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Baldwin woman remembers fallen brother with pride, pain

So sorry for your heartbreaking loss. My grandmother, who lived to be 89, was overcome with emotion every time she tried to speak of her beloved brother who was lost during WWII.

Those losses never become any less painful--people just learn ways to outwardly manage them, while still hurting on the inside. I hope it is a comfort to the family that Baldwin has honored Gary's memory all this time and appreciated his service.

May 25, 2012 at 1:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


Great points. I seriously doubt that this braying jackass represents the Friends. I've known a lot of Friends board members over the years but never anyone with this sort of arrogant attitude. And you're right--he's probably harming their cause rather than helping it.

He needs to take up another hobby, like knitting or coin collecting. Public persuasion is obviously not the strong suit of someone so hostile and combative.

May 25, 2012 at 12:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


Who died and elected you Keeper of the Flame of Ethics?

For the record, I strongly support the library. I have volunteered to help at many of their fundraisers. I have had garage sales and paid to get put on their list.

But you are way over the line to malign people as "cheaters and scammers" if they happen to plan a sale on the same day and don't hook up with the library to do so.

What you're proposing is akin to calling someone a "cheater and scammer" for running his own 26.2 mile route the same day as a local marathon is being held, without paying to enter that marathon.

The runner is fully within his rights to run whenever he wishes. If he doesn't pay the marathon organizers, he doesn't get a number, a free T-shirt, bottled water, orange slices, or any of the other perks those in the organized run get. But he is not "cheating" or "scamming" the pink ribbon folks or whatever the marathon is raising money for.

In the same way, the independent garage saler is legally and ethically within his rights to hold a sale on his own property whenever he wishes. If it's on the same day as the library sale, and he doesn't care to pay to be put on their list or get a sign from them, that's his business.

Some residents do not take the local (if you can call it that any more) paper and are out of the loop. Far from trying to "scam" anyone, they may be completely unaware that they have picked the same weekend for their sale as the organized one.

Also, did it ever occur to you that some of those "nonpaying" people may already be donating at much higher than $5 levels to the library throughout the year? Perhaps they have already become a "Friend of the Library" at one of the several available levels. Perhaps they feel that, with their $500 donation in January, they don't need to shell out another $5 in June.

How presumptuous of you to castigate people without any knowledge of what is actually going on with them.

May 25, 2012 at 12:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


Geez, yeah--let's have an ordinance to restrict something that ordinarily works as a win-win for both the household and the scavenger--let's see if we can ruin that for everyone because Mr Attorney can't figure out how to gift something to a friend without having it taken by a stranger....

We've had several items over the years that we didn't need anymore but still had some life in them. Sitting them at the curb was our way to saying, "Take this with our blessings." Maybe it was something we didn't want to save for garage sale season... or an electronic device that needed work but would be a boon to someone who happened to have the knowhow to fix it... Maybe it's something a little shabby or beat up, but someone could repair it, shine it up, and either use it or sell it in a flea market.

Whatever the case, it's an unspoken rule that if you sit it at the curb, you're saying you have no further use of it. It's a signal that if it's not gone by trash day, you don't have any qualms about the sanitation department loading it up.

Most people are pretty decent. I strongly suspect that a stranger would have left the used appliances there if Mr. Attorney had had the common sense to put a note on them with his friend's name on it--and/or if he had left the appliances not on the curb but a little closer to the house, up the driveway a bit. I doubt someone was out "stealing" that day--they were simply trying to get some use out of what was (to most eyes used to widespread custom) of no further value to the homeowner.

Instead of accusing people of being thieves (dastardly Franklin County thieves, no less) and expecting useful customs to be halted to accommodate his lack of comprehension, Mr. Attorney should develop some awareness and place notes on items that are designated to be retrieved by a friend. And, for good measure, maybe he shouldn't place them on the curb.

As for "regular" trash, I guess his must be very special. I have yet to see swarms of Franklin Co. pickups going through ANYbody's bags of kitchen or household trash around town. Maybe I should feel insulted that the trash in my neighborhood is too lowly for the roving Ottawa scavengers to consider worth their while.

But if Mr. Attorney is concerned that someone might see his shredded office mail or worn out sex toys, all he has to do when throwing out sensitive trash is squirt some mustard, pancake syrup, or other sticky and visible substance on the bags after taking them to the curb. I don't think anyone would want to open and go through them if it meant getting crud all over their hands. (As for the trash collectors, they wear heavy gloves and have probably seen & touched everything, so they should be unfazed.)

Honestly, you can solve your own problems by using a little imagination, rather than demanding that the rest of us part with a custom that works just fine for most.

December 16, 2011 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Vinland Fair returns Aug. 11 with new offerings

Q: How hard is it to spell a long-time local's name correctly in the local small-town paper?

A: Very hard, apparently, when the local editor has been sacked and the geniuses @ the parent company have no clue and don't give enough of a s*** to bother with accuracy.

FYI: Verhaeghe. V-e-r-h-a-e-g-h-e. Verhaeghe. Mel's wife is an awesome teacher. Probably any kid who ever went to Vinland could spell the Verhaeghes' name correctly without even checking. (And any reporter worth his/her salt would have checked, rather than taking a wild--and crappy--guess at it.)

You're welcome.

August 6, 2011 at 1:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


I misunderstood--I thought you worked for a Baldwin company. Maybe there isn't one--or maybe one of the auto repair shops, such as Gregg's, have their own truck...(?) You might call them and ask if they do their own towing or if there's a separate tow company.

July 28, 2011 at 12:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


I'm sure Towman is creative enough and has enough integrity to come up with his own idea--one that will attract customers rather than repel them.

Why would he want to use a juvenile idea posted by a douchebag who hasn't had an original idea his entire life? I'm sure your your "towing company name" idea came from a standup comedian you were watching while sitting around drunk in your parents' basement, where you live.

July 28, 2011 at 12:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


I would caution you to crunch some numbers before you start investing in a new business. My gut reaction is that there would not be a high enough volume of business to sustain a second tow company in a city of <4000, but who knows?

Take the time to talk to someone at the KU Small Business Development Center and see if they think it would be feasible. Or maybe they would advise you to consider nearby areas that have a greater need. Here's their website: They are associated with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and they serve this county and several surrounding ones. Their business counseling is free--you have nothing to lose.

I think the key to any new business is to do your research first; establish whether there is a sustained market for your services; develop a business plan; learn where to find investors, if necessary; and spend your marketing dollars wisely. Good luck! I hope you realize your ambitions--it is good to hear of people with an entrepreneurial spirit!

July 25, 2011 at 12:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lumberyard Arts Center show presents contrasting styles

Very nice show! Really enjoyed seeing the familiar and delightful faces of our local ladies and also the lovely, colorful paintings. Beautiful work, T.J. and Mary!

June 1, 2011 at 2:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

BHS principal, boys basketball head coach hired

Quite so. It's my "blinders" that cause you to have a bitter, negative comment to make about anything and everything. If that makes you feel better, believe.

April 26, 2011 at 9:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )