To the editor:
Susan McClintic is correct in her assessment of the need for Lawrence to allow large retail operations such as Home Depot and/or Lowe's to enter into the market for this area. But she misses the point on why the leaders of this community keep stonewalling the process. Most of the city leaders are business owners. Most businesses in this town pay their employees a whopping $6.50 to $8.50 an hour. Home Depot and Lowes start their employees at about $12.50 an hour and offer stock options and health benefits. Should they be allowed to operate in this town then all of the good workers will flock there for jobs, leaving local businesses to either pay a decent wage or hire substandard employees.
The denial over and over again to allow these types of businesses in this town has nothing to do with run-off or land useage or traffic. It's all about money.