Archive for Monday, September 17, 2007

In the rough

September 17, 2007


To the editor:

Relatively recently, Eagle Bend was on its way to being a well grown in, well groomed, very nice golf course. Now, it rivals only Eudora's course in poor quality. From the unattended, ill-stocked concession stand to the inexplicably closed driving range, Eagle Bend is a joke as a golf facility. The fairways are sparsely covered with green stuff, and I've played grassier roughs in the Arizona desert. Only the greens bear any semblance to a real course. The city has ruined Eagle Bend. They even fired their free, volunteer marshals! On the plus side, if you want to get in a quick 18, Eagle Bend is your place. It is as empty as a transit bus.

The city commissioners have made tragic cuts to programs such as Bert Nash and the library. They have siphoned all the money from the Parks and Recreation Department. They have cut funding to the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau, whose main goal is to bring people to Lawrence to spend money!

They have raised property taxes again, and they want to raise the sales tax. And yet the T rolls on. These carbon-coughing, traffic-plugging money suckers chug around town, chauffeuring people around town like ugly limousines, tax dollars pouring out the windows.

I have a solution. Wouldn't it just be cheaper for the city to buy those few who ride the T a car? Or at least suspend or drastically curtail service until the city and her residents can afford it?

Joel Wagler,



Keith 10 years, 8 months ago

Because everyone knows our tax dollars could be better spent subsidizing his golf game.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 8 months ago

"Subsidizing the T' or Eagle Bend:.what's the difference?"

Do you really need an explanation?

grimpeur 10 years, 8 months ago

Subsidizing single-occupancy vehicles or lazy people who refuse to walk 2 blocks for retail (unless it's across a big-box parking lot)...what's the difference? Either is more wasteful than the T. Over 90% of non-commercial vehicles on our county roads have only one person in them. Most motor vehicle trips are less than 5 miles, and most of those are less than 1 mile. Sad. Yet this lazy, recreational, unnecessary car use is what "drives" our demand for parking, roads, and gas, and which underlies antagonistic views of public transport. Internal-combustion junkies don't want gas taxes to fund public transport, but if they knew anything about highway and road funding, they sure wouldn't want to KDOT or cities to rely only on motor-vehicle taxes, because that would mean HUGE increases in gas tax, registration fees, property taxes and so forth. This is because MOST of the funding for roads in our state (over 70%) comes from sales taxes on milk, shirts, and refrigerators, NOT gas taxes.

So, yes, by all means, let's end the subsidies. Are you ready for $6.00/gal gasoline? Are you ready for the cost of your tags to triple?

toefungus 10 years, 8 months ago

Lawrence has a delicate relationship with Alvamar and the Lawrence Country Club. The public course was fought hard by both. The poor condition of the course may be a factor in appeasing the clubs. However, it could have more to do with the lower than expected use and the revenues are just not there to maintain the course. You pick the reason.

oldgoof 10 years, 8 months ago

Merrill, you forgot to suggest the golf course become an organic farm.

hawkguy 10 years, 8 months ago

Are you kidding me? In a conservative estimate, let's say 100 people ride the bus to work every day. I know this is a conservative estimate, because I ride the bus to work every day. In another conservative estimate, let's say that those 100 people each make $20,000 per year. Do the math. that is $2,000,000 pumped back into the Lawrence economy, because, surprise, people who ride the bus don't leave town. Their money is spent locally. I think the bus system, indirectly, more than pays for itself.

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