Archive for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Who’s the boss?

February 14, 2006


To the editor:

In regard to Ken Meyer's letter of Feb. 12, when is the commission going to be the boss?

Why don't we plan space for schools or fire stations?

Why are 12,000 people commuting for employment? Who is bringing the high-paying jobs to town in order for the majority to work here? Why not focus intensely on light industry which can be white collar and skilled blue collar?

In addition to light industry, Douglas County/Lawrence could build on the education industry as well. Why not participate in training and educating the skilled work force? Maybe a community college/vo-tech which at the moment involves a fair amount of commuters.

I would rather place flashing beacons at every school zone before "smart" traffic signals replace currently working traffic signals.

If the local development community were patient, smart planning could take place which is practical and frugal. This would be better for our tax dollars. As it appears Lawrence is not planning ... it is reacting.

So far as the new sewer treatment plant is concerned, do not rush. Make practical and frugal decisions. We should encourage and stand by those commissioners who desire this course of action. We're talking big bucks.

At this point in time high-paying jobs and a new library would be top priority on my list of things that would improve Lawrence's economic growth and its quality of life.

Also I would place a new library over a sports complex if those were the choices.


Jamesaust 12 years, 1 month ago

Wow. That's quite a list.

Did the author finish or run out of room?

Bruce Bertsch 12 years, 1 month ago

High paying jobs, are a pipe dream for Lawrence unless a slew of fortune 500 companies decide to move here. Be happy that Douglas County is so close to the KC Metro so that the 12,000 commuters can at least live here. The idea that Lawrence will become a high paying employment hub of some sort is at best wishful thinking.

The alternative is to look at Topeka. The C of C there is complaining because 18,000 workers in Shawnee County take their $$$ somewhere else, mostly to Jefferson and Douglas Counties. Better to be a bedroom community than Topeka.

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