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U.S. Rep. Pompeo critical of KU Chancellor Gray-Little's video on sequestration

Take a careful look at Pompeo’s background. Born in California, attended West Point, and obtained, at federal taxpayers’ expense, what amounts to in today’s dollars a $350,000 to $400,000 education. Spent the absolute minimum of five years active duty in the Army and then left the military to attend law school at Harvard and go on to benefit from federal government contracts as owner/investor in “Thayer Airspace,” again at federal taxpayers’ expense. His criticism of Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is a shining example of hypocrisy at its finest.

February 24, 2013 at 3:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Developer, proposed Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel involved in company that owes $3.4M in back taxes, fees

Fritzel, Sutherland, and associates clearly did little due diligence on the "Olivia" project and/or they are not particularly astute. Anyone with a modicum of experience with the military (do any of these gentlemen have even the slightest bit of military service?) would have known that the highly transient population in the military will rarely be interested in buying homes in the area of a post or base. This is especially true for enlisted soldiers during a time of war. The enlisted soldiers who tend to live in the Junction City area would comprise the greatest market, but they will either rent, or if housing is available on the base/post, they will choose to live there. The result for Fritzel, Sutherland and fellow "investors" was predictable and not deserving of sympathy. Carpet-bagging and attempted exploitation of the military for their personal gain come to mind.

Among many questions for Lawrence, as several commentators have mentioned, is whether Fritzel has even a modicum of knowledge or even interest in building facilities that will qualify under NCAA standards? It would be a shame if the new track does not meet those requirements--how many of these has Fritzel built, who is he engaging to design the track, and how many tracks has that person or firm designed?

February 3, 2013 at 9:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dynamic leadership can help KU boost national rankings

What Mr. Simons will not acknowledge in his many columns extolling the KU Hospital is the fact that its success is derived directly from the doctors who practice medicine there, not from the buildings and facilities, and certainly not from the administrators of the KU Hospital, few if any of whom are doctors. And who are the doctors that make the KU Hospital successful? They are faculty members of the KU School of Medicine--not employees of the KU Hospital. In fact, about 90 percent ot the doctors at the KU Hospital are employed by KU, not by the KU Hospital. People go to the KU Hospital for advanced health care because of these doctors, not because the administrators at the hospital are able to turn a profit. So while Mr. Simons can talk all he wishes about the "visionary leadership at the hospital," the truth of the matter is that the KU Hospital's success is based on the faculty of the School of Medicine, who are first rate researchers, educators, and clinicians. Certainly Bob Page and before him Irene Cumming were excellent bean counters who achieved efficiency when given freedom from state procurement requirements and state civil service laws. But, the real success in the practice of medicine, treatment of patients, and high rankings for that hospital is derived directly and unquestionably from the medical school faculty at the School of Medicine, many of whom were recruited by the Dean and EVC, Barbara Atkinson. So, Mr. Simons, for a change, let's give credit where it is really due--to the University of Kansas, its leadership, and its faculty in the School of Medicine.

October 2, 2011 at 9:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU medical school should match hospital’s excellence

As usual, Mr. Simons either does not have or care to report the facts. The so-called $86 million "contribution" to the school of medicine by the KU hospital is almost entirely compensation to the KU faculty physicians who practice medicine there (hospital CEO Bob Page, who with his staff is undoubtedly the source of this information, consistently omits this inconvenient but critical fact). This is the KU faculty doctors' payment for the superb medical care they provide to the hospital's patients. It is not support to the KU School of Medicine. Unrestricted support from the KU Hospital to the School itself is minimal, about $ 5 million or so. While the hospital's "vision" statement has a nice ring to it, Mr. Simons should sometimes review the statutory mission the Kansas legislature actually gave the hospital when it allowed the hospital to split from KU—it in fact is to support the medical school, provide specialized medical services, and to provide care to the indigent. In practice, the first and most important of these missions, which is essentially monetary support to the medical school itself, is given short shrift by the KU hospital and its board of directors. It takes money for a medical school to move up in the rankings, and frankly this should be part of the KU Hospital's vision, since it exists to support the School of Medicine.

June 5, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )