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Divided vote

March 4, 2007

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To the editor:

More stories than election results were there for the reading in the Feb. 28 Journal-World. True, "newcomers lead the pack," but far more significant is where they led. The page 4A map of precincts and their "winners" told the story. Of the 49 precincts, the newcomers won in 29, and all but three were west of Iowa Street - in every area where intensive new development is occurring, including far southeast Lawrence.

Those in the central and eastern parts of town, where the streets, sewers and sidewalks so desperately need attention, generally supported the incumbents. By more than votes, Lawrence is increasingly divided - east vs. west; older housing vs. new; expensive (and ultra-expensive) construction; long-term residents vs. transient dwellers in overextended apartment complexes.

Two other stories in that same paper are relevant to what these numbers are saying. Economist David Burress' letter about "Depressing myths" reveals how unsound are "facts" emanating from the campaigns of the well-funded development-oriented candidates. Mike Hoeflich, on the opinion page, laments Lawrence's lack of vision as a community.

In spite of the pitifully small number of voters who showed up at the polls Tuesday, the election results reveal clearly what this race for city commissioners is all about. It is important enough to the political newcomers to spend more than $20,000 to convince voters that they know what is best for Lawrence taxpayers. We still have another election to go; folks, are you listening?

Jeanne Ellermeier,

Lawrence

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

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KsTwister 8 years, 2 months ago

The new candidates get their money from dissatisfied voters it doesn't mean they will have to spend much of it at all to get elected. It would be a much shorter letter if it listed what the incumbents had done in the last 4-6 years.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

"if it listed what the incumbents had done in the last 4-6 years."

The last 4-6 years? Neither of the incumbents was in office until 4 years ago.

KsTwister 8 years, 2 months ago

Correct. I was thinking about the one who dropped out.

Jamesaust 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe those in West Lawrence (not the real Lawrence, of course) didn't appreciate certain Commissioners characterizing them as the riff-raff that snuck into town before the drawbridge was raised?

After all, its not easy treating people as second-class citizens and then turning around and expecting them to vote for you. (How long would Rundle stay in business if he had two prices for everything - one for Lawrence residents and one for West Lawrence residents?)

Or perhaps these people from West Lawrence (the Turnpike sign says West Lawrence, not Western Lawrence - there's a difference) are wealthier, more professionally accomplished and cosmopolitan and see little to be gained from a zero-sum view that insists that if someone else wins then someone else must lose? (Just a teeny chance, maybe?)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

"Maybe those in West Lawrence (not the real Lawrence, of course) didn't appreciate certain Commissioners characterizing them as the riff-raff that snuck into town before the drawbridge was raised?"

Who said this, and when? Care to share the quotes with us?

pz5g1 8 years, 2 months ago

I do get the impression some old-timers think Lawrence was better 20 years ago and it's downhill since. Being one of those that has arrived in the last 20 years, actually last 10, it feels like I'm indirectly being blamed for Lawrence going to pot. I enjoy Lawrence and find it a nice place to raise a family.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

There has never been an economic no growth commissioner ever . We may not care for sprawl but economic growth comes in so many forms.

Why do we not like sprawl? It's expensive Increases the Cost of Community Services tremendously thus brings on tax increases It's not necessary for supporting a community Organic Farming is a booming business *Over built residential takes up space for green collar employment centers. New Jobs = NEW economic growth

Green Collar industry = white and blue collar employment. Thus Lawrence carpenters,painters,plumbers and electricians will still be in demand for this big money and booming new industry.

Green Collar employment should address several issues than are of concern locally.

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2007/01/23/creating_greencollar_jobs.php

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0125/p13s01-sten.html

http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1551

Lawrence could use jobs that will sustain our community and take us into the future. Polluting industries cost taxpayers money as the polluter walks away and/or files bankruptcy

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

"it feels like I'm indirectly being blamed for Lawrence going to pot. I enjoy Lawrence and find it a nice place to raise a family."

The problem isn't you-- it's the insistence of those who are creating new developments that those who reside in older neighborhoods subsidize the creation of newer ones.

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