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Letters to the Editor

Resignation due

November 20, 2007

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To the editor:

I believe Mayor Sue Hack should resign from the City Commission because she has too many involvements with groups with an interest in such matters as the Deciphera deal. We do have laws, and they should be followed. Also, the CEO at the Chamber of Commerce suggested that the Deciphera matter be put on the consent agenda. Ms. Hack is an employee of that organization. She clearly should have recused herself from the Deciphera discussion. The damage has been done, and now there are plenty of good reasons for her to leave.

Jack Davidson,

Lawrence

Comments

Terry Jacobsen 7 years, 1 month ago

Marion...

Never mind I found it... but guess what..... Boss Tweed was a democrat!! That is a hoot!

blackwalnut 7 years, 1 month ago

How can anyone serve in a leadership position when they themselves are incapable of following the rules?

igby 7 years, 1 month ago

I think we should let her stay and continue to beating until their moral have improved, lol.

staff04 7 years, 1 month ago

I haven't followed this Deciphera issue as closely as I should have. My question is this: Possible corruption and illegal activity by the council aside, is keeping Deciphera good for Lawrence? It sounds to me like high paying, high-tech jobs are what we would see.

Mkh 7 years, 1 month ago

Yes...her resignation is past due.

4chewnut 7 years, 1 month ago

I think we have three issues and we need to evaluate them separately. First, is the company good for Lawrence. Second, was the deal that was cut appropriate. And finally, were the mayor's actions ethical or even legal. If not, she should resign.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 1 month ago

I question any company that is willing to stay involved considering the controversy. This company nor any company deserves a financial deal that is not city policy not to mention never been discussed openly. I do not want my tax dollars used to increase the wealth of a few which is the substance of this real estate deal.

Taxpayers cannot afford this company. How about companies that are willing to to pay their fair share? What companies do not pay homeowners get to make up....not a good deal.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 1 month ago

I believe Jack Davidson presents a legitimate request.

Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 1 month ago

What great thoughts about Commissioners resigning. Just what will solve the problem: running the City without a Commission until a special election is held, then a new Commission with no tenure or historical understandings of recent policy directions.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 1 month ago

Comm Bob Johnson should not have been presiding over meetings considering his past history with DCDI/East Hills as a founding BOD member and his financial involvement in Dicephera.

Lawrence can get through whatever happens it is not that scary. Chamber,county and city officials operating within the law is far more important...they know the laws.

pace 7 years, 1 month ago

I think Sue should resign. I don't think she will unless convicted.

oldgoof 7 years, 1 month ago

Keep her. Without her, people here would not have enought to bit** about.

Eileen Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

Hack and all the commissioners should have to disclose their assets. How can we know they are acting in the interest of the town, and not their own pocketbooks, if they keep these things secret?

An elected position is one of trust. When that trust has been violated, that official needs to go.

Hack serving on the Chamber of Commerce and the city commission seems like a conflict of interest in itself.

Hack should step down, or be fired. I heard she sneered that the job doesn't pay enough anyway.

Eileen Emmi Jones 7 years, 1 month ago

There is probably a reason the AG does not want to look at this very hard.

It wasn't just Hack who voted to give this company the public's money in a secret session. What stake do the other commissioners have in this company?

Terry Jacobsen 7 years, 1 month ago

Marion... gonna show my lack of something here... who the heck is Boss Tweed??

toefungus 7 years, 1 month ago

AG says she technically violated the law but will not prosecute. She must be one of Tiller's former patients.

toefungus 7 years, 1 month ago

Do you think we could attract a start up company that tries to invent a cure for crooked politicians? Since crooked politicians are a cancer on our country, it should attract a lot of interest.

Terry Jacobsen 7 years, 1 month ago

Blackwalnut wrote: What else has she done?

She has served our community with integrity and pride. She is a good person. All this casting of dispersion on her character is just pathetic.

Terry Jacobsen 7 years, 1 month ago

I did vote for her. I would vote for her again. She has done nothing illegal. She made a mistake on filling out a stupid government form. Big deal. She has no reason to resign. She should stay right where she is. She is a good Mayor and a good public servant.

blackwalnut 7 years, 1 month ago

This is likely just the tip of the iceberg. She got caught. What else has she done?

Richard Heckler 7 years ago

OPEN LETTER TO THE CITY COMMISSION

Monday, Dec. 3, 2007 Grassroots Action welcomes the Attorney-General's recent announcement that the Lawrence City Commission violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act when City Commissioners met privately in September to discuss the multimillion dollar tax rebate subsequently awarded to Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. This was the contention of the complaint we filed last month, which the Attorney General has now upheld. But we believe that the proposed remedy does not go far enough.

The Attorney-General is asking the City Commission to admit wrongdoing, vow not to break the law again, and take a refresher course on open government. But the decision reached by the Commission as a result of this unlawful meeting to give a multimillion dollar tax break to a private firm -- has been left in place.

We consider this unacceptable. No private decision, reached behind closed doors without public input, should be allowed to stand. The City Commission is obliged to discuss public policy in public, not in private. Commissioners are not authorized to give unannounced tax breaks to private firms without citizen oversight and review.

So we now call upon the City Commissioners to do the right thing. Acknowledge that you violated the law when you met privately to discuss Deciphera's tax break and rescind the decision that you reached, without public input, as a result of this illegal session. Don't just admit guilt, DO something about it.

RESCIND THE DECISION, RESCIND THE TAX BREAK. LET DECIPHERA APPLY FOR A TAX BREAK OPENLY. RESTART THE PROCESS AND THIS TIME LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Respectfully, Grassroots Action

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