. If a school is failing and new programs want to be tried, God Forbid Help the kids learn, there should not have to be a re-negotiation with the union and they have the right currently to stop new programs. Government employees should be held accountable regardless of time on the job or any other reason. The bad workers in the civilian world get fired for not doing their jobs. The government union makes the disciplining of any member impossible let alone fireing them for poor performance. Fix those things and still let the folks bargain about wages and it will go a long way in fixing some of the issues. You cannot sustain debt before you go broke....Layoffs mean less people to perform the tasks that someone has decided need to be done. In business in order stop the bleeding they let people go. People are the most expensive number in any budget. You asked how I would fix this and it begins with negotiations in good faith and not disapearing to a hotel in Ilinois.  (Feb 25, 2011 | post #42)

Junction City, KS

Are Unions to Blame for Wisconsin's Budget Crisis

I have to agree with you but as we have found out the teachers salaries have never been the problem it is all the paid overhead and administration yet you never hear about them being laid off before the teachers.  (Feb 24, 2011 | post #32)

Junction City, KS

Are Unions to Blame for Wisconsin's Budget Crisis

I am not saying that workers do not need to be looked out for as companies can and have been greedy. The Wisconsin Law says that if I am a government worker and I choose not to be in the union I can choose not to be and they will provide me with another retirement method. I would like more details that part of the process. Why is the government collecting dues for this union? Why don't they have their own finance section to send bills out for dues? Why because folks may not pay their dues and then they would have to go after them for past do dues or put them out of the union. But because they are government w2orkers union you and I have to pay finance clerks who are union members but work for the government to take the dues out of everyones check for the union. What part of the financial clerks salaries are the unions paying? I am not saying that it is all government unions. But I ask you to look at Detroit and the auto industry. Every car they sell now 45% of the cost goes to pay union benefits and 35% go to salaries. They other 20% goes for overhead, taxes, and all the other expenses it takes to run a company. It would seem to me that you and I pay 40,000 dollars for a 25,000 dollar car because of the UAW excesses. I am an old guy and I will tell you my social security check when I do begin to draw it will not be enough to live on by itself. Now compare that to the government civil service union members and tell me the difference. Tax payers are paying both of these why can they not be more equitable. We are broke and I have no control over anyone who works for the city, school or county and their payroll and benefits. My property tax goes up when the school needs more money, when the city can pay for the $200,000,000 debt we have to service. It is time the federal civil servbice union decided it was a member of the tax paying public. I know I am going to catch hell for all this but go out to Ft. Riley and try to get something done by some folks out there. They act like they are doing you a favor providing a service to you rather than recognizing the fact that without folks utilizing the places on Ft Riley they would not have a job.  (Feb 24, 2011 | post #31)

Junction City, KS

Are Unions to Blame for Wisconsin's Budget Crisis

I am probably going to catch hell from you but I need to make a comment. The federal workers union has a separate retirement than any of the rest of us. They do not participate in the Social Security System. When they retire they get much more than the average worker in retirement because of the influence their union has haqd with the law makers at every level. Remember the tax payer still pays the retirement for these government workers through proprty taxes. Further the laws for them are not fair because the folks on Social Security fixed incomes have to pay state and federal taxes on their social security benefits and the governemnt retirees being paid with our tax dollars do not pay any taxes on their retirement income. If I read the law as it was written in Wisconsin the active pay of the workers was still going to be able to Collective Bargain about salaries...The state wants to be able to contyrol out of wack pension costs. Lastly you said these pensions would keep them off of government assistance. Their pensions are paid for by the taxpayers is that not government assistance.  (Feb 24, 2011 | post #28)

Junction City, KS

Death Penalty - Junction City, KS

It is fairly simple to me. This young man made a decision to kill some people and make himself a star. He succeeded and he should be rewarded by being a one man show with a needle in his arm as soon as possible. I do not want to support him in prison for the next 50 years of his miserable life. If I had my way we would bring back public hangings. There are countries that do public executions and they seem to reduce crimes dramatically.  (Feb 1, 2011 | post #41)

Junction City, KS

Regency Mobile Home Park, Junction City

I am not going to get into a contest with you about ideologies. Lets just say we see things different. My whole point is I want pressure put on the out of state landlord and the very wealthy management team for the roads inside the 4 Seasons Trailer court. I am fully aware that you get very little done by folks unless you bring what they are doing to light. I can raise hell in the commission meetings, I have, and they rightfully tell me they are not responsible for the roads on private property. All I am saying is we have conditions that should be brought out into the open and w2ho best to do that but our local news and newspaper. HOWEVER,,,,,,, when the owners of the news organizations are friends of the wealthy management folks and even some of the absentee landlords do you believe they will out these folks to make them do what is right???????? Think of me as very very simple. You put pressing on those doing wrong it may get fixed.  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #13)

Junction City, KS

Regency Mobile Home Park, Junction City

I don't know about this particular trailer park but I do know about the 4 Seasons Trailer Park on Grant Avenue. It is owned by an out of state landlord and managed by the Junghans. The roads are almost impassable and when an elderly lady broke a tie rod on her car I got involved to help her. I call the city to find out who the POC out there was. I was told Yunghans and was given a number. I also called the city manager and asked him to have someone look at the entrance which was also a mess. Younghans told me "That they have attempting to convince the absentee landlord to authorize the necessary street repairs on the roads in the trailer park". They also told me after a second call that thys finally had authorization to fix the roads. The posted a letter throughout the park telling all the residents that the roads will be fixed soon. How soon no one knows because the poor have no representation in this town. Here is my question.....Where is the Daily Union in all this???? Where is the Blight or Safety Inspectors? Do they have any authority on private property? I almost forgot we cannot inspect restaurants let alone unsafe living conditions in trailer parks. The Inspectors were cut because of no money. Thank you again Mr. Barnes and Company!!!!!!!!!!! ! Where is the Daily Union our Liberal Press???? I forgot they are taking pictures of kids on tricycles and Christmas lights. Where is the Liberal reporters looking out for the least of us? The same place they always are under Montgomery press....Their heads are in the sand and they see no evil hear no evil and damn sure speak no evil of the landlords and land managers who are part of the Montgomery old boys club. Where is the Daily Union??????????  (Dec 17, 2010 | post #9)

Junction City, KS

EDC failure-again

That's what the clowns in Washington say every day. A million here a million there it not much money. When did we get so jaded that a million dollars or in this case 4 million dollars was a "Drop In A Bucket"? Hell I could live a long time just on the interest paid off with 4 million dollars. There is a very old and trite saying and it is "Every Journey begins with the first step". In my opinion and we all know what that means <smile> the 4 million back to the city would be a nice first step. I just want someone to face us and tell us what our 4 million bought or is buying and when will we see a return on it??????????  (Dec 16, 2010 | post #39)