dklamet (David Klamet)


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Lawrence Public Library leaders say pay lags that of other libraries

As someone who opposed the funding and construction of the new library during difficult economic times, I'm trying to see both sides of the issue.

My opposition has been tempered after seeing the new library. Also, I am fortunate to be close enough, now, to make use of it. That is not true for all, and was not true for me before.

I know many organizations ask for increased funding each year. I'm sure many who are deserving leave with less than they need. The city chose to spend a great deal on a new facility. Has the staff size remained the same? Are the non-personnel costs the same as they were before?

Brad, if you're going to present some facts, please give us a complete picture of library funding and operations.

August 28, 2016 at 10:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Time to consider a different future for the Lawrence Public Library

A little background about this ordinance and how it came to be?

Is there a similar ordinance concerning funding for police and fire departments? Those are essential city services. If anything has a mandated minimum funding, I would expect it to be them.

August 16, 2016 at 3:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World staff changes announced with upcoming ownership change

Ann Gardner? Are you f'ing kidding me? Mike and Richard?

You never know where the axe will fall and there was no doubt that it would .

This will be a different, poorer place.

July 19, 2016 at 11:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans for downtown grocery store growing; Price Chopper still in the mix on project

This is an apartment building with a grocery store included to get the approval.

80 apartments on two floors? It's hard to vivsualize how that will work.

Parking for 80 apartments in addition to store customers? ( for a 40,000 sq ft. store taking up more/all of the existing lot)?? That had better be a big hole, or a deep hole, or both.

Maybet their opening bid is 80 and they'll settle for 40?

July 13, 2016 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas and Lawrence suffer job losses in latest report; Manhattan leading the way in job growth

What were the government jobs? At Ft. Riley? The NBAF?

June 22, 2016 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Simons family selling Journal-World to Ogden Newspapers, Inc.

It is amazing how well secrets like this are kept. It was almost a year ago that Chad was named managing editor.

It would surprise me if that wasn't when the decision to sell was made.

Chad has done a pretty good job. Hoping any changes will be for the better for the local staff.

June 17, 2016 at 7:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU proposes even larger tuition increase in response to late state budget cuts

How has state funding changed over time? In dollars and as a percentage of the overall university budget?

June 13, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU proposes even larger tuition increase in response to late state budget cuts

There is always a lot of tolerance when something changes slowly. Using $5200 for tuition and an average academic load of 15 hours, a student pays $21 for every hour they spend in the classroom.

Many years ago, in my first semester the cost was $.95. The semester tuition was about what my father, an electrician, made in a week. ($230).

As the cost of a university education continues to rise faster than inflation, and middle class incomes stagnate, how long will it be before people recognize that light coming at us in the tunnel?

Forty years is a long time. But the cost of tuition since then has doubled, and doubled, and doubled, and doubled, and will surely soon double again.

To be able to pay a semester's tuition in a week, I'd need to make $270K, now. If the chart above is correct. It now takes 6 weeks salary, on average, to pay KU's tuition for a semester.

We have come to expect, and to accept, this situation. We all expected the future to bring better times. We all have smart phones, and soon--perhaps--cars that drive us around.

Has this future really been so bright?

June 13, 2016 at 2:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU proposes 4 percent tuition increase for 2016-17 school year

What concerns me the most is that no one seems to recognize that this trend is not sustainable. The discussion centers around finding ways to help people afford the ever increasing tuition. No one asks why costs are going up? The money isn't going to raises for TAs and adjuncts who are teaching an increasing portion of classes, nor to hire more instructors to decrease class size.

With tuition increases outpacing inflation and no reason to expect that to change....something will change, and when it does, it will change suddenly and drastically.

The bubble is inflating. Eventually, it will pop.

May 19, 2016 at 4:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Science conspiracy?

It is a sign of our times that is often difficult to tell the difference between sarcasm and honestly expressed beliefs. In fact, none of the views expressed above would surprise me greatly. Without the hyperbole, I would have taken the statements at face value.

May 19, 2016 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )