Letters to the Editor

Library thanks

November 18, 2010


To the editor:

After years working towards expanding and renovating the Lawrence Public Library, we were incredibly pleased with the support Lawrencians showed for their library on Election Day. By voting for a minimal property tax increase to pay for the upgraded library Lawrence needs, we’ve made an investment in Lawrence’s future that will pay dividends for decades. Not only that, but Lawrencians have also proved again that they value community, education and public resources enough to pay for them. We appreciate living in a community with the foresight to make such an investment now, when costs are down, and when our local economy could use the boost the library project will bring.

From here, we hope Lawrence will continue its strong support of the library. The real work is just beginning, and as city and library officials work to bring the improved library to life we must be patient yet purposeful. And a few years from now, we can all gather to dedicate the library facility that Lawrence needs and deserves. For bringing that prospect one giant leap closer to reality this Election Day, we are extremely grateful to the citizens of Lawrence.

Alice Ann Johnston and Clay Britton

co-chairs, Vote YES for the Library


Richard Heckler 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for all of your hard work. Good Job!

justforfun 7 years, 4 months ago

I think I'm going to throw up!!!

"our local economy could use the boost the library project will bring." This will only pertain to a select few, furthermore the construction company has not been selected as of yet! So Alice and Clay how can you say it will be a boost to the local economy??? I venture to say that the constuction firm and subs will mainly be from outside of Lawrence. As far as minimal tax increase, yea only if you have one property or a inexpensive one.

Thanks for all your hard work of getting another tax increase pushed through! Good Job!

booyalab 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, the letter writer obviously comes from the school of economic thought that calls any transfer of funds a "boost" to the economy. By that logic, we should all transfer our funds down the toilet, because if we do it in the name of literacy it's ok!

kansasredlegs 7 years, 4 months ago

Yep, it was a mandate for sure, reminded me of the election when Bush defeated Gore Your coalition should be proud of parading a bunch of kids with signs around downtown and get just one more kool-aid drinker and one more KU student to vote for something they don't have to pay for. Congratulations. You won, but please don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back by telling us how enlightened your group is. I would rather see you print your new tax bill here for all to see, so I can see that your new tax actually went up 1 Starbucks cup of coffee each month for your property.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 4 months ago

Are you also ready to take responsibility if the plan, the funding and the promises fall short of what has been presented.

You have committed the people of Lawrence for the next 20 years.

I hope we will all be happy with the results but I am skeptical how this will turn out.

Godot 7 years, 4 months ago

The fools in Lawrence approved this boondoggle based on faulty assumptions, with no clawback provision if and when the assumptions fail.

Think you can sell your munis for a 3.5% return? Really?

"California slashed its planned sale of longer-term tax-free municipal bonds, citing the vicious sell-off in the muni market nationwide in recent days.

The state said late Wednesday that it would offer $1 billion in longer-term tax-free bonds for sale beginning Friday instead of the $1.75 billion it had expected to sell.

The state also canceled a $267-million lease revenue bond sale that had been set for Tuesday.

“The tax-exempt municipal bond market is a cold, cold world right now for issuers and taxpayers,” said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Treasurer Bill Lockyer. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co...."

youowethehawks 7 years, 4 months ago


Investing in your local library is the smartest thing that a community can do. The resources LPL makes available to small businesses and entreprenuers are priceless. If you haven't visited the Library, seen the plans for the SBDC there, then you're a fool for opening your cake-hole. If you have and you still think that a 1% tax is too much to pay for a better library, you're beyond help and may God have mercy on your curmudgeon-y soul.

Ask yourself this: Why doesn't Lawrence deserve a world-class library?

jafs 7 years, 4 months ago

Because it's not, and never will be a "world-class" city, and shouldn't aspire to be one.

kansasredlegs 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm not opposed to the library, just the expansion. Ask the kids, elderly and shut-ins who reside west of Iowa Street how much they like the Library Annex on the West side of town. Wait, oh yeah we don't have one of those.

booyalab 7 years, 4 months ago

"The resources LPL makes available to small businesses and entreprenuers are priceless." That rhetoric is dangerous. If you can't put a price on something, then any tax increase for it could be justified. We could basically be made slaves to the government.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 7 years, 4 months ago

I strongly agree! Us folks on a fixed income, and hard working citizens of Lawrence take it in the shorts every time the liiberals vote to raise our taxes. This comes at a time when many do not even have jobs. Thank you, Lynn

blindrabbit 7 years, 4 months ago

Why is the library currently undergoing an expensive renovation of the existing HVAC system (as reported by LJW just after the vote) in view of the fact that the entire system will probably need to be changed/replaced when the new library expansion begins.?? Seems like the old chicken/egg of horse/cart stories. Would like an explanation from the City Staff/Commission.

irvan moore 7 years, 4 months ago

i wish we had the Riverfront Mall back to turn into a library but then they would have had parking and couldn't cram the parking lot for downtown Lawrence down our throats.

Emily Campbell 7 years, 4 months ago

Love love LOVE the idea of the Riverfront Mall!! I had no idea that was proposed until the LJ article a while back...

Sheryl Wiggins 7 years, 4 months ago

this LTE just seems like such a petty boast. Almost as if Ms. Johnston and Mr. Britton are gloating about how good they were to get this passed. Another commenter mentioned that Mr. Britton doesn't even live in Lawrence? If that's true then his letter of 'thanks' is even more of a slap in the face to those in Lawrence who will end up paying for this. and that's all I have to say about that.

lawrencehatesbusinesses 7 years, 4 months ago

Thank you ladies for the job well done. I wish you would've gone further in your proposal and asked for more money so the so-called cash strapped whiners could actually feel a little pain. I too laugh. For the price of three Starbucks coffee a day. Vote no people eat your heart out. See you at the new library!

monkey_c 7 years, 4 months ago

Are you being sarcastic? I could feed a family of six for the cost of three starbucks coffees a day. And some families in this town struggle to eat three squares a day.

George Lippencott 7 years, 4 months ago

"minimal property tax increase" What planet do you live on? I voted for this effort because I believe in what is being done (not the parking garage) but the cost will not be minimal except to over paid, wealthy people who have no clue about the real world.

somedude20 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks soccer moms you guys are great! What a good job you did with the T and I can only hope that the library will go just as well

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