quantum (Charles Jones)


Comment history

City auditor wonders why City Hall didn't act more quickly on reported billing, accounting concerns

You could point a lot of fingers in this situation. Fumbling by financial staff. City Commissions that have arguably been too casual in administrative oversight. Weak accounting/tracking systems. But none of those fingers would point at the City Auditor. Odd and somewhat unsettling that his position is in jeopardy. Appears that we need more double-checking. Not less.

June 12, 2017 at 3:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

As City Commission candidates get ready to talk about adding jobs, here's a look at how Lawrence is actually doing

Who do we hold accountable for job creation and economic development? The Chamber? Each of the five members of the Council? The City Manager? Former State Auditor Barb Hinton once told me that “when everyone is responsible for efficiency, no one is responsible.” Highly efficient organizations have clarity and accountability. Many other cities – including most of those listed as outperforming Lawrence – have addressed this by moving to an elected mayor. Community aspirations are defined in the crucible of mayoral campaigns. And the mayor is ultimately held accountable for attaining those aspirations, especially when it comes to jobs and economic development. We have many good people in public service to Lawrence. No doubt about that. But the structure holds us at a serious competitive disadvantage. I believe in all that is exceptional about Lawrence. I want our children to have opportunities and reasons to stay here. But without change, I see little hope for improved performance.

June 5, 2017 at 2:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU sees first university-rooted company go public

Congratulations, Savara. But it saddens me when a KU-rooted company ends up in Austin. Sara Shepard: any idea why they didn't settle here? What do Lawrence/Douglas County need to do to hold on to jobs and opportunities born here?

May 22, 2017 at 10:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

All 4 Kansans in U.S. House supported Obamacare repeal

Scott, I agree with much of what you say. But there are so many flaws in our economy that defy the logic of Econ 101. Low demand is blamed for sluggish economic growth: but wage stagnation and wealth concentration worsen. Hard to consume when income shrinks. Our healthcare system is the picture of inefficiency and corruption as we have become an oligarchic nation/economy that consistently distorts the market (check our rules around pharmaceuticals). Automation has undermined the value of labor.. So I think you have a point. But among all the things to consider, beating up on the poor is low on my hierarchy.

May 7, 2017 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU cuts KPR, Audio-Reader budget by $400,000 in two-year span; staff reductions on horizon

Agree with Ms. Westphal. Audio reader helps many people who are elderly -- such as victims of macular degeneration -- and may not have very good computer skills. Many rural Kansans do not have access to adequate internet connections. All to further enrich Sam's best friends. What a soulless society Kansas has become.

April 1, 2017 at 12:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback vetoes Kansas Medicaid expansion bill; lawmakers postpone override vote

What a despicable human being. Brownback cuts funds for the frail and elderly. Then cites their continuing need as a reason to oppose Medicaid expansion. I don't know much about religion. But I do feel sorry for Jesus tonight. For the harm done by those who hold him up as a golden shield.

March 30, 2017 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New bill would pre-empt concealed-carry regulations devised by KU and other schools

"Don't like open carry or concealed carry then amend the Constitution." Constitution doesn't need amending to prohibit concealed carry. That's a political decision.

March 11, 2017 at 5:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New bill would pre-empt concealed-carry regulations devised by KU and other schools

You misconstrue the Constitution. In Heller, even gun-right advocate Antonin Scalia stressed that the Court was not casting doubt on long-standing bans on carrying a concealed gun or on gun possession by felons or the mentally retarded, on laws barring guns from schools or government buildings, and laws putting conditions on gun sales.

I'm not sure it's realistic for you to expect others respect the Constitution. When you carelessly twist it around to substantiate your uninformed position.

March 10, 2017 at 9:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

I'm a lifelong Democrat. But this article is just plain silly. A nutshell summary. Sheriff nice to his mother. No harm cited. No laws broken. One of Topeka's sleazier pols (Vic Miller) attempts to make cheap political points (check him out at http://cjonline.com/stories/091805/lo...). I've long admired Chad Lawhorn. But if the LJW wants to dedicate this much type to scandal. I'm sure we can come up with something better. Something that actually matters.

February 19, 2017 at 11:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate to move quickly on bill that would repeal Brownback tax cuts

People get angry when denied something they want. But far angrier when something they are given is taken away. Let's hope the Kansas Legislature learns a lesson from this. Do your job. Deliberate. Study important policy questions with intellectual honesty. Alfred Laffer has been discredited time and again. Supply side economics ignores the need for healthy demand. New businesses are more vulnerable to sales and property taxes (income only comes later). Ideologue Steve Anderson (BB's first Budget Director) never did, or could, come close to filling the shoes of Duane Goossen (who served both R and D governors).

Poor Kansas.

February 3, 2017 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )