dklamet (David Klamet)

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

A facility that provides more low-wage jobs is not what this area needs. Who would this facility benefit?

Tourism doesn't bring high-wage jobs to an area.
http://journalistsresource.org/studie...

Or google it yourself and make your own decision.

If we want more minimum/low wage jobs, this is definitely the way to go. Someone will profit from a project like this--the people who support it.

If a project cannot succeed on its own merits, why must government step in?

December 14, 2016 at 1:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas agrees to outsource IT to Illinois company

Outsourcing projects like this never goes well. I speak from experience.

At best, it won't go so badly that the problems can't be hidden. People trying to use the systems will have even more problems than they already do...new obstacles to working efficiently--but that can be ignored by management.

The worst case is that it will be a disaster. I'm thinking the US Health Care website fiasco....or worse. Those working on the current system have important knowledge that won't be transferred easily, if at all, to the new company.

I'm not involved in this in any way. I've just seen similar decisions and their outcomes multiple times.

Seldom does outsourcing deliver the results promised. Seldom are these new people more competent than what you had. They're just cheaper.

As for sending these jobs and money out of state, I guess that means that Kansas doesn't have enough competent technical people. If the government can't find a reason to use Kansas people, or a Kansas company, that speaks very loudly.

Ensono will make money regardless.

December 9, 2016 at 4:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission approves reduced public incentives for East Lawrence project

So the city wants citizens to pay to repair their sidewalks, but people who would likely go ahead anyway get their project subsidized? If such a project isn't viable without support, why do it?

Some get a helping hand, and some get the back of the same hand.

November 2, 2016 at 12:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City moves forward with plan to make residents pay for sidewalk repair

Cleary the homeowners most likely to have sidewalks needing repair are those least likely to be able to afford it, those in older homes in less affluent parts of the city-- unless the homeowners are landlords.

The trend is away from home ownership. This helps nudge things a little more. http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/28/home-o...

One can argue that this an existing ordinance, but it is one that only applies to so some homes. Everyone benefits from sidewalks, but only some have to provide and maintain them?

Am I the only one who thinks local government's first responsibility is to provide basic services and infrastructure? Clearly, the focus is now on providing attention-getting facilities. The dull, every-day responsibilities get no respect.

October 23, 2016 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Plane defense

A 2001 Beechcraft 350 is worth a little over $3 million.
http://www.controller.com/listings/ai...

Spending $900K to upgrade it might (or might not) be a good investment. Planes have a long life.

Surprisingly, it is a twin engine turboprop and not a jet. Wouldn't have imagined a governor would have settled for that.

KU staff would not be caught riding in a turboprop. KU endownment paid $8.1 million for a Cessna Citation in 2014. That doesn't seem to be enough,though. KU also owns timeshares in at least one other jet.

What should we make of this? As they say, a few million here, a few million there and pretty soon you're talking about some real money. Money that isn't being used to reduce the exorbitant tuition our kids are expected to pay, or attact businesses to Lawrence that pay higher salaries.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/mar...

September 20, 2016 at 9:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Work to do

I appreciate the intention of your idea. Such museum might give the impression of a community that valued science and technology as much as the arts. From what I read this paper and what I see around town, that is simply not the case.

Technology could certainly benefit from the collaboration with those having different, perhaps more aesthetic, sensibilities. Lawrence seems to be an ideal place for that melding of disciplines.

I was involved in efforts to do just that. Alas, the challenge exceeded my poor promotional and organizational skills.

There might be a few reasons for hope. The Confabularryum, a fair for young people featuring science and technology, has been very well attended.

September 7, 2016 at 6:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Work to do

As someone whose interest leans more towards science and technology, it is clear that Lawrence is a town with interests that lean strongly the other way. Tech jobs generally pay high wages, but that isn't something Lawrence has much interest in.

High wages are earned with skills that are in demand. That doesn't mean that the status quo is fair. Even worse, having the skills to earn a higher wage elsewhere is no guarantee of doing so in Lawrence.

A university town should be a magnet for tech companies. We should ask why that isn't the case.

Is it that we don't want them? When a company in town designs a product that the city needs (and sell at a lower price), they've chosen to buy from a competitor. As a former employee of that company, I felt then and still feel that it sets a bad example and sends the wrong message to others considering locating in this area.

There are many reasons that the wages in the area are low, but there are things that can be changed with modest effort to attract businesses that pay better wages. I'm a techie. I like Lawrence and have lived here most of my adult life even though Lawrence doesn't seem that interested in me and my ilk.

Einstein was quoted as saying, "Insanity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect the results to be different."

September 6, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )

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