dklamet (David Klamet)


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City Commission rejects shopping development in south Lawrence

Absolutely. I'm sure we both know many people who make the drive every day to KC. Lawrence only has 3 sectors, only two of which pay good salaries:

Real Estate Development

The Lawrence area is a nice place to live. High paying jobs might bring in more retail. Not the other way around. The city should be looking for incentives to bring in companies looking to hire skilled workers.

And.... if you think brick and mortar retail is a growth area, you should consider the percentage of gifts you bought on Amazon this year. What do you think that percentage will be next year? I'm not saying that is necessarily good, but the writing is on the wall.

January 6, 2016 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Incentives to attract retailers and other matters up for debate in Horizon 2020; Lawrence job growth outpaces state's; update on south Iowa development

It is probably difficult or impossible to obtain a breakdown but I'd really be interested in knowing how much of the increase in Lawrence and Manhattan was at the universities and how much was the private sector.

November 9, 2015 at 12:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SLT interchange at Bob Billings Parkway will be delayed and cost $2.1 million more because of sinking roadway

A scenario that is just as likely is that the foam was used in an effort to save money. It didn't work and it ended up costing more in the long run.

It happens ALL THE TIME!

October 6, 2015 at 7:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential

I've worked in government organizations, and know, directly and indirectly many people who work in state and federal government. The stories of waste and inefficiency I've heard are mind boggling. Human nature being what it is, we just accept these things rather than confront them. Government waste is a cliche, but it is one that is true.

Just in our generation there was an internet bubble, then a housing/financial bubble. Educators and politicians are in denial about the coming education bubble. The increases in tuition are not sustainable and their will come a time when prospective freshmen look for alternatives. It is also human nature that things like this cascade rapidly.

"Prediction is difficult, especially about the future". However, the bridge ahead is clearly out and if the train doesn't take another path the result is clear.

Great article, this is what journalism is supposed to be about. Is this a sign that the LJW is going to start fulfilling the role a newspaper should? I can dream it is.

March 1, 2015 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Prep work for reaccreditation yields ‘honest’ 10-year look at KU

It is interesting that making a college education affordable isn't mentioned. Of course this is only a summary of a 256 page document, but I would expect it to be one of the more pressing issues.

Perhaps, if it is ignored, it will just go away.

However, it seems to me the cost of college is increasing an an unsustainable rate. The improving economy might buy some time but it is hard to believe there is a simple solution to such a huge problem.

February 8, 2015 at 5:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Group forming to oppose sales tax vote for police headquarters; Amtrak wins key grant funding for Southwest Chief route

8.9% for nine years.

In 1994, the sales tax in Lawrence was 5.9%. 8.9% would be a 50% increase in the last 20 years.

Sales taxes are bad, but they're easy to get approved, the people they hurt the most are less likely to vote.

And if this "On the Street" is an example, Lawrencians like taxes.

September 12, 2014 at 8:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Seating switch

Excellent editorial.

What are college sports for? Evidently not for the students. It is more a business and less a game. There is a trend here and the pace of change is not slowing.

Fewer seats this year. Next year, or in a few more years, the athletic department can raise still more money by taking from some--perhaps the students again--and giving to others.

June 10, 2014 at 8:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Broadband leap

I agree that the library was submitted to a vote is an important difference. I question the rationale for a new library and wonder if it wasn't to signal that Lawrence is a progressive city that values education and knowledge. Whether is was an efficient use of city funds in terms of the number of people it serves is another question.

I would support Rock Chalk Park if it served a significant portion of the population and advanced the health and well-being of a significant number of people.

May 29, 2014 at 1:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Broadband leap

Fast internet is not a solution to all problems, but it so clearly a big part of the future for good or ill. The current lackadaisical approach to finding a way to provide it to Lawrence residents is mystifying.

It is difficult to imagine a future where gigabit broadband will not change from becoming the "next cool thing" to a requirement for businesses interested in locating here and people who want to move here.

This town, which prides itself on being progressive, has chosen to expend it's resources on sports parks and libraries, both of which will be used by a minority of residents. I've argued before that the role of libraries (an inherently good idea) will change in ways that are difficult, if not impossible, to predict. It may be, unfortunately, that they will become obsolete, or it may be that they adapt and evolve in ways--at least I--can't predict.

I share the concerns over Wicked's ability to deliver. Providing such a service is not really challenging. Who does it is not important. Getting it done is.

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." (Look up the quote, you have the internet) Deploying fast internet may not be a major issue. Delay may not put Lawrence at a disadvantage. A quote by Peter Drucker says it best. "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

The only challenge here is leadership and vision. Something which is evidently in short supply in Lawrence.

May 29, 2014 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawhorn's Lawrence: Memories at the bottom of Clinton Lake

Martha and Betty Laird wrote, and I believe self-published, a book on the history of the area before the lake was built. "Soil of our Souls". I was fortunate to find a copy, they are somewhat expensive now on Amazon, but I see they have a few copies.

How many people know there used to be a train that ran from near Clinton/Bloomington into Lawrence?

Look for Lawrence Southwestern in the middle of the map.

There's a lot of history in this area besides Quantrill's raid.

April 27, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )