Archive for Thursday, December 8, 2011

City service

Lawrence’s longtime city attorney has served the community well.

December 8, 2011


A few days ago Lawrence city officials hosted a reception to honor Lawrence attorney Gerald Cooley, who is retiring after serving 23 years as the city’s attorney.

Speakers noted Cooley’s excellent work for the city and emphasized his attention to detail, his knowledge of the law, the manner in which he conducted himself and his hard work.

They said he epitomizes all the good traits and habits of a superior “small-town attorney” and applies these values in his work on behalf of the city.

Cooley always was a stickler for doing the right thing, and, without a doubt, his presence kept the city on the straight and narrow.

Since 1988, when he became city attorney, Cooley is sure to have disappointed or angered a number of people with his legal arguments and opinions, but even his critics are likely to acknowledge that he tried to treat all parties fairly. At times he might appear brusque, but he took great interest in his work and his clients, whether in his personal legal work or in his role as city attorney.

Cooley’s legal skills could easily have taken him to a larger community or bigger law firm, but it was the city’s good fortune that he chose to stay in Lawrence and work on the community’s behalf.

Lawrence and its residents were well-served by Cooley in his role as city attorney.


Les Blevins 6 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps the writer considers being narrow minded the "right thing" when he says "Cooley always was a stickler for doing the right thing, and, without a doubt, his presence kept the city on the straight and narrow." I don't know if Mr. Cooley had anything to say about it but both the newspaper editor and the city has been much more narrow minded than I hoped they would be. The editor has refused to inform the local public about a plan I'm proposing to slow global warming and create jobs and the city has steadfastly refused to provide a letter of support for what I'm proposing for Lawrence and the State of Kansas, namely that we take a proactive stance and enable the nation and the world to combat global warming.

If we do nothing now to slow carbon buildup in the atmosphere, and simply allow the climate to spiral out of control, the 1,000 who lost their lives this year in weater related disasters will look rather insignificant, because in a normal year, at the end of this century, we could be seeing 43,000 losing their lives in a normal year, and in an unusually bad year see over 430,000 losing their lives due to "natural" climate related disasters and the total cost of those disasters could exceed the GNP. Wake up America and don't listen to the climate deniers.

Orwell 6 years, 4 months ago

Jeez. Give it a rest. You've reached the point of self-parody, where every article on every subject becomes an excuse to complain about a newspaper not providing free publicity for your pet project.

Climate change is a serious problem, and all serious solutions should be considered. It doesn't follow that there's some grand conspiracy to suppress your approach. The more you rant about this, the more you'll be marginalized.

lunacydetector 6 years, 4 months ago

the city should name a park after his greatness. just like buford watson, another great one.

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