jmacmurr (James MacMurray)


Comment history

Editorial: Bus snafu

If school was closed February 6th (which it was) it should have been closed March 3rd. The weather conditions were essentially the same. It seems to me that it would have been very easy, at least for the middle schools and high schools, to swap the scheduled day off today (3/7) for Monday (3/3).

March 7, 2014 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Frigid temperatures delay school buses, leaving some students in the cold

Which begs the question if schools were closed February 6 why were they not closed March 3. I suspect that something else is really guiding the decision making process rather than student safety.

March 3, 2014 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Debt per student

I take it the $55,555,000 figure came from

That does not square with what is in their audited financial reports
USD 497 FY 2012 Audited Financials Note 4 Page 9
General Obligations Bonds Balance
6/30/11 $73,475,000
6/30/12 $64,695,000

March 4, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Democratic leaders propose 'Buy American' law

Maybe they could also stipulate Buy American for the fuel that is consumed in governmental vehicles?

These proposals always sound like great "rah rah" American type things but their practical implementation leads to one thing: higher costs. So wealth is transferred from the great many of taxpayers to the selected few that want to provide a product at a non-competitive price but get the sale nonetheless because of favorable legislation.

October 25, 2012 at 3:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Student performance drops amid budget cuts

Total Expenditures per Pupil
'01-'02 $8,701
'10-'11 $11,089 (+$2,388 or +27.5%)

CPI over same period +23.0%

September 19, 2012 at 11:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trash carts coming October 15

"City officials note the 65-gallon cart won’t take up much more space than a 35-gallon cart."

Good for the city and LJ World to get the actual sizes into the article, but I think the above quote understates the size difference between the 65gal and 35gal containers.

65 gallon has a 5.2 sqft footprint whereas the 35 gallon has a 3.2 sqft footprint which is driven by the 65 gallon bin being about 6.5 inches wider and 5.2 inches deeper.

August 29, 2012 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City leaders get clearer picture of rec center


Don't know if it is a reporter error or that we have an interim director that doesn't know anything about what he is in charge of.

August 8, 2012 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Capitol Briefing: Removal of food sales tax debated

You need to add property taxes to round out your comparison. I'm guessing that is where you will find a meaningful difference.

March 19, 2012 at 2:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback sees threat to NBAF

And category 5 hurricanes never hit coastal New England?

February 8, 2012 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )