Archive for Saturday, September 22, 2007

Local folly

September 22, 2007


To the editor:

The lead editorial in Wednesday's New York Times and the topic of Wednesday's University Forum were a perfect fit, and one can only hope that the members of the Planning Commission and the City Commission have, or will, read them.

In the former, the writer points out the problems being created by our need to move to biofuels, with the consequent raising of corn and soybean prices and concomitant increase in food prices. At the forum we heard of the proposal to asphalt over acres of prime farmland north of Lawrence for an industrial park designed, not to meet local needs, but to satisfy the desires of a developer and a limited number of landowners.

Are we so short-sighted that we cannot see the senseless folly in this proposal? Before the bulldozers of greed start their engines, speak out to the commissioners and urge them to stop this project NOW!

Elizabeth Banks,



Bradley Menze 6 years, 6 months ago

Corn drains the soil of nutrients so quickly. Going the biofuel route will eventually cause it to be worthless for anything but blowing around. It isn't the green solution many would like to believe it is.


oldgoof 6 years, 7 months ago

Oh God. Yea, like I would accept anything retired Prof. Betty Banks could remotely understand the economics of the State of Kansas or Lawrence, or anything, for that matter............pleeeaaaseee.


Marion Lynn 6 years, 7 months ago

If you want the farmland to remain farmland, buy it at the market price and farm it, otherwise STFU!


swan_diver 6 years, 7 months ago

The gl0ck0wner can point the child at his own temple -- and pull the trigger. Good riddance. The climate changes that are upon this world, and the ignorance and vivacious greed of it rulers will soon lead us into an era so horrible, hateful and violent, that we won't want to be here anyway. Too bad our children will suffer it. But screw them.

It's the gl0ck0wner, and folks like 'em, in Amerika, at least -- who have helped to hasten this day.


stbaker 6 years, 7 months ago

Well said Elizabeth.

gl0ck0wner: This is not a property rights issue. This is zoned Agricultural land currently. To rezone this to Industrial Light, and then expect taxpayers to drop $50 million to bring the Airport Business Park to fruition goes beyond property rights.


Lynn731 6 years, 7 months ago

Stop the bulldozers. Taking the best farmland in Douglas County out of production, and covered by asphalt for a parking lot, is insane. When will we stop ruining the earth? Leave the prime soil in this county alone. We already have too many damn parking lots. Thank you, Lynn


gl0ck0wnr 6 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, screw property rights. The PRL should decide everything, citizen.


i_tching 6 years, 7 months ago

Peak oil means peak build-out.

Do you question he wisdom of taking the last six inches of productive middle-America topsoil and burning it up in car engines? Really!


Oracle_of_Rhode 6 years, 7 months ago

Good LTE! We'll need our prime farmland for when the oil stops a-bubblin'.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Hear ye hear ye!

Right on the money. Thanks for the letter.

Lawrence has no need for this project. There is vacant industrial land still waiting for tenants. Lawrence cannot afford to maintain OWL and east lawrence streets and sidewalks why build more at taxpayer expense not to mention additional water and sewer lines? If North Lawrence residents experience low water pressure it's likely time to replace internal water lines as we discovered in our east Lawrence home.


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