Mark_Jakubauskas (Mark Jakubauskas)


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Kansas principal resigns after student reporters investigate her credentials

Judge for yourself:

Certainly calls into question the competence of the superintendent and the vetting process they use to screen their candidates in hiring, that they glossed over or missed something so blatant that even high school kids could discover her un-qualifications.

April 5, 2017 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to review proposal to enforce sidewalk ordinance, offer some financial assistance

That's entirely reasonable. In the proposal, city staff suggested starting with the northwest part of town, which seems strange to me since that part of town likely has the newest sidewalks in least need of repair/replacement !

March 22, 2017 at 1:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence City Commission to review proposal to enforce sidewalk ordinance, offer some financial assistance

Fundamental problem being, the City has kicked this can down the road for decades now, insisting that the homeowners be responsible for forking over thousands to repair/replace the sidewalks on their property. And that policy has failed, magnificently.

Look, let's be smarter about a solution. The proposed measure is a half-fix; it's not a real solution, but an attempt at a solution. I give the City Manager and staff some credit for at least thinking about the issue and a solution beyond just ham-handed strongarming of property owners via threats. Neglect ain't working for us either. I want nice sidewalks.

Let's accept some truths. Sidewalks last a long time. Longer than roads, I'd bet. So they don't have to be replaced as often. Folks really don't have the funds to replace their sidewalks for the most part - and even if they do, sinking those thousands into concrete isn't a high priority. High cost, low return on the investment. Basic economics.

How about this: Divide the city up into 10-20 districts. Within each district, treat it as a special tax assessment district (we've done this before, right, for developers ?), and for each district, assess a small tax or fee onto the utility bill for sidewalk replacement. Prioritize districts and areas within districts that have large/long stretches of bad sidewalk - it's going to be cheaper for the city to contract to replace a full block-length of sidewalk at once than piecemeal it out here and there and create a patchwork of good/poor sidewalks.

The problem isn't one of concrete, or homeowners who don't maintain their sidewalks, or of the city being too broke to repair/replace them. None of those are true. The problem is that poor city management in the past has exacerbated the problem via neglect; the past/ongoing solution isn't working, isn't equitable, and isn't feasible, and flat-out doesn't make sense; and what we're lacking here is is not funds or enforcement - we're lacking creative solutions.

March 21, 2017 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

JCPenney announces closure of Lawrence store, several others in Kansas

Pennys - as a company - was already old and stodgy decades ago. Time to pull the plug.

March 17, 2017 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Whitewater group explains how $70 million Clinton Lake project would be funded; it involves help from the public and a new shopping center

No more corporate subsidies. No more stupid projects that suck down sales tax funds.

February 14, 2017 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Crowd turns out at Kansas Statehouse to support bill that would repeal campus carry

Relevant article from the National Conference of State Legislatures:

"Guns on Campus: Overview"

January 26, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City looking for new location for library skating rink

Why throw good money after bad ? Accept the fact that the plastic rinks sucks, everybody knows it, nobody wants to skate (I mean, clomp around) on it, and cut the losses. New location, more money expended ISN'T GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER.

January 26, 2017 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City asked to financially back outdoor rec center at Clinton State Park

Lots of public money for developers, private apartments, and waterparks for the well-off.
No money for sidewalks.....

December 14, 2016 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )