Letters to the Editor

More input

October 29, 2010


To the editor:

Before you vote “yes” on the library proposal, please consider the following thoughts.

  1. Given the present financial insecurity in our country, is now the time to increase the financial burden on Lawrence residents?

Yes, the library does need remodeling, but considering a revised design following the architectural style of our present building would greatly reduce the expense, as well as be a structure that says “important public building” and fulfills the needs of new library technology. The present building has stood the test of time and still is contemporary and dignified in its appearance.

  1. Design considerations, such as floor plans defining areas for new and future reader services, book shelving, computers and check-out centers would be included in the renovation and, by providing more efficiency, would be more cost-effective. Providing attractive spaces, tables and comfortable armchairs also plays an important part in the public’s perception of the library as a user-friendly and enjoyable place.

  2. Serious consideration should also be given to building a branch library closer to the center of the present Lawrence population. This would give new life to users of the library, particularly children, young people and senior citizens, who would get easier access to its doors. Meeting rooms, etc., would be available for many extracurricular activities.

  3. Basically, the final commitment for a library improvement plan, although needed, should include more input from the community, more research into cutting costs with a new architectural plan and a fresh insight into solving the parking problems.

Jan Gaumnitz,



Richard Heckler 7 years, 2 months ago

Public input has been taking place for a few years.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 2 months ago

Too bad those that put this proposal out hasn't been listening.

gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 2 months ago

Merrill, you always argue for more public input and more studies... Except when it is something you want. Funny, too, how you complain about taxes unless it is for something you want. Hypocritical much?

labmonkey 7 years, 2 months ago

Merrill... when haven't you been for an increased tax?

John Hamm 7 years, 2 months ago

When do the "leader's" of Larwrence listen to the people? Not often that's for sure. Too expensive for the gain. Vote NO.

Kansas_Girl 7 years, 2 months ago

It's interesting that community members who own property that they hope to sell to the City for a LIbrary branch or for a relocation (Riverfront Mall) are urging us to stop and think about other locations before voting....?

cato_the_elder 7 years, 2 months ago

This is a courageous letter from a highly respected member of our community who obviously has a lot more common sense than those who have written the standard touchy-feely letters on this subject, including one such letter today. The fact that this proposal would be floated during these economic times (how many homes are for sale in Lawrence right now, and how long have they been on the market?) is an embarrassment to Lawrence and continues to reinforce our image statewide as a community without a clue as to the negative impact of never-ending increased levels of taxation on our overall economic productivity and growth.

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 2 months ago

If we wait, we will get something better and more appreciated by the community.

I have no doubt.

I am sorry to have to vote NO.

notajayhawk 7 years, 2 months ago

"If we wait, we will get something better and more appreciated by the community."

Since when have the Lawrence voters followed that philosophy? Remember the mT vote? Lots of people on these message boards said the bus company should prove they could make it a more usable and more viable system first, but they were shouted down by the 'Give them the money, and I'm sure they'll make the improvements' crowd. How'd that work out? (I guess fine, if you happen to be a KU student.)

somedude20 7 years, 2 months ago

what if they put a bookshelf full of books on every empty bus. 2birds1stone

mr_right_wing 7 years, 2 months ago

I'm really starting to resent our local library. (I resent anyone threatening to take my money.)

If this passes my resentment will turn into disgust directed at our public library (Just as I'd feel disgust toward anyone who is stealing my money.)

Keep Mr. Right Wing happy.....vote NO on Tuesday.

(Hey...I've worn out all my other 'no' arguments, so now it's time to move on to the ridiculous!)

jafs 7 years, 2 months ago

If it passes, you shouldn't resent the library - you should resent the majority of people who vote "yes".

But, then again, that's the way our system works.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 2 months ago

It's easier to resent a 'building' than going around giving everybody dirty looks.

On the positive side; at least the library can be avoided....empty bus after empty bus cannot. (Unless you're outside Lawrence.)

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