dteska (David Teska)

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New owners to close longtime cable news channel this summer; one of city's largest employers gets new boss

Sunflower had great customer service (IMHO) but it went downhill when it got sold. We bailed on them and went to UVerse and then DIRECTV which has it's on host of problems that come with dealing with an large and impersonal corporation.

May 17, 2017 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School district won't say what it plans to pay Hayden in new COO position; new questions about timing of superintendent's resignation

I don't recall the COO position being part of the bond initiative we recently voted for yet now we learn the COO will manage it: "...the manager of the recently approved $87 million in bond improvements."

May 16, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hayden to resign as Lawrence superintendent, will stay with district in new role, pending board approval

Indeed quick. Also: "...It's not clear what his salary as COO would be." Really? What exactly does that mean- not clear? So the school district has a ballpark figure of what they are going to pay him but haven't settled on it? Or they don't know yet? If he starts July 1 they need to get cracking on a salary. Also, as a new position, that seems surprising. Sloppy reporting not to press USD on this matter.

May 12, 2017 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trump slams national monuments as 'massive federal land grab,' orders review

We visited the Grand Canyon in March 2016. One exhibit showed a plan from the 1960s of a huge hotel a developer wanted to build that would have gone down the side of the canyon with the rooms overlooking the massive canyon itself. It was never built. If by land grab POTUS means the Feds secure our most previous and unique spots of land, thus preserving it for all to enjoy and not something just used for more development then I totally agree...

April 26, 2017 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Person missing after boating accident identified as 18-year-old Gardner man; search continues at lake

This is very tragic and sadly perhaps could have been prevented. It appears neither was wearing a lifejacket. I spent some time in my early career conducting search and rescue operations (SAR) with the Coast Guard. More often than not those who drowned weren't wearing a lifejacket (or Personal Flotation Device, PFD). If they went into the water and weren't injured or otherwise incapacitated, wearing a lifejacket was often the saving element. My condolences and prayers to the family/ies of these two people. Hopefully others who spend time on area lakes or the river will remember this incident when they go out on the water.

February 21, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

War historian says lessons from Pearl Harbor resonate in today's world

Legally, it isn't the President who declares war, it's the Congress. Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution says "Congress shall have power to ... declare War". In his "day of infamy" speech before a joint session of Congress on Dec. 8, Pres. Roosevelt asked the Congress to declare war which it did. He subsequently signed the declaration of war. Incidentally, that was the last time Congress has exercised that power; it didn't declare war in Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, or Afghanistan. The president has gone to Congress for authorizations on the use of force. It's a big murkier when it comes to Korea and Pres. Truman's decision to commit US forces there to repel the North Korean invasion.

December 7, 2016 at 7:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local NAACP leaders express 'extreme disappointment' with district's handling of South incident

We all need to be careful of what we think and say. "Circle the wagons" is of course a derogatory image to draw upon.

December 6, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Journal-World staff changes announced with upcoming ownership change

I, too, am surprised at the staff not hired. Enjoyed working (briefly) with Ann on letters I submitted. Losing Mike Yoder and Richard Gwin a loss, hope they find worthwhile employment where their skills are appreciated. Perhaps now the LJW will refer to it as the University of Kansas as it did in this story and not the outdated Kansas University.

July 19, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school district proposes iPads for all middle school students

iPads are great for content consumption (see Netflix) and I've liked having mine for use on travel to watch a movie in the hotel at night during a business trip. They aren't great for content production. I also have a work iPad and while it does have a key board in the case so typing emails is easier, I can't see ever producing a long document such as a 3-4 page book review or other essay product at school. Again, content consumption will work great on an iPad such as blended learning videos and other content (although not a complete fan of blended learning it is here to stay). Like a previous commentator I'd question the long-term maintenance issues involved in supporting 2,000+ iPads in the hands of 10-13 year olds.

February 24, 2016 at 1:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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