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Wicked's fast-broadband project moving slower than expected

That's a great idea! In fact, the most typical scenario is a municipality overbuilding their own fiber plant and offering standard rates to *any* commercial telecommunications provider wishing to use them. The trick is, *any* common carrier can buy capacity at a published rate. That's how the municipality serves the need for economic development without limiting competition. I have no problem putting up my tax dollars to overbuild the city with fiber, but I'd like the common carriers to all have an equal shot at using it -- we get the best of both worlds. Community investment in our future AND making the common carriers compete with each other.

August 20, 2013 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wicked's fast-broadband project moving slower than expected

Yes, kuhusker is correct regarding the analogy, but there's another part that is unanswered: Has Wicked made any commitments about the size of their road out of town? 8 lane super-highway in town is great, but if it turns into Iowa & 15th when it connects upstream, that 8-lane super is going to be pretty worthless.

August 20, 2013 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won't profit from the KU sports complex

City leaders, I call to your attention a concept you seem to not understand. I understand you do not believe you need to bring this to a public vote for several reasons, however, in a government of, by and for the people, it is WE THE PEOPLE who make that decision, not you. If you are so confident of the merit of the project, why not bring this to us?

ref·er·en·dum [ref-uh-ren-duh m]
noun, plural ref·er·en·dums, ref·er·en·da [-duh]

1. the principle or practice of referring measures proposed or passed by a legislative body to the vote of the electorate for approval or rejection.

2. a measure thus referred.

3. a vote on such a measure.
Origin: 1840–50; < Latin: thing to be referred (neuter gerund of referre to bring back; see refer)

Source: dictionary.com

January 19, 2013 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fritzel breaks silence on proposed Rock Chalk Park deal, says he won't profit from the KU sports complex

....And now in comes the property tax abatement that is "necessary". I could afford to buy a larger home, if I only didn't have to pay those pesky property taxes. And really, wouldn't that be a benefit to the community? Think of it. I'd have to hire someone to build it, thus creating jobs! I'm a job creator, but a property tax abatement on my new home would be "necessary" for me to do that good for the community.

If you can't afford to own it, you can't afford to build it. I'm tired of watching the County continually increase my home valuation well beyond what I can sell it for, while it seems like every moderately sized business gets a break.

Let's stop subsidizing businesses who can't make the numbers work by shifting property taxes to the individuals.

January 19, 2013 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Executive pay varies widely at Lawrence nonprofits

I am one of the CEOs on the "over $100,000" list. I have a few comments on my situation in particular.

First off, I'm not sure what Mr. Hittle is calling a "salary" here, because he's about 15% high on mine. If he had the actual salary number for me, I wouldn't have made his $100k+ list. I'd like to have an opportunity to provide accurate information, however I was not contacted.

Second. Our organization revenue comes from fee-for-service and membership (which pays for services also). We don't actually receive any grant funding (not since the mid-90s) and have received no donations. Again, understanding the 990 might be helpful. Mr. HIttle reported our entire revenue as from grants and donations... wow, don't I wish!

Finally, many of the comments made talk about what we executives "take". My organization, as a 501(c)(3) is governed by a board of directors, not me. I do not "take" the salary, our board sets it. Numerous times I've asked mine be lowered and and use the savings to increase other staff salaries... but... I'm already the lowest paid CEO of an organization like the one I work for in the US.

I'm not sure what the point of this article is. It's not fair to lump all nonprofits together. There isn't another like the one I work for in the state of KS. Usually there's maybe one per state. Comparing us against each other, locally, creates a comparison to nothing. Comparing our organizations against their peer organizations would to a better job of creating a "report card" of sorts, if that was the intention.

January 15, 2012 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bicyclist injured in South Iowa accident

Yep -- doing that to a walker is just like what the cars like to do with us on the road all too often -- pass you going a lot faster with insufficient clearance!!!

April 30, 2010 at 5:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bicyclist injured in South Iowa accident

I'm an avid cyclist. I strongly avoid using sidewalks, but sometimes have to for safety reasons. I'd rather risk a citation than be dead -- and as for walkers, I ride into the grass to avoid them, or stop my bike. This academic discussion is all well and good, but at the end of the day, if the LPD is going to start citing cyclists for riding on sidewalks, they'd better be prepared to start citing drivers for not yielding the right of way to cyclists on the road -- which is the root cause of the problem of cyclists on sidewalks. If cars didn't pinch us off the road, honk, yell profanity, proclaim knowledge of our sexual orientation (yes, all of that has happened to me) just for riding where the law says we're supposed to, you'd probably not find us on the sidewalks so much.

April 30, 2010 at 3:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans weigh in on health care reform

The question nobody is asking is how we got to the point we have? Insurance says that it has to be expensive because healthcare is expensive. Healthcare says it's expensive because it's costs are so high. First off, insurance is feeding itself -- health insurance is high because the cost of healthcare is high partially because the insurance required for healthcare providers is high. No, insurance isn't the only problem, but they certainly aren't without their share of the blame.

Drug companies that use the US to recover their development costs (selling the medication cheaper in other countries) are part of the problem. Doctors claim their costs are are high because they pay huge insurance premiums, might be paying off education, etc... I've not met too many of them living in the cheaper parts of town though. And finally, our entire society is to blame because we are a society who must always find someone to blame -- and pay -- for anything we are not happy about.

The core problem: Greed. We are greedy. The doctor makes a mistake, so we file suit for damages. Everyone in the provider chain wants to make money - drug companies (they prefer "treatments" to "cures" by the way), the equipment companies... no matter who we point the finger at, there are PEOPLE at the core. And they aren't just the people who work directly in the field, they are also the shareholders of the companies who expect to make money. The problem belongs to all of us. Until our entire society is willing to make sacrifices, even ones that might affect us, this problem will not go away.

August 5, 2009 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )