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Matter of opinion

November 4, 2006


To the editor:

Personal bias filters what we hear and affects our reasoning and opinions. It is obvious our Journal-World editor(s) have had a long-held bias regarding Lawrence's growth, favoring developers,

Space allows one example. Ten years ago HCA wanted to build a second hospital here. Our editor was very supportive of HCA's efforts. Fortunately, grassroots citizens addressed the consequences of HCA. City commissioners listened to both sides and had the guts to say no to HCA, with fireworks resulting. Imagine two hospitals here, or more likely one HCA "feeder" hospital!

Growth is a big issue, as is Lawrence's uniqueness. It's not exactly fair to talk about commissioners' poor choices without also acknowledging grave misjudgments by planners and developers in this city's history. Arriving at what is best on both issues will not be discovered with bias. It is skewed, self-serving. Therefore, we sincerely ask the editor(s) (and other opinion writers), to humbly recognize and put aside their biases in order to objectively discuss what decisions will best serve our great city's future. Elected officials are human and subject to human error. So are editors, but we can't elect who will be the editor. Let's seek a middle road together and help our elected officials with unbiased options.

Lawrence won't be a destination city because of an HCA, Wal-Mart, etc. Nor will it be one with biased thinking. "Remove the plank from your own eye first." Folks, do your homework. Opinion is just that, no matter from whom it originates.

Bob Bechtel,



xenophonschild 11 years, 7 months ago

I'd love to be able to buy, but housing prices are ridiculous, and annual property taxes are beyond ridiculous; they actually show signs of getting even worse.

I love Lawrence, but city leaders without clear vision have pretty much ruined it for ordinary people trying to both live and work here.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

"You got to show us your bias, Bob. Why can't the newspaper publisher do the same?"

Easy, Pilgrim: THERE ISN'T ANY.

Jeff Barclay 11 years, 7 months ago

Without question, "progressive" (liberal?) city leadership is killing job growth.

Jamesaust 11 years, 7 months ago

"we must not forget 5 years ago how the wackos in this town drove away american eagle outfitters, because of this that and the other thing"

Uhh...yeah, "this" and "that". It was (despite careful avoidance) because they wanted to feed at the public trough and pay their workers squat. The vast majority of people in Lawrence (exempting, apparently, the lunacy-tics) agreed that there was no point to subsidize a business that did not fit the community at all. Why again should the taxpayer subsidize wages for employees that still could never afford to buy a house in the city with those wages? Lawrence is not hurt by the economic health of our immediate neighbors. Good for Ottawa! Its better than having everyone there move here. It also leaves Lawrence to focus on development that complements - not contradicts - our own community.

Frankly, everyone would benefit if the State would prohibit localities from granting these tax exemptions without State approval. All that is achieved is one community trying to steal jobs from the others, to everyone's detriment. Economic developments like this should be located where they make economic sense - not where the bribes are the greatest.

lunacydetector 11 years, 7 months ago

we must not forget 5 years ago how the wackos in this town drove away american eagle outfitters, because of this that and the other thing (virginal farmland). so american eagle outfitters went down to ottawa and got their tax abatement in a couple of days with ZERO opposition, built their distribution center and created a few hundred jobs (they're also recently expanding an extra 540,000 square feet creating 300 new jobs that lawrence lost out on). then there is the walmart distribution center that went to ottawa, and the target distribution center that went to topeka, etc., etc. but of course, the city of lawrence did not want another hospital that would compete with LMH. the city owns LMH.

the uniqueness of lawrence these past 5 years is it's aversion to businesses, period.

i sure wish our leaders these past 5 years would stop being so mean spirited and divisive. THAT would be refreshing. writing letters to stop the 32nd Street SLT alignment. come on! NOW LAWRENCE IS GETTING BYPASSED from eudora to I-70 to tonganoxie!

this gentle anarchy just ain't working. chasing away businesses, though HCA may have been the icebreaker, that wasn't the ideal to follow. it's been 5 years since the progressives took power and look, ZERO job creation (thanks living wage ordinance!). a population decrease for the FIRST TIME IN LAWRENCE'S HISTORY! very little new housing because the commission supposedly didn't know about the sewer problem -nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

here's their idea for growth. build a gigantic but boring super expensive library downtown financed by the taxpayers. it made the local big boys look bad by taking their bait - a magnet supposedly to draw people - i yawn just thinking of it's proposed excitement.

do anyone ever wonder what the future holds for lawrence if the progressives remain in power? i wonder if they would ban cars on certain days of the week. that goes with the proposed showers on every corner for the 1/2 of 1% of the population that rides a bicycle and needs to take a shower in the middle of some strange neighborhood next to some homeless guy. that might be nice to wash off all that coal dust created in western kansas from that power plant at least one commissioner wants to protest. my eyeballs won't stop rolling! my friends in other town won't stop laughing!

"Personal bias filters what we hear and affects our reasoning and opinions. It is obvious our Journal-World editor(s) have had a long-held bias regarding Lawrence's growth, favoring developers,"

.......yes i remember when the progressive lawrence coalition ran ads daily on the JW website during the last election. the JW wouldn't let anyone post comments after news articles. thanks go to the progressives for putting on the pressure to CENSOR dissent.

if that ain't bias, what is?

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