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George Will a liberal? As Larry the Cable Guy would say, "I don't care who you are, THAT's funny right there!"
Posted 18 October 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Most software projects fail. I suspect that those run by or funded by the government are worst of all.
Of course, it depends on how you define failure. This, by any reasonable measure would be considered a failure.
Posted 16 October 2017, 8:52 p.m.
This subject can be distilled down to one of trust .
I don't trust a significant fraction of the population to drive safely, much less carry a loaded weapon. Neither do I trust the government to possess all weapons.
We are an unhappy country. Some work too hard and play too little. Just what is it the rest to do? Watch Monday Night Football? We raise our kids so they can be creative and empowered. We don't seem to care so much about courtesy and responsibility.
The danger in passing gun restrictions is that we will believe that the job is done. We will not solve the fundamental problems with our society. Too many will still worship the wealthy superstars they will never be. No wonder we take so many antidepressants. As long as we believe this a simple problem, we'll never really address it in a meaningful way.
Alas, thiese events will soon fade into the background. Some token actions might be taken. In a month, maybe two, we'll be right back where we started.
Posted 10 October 2017, 6:46 a.m.
What is most insulting is the 10% affordable housing. That is a token gesture to attempt to satisfy guilt (I don't know whose guilt, or even if there is any), or to make it seem more palatable to the public.
Would you want to be one of the affordable housing tenants in a building with 90% rich people?
There are so many things wrong about this it is monotonous to list them all.
Posted 4 October 2017, 12:47 p.m.
The nature of downtown is changing.
That is unavoidable, but the pace of the gentrification is unwarranted and unwanted. Higher density housing is one thing, this is something far different. Providing upscale housing for the few is not in the spirit of the Lawrence I remember...the Lawrence I've returned to each time I've left.
Posted 4 October 2017, 12:25 p.m.
I just can't leave this one alone.
The idea that investing tens of millions of dollars to improve things for a few businesses for a couple of hours for seven days each year is one of the craziest things I've ever heard--and I've heard a lot of crazy things lately.
If college football is more important than the obvious alternatives: making education more accessible, providing healthcare, making sure hungry kids have enough to eat.... then the recent political choices in our country become a lot easier to understand.
Don't misunderstand. Sports are a great thing. They would be even greater if more of us got off the couch and participated ourselves. Add that to the list of alternatives: programs that encourage us to be more active and eat better. I'll be the first to admit, I could use it myself.
Posted 30 September 2017, 12:51 p.m.
You bet. They also need to raise tuition.
There are still some people who can afford to pay to be taught primarily by TA's and adjunct staff for low wages and no job security.
Then they can enter the job force with a lot of student debt and, hopefully, find a job that allows them to barely make payments.
If this is the right direction then I'm going to start walking backwards.
Posted 28 September 2017, 9:23 a.m.
This is all vague at best, smoke and mirrors more likely.
A cost-benefit number is just a guess.
Schumm would still live there, just not get a property tax break, but still get his penthouse with the remainder subsidized by the city?
Affordable? That doesn't mean what they seem to think it means. At least not by any reasonable definition.
The Farmland Industries debacle should have been more than enough to convince anyone that the city should get out of the real estate business. This is just another real estate investment by the city with no direct benefit and dubious potential benefit.
Incentives to attract new business (i.e. those that HIRE people) seem to be an unfortunate and risky necessity. The benefits of this project, however, are unclear (actually, they're simply wild-*ssed speculation).
Posted 15 September 2017, 12:10 p.m.
Excellent analysis and relevant info. Lawrence is going to change. It is going to painful, one way or another, but the issues you've highlighted are important in choosing the best path and illustrating the folly of some current plans.
Posted 28 August 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Absolutely. It can rally for a cause (good or bad) and motivate people to action, or simply distract from the really important things.
My point is the idea that the idea that "we must raise awareness about...." only contributes to the cacophony of voices calling for so many different causes that nothing gets attention.
Posted 28 August 2017, 10:27 a.m.
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