bear1956 (Randy Leonard)


Comment history

City Commission responds to Kansas Senate bill targeting Lawrence's affordable housing ideas

Our small government Republican legislature strikes again.

February 24, 2016 at 5:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

5.1-magnitude earthquake among several tremblors in Oklahoma, felt in Kansas

In addition to the waste water generated from local wells Oklahoma is also taking in waste water from Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas and injecting it into disposal wells. It appears that one factor in the reduction in Kansas earthquakes related to inject wells is some of that waste water is going to Oklahoma for injection.

February 14, 2016 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Amendment would establish hunting, fishing right in Kansas

I'm a hunter and sometimes a fisherman. but if the NRA is behind something it is probably not a good thing.

January 26, 2016 at 10:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KDOT moves some engineering jobs from Topeka to Lawrence

The biggest issue with retention is substandard pay and erosion of benefits. New engineering graduates going to work for cities and counties have starting salaries comparable to KDOT engineers with 20 years or more experience. The pay differential for those going to the private sector is much greater. In general KODT engineer salaries are 30-40% behind their contemporaries with other employers. The erosions of benefits is another issue. When compared to engineers with some of the neighboring state DOTs KDOT engineers total compensation is a joke. I would like to blame this all on Brownback but the truth is this has been over 20 years in the making. No funding for the step increases on the pay matrix and very few cost of living raises has been the situation since the early 90's.

January 6, 2016 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback issues executive order opposing Syrian refugees relocating to Kansas

Well said John. Thank you!

November 16, 2015 at 6:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback issues executive order opposing Syrian refugees relocating to Kansas

I always knew there was something I liked about you Kris. :)

November 16, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Behind Clinton-Kobach feud lies serious proposal: automatic voter registration

I had exactly the same thought, but you beat me to it. LJW should stick to reporting on the issues and not their hurt feelings.

October 16, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Records review raises concerns about quality of inspections for $92.5 million in school district projects

This type of situation is becoming common as all levels of government adopt a more "business friendly" posture. It is happening with transportation projects on the state level and street and other public works projects on the city and county level. For many agencies inspectors are not even called inspectors anymore they are construction observers and have very limited enforcement authority. When I began my career many years ago if an inspector determined a contractor was not following, the plans, specifications, or codes they had the authority to shutdown the project until the issues were resolved. Now generally all they can do is document and report violations and they are often never resolved. As government continues to be attacked and eroded you can expect it to only get worse.

September 20, 2015 at 10:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Construction supervisor at New York Elementary says he quit in frustration over corners being cut

I've been in engineering and construction for 30 years. This is the direction the whole industry is headed. With budget and staff cuts there are not enough inspectors to ensure plan and specification requirements are being adhered to. Some contractors cut every corner possible to increase their profit. When I began my career 30 years ago public works projects were given thorough oversight by public agencies usually with publicly employed inspectors and contract administrators. All aspects of the work were under scrutiny daily by the inspectors. Over the years that oversight has slowly eroded and been handed over to the contractor. It's like the old saying about the fox guarding the henhouse. I don't mean to imply all contractors are unscrupulous and do bad work, but when you are talking about publicly funded projects it should not be acceptable at all.

September 6, 2015 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kobach reviewing options after meat shop ruling; plans to build home in Douglas County this fall

Kobach should review his options for resigning and leaving the country.

August 14, 2015 at 7:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )