Letters to the Editor

Giving back

August 16, 2011

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To the editor:

According to the Journal-World, the rent on the SRS buildings at 19th and Delaware is just over $300,000 a year. I would suggest that instead of the city and county paying extortion money to Republican thugs in Topeka, they track down the building owner.

We know he is well known in Lawrence as a commercial landlord whose last name starts with “S.” Since he has received tons of taxpayers’ rent money over the years, let’s ask him to “give back” to the community and either radically lower the rent (one dollar a year) or make it rent free. And I bet the landlord, whose last name starts with “S,” can squeak by like the rest of us if he just “goes without” once in a while. Problem solved and we, taxpayers, save money.

Comments

Eileen Jones 3 years, 9 months ago

I had the same thought.

Since he'll be stuck with an empty building if the SRS leaves Lawrence, it's to the property owner's benefit to reduce the rent.

jafs 3 years, 9 months ago

Except if the lease requires that the state continue to pay rent until the 4 year period is up.

Then he has little incentive to negotiate.

Dan Eyler 3 years, 9 months ago

This article speak volumes to why we are in so much trouble financially. People like the author of this article want it for free. Just like leaches in a river bed. They attach themselves to someone and bleed them dry. Not contributing a thing and demanding someone else pay the price. The next time I buy a house I will tell the builder I demand you sell it to me for 1 dollar. Hey that sounds fair doesn't it?

mom_of_three 3 years, 9 months ago

No, she isn't. She is saying he had a lot to lose if the srs left and it would have beneficial for him as well as the citizens of Lawrence to keep srs here. Some rent is better than no rent. And he would have done a great benefit to his fellow citizens. Some might call it being charitable. But obviously, not you.

jafs 3 years, 9 months ago

That seems extreme.

I do wonder if he would have been open to negotiations with the state about the rent, before they unilaterally decided to close the offices though.

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