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Letters to the Editor

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April 6, 2010

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To the editor:

Leadership Kansas has chosen Lawrence, Kansas, to be the starting point of its Leadership Kansas programs for the next three years. The organization’s annual meeting is April 16. Our vibrant community was selected over the usual tourism suspects of Wichita and Kansas City.

A diverse group of Leadership Kansas participants and alumni, from all 105 counties, will see that they should return to Lawrence for business meetings or a football weekend. We have plenty of amenities including a new hotel and plenty of meeting space. They also can see first-hand the economic linkage between KU research and Lawrence’s growing bioscience industry.

The Leadership Kansas alumni here in Lawrence, are getting incredible support from the community. For the next three years, we get a chance to warmly greet the new Leadership Kansas classes and leave a welcoming memory for them to carry through their summer. More importantly, Lawrence will be the measuring stick as they visit other communities across Kansas. I know they will find Lawrence residents to be as friendly and welcoming as Kansans living in Colby, Parsons, Wichita or Dodge City.

The Lawrence Leadership Kansas Alumni appreciate the opportunity to bring retail support to our main street and our community. The LK alumni here in Lawrence are striving to make sure that the three-year run is made permanent, which will provide Lawrence a great opportunity to sell itself to Kansas.

Comments

paulette2 4 years ago

thanks wolfy.........

well, maybe they will see that Lawrencians are not all like sheep led to the coal plants!

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wolfy 4 years ago

Paulette2, Leadership Kansas is an arm of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

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paulette2 4 years ago

Many of us like the rest of Kansas also. From the Flint Hills to Ft. Leavenworth i am partial to eastern Kansas but many areas have our blue skies. Hopefully Lawrence will as you suggest be a great place for them to meet - but let's not promote the 'new hotel' Joan which is very disturbing to many KU alumni as an example of weak leadership in Lawrence.

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paulette2 4 years ago

Leadership Kansas is a great opportunity as the LTE writer points out for Lawrence.

The Eldridge on Mass is a great hotel, but not too sure that anyone in town if very proud of the new hotel at 12th & Oread. The pretty much across the board reaction to it is that the interior feel of too much rock is exactly the same reaction as the outside which is pretty horrific.

A new hotel is not simply good Joan because it is new.

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paulette2 4 years ago

one point to bring up is the perspective of the LTE writer that we must 'sell ourselves'.

what happened to JUST BE ourselves?

from a commercial banker must everything be put in the perspective of dollars and cents?

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smitty 4 years ago

My bet is this group will be shown down town more than any where else..they'll check out the Free State Brewery's menu, then cross the street to check out down town Deciphera, the farmers market, view the old brick buildings of vibrant Mass Street businesses, espouse the history of Quantrill, visit the new Art's Center, stop to smell the abundant flowers up and down Mass, the empty lot where the films are shown will be exalted as community spirit, as the 8th St area for out side parties, Eldridge Hotel with the history of a past owner creating the Horse parade for xmas, show the pole the young people climbed up to celebrate the NCAA championship, tout all the variety of parades put on through our community spirit that contributes to the social service agencies, and never mention any critical comments from the west side residents who reportedly never participate in down town because of the bars and panhandlers will be removed from Mass for the time being.

Welcome Kansas citizens. Don't hit your head crawling from under city hall's table where most of the deals are made.

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