Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

10 August 2008

City Commission Meeting on August 12

The City Commission is holding a Work Session and Special Legislative Meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12.

Of interest to Manhattanites is one of the items on the agenda for the special legislative session; that being a proposed amendment to the North and South End Final Development Agreements. In the copy of the staff report/recommendation, you will read that Dial is blaming the lawsuit brought by Manhattan citizens for their inability to secure agreements with tenants for the north end development. You can down load it on the City's Website at http://www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/Archive.asp?AMID=31&Type=Recent, click on the link for "North and South Final Development Agreements"

The fallacy with Dial's claim is that originally the deadline for Dial to reach the agreed upon 70% occupancy was June 2007. The City gave Dial a six-month extension, which meant they had until December 2007. The lawsuit wasn't filed until February 14, 2008. Dial is conveniently re-writing history to suit their purposes rather than acknowledging that they failed to meet the terms of the agreement.

In addition, rather than re-negotiate the agreement to better serve the community's interests, City staff has brought forward an amendment and recommendation that benefits the developer over the community. Please read the report/recommendation and plan to attend Tuesday's meeting.

The City Commission should be urged to table this amendment and take it up again at a second meeting in order to give the community ample time to consider the implications. In addition, the City Commission should see this as an opportunity to re-negotiate other aspects of the agreement thereby wresting back control of the development.

It might also be the time to send Dial packing and then doing as has been suggested previously -- establishing a separate nonprofit development corporation (separate from the Chamber of Commerce and DMI) to manage and oversee both the north and south end developments so that the community's interests and vision for the developments are realized.

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