Letters to the Editor

Faulty rationale

August 2, 2007

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To the editor:

It has become painfully obvious that the city and county planning commissioners and our mayor are absolutely determined to have a new Wal-Mart built in northwest Lawrence, even though the overwhelming majority of Lawrence residents who have spoken on the plan have vehemently opposed it. Wal-Mart's predatory pricing and employment policies are a matter of public record, and this store will be no different.

The commissioners' argument that sales tax revenues will be increased by this new store is absolutely preposterous. If I intend to buy a new lawn mower or a quart of milk, do they really think I'm going to buy one mower and milk at my old stores and then go buy two more at the new Wal-Mart? And obviously Wal-Mart is not a destination store where Topeka residents will drive by their two existing stores to come to Lawrence.

Sadly, our commissioners have simply abrogated their responsibility to do what is best in the community's interest in the name of "land use." It is amazing how a multibillion-dollar corporation can apparently influence the votes of a dozen elected and appointed public officials to thwart the will of the overwhelming majority of the community that those officials purport to represent.

Richard L. Warrick,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

"And BTW, "the majority of the community" spoke at the polls."

And the message was deafening silence, since the vast majority didn't vote.

Ragingbear 7 years, 8 months ago

Richard, you are acting like you didn't see this coming 5 years ago when it started.

Dixie Jones 7 years, 8 months ago

if you dont vote , then you have no right to B^&*H huh.....

Jamesaust 7 years, 8 months ago

"It has become painfully obvious that the city and county planning commissioners and our mayor are absolutely determined to have a new Wal-Mart built in northwest Lawrence....."

You've got it backwards. These commissioners only get a say as to whether there's a violation of the 'value-neutral' zoning and landuse code. The courts have ruled that whatever violation MIGHT exist has already been waived. Why anyone would want commissioners to sit as mini-dictators over the business planning decisions that occur by the millions every year in Lawrence, I don't know - move to Russia if you want that type of corrupt system.

"...even though the overwhelming majority of Lawrence residents who have spoken on the plan have vehemently opposed it."

Key words that turn a lie into truth: "who have spoken." As usual, the 'squeaky-wheels" have spoken up loudly but the VAST MAJORITY of people who like this development are ignored by the busybodies who insist on controlling other's decisions.

monkeyhawk 7 years, 8 months ago

"And the message was deafening silence, since the vast majority didn't vote."

It is my impression that the most recent election saw a greater turnout than the prior election. Remember those former guys who banded together to create a more perfect Lawrence? The same ones who are responsible for the dreadful decline of our local economy, and our population by always voting no, placing their "feelings" above anything constructive or reasonable.

Remember that guy who used to be mayor? I think I recall reading something about his personal financial planning method. He obviously applied that technique to running the city. Glad those days are gone.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

I bet you're just ecstatic that your guys the miracle workers got elected, monkeyhawk. Everyone in Lawrence will be a millionaire by the next election, right?

monkeyhawk 7 years, 8 months ago

boozo, Really, the outside world is not all the same doom and gloom as it seems in your little pocket. I'm afraid that you have taken your issues way too seriously. Life rolls on regardless who is president or city commissioner. It's not too late for you to try to have a little fun. It could be very cathartic.

Ecstatic may be a little strong to describe my emotion regarding our current commission. I am happy there has been some change, and perhaps a new direction to try to bail us taxpayers out of the mess that has accumulated over the years.

I am truly sorry that you are so angst filled by things that you cannot control.

jayhawkbarrister 7 years, 8 months ago

I read Mr. Warrick's letter and loved his used of adverbs and adjectives: "Painfully obvious", "absolutely determined", overwhelming majority" (Allright, it is a an infintive, used as an adjective, but he used it 2x), "absolutely preposterous", and "simply abrogated". Take out the adverbs and read the letter again and it reads stronger. By overstating his case, Mr. Warrick undermines his own arguments, as other responders have already noted.

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