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David Klamet

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dklamet (David Klamet) says...

You are making the assumption that the owners and banks are rational actors. In the long run, they have to be. in the short run, they are frequently not.

For example, when the housing bubble burst, banks were slow to approve deals to sell properties they had foreclosed on. These properties often became damaged and their value reduced because they were very slow to act.

So, I would say that there is historical precedent for what Dorothy has to say.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

I don't know if this is a good idea or a bad idea. Nor do I know it it is really needed or not. I am confident, however, that it will do nothing to lower the ever increasing cost of healthcare.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

People still get their phones in stores? Don't they realize you buy your next phone using your current one!

Seriously, whether it is good or not, retail is in a rapid downward spiral. Opening a new store does not make much sense when there are so many options online and in existing stores.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

Just think. $50M would fund five hundred $100K scholarships.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

Sports are what is important: at KU, in Lawrence, throughout the country.

There is a "Sports" section in this newspaper, and surely almost every paper in the country. If there are "Education" and "STEM" sections in any papers, they are undoubtedly rare.

This action just shows what's important. Donations to other departments at KU rarely make the front page of the paper. Is that because they're rare or because they're not important? Or both?

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

George Will a liberal? As Larry the Cable Guy would say, "I don't care who you are, THAT's funny right there!"

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

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.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

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.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

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.

dklamet (David Klamet) says...

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.

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