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Battle over state arts funding continues

I'm not aware of any effect on arts in education. School art classes continue just as school athletics programs (additional fees have been added to families of children that participate in school sponsored sports to help fund them). The money referred to in this story funds programs outside K-12 education. It's not fair to confuse the facts on this matter as I believe many have, especially when you refer to the three R's. As a matter of education it is clearly a state function to fund art but I don't believe the state should fund it outside of that. Just because every other state does doesn't mean that Kansas has too. If the rest of the states jumped off a bridge...

October 11, 2012 at 11:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Corporate FM' filmmaker, who documented the fall of The Lazer, seeks distribution funding

That's the problem. Someone got rich and it wasn't you. Unless a criminal act was perpetrated in order to get rich it doesn't really matter to me. I liked the Lazer and listened often. The new KISS is terrible and I never listen. it was the ownerships perogituve to change the format and mine to no longer listen. I have other options and I exercised my freedom to choose them. It's a wonderful country.

June 2, 2012 at 8:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Corporate FM' filmmaker, who documented the fall of The Lazer, seeks distribution funding

Deregulation was a good thing. While it allowed consolidation in the industry it opened up opportunities for others to enter the market. What has driven consolidation more in the radio industry isn't deregulation but rather competition from other technologies. With the advent of the CD, audio quality surpassed analog radio which wasn't the case with the cassette. Later satellite radio, iTunes, Pandora and a host of other commercial free options came along. Don't forget those in car entertainment systems that keep the children pre-occupied while their parents are driving. The fact is there is a ton of competition, some at a cost and some free.

From Lawrence I can pick up more than a couple of dozen AM and FM channels. I don't listen as often because commercials annoy me and deregulation had nothing to do with that. I truly don't see a problem. Why do we want to preserve something in spite of the fact that the market is changing. Should we bring back the record player or worse yet the phonograph? Deregulation may just have been the reason we have over the air radio today in the face of all of the other options out there. Consolidation has allowed networks to be profitable where individual radio stations probably wouldn't have been.

June 1, 2012 at 2:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Google Drive: It's Official

I trust Google with my personal information about as much as a pedophile in a school yard. Maybe that was a little harsh but you get the point. Google has officially sold out.

April 24, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Final Fridays organizers envision full-time city position to promote arts

For the city to take on this endeavor would be redundant and wasteful. As a return on investment the person in this position would have to generate nearly $2M in taxable local sales to make it a viable business investment. This assumes this position would require little to no additional resources or support from other city staffers. Given the numbers we've seen in the story I don't see it. Besides we already have an entity that is privately funded that can "...market Lawrence to businesses that rely on creativity", including "...firms in the sciences, architecture, advertising, engineering and other similar fields". We refer to them as the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

I'm willing to bet that Lawrence Chamber would be willing to partner with the arts community to the mutual benefit of the arts and business. Sounds like a partnership made in heaven. This is just simply not a role for the city government or an expense the taxpayers should be forced to pay just because some other community is doing it. As my parents always used to say to me, "...if your friends were jumping off a bridge..."

January 17, 2012 at 10:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Falling backwards': Lawrence artists react to Kansas Arts Commission closing

What I see here are a number of prospective donors. If it is that important to you get out your checkbook and write a check. Sounds to me like many here are more comfortable spending other people’s money than their own.

June 3, 2011 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )