To the editor:
This recent proposal by the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods for rental registration brings back memories of the days when Nancy Hambleton was on the commission and she and other commissioners and property rental owners met at my home one afternoon. By the way, Mrs. Hambleton, the parking now is no different than then: the same street, the same amount of spaces. You were aghast that you couldn't park and had to walk a bit.
Anyhow, the trades industry at that time was slow in business in Lawrence, so the plumbers and electrical workers, looking for jobs, I suspect, had something to do with code enforcement. This time the neighborhood groups, not acting like real neighbors, but political groups have come forward again to revive a well over 30-year-old conversation about landlords.
The fact is, Mayor Amyx, you have ordinances now in place to address the problems. You do not address the problems.
True, the rental property "business" as some call it is probably the biggest private employer in Lawrence. What would happen if the owners of these properties decided to purchase their appliances at Nebraska Furniture Mart, their paint elsewhere, and hire contractors from out of town? By the way, our hiring of electricians, plumbers, glaziers, painters are all paid more than the living wage of $9.73. Try 50 bucks an hour or more for some tradespeople.
The next group that puts forth a proposal may be the rental owners to NOT SHOP LAWRENCE.