bear1956 (Randy Leonard)


Comment history

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 )

Douglas County OKs specialty meat shop; Kobach fails to block Lawrence entrepreneur

If I lived in the area I would be much more concerned about what Kobach plans to do with his property.

August 13, 2015 at 6:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans in Congress vow to push for repeal of health law

I better idea is let's repeal all of the Kansas Congressional Delegation.

June 25, 2015 at 8:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

House opts not to take vote on tax bill; back to the drawing board Tuesday

If possible I am very interested in seeing the results of the survey when it is complete.

June 8, 2015 at 8:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'March to zero' likely to produce future budget shortfalls, GOP lawmakers concede

Davey and Chuck won't write us that $400,000,000 check because they have to use it with another $500,000,000 (I like to use all the zeros, it has more impact than saying $500 million) to buy the Presidency and to make sure Congress stays under their control. If we think it's bad now just wait until they buy the Presidency for Scottie.

June 3, 2015 at 8:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No easy fix for KPERS unfunded liability, lawmakers are told

The party that talks the talk about values needs to walk the walk. The state has an obligation to the members of KPERS. KPERS was part of the employment agreement just like their salary. It must be funded and made secure.

May 7, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget woes threaten highway program, group warns

Who is going to complete the projects? The last time I visited with my friends at KDOT the staff has been reduced to the point it is barely enough to keep the doors open and the moral for those left is next non-existent. If the legislature completes their plan for more changes to retirement you might as well close the door since anyone eligible will retire. Anyone that thinks the service KDOT provides to Kansas can be provided successfully by the private sector is a fool.

April 24, 2015 at 6 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget woes threaten highway program, group warns

How about the bridge safety programs like the bridge vertical clearance program that has been canceled?

April 24, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )