jmacmurr (James MacMurray)


Comment history

Lawrence City Commission to continue discussion of downtown conference center

STEP ONE --- the City hires a P3 advisor with a fiduciary responsibility to the City and independent of the Developer but at the Developer's expense. If you rely on "data" fed to you by the Developer's hired guns we know how this is going to turn out.

STEP TWO --- do not skip STEP ONE

Sick and tired of the City dropping their pants and not figuring out why they end up getting taken advantage of.

December 13, 2017 at 10:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chinese national in Kansas guilty in engineered rice theft

''Security investigations are carried out prior to employment; and seldom reviewed over the employee's tenure.'

This is factually wrong. Reinvestigation is every 5 years

On August 2, 1995, President Clinton signed E.O. 12968, Access to Classified Information. This Executive Order established a uniform Federal personnel security program and tasked the Security Policy Board to coordinate and recommend policy directives for U.S. security policies, procedures and practices.
In March 1997, President Clinton approved the Investigative Standards recommended by the Security Policy Board. This Federal Investigations Notice provides a summary of the access level requirements and the scope changes for our investigative products.
Access Level Requirements:
Access Level Required Investigation
Top Secret
Q Access Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
Reinvestigation every 5 years - SSBI-PR

February 16, 2017 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fix-It Chick: Consider installing solar panels on your home

Exactly what these companies are counting on "I still save money" and "loan was interest free" and what Ray is trying to point out.

Is it really interest free if they mark up the price to offset the loss of loan interest?

Is saving $60 (per month) the best outcome?

July 30, 2016 at 3:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

S&P drops Kansas credit rating, citing ongoing budget issues

The Illinois House and Senate, the New Jersey House and Senate, and the Kentucky House all have Democratic majorities. I wish LJW had an ignore feature.

July 27, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Pocket parks,' hardcourts, ziplines: Lawrence residents offer ideas on Parks and Recreation priorities

While personally I would very much like a hockey rink in Lawrence, it would turn out to be a huge money pit. Pepsi Ice Midwest, a two sheet rink built at 135th on Quivira in Overland Park in 2001 did not make it financially and we have a much smaller population base.

April 15, 2016 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City manager refuses to make decision on $1 million police over-hire, sends it to City Commission

Perhaps especially so since the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutch is a unit of the University of Kansas Professional and Continuing Education?

March 29, 2016 at 9:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Janitors, bus drivers and a potentially expensive wage discussion that is brewing at Lawrence City Hall

"If extra cleaning is needed, the city has to pay extra." (Regarding contract custodian)

So for a city employed custodian, they would not be paid for overtime?

February 19, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Janitors, bus drivers and a potentially expensive wage discussion that is brewing at Lawrence City Hall

Thank you Sir! You beat me too it. There would be a great many unintended consequences in going down this path.

February 19, 2016 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Documents reveal 'appalling' overtime at Kansas state mental hospital

Ohhh the hubris of locating state facilities somewhere it is difficult to source the talent necessary to run them.

Larned, KS...120 miles to Wichita...Population of little over 4,000 with a 20% decline since 1980.

January 18, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board prepares for $47.5 million bond sale

Would love to see the school board do these bond offerings as a competitive sale rather than a negotiated deal with a bank. Given the strong Moody's rating (third highest Aa2, Aaa and Aa1 are higher) and that the school district has been in the debt market many times before, they would attract many bidders and probably lower their cost of borrowing.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has a multifactor decision matrix that would steer this transaction to be competitive.

For a additional 1-2 page reading on the topic see

January 10, 2016 at 6:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )