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Trademark protection a constant concern for KU

I agree with LogicMan about the blue color. However, I would say that the original blue was a little more indigo than royal. The red color is the real travesty. The original color is crimson not the awful tomato red that is being used today. Think back to the traditional (circa 1960 through 1975) yell leaders' indigo sports jackets, white slacks, and crimson vests. Classy. And the pompom girls in their indigo jumpers with the flared mini skirts with crimson lining. Don't even get me started on the band uniforms. Bring back the REAL Crimson and Blue!

June 18, 2013 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Olympic expression rings true

Lori, your work is beautiful. Are you familiar with Art of the Olympians in Ft. Myers FL? You, your art, and the organization look like a perfect match. www.artoftheolympians.org

July 23, 2012 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Knology sold to Denver area company for more than $750 million

Thanks, Bozo, that makes sense.

April 19, 2012 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Knology sold to Denver area company for more than $750 million

Here is a quote from October 2010 when Knology bought Sunflower:

“Knology of Kansas Inc., part of a Georgia-based communications company, formally acquired Lawrence-based Sunflower on Friday in a deal valued at $165 million.”

And here is the quote for WOW’s purchase:

“WOW announced Wednesday it had agreed to pay $750.5 million for Knology. With Knology’s debt included, the total deal was valued at about $1.5 billion. Knology’s board unanimously approved the buyout.”

How on earth does a cable system have a value of $165 million in Oct 2010 and $750 million in Apr 2012?

April 19, 2012 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

N.Y. congressman admits to sending lewd picture

I have nothing insightful to add but I am so outraged by this kind of behavior that I must chime in. What is it with these idiots?!? Don't they ever learn? YOURWORSTNIGHTMARE is correct...political office seems to attract these types. It is unbelievable that these guys see it happening all around them (idiots getting caught in sleazy situations) and continue doing it themselves and, predictably, lying about it when they get caught. The pattern never changes...act outrageously, lie about it when caught, give a tearful apology, and expect all to be forgiven. The only thing that has changed is that they no longer have Larry King or Oprah to give them a platform for their sob story. Why is there any debate or "Nancy Pelosi investigation" to determine if the guy has no ethics? He has already proven he has no ethics or integrity...just incredible ego and gall.

June 7, 2011 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Painful chapter

Wittig spent time in prison for an entirely different case. He was convicted along with his golfing buddy Clinton Odell Weidner, former president of Capital City Bank, for a fradulent loan scheme to buy property in Arizona. Both Wittig and Weidner went to jail for their scheme. So, Wittig spent time on and off the job in pursuit of illegal activities. I completely agree that the Westar Board of Directors are worthless and derelict in their duties. R.A. Edwards and Charles Chandler (President of the Board) are still on the board despite their pitiful oversight during the Wittig and Lake era.

May 17, 2011 at 7:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Painful chapter

Why is it OK for the cost to be borne by the shareholders and not the customers? In most cases, they are one in the same. Many shareholders are like my elderly mother-in-law. She bought utility stocks to provide a relatively stable dividend income. She took the hit of the share price plummeting from $44 to $9 per share...and now she is taking the hit of compensating these incompetent "executives". Shame on them and shame on the board of directors who sat back and let them run the company into the ground. Saying that customers will not pay for this debacle in no way lessens the crimes perpetrated by these scoundrels.

Speaking of shameful, how about KU's support of David Wittig? He remained on various boards and committees for months following the disclosure of his wrong doing. He was publically supported by a KU business professor: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2003/may...
KU accepted, and has kept, the ill gotten gains of Wittig's contributions. The KU professor noted that Wittig's contributions were from his personal pocket, not Westar's. Where do you think he gained his personal wealth? He bought for himself the public admiration and "behind the bench" basketball tickets with his "selfless" contributions.

The professor also notes that plenty of other corporate heads have spent money on "lavish offices". She must subscribe to the notion that "everybody else is doing it so it's OK for Wittig, too".

This chapter is not only painful for Westar customers and shareholders but shameful for Wittig and those who supported him. Just because he escaped the legal consequences of his actions in no way reduces his culpability in the court of ethics, morality, and competency. There is a special place in the afterlife for him.

May 17, 2011 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )