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Letter: Bad governance

Mill-levy increases would be less or unwarranted if local governments operated as a democracy. If the majority governed, there would be no cronyism, tax abatements, special tax districts, no-bid contracts or Taj Mahal recreation center.

Letter: Climate solutions

Mitigating climate change might not be as expensive as you think. Adding carbon to the air is the root cause of the problem, so, the solution is to motivate people to reduce the amount of carbon added.  Nothing motivates people like money. So, make the carbon content of fuels more expensive and let the market sort out the right balance of solutions. You can do this with a carbon tax. If you make the carbon tax revenue neutral as far as the government is concerned, you protect the people in the lower two-thirds of income from higher prices.

Letter: Treatment kudos

I would like express my heartfelt gratitude to the excellent staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire/Medical Department. A short time ago, my 7-year-old daughter suffered a traumatic injury involving multiple fractures to her right arm. As someone who has witnessed many traumatic injuries in the last 25 years, the injury to my daughter’s arm was one of the worst I had ever seen on a child.

Letter: Party first?

They didn’t have political parties in 1790, just Americans. Their word for “party” was “faction.” There were disagreements between the likes of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, but they identified themselves as Americans. George Washington refused to identify with any party. His enormous prestige tamped down parties. This fear of faction is reflected in the initial method for selecting president and vice president. Second place became vice president. This method rejects party; all candidates stood for the same idea: America.

Letter: Budget discomfort

After reading Chad Lawhorn’s article “Q&A on Lawrence city budget,” I am appalled at the proposed city budget that David Corliss has apparently submitted as a serious proposal. Putting aside the questionable wisdom of passing deficit budgets that require in-year adjustments, it appears that the city is forgetting one side of the equation: Reducing expenditures is a legitimate function of prudent government.

Letter: Police option

Following the discussion for a new police facility and the justified concern about rampant spending and tax increases needed to pay for this spending, why hasn’t the empty space at the Riverfront Mall been considered to be remodeled for the police. According to the real estate sign on site, the square footage is more than adequate, the infrastructure is there, plenty of parking, the building is well built and can easily be modified with a steel superstructure designed to allow limitless configuration on all floors.

Letter: Voting counts

Daily, in this paper, there are complaints about our city/county government and the decisions they make.

Letter: Indefensible budget

Chad Lawhorn’s Q&A with City Manager David Corliss on the city budget was informative and made clear the many problems with the proposed 2015 budget. City officials portray a property tax increase for the fourth straight year as inevitable. To provide basic services, property taxes must go up. But this characterization of the situation is inaccurate. In reality, significant — and avoidable — spending growth by the city is driving the tax increases.

Letter: Financial gamble

Mr. Simons’ column on July 19 carried a title we all can agree with: “Kansas voters must focus on state’s best interests.” We can even agree on the problem: “Brownback rolled the dice with his taxing strategy for Kansas. If he rolled a winner, the state would be in good shape, but if he rolled snake eyes, the state would likely face severe financial challenges. So far, the Brownback plan has not produced the revenues and jobs the governor had predicted.” Indeed, the level of economic growth and job creation in Kansas lags that of surrounding states and is markedly behind the nation as a whole.

Letter: Retail support

On July 9, there was an article in the paper regarding a tax abatement for an apartment development at the edge of the Kansas University campus. On the following day, an article appeared concerning a retail development on the corner of South Iowa and the South Lawrence Trafficway.