hawkbuilder (Mike George)

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Safety inspections at school construction sites questioned

You have hit at the root cause of the problem - the contractor is negligent. Regardless of what local codes require or don't require, the over-riding authority having jurisdiction on safety practices is OSHA, although their inspectors only rarely come to the jobsite, unless they have reports of problems, an injury or a periodic routine inspection. OSHA regulations state what must be done, and this is one reason for hiring constractors or construction managers that put safety first. No amount of disclaimers by the district, the county or the city will get the contractor out of trouble with OSHA, nor in this case (I suspect) with injury attorneys who are some of the most aggressive. By taking the cheapest contractor with no proven safety record, the district has rolled the dice and now they are experiencing what they unfortunately hoped would not happen. Ms. Hoyt-Reed, you are 100% correct.

August 23, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fencing goes up around New York Elementary following child's injury; questions persist about safety near construction sites

If you read OSHA regulations, the sites must be secured in certain ways with fencing and warning tape. This sounds like a clear case of the contractor not meeting the OSHA regulations or it's contract requirements. I would, however, agree with Mr. Hargis that responsibility by supervising adults could also have prevented this.

August 20, 2015 at 8:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

I retired after 44 years with a $12 Billion a year construction and engineering company and they and many others in that industry do not have corporate credit cards any more - several that I am aware of had corporate cards years ago, but because of abuse, slow reconciliation, etc., they discontinued the policy. As I have said twice, this is my opinion.

August 18, 2015 at 3 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

Let me correct myself - SOME multi-billion dollar corporations do not permit that, but apparently many do. Thanks for pointing that out. In my opinion, the City of Lawrence should not, unless the policy is clear and followed carefully.

August 18, 2015 at 2:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

In my opinion, commissioners should not be issued a City-backed credit card under any circumstances. Multi-billion dollar corporations do not permit that, and neither should our City. They can utilize their own accounts and ask for timely reimbursement from the City on expense reports. And stop at the nearest gas station to the airport to avoid the idiotic fuel costs.

August 18, 2015 at 12:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer submits resignation to city

Perhaps I don't understand - when it suits your cause, it's OK, but now????

August 12, 2015 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer submits resignation to city

And one can't say that you didn't try to point some of the concerns out on April 17th. Kudos to your attempt!!

August 12, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer submits resignation to city

I was going to say - "trolls"??? "lackeys"??? Frankly, if a person who doesn't know you reads this, your sweeping protection of Mr. Farmer might lead them to think of your relationship with other descriptors, like "allies", "under the table", "part of my network" (no pun intended), etc. I believe that I would be very careful in your defense - refer back to the comments to the April 17, 2015, "puff piece" that the JW did on Mr. Farmer. It would now appear that several of those commenters were dangerously close to the truth about Mr. Farmer's background. You have the right to privacy when you deserve it.

August 12, 2015 at 5:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence teachers, along with others in state, face tough decisions after KPERS rules changes

While I agree with you, I believe that this is just a portion of the crisis that the Governor and legislature have already created by pieces. I think most of us feel that the state is in an "operating educational system crisis" at this point.

July 30, 2015 at 9:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Going to the Farmers' Market? Keep your dog on a short leash

Bill, is that the opinion version of a short leash?

July 23, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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