superwizbang (Ken Schmidt)


Comment history

Sale of Lawrence cable TV, internet operations finalized; new owner says changes in store

Hi Michael, I do share your disdain for seeing the local cable company sold, yet again, to another small and regional outfit. You do make a good point regarding increased price change, right! All the same, very soon, most of your "television" will be delivered al-la-carte over the internet and the cable industry is fighting this tooth-and-nail while trying to hold together an antiquated business model. Innovation is moving away from that model and soon, you will want to have that internet connection just to receive your normal shows. I would say take your well-placed anger and not be upset with the gigabit offering, but place it in our city council who continues to drag their feet when allowing open competition in our area for the 30,000 subscribers who would prefer a choice in our provider. AT&T is not a choice since thier service is IPTV and already internet based service. They throttle your speed if they find you are streaming live television in conflict to their offerings.

January 14, 2017 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

U.S. Supreme Court won't review suit on Kansas science standards

Not likely, no matter the court makeup. There is a term, stare decisis, which speaks to the stalwart nature of precedence. I find it comforting that irregardless of which side has power (lib/conserv) and the personal opinions of pocket interests, the most important parts of our law and constitution cannot be changed by the shifting winds of a temporary movement.

I applaud your convictions Justin, and hope you find everything you are looking for. The cases you allude to above, however, are likely never to reach the floor of the court. If they do, that typically takes three or more years. Plenty of time for both sides of our current party dichotomy to voice their thoughts equally--of course that is irrelevant if the case fails to show injury as noted above, and likely dies in district court.

November 14, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free State's Piper commits to Santa Clara

Yay Madison! All the best in California and in this upcoming season. What a great chance and decision for you and your future...

October 5, 2016 at 12:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: 3 lanes better

I continue to be confused by the reasoning offered for restricting vehicle flow in this town. What used to be a 10 minute trip from my home in west Lawrence, now has become 20 minutes if all the lights are red. My wife is a physician and has seriously considered taking K10 and the Interstate to get to the hospital during emergency call times as we have clogged all the arteries here in hopes of making every road have access to a major thoroughfare. The story might change if it is our own family member who needed such immediate help. There are many such workers in this town in all fields.

Stop. Close some of these intersections and have them feed the roads which can handle the traffic. Stop clogging the roads which are meant to transport people to the edges of town to the other with lights and potential hazards.

Tom, this is not a personal attack, please do not misunderstand. I must ask, however, how taking a road which is four lanes and removing a lane will increase efficiency. I do understand and agree with your argument for bike and pedestrian safety, yet must argue that this town is becoming increasingly business averse--should you have to do any type of travel during the business day. This is not a "me" problem, but a "we" problem and solutions need to account for all parties and not those who have a small vested interest.

August 19, 2016 at 11:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Multimillion-dollar Bob Billings Parkway traffic-control project starts this week

*shakes head* After hearing arguments that BBP had turned into a "raceway" (which, at times, may not be unjustified), I continue to be amazed that this town cannot fathom the idea of closing access to roads which have far too many exits as exists today. Truly, in most other cities in this country, the idea of right on, right off access is integral in road planning. A great example is Kasold drive. The city has chosen to place stop signs at key areas on the road to appease a few drivers at an expense of far many more. The reasoning? The road was never meant to handle that many cars and thus needs to be limited. The same has been argued for BBP. Unfortunately, you cannot limit growth. There are very few true N/S and E/W passages in this town. In response, I have heard it plainly stated, "we don't care!" Well, I should mention that I live at Bob White Dr. and do not deny that a need for change in regards for safety is founded. I will say that as a business person, I often need to get from one side of the city to the other for my job each day. Yes, the SLT will help, but only if I need to reach the south side of town, not central. Again, I have heard the argument, "that is not my problem." There are others who are physicians on call on this side of town who need a relatively and *reliably* expedient manner for getting from one side of town to the other (the hospital when on call). This problem is disregarded. One cannot count on how long you will be held at a light. It may take 10 minutes if the lights are all green, or now 20 with all the impediments we continue to place on movement. The problem exists for many other folks who travel these routes each day. *WHY* do we continue to consider slowing and/or stopping traffic at every corner rather than redirecting some feeder roads to intersections which were meant to properly feed cars? I get it. The truly amazing Mr. Corman has a great point that some of those intersections are very risky to manage and closing them is not an option since there is no alternative to re-route. Again, I must ask however, *WHY* we cannot consider right on, right off access. Yes it is an inconvenience to some but a greater good to all. John Locke, a major influence in the construction of our laws and constitution in this country, argued that natural rights to life, liberty, and property meant giving up some rights for the greater good of all. This country continues to move to an, "except for me" mindset.

June 28, 2016 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

50 slain at gay nightclub in Florida, worst mass shooting in US history

Without being lured into the debate you are trying to stir, I will say that even when in the army, our M16s--which were fully automatic as you mention above--produced a 3-round burst per trigger pull. If you consider a military weapon, able to disperse three or more rounds, fully automatic and an assault rifle, then yes, I might estimate the article is correct. I am not interested in entering the debate you allude to regarding whether these weapons, or their modification therein, are legal for the general population to own. That is for each individual to decide per law and the Constitution and us, as a general population to vote upon--if you are an American.

June 12, 2016 at 4:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence public works placing barricades to keep cut-through traffic out of Schwegler Neighborhood

*is defined by Iowa Street to the east, Naismith Drive to the west, 19th Street to the North and 23rd Street to the south*

I believe you have your east and west directions a little backward. Might want to amend that.

June 8, 2016 at 8:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What's the worst storm you've ever been in?

Hurricane Gloria in 1985 in Va Beach, Va. Watched the 30 foot pine trees (of which there were many towering over the house) bend like bowstrings continuously for hours. Scary stuff.

April 27, 2016 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate panel puts brakes on KU Central District project

Well, I am certain that many in the legislature would argue, but at about the time that the Governor insisted that KU find it's own means to fund this project--to fund a physics and chemistry building which is becoming unsafe for experiments and in many studies, has been recommended for removal. I venture, right about then.

February 9, 2016 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )