Letters to the Editor

Library thoughts

March 23, 2007


To the editor:

It has been a while now that the city officials were talking about building another library somewhere here in Lawrence.

I think the present public library is still a good library to keep. The present location is accessible to the people coming to town to shop and then close enough for the shoppers to stop by the library to check out good reading materials to take home. I know the parking space is one of the reasons why they're needing another library. Summertime is a bad time to find a parking space by the library, especially when the public swimming pool is open at Seventh and Kentucky streets just west across the street from the library.

I think what Lawrence really needs is a satellite library in the 23rd and Iowa streets area and in the Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive area. In those two areas the population is growing. It also is close to the schools around there. The satellite library can be a good solution and maybe less expensive to build.

Maybe it won't cost $30 million as they mentioned that it may cost to build another library for Lawrence. It's too bad though that they can't build a floor or two on top of the present library to give more space for the convenience of the people coming to the library.

Bennie R. Tankersley, Lawrence


KS 10 years, 12 months ago

Good idea but the Fritzel folks couldn't rip off the taxpayers for another $30 million.

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 12 months ago

No NEW library.

No EXPANDED library.

No SATELLITE library.

We do not need a new library. What we need is a reduction in sales, income, excise, business and property taxes.

Oh, and get rid of the stupid I-70 tollway.

opinion 10 years, 12 months ago

Why get rid of the tollway? If you get rid of the toll, you would have to raise taxes to do what the tolls pay for. KTA is not KDOT. KTA pays for itself.

Agree with you on the other points though.

Jamesaust 10 years, 12 months ago

"KTA pays for itself."

Hardly. KTA is one of the many reasons why the City has trouble bringing in tax revenue. Lawrence has almost no commercial development to serve the hundreds of thousands of persons passing by every week on the Turnpike. And for an obvious reason: the hassle of getting off the Turnpike and then getting on again. Visit, say, Iowa City/Coralville or Columbia and count the number of gas stations or food places within, say, a quarter mile of the interstate highway and then reflect on how few there are in Lawrence. Even the "service areas" on the Turnpike are carefully located just OUTSIDE Douglas Co.

opinion 10 years, 12 months ago

The upkeep of the turnpike is paid for by the tolls - not taxes. KTA pays for itself.

jafs 10 years, 12 months ago

It seems to me there are gas stations, etc. within close proximity to exits on the turnpike, much as there are in other areas.

If you're suggesting folks need more services they can access without exiting, how exactly would that work?

And, what's stopping that if there's a demand for it?

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 12 months ago

"Why no satellite libraries? Because YOU obviously wouldn't use them? Well, guess what: The world doesn't revolve around you."

No, it doesn't, but the government takes my money for projects that I don't want to fund, so I will speak up for this world we live in. As for those of you who want new, expanded and satellite libraries, raise the funds yourself from exclusively private sources.

Government, get out of my pocket.

Jamesaust 10 years, 12 months ago

"It seems to me there are gas stations, etc. within close proximity to exits on the turnpike, much as there are in other areas."

Really? At West Lawrence, there's a single gas station hidden back behind the Holidome. Other than that, you'll need to continue even further into town - something travellers are loathe to do. At the Lawrence/Lecompton exit, there's nothing - I'm surprised the ticket agent isn't afraid to be out there alone. East Lawrence is better - what, five gas stations? - but that's as much due to the intersection of highways there than the Turnkpike. Check out the gas stations there sometime and I believe you'll spot very few out-of-state plates (of which a fair number will be out-of-state students).

With the turnpike, each exit should have 6-12 gas stations within sight of the road.

Motels? Restaurants? Same or worse. (At one time, there was a sign for Best Western on the Turnpike. That's 23rd & Iowa!!)

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 12 months ago

Hawk, Primarily infrastructure and military. I believe government should fund only that which its citizens cannot. And your opinion?

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 12 months ago

Anna, I dislike this war as much as you do. You don't have to call me an idiot.

Leprechaunking13 10 years, 12 months ago

How about we take the 30 million dollars for a new library spend a little of that on satellite libraries and then put the rest towards a new recreation center that this city REALLY needs.

KsTwister 10 years, 12 months ago

Agreed, that building is not old enough to be doomed,not busy enough to worry about(only the book sale and tax day causes parking issues. Enough already. If it were not for the steel strike in 1971 it would already be 4 floors.

JohnBrown 10 years, 12 months ago


Job growth Thursday, March 22, 2007

To the editor:

Misinformation blossoms like spring dandelions during election season. Unfortunately, once erroneous ideas take hold, they become very hard to uproot. Let me try.

In recent letters, Deb Passig and Dwayne Peaslee have both suggested that the current City Commission has stymied job growth, among other alleged failings. Some commission candidates have been making the same assertion.

The fact is exactly the opposite. According to the city's partner in economic development efforts, jobs in Lawrence have grown steadily over the last four years when compared to the years immediately preceding them. Let me quote from an article in the most recent (March 2007) Chamber Newsletter, titled, "And the Progress Continues": "The Kansas Department of Labor indicates even stronger economic development performance for the community during 2006. Civilian job growth in Douglas County/ Lawrence has outstripped Topeka, Kansas City, Johnson County and the state's employment growth rate."

Let's review: According to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, under the current City Commission, job growth has shown steady and strong progress and produced a better performance in 2006 than even our famously pro-growth Johnson County neighbors.

Can we agree to pluck this "unfriendly-to-employers" weed and decide the election on the basis of real issues?

David Dunfield,


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