dklamet (David Klamet)

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Review finds Lawrence police voided city tickets without proper approvals

No, you are not. Mistakes are not equivalent to conscious decisions to reverse a citation.

If the city had been transparent, and not felt the need to redact names, you might have had a point. When it gets to that level, it's time to take notice. When there is a history of this being a problem it is time to make sure it is addressed.

Giving officers the benefit the doubt, which is something I think we should do, is one thing. Hiding information is something very different.

April 17, 2016 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review finds Lawrence police voided city tickets without proper approvals

I completely support our police department. These guys have a tough and sometimes dangerous job. They get flack for the things they do and also for those they don't.

However, that doesn't mean they are above oversight. This is exactly the kind of article the LJW should be doing. It is all too common to read about corrupt and illegal activities in our government. This was neither of those, but it does appear to show some questionable decisions.

This is not a "tempest in a teapot". A culture that tolerates favoritism and favors to select individuals is headed in the wrong direction. That the city felt the need to redact names can only mean they were intended to save someone embarrassment. Spin it any way you like, any other conclusion is naive.

This incident raises my eyebrows, but it does not tarnish the image of the PD, at least in my eyes. I hope they will keep it that way.

I hope the JW keeps doing articles about the everyday things that impact our lives. There are good things to report, too, and I hope we will see articles that reflect both the successes and problems.

April 17, 2016 at 3:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board approves purchase of 5,000 iPads; Adair to return after monthlong absence

I have worked on extremely large and complex technical projects. Common sense--sometimes--was used on those and common sense could have been used here.

It was not.

People with little or no technical or project knowledge are making decisions to spend a great deal of money with only a vague idea of how they will be used.

It doesn't take a lot of technical knowledge to understand that this is crazy.

March 22, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

“The device most suitable for the middle school 1:1 environment is the iPad because of its ability to transform teaching, create an equitable environment regardless of internet access outside of school, functionality, durability and financial implications,” the proposal states.

This is not a rationale, it is a bunch of assertions with no supporting information.

March 21, 2016 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to vote on whether to purchase 5,000 iPads

This appears to be another random idea to incorporate technology into schools. It is also a showcase as to why tech projects usually fail.

There are three phases to any project:
1. You decide what it is you want to do. (Defining the need)
2. You figure out how you will do it. (Planning)
3. You do it. (Implementation)

Lets buy iPads! Is not a plan.

1. Where is the plan for how tablets would be used in the classroom? This should be a part of a bigger plan for the use of technology in our schools.

2. Why iPads? Android tablets have the biggest market share. Were they not even considered? Will this project go out for bid to get the best value for taxpayer money?

3. This is just another complexity for teachers to deal with--eye candy for the administration to tout before the public.

Random, ill-conceived, and short-sighted decisions like this do a disservice to our kids. As in many other areas, it is time for a change.

March 21, 2016 at 12:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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
KU
Art/Entertainment

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 )

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