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KU preparing to buy share of new private plane

Not when it's KUEA's funds! They are private, and they buy the planes.

But, of course, sending KUMC docs and nurses around the state is paid by tax dollars, unless KUEA or some other non-profit is paying for it, which I've never heard to be the case. So the $2000/hr. to operate the jet is a direct tax expenditure.

What bugs me is that a jet is just overkill for in-state trips, especially with multiple stops. From Lawrence to say, Dodge City, a jet probably saves about 7 min. over the King Air turboprop. But costs 2X as much to operate. That's just not a good savings. They could have found another King Air to buy a share in, or bought one outright. Plus, the King Air is built in Wichita, the Phenom in Brazil (or Florida).

Once again, I have to ask the question: What do KU's peer universities do? Does Nebraska own two jets? Iowa State? I really, really doubt it. Jets just don't offer significant time savings over turboprops on trips under 500 mi.

I think the real issue is that passengers (those who don't pay for them) prefer jets. That's why KU is getting out of the turboprop business.

March 15, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More snow on the way tonight; Lawrence schools, KU, others closed Friday

According to http://511.ksdot.org/KanRoadPublic/De..., EVERY highway in the state is snowpacked/icy. Check out some of the web cams on the turnpike...YIKES. But at least there are few cars trying to negotiate it.

February 21, 2013 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More snow on the way tonight; Lawrence schools, KU, others closed Friday

Well, what about you? How much do you have? Post it here.

February 21, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hand-crafted coffee shop set to open at 19th and Massachusetts

Seems like the location should be downtown, not at 19th and Mass. I give it 6 mos. as a result.

February 14, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New business model on Mass.: Local stores hope to make 'positive change in the world' by selling fair trade

What's the fairest trade? US made goods! Yet they never seem to include that... Buy Local, or at least Made In USA!

January 14, 2013 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commissioners express concerns about state sales tax on groceries, concealed carry changes

Most states got rid of tax on foodstuffs years ago, but not here in JesusLand, where everyone hates the government right up until the moment they get their handout for their pet project.

December 5, 2012 at 4:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commissioners express concerns about state sales tax on groceries, concealed carry changes

Because that would be way, way too progressive for the most conservative state in the country.

December 5, 2012 at 4:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

With iPads, judges in touch any time, any place

What, a notebook PC just couldn't do the same thing? Right.

February 7, 2012 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State transportation officials abandon idea of tolls on South Lawrence Trafficway

Great post! Exactly...only people who use it should pay. Same as the turnpike. Yet these surveys show the complainers won't pay up? No surprise there.

I flagged the other response to your post...just offensive background noise with nothing redeeming to say.

January 6, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: City still flirting with historic low on home construction; $4.4 million building permit issued for Poehler project; this and that about a new westside recreation center

Building permits? Well, as long as it's cheaper to buy than rent, and it's a LOT cheaper on a cost-per-sq-foot basis, people will buy and not build. Duh.

December 15, 2011 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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