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February 16, 2009

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To the editor:

Recently, we’ve been told by city leaders that this is a time to tighten our belts and cut back on programs. Economic times are tough, so we will have to do without some services.

While no one can argue that these are tough economic times, I wonder if there isn’t a more proactive approach we can take to help our Lawrence economic outlook. I understand that some services may need to be cut, and some jobs might need to be suspended. But what about concentrating on improving our future? How do we do it? We encourage businesses to locate in Lawrence. We get aggressive and competitive. For too long, we’ve been the community that said “no.” Let’s say “yes” to job growth and “yes” to economic growth.

City Hall is the place where it has to begin. We need leaders who will welcome new business and industry to our community. We need a planning department who will be there to assist in the process instead of standing in its way. And we need a City Commission who stands up for job growth and new business even though the outspoken minority might not find it pleasant, because of an unwillingness to be open for change.

Lawrence for too long has held the belief that we can be picky about whom we invite to our city. Let’s encourage new job growth and be open to all possibilities. The more opportunities we have to choose from, the better choices we will be able to make.

Matt Lawlor,
Lawrence

Comments

geekin_topekan 5 years, 10 months ago

"...outspoken minority ..." +++ You mean the same outspoken minority that voted for the "T"???

Omegatron 5 years, 10 months ago

"City Hall is the place where it has to begin. We need leaders who will welcome new business and industry to our community. We need a planning department who will be there to assist in the process instead of standing in its way. And we need a City Commission who stands up for job growth and new business even though the outspoken minority might not find it pleasant, because of an unwillingness to be open for change."

Basically we need people who graduated "at least" high school with better then C average, preferably had some college education.

Good luck on that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Exactly how should the commission be "friendly," Matt? Should we have Hallmark print up some customized greeting cards? Maybe have local jewelers make up some friendship rings? Or are you just saying that we should write these businesses hefty checks with no strings attached while suspending all zoning regulations?

geekin_topekan 5 years, 10 months ago

"...with better then C average" +++ then? Umm...yeah.

avoice 5 years, 10 months ago

Geekin: Haven't you noticed? Confusing "than" with "then" is about to surpass not knowing "their" from "there" as the most common grammatical/spelling error in blogdom.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

Matt Lawrence is over stocked in retail which is unfriendly to existing and new business.

Lawrence is overstocked in light industrial area and demand for warehouse work is declining...why go there?

Lawrence is overstocked in residential which promotes property value depreciation which is unfriendly to homeowners.

Being overstocked in any area is simply business unfriendly.

devobrun 5 years, 10 months ago

I see the Lawrence economy as being more stable than most. The university is probably the reason for our relative stability.

Had we brought in more jobs and grown more over the last 20 years, we would have lost more jobs over the last 6 months. The local government would be in worse shape than it is in now.

The local funding problem is a result of national issues beyond the control of city leaders. When people lie and cheat about loaning money, the credit markets collapse. When those markets collapse, real estate is hurt. Building is hurt and all business is hurt. So the Lawrence government is hurt.

There is no business or government untouched by the lies. Agencies who receive $ from government should budget for business down times.

When the lies overtake a market, the market collapses. Business is disrupted and money to the government is reduced. There is no way around the pain.

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