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There is a huge labor pool at the homeless shelter. Walk in there with jobs for them to do and I'll bet the majority of them scatter like someone cut loose a beer fart. There are plenty of people in town that are not doing anything except consuming resources that the people who work are paying for. Imagine the self esteem these leeches on society would own from doing a fine job.
And you know this because of your extensive time spent at the homeless shelter observing this?
Was/Is anyone in City Hall overseeing the bidding and awarding of the contracts for the library project or for that matter any city project? Is there any openness to these procedures, contracts/agreements?
Few people at the shelter have moving trucks or the know how needed to move something as huge as the public library. I am sure the pros don't want to be telling the walk on's what to do every few minutes.
A move of this magnitude is best left to the pros who know what they are doing. I know where you are coming from but there are a lot of jobs that you can't just walk in and start doing.
How freeking hard is it to put books in boxes and keep them in order? Moving that library requires no more than entry level skills. A group of 8th graders could do it at a fraction of the cost of a moving company.
Really good question there letter writer, anybody from city have an answer????
And how much money did the city spend, paying this out of town company?
I remember when I was in junior high me and my friends helped a bunch of others move the library books from the old Carnegie library to the new location a couple of blocks away, with us using a Western Flyer wagon to pull the boxes. It was hard work, but me and my fellow child laborers had great fun and, as I recall I even got a little food. No doubt the lawyers would be all over that these days, but to tell you the truth, we're not talking rocket science here and to say that local folks weren't picked or that even homeless folks wouldn't have been able to do it is just ridiculous.
Or better yet, some scout troops, fraternities, sororities, church groups could have pitched in like they've done to clean up after a KU basketball game and made some money for their group.
Too bad this opportunity was missed.
Thank you for writing this letter. It's about time that people start raising a fuss about Lawrence dollars being sent to KC and Topeka! My family owns a local business. We also have many friends that own local businesses. It is quite common for the City of Lawrence and other long time Lawrence establishments to contract with outside companies without ever giving Lawrence businesses the chance to bid. As a community we must demand that this practice come to an end. I'm not saying Lawrence businesses should get the job no matter the cost. Competition is good. I am saying that we should be given the opportunity to compete. After all we are the ones that can provide jobs to other Lawrencians and we are the ones who will put money back into the community.
I am appalled.
I would not want to accuse anyone of corruption without evidence, but you have to wonder. What justification could there possibly be for sending the money outside of Lawrence?
Silly me, I thought the library employees were spending those two weeks when the library was closed, packing up and moving books.
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