Archive for Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Golf debacle

August 2, 2006


To the editor:

It is past time to hand the Eagle Bend Golf Course over to private interests. Since it caters only to a particular segment of society, it should become their own bona fide club. It is not warranted for taxpayers to keep subsidizing this losing venture year after year. The multiple-thousands being misplaced on this finance-of-no-return should instead be invested in our youth.

The local skating rink was demolished a few years ago to make way for the Kohl's/Old Navy stores. Now that the Food-4-Less building is empty, it would make a perfect location to convert into a new skating center. With the great advancements that have been made in flooring over the years, additional activities could be encompassed. Along with the many regular skating activities, roller hockey might be included as well. With some thoughtful planning, the joys could be endless!

This positive change would not only benefit the many youths of Douglas and surrounding counties, but local merchants as well - and the expense would be a fraction of the tax money currently being spent on the golf course debacle.

Richard Smith,



ThePoolBoy 11 years, 7 months ago

So, Dick, are you saying that the City should own and operate a roller skating rink?

Lay down the crack pipe, Dick. If it was such a profitable venture in the past, dontcha think the previous owners would have put up at least a Morton building to start over. Dick, do you remember Leif Garrett? Yeah, skating died when Leif was still on the cover of Tiger Beat.

It's obvious, Dick, you've never run a business. Dick, roller skating isn't as widely popular as it was 40 years ago. While we're at it, Dick, I think the City (or better yet the School District) should build and operate a video arcade! Bring back Farrah Fawcett... oh, those were the days...

Just because you don't golf doesn't mean no one else should either. Shoot, my kids are long grown up, Dick, but I still pay nearly half my property tax to the schools. That sucks, Dick.

But that's part of living in a community.

"I tell ya, Edith, when a plumber's business goes into the toilet you're sitting pretty." --Archie Bunker

acg 11 years, 7 months ago

I wonder why you felt it necessary to say Dick so many times? So his idea is to open a skating rink. I can't say I think it's that great of an idea either but your veiled insults are unecessary and boring.

clarkentsman 11 years, 7 months ago

I believe the reason that there are no roller skating rink is that the cost to insure the business got so high it did not make it profitable. - broken arms etc.

clarkentsman 11 years, 7 months ago

By the way

"Since it caters only to a particular segment of society, it should become their own bona fide club. It is not warranted for taxpayers to keep subsidizing this losing venture year after year. "

What about the community building, city parks, swimming pools ... ?

There are plenty of people who don't use them should they not pay for them also?

All of these draw a small segment of the population. But, that does not mean that they sould be sold to the highest bidder?

BlueRoom 11 years, 7 months ago

I think a skating rink is a great idea. we've gone to the skate rink in Topeka and its always been a good family time. I also think a miniature putt-putt would be an asset to Lawrence. the goony-golf in topeka is also a favorite of ours. We need more family oriented activities here.

craigers 11 years, 7 months ago

If you are going to do a putt putt then please make it more like a miniture golf place with windmills and all that sort of thing. I liked the old putt putt place but it was a little boring. There is a real cool one on 135th street in Olathe with go-karts. Now that would be cool.

thisiknow 11 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence has always lacked in fun adventurous activities for families. Roller Rinks turn into Babysitters . Lawrence has always needed some sort of activities but the parents are willing to drive to them so the investors do not bother to come here. Food for less needs to become a sporting goods store and someone needs to take the bull by the horns and buy some land and create a year round facility that will draw parents and kids to it. Think of the jobs this would give high school kids.

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