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Letters to the Editor

Time for change?

March 5, 2007

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To the editor:

Shame on Lawrence. For a city that fancies itself as "cutting edge" politically, 14 percent voter turnout is beyond pathetic. It's disgraceful.

The news on the city's fiscal state is not positive. A business leaves town for a neighbor where it can expand at a more competitive cost. Sales tax revenues have been steadily and substantially eroded by outlying communities. The stagnant housing market is severely stressing the property tax revenues we expect to collect. Our user fees (taxes) have been raised to the maximum. Public projects are experiencing significant cost increases (26 percent) and any future public works project, whether a new library or road repair/replacement, will be similar. Because this is where the city gets its money, our tax base is stretched to the limit.

Six years have brought few new employment opportunities and have clearly defined our community as, at best, difficult to work with and/or blatantly unreceptive to business or industry. In the past 12 months, at least 15 businesses closed their doors. The city pursues new expenditures with little regard for the upkeep and maintenance costs of its existing facilities. To keep even, we have little other choice but to raise taxes.

If you don't mind seeing the city dip into your wallet every Tuesday, then "stay the course." Others of us believe it's "time for a change" in the City Commission and the axially commissions/advisory boards. Regardless, your failure to vote means you accept the consequences.

Ken Meyer,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing your alternate reality with us, Ken.

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imastinker 7 years, 5 months ago

Bozo -

which part of this is erroneous?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

Well, for starters, if turnout in the general election is 20% or greater, the leaders in the primary will not be elected.

From there on, the rest of the letter is such a mess of unsubstantiated vagueness, it doesn't even rise to the level of erroneous.

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commuter 7 years, 5 months ago

Bozo-

I am sorry could you please provide proof. Or is it your opinion.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 5 months ago

"Six years have brought few new employment opportunities and have clearly defined our community as, at best, difficult to work with and/or blatantly unreceptive to business or industry. In the past 12 months, at least 15 businesses closed their doors. "

So Ken how do you expect to force the real estate/development czars to reduce rent, reduce vacant property values and reduce downtown rent plus reduce property taxes in order to attract new business and jobs? Like you I say the aforementioned is not business friendly. Then there is the problem with some who have too much money who pay more than listed value for downtown real estate thus inflating property taxes and creating artifical value of downtown real estate none of which would be friendly to new business. It appears as though these local investors are trying to drive small business owners out of business.

Considering there are only so many retail dollars available why are these investors making it difficult to do business?

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opinion 7 years, 5 months ago

How much exactly, is "too much money" Merrill?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

"Six years have brought few new employment opportunities "

And neither of the incumbents was in office 6 years ago. That's pretty indicative of how fact-free this letter is.

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 7 years, 5 months ago

Mr. Meyer must be new to Lawrence. In this town, voter turnout is low because we know that rallies and protests are much more important than voting. Nothing can change the world as effectively as a group of white kids with dreadlocks in a drum circle. Street protests that block traffic are also effective, especially when the protesters are armed with fancy cardboard signs and smell like patchouli. And don't underestimate the power of wearing ketchup stained shirts whilst bum-rushing the local military recruiting station. Nevermind voting. These are the actions that will bring about change. I'm not sure how, but I'm sure they will...well, maybe.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

In your rush to post uninformed comments, Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho, what you neglect to consider is that the people you are obviously looking down your nose at most likely do vote.

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Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 7 years, 5 months ago

what you neglect to consider is that the people you are obviously looking down your nose at most likely do vote.

Bozo-

I am sorry could you please provide proof. Or is it your opinion.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

You sure didn't think proof was necessary when you claimed they didn't vote.

If you knew anything about the people at those protests you would know that they are more politically aware and motivated than the average person, and they are much more likely to take the time to vote, even if some of them do think it's a futile gesture.

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Mkh 7 years, 5 months ago

This LTE sums up exactly how clueless Dever/Chesnut supporters truly are.

I would love to see "change" Mr. Meyer...but unfortunately NONE of the candidates are offering that. You can either vote for the current status quo...or the one who ruled this town for decades, the Developers/Real Estate. Either way you vote, "change" will not occur in the big picture.

It's ok for you though, I guess in a few years you'll have another opprotunity to "change" things, LOL.

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Jamesaust 7 years, 5 months ago

I for one am not pleased at returning back to the old game either - a City Commission comprised of downtown businessmen, construction owners (glass or concrete) and realtors. But, I don't believe that we can afford to keep in place do-nothing Commissioners with a record of failure.

Chestnut looks like a great asset for the Commission. I suspect Highberger (if he survives) will be better as a minority than he's been in the majority. The rest of them? Hmmm....do we have to vote for three?

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Thats_messed_up 7 years, 5 months ago

Bozo you prove yourself an idiot with every post. Merrill you might be a distant second behind Bozo.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

"But, I don't believe that we can afford to keep in place do-nothing Commissioners with a record of failure."

What would constitute a record of success? And secondly, is that possible to achieve with a mostly powerless, rubberstamp city-commission structure?

And with regards to Chestnut, what makes him an asset? Will he dare to bite the hand that fed him?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

"The rest of them? Hmmm....do we have to vote for three?"

The vast majority won't vote for any of them.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

Well, it's obvious you've been busy self-medicating all day, as usual, concrete.

$1.75 beers at Free State tonight. Maybe it's time to indulge in a little self-medication myself.

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budwhysir 7 years, 5 months ago

HMMM bozo, I would ask for a follow up post but seems as though you would ignore me and go on to the next poster.

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x96merrill3 7 years, 5 months ago

Bozo...(paid blogger) I have an idea....

You claim: "if turnout in the general election is 20% or greater, the leaders in the primary will not be elected."

I claim: You're an idiot

If voter turnout is <20% and Dever and Chestnut are elected you don't post anymore. If voter turnout is <20% and Dever and Chestnut are NOT elected, I won't post anymore.

I would say this little wager would allow you to put your money where your mouth is.

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jafs 7 years, 5 months ago

Merrill,

The correct way to express "greater than" is with the > symbol, not the < one.

Why are you so sure that a greater voter turnout would not affect the results of the primary?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 5 months ago

jafs-- good point, but one the will undoubtedly be lost on x96merrill3.

And as an aside, you should not confuse x96merrill3 with merrill. x96merrill3's petty sniping is a tipoff, along with the juvenile attempt to confuse people by adopting a variation on merrill's name.

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