Letters to the Editor

Street sense

July 30, 2011


To the editor:

Does anyone at City Hall own, let alone wear, a thinking hat? Sixth Street, Ninth Street, 19th Street, both Kansas River bridges, Kasold (again, STILL!) and God only knows what other streets torn up the week prior to Aug. 1 lease rollover!

“Welcome to Lawrence. We hope your visit and especially commutes are pleasurable. Well, no, we’d never consider doing any street repair at night — especially on major thoroughfares. That would make it too easy on residents and visitors.”



Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 4 months ago

It is enough to make you move into a seedy apartment in the city after your wife leaves you for the Governor's top aide.

My real name... is Dick Whitman...

Scott Morgan 6 years, 4 months ago

We put a man on the moon, or at least make a really good fake film. We can take a persons heart out of the body, exchange it with another and have them both walking in a few days. We can make a car which remembers to move the seat back in position. We can grow hair on a billiard ball, and make misquotes homosexual.

We can leave a sub zero Lawrence at breakfast and be swimming in a sunny Ocean before lunch. We can eat baked beans, cabbage, spoiled deviled eggs, drink a glass of milk, then top it off with a 40 o.z. Pabst, and just take one no gas pill avoiding displeasuring our bedmate. We can watch Two and a Half Men 24 hours a day, yet..............

Man can not make a simple paved road which lasts. I ask why?

Kate Rogge 6 years, 4 months ago

@wissmo: "Man can not make a simple paved road which lasts. I ask why?" I think it's because Lawrence lowballs its road maintenance contracts. Name a city whose streets are resurfaced as frequently as ours. Substandard work costs more.

BlackVelvet 6 years, 4 months ago

"...Lawrence lowballs its road maintenance contracts..." As does the County. The recent overlay on 31st street was a total waste of time and money. That thing's got more waves in it than the Gulf of Mexico. And some rather substantial bumps, for a newly resurfaced road. It's a disgrace.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 4 months ago

an eloquent inquiry, wissmo... tip o' the hat to you

John Hamm 6 years, 4 months ago

I wouldn't. Street repair isn't that noisy. It's quicker (less traffic). And in Kansas in July it's one heck of a lot cooler so the workers are less stressed and work better.

Jimo 6 years, 4 months ago

You can pave a road to last. Just not on the 'lowest bidder' system.

Taxpayers (the same ones who whine "we're broke") will squeal bloody murder if the "bureaucrats" spent that kind of cash.

They're the same Mad Tea Hatters who refuse to spend $1 on infrastructure today under Marxist Obama so that they can spend $20 on it years from now under, they hope, President for Life Glenn Beck, as part of a "privatize the roads to the Koch Bros. scheme."

Jimo 6 years, 4 months ago

What? Still sulking from being exposed publicly as a liar?

independent_rebel 6 years, 4 months ago

No, the Tea Hatters don't want to spend $1 on illegals who get free school, free lunches, free medical care, etc. They don't want people, white, black, brown, dependant upon taxpayers from birth to death, as millions are now. Enough is enough. Do it on your own, find a private source of help (family, friends, a job) or suffer.

nouseforaname 6 years, 4 months ago

How dare that our infrastructure needs repairing and how dare those repairs cause me any sort of inconvenience. This is America! Give me Convenience or Give me Death!

Scott Morgan 6 years, 4 months ago

Not digging on Lawrence, I mean anywhere man needs paved roads. Including the S.W. where a good week of rains destroy highways.

funkdog1 6 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for writing this letter. I almost wrote it myself. The writer's point is that the city has scheduled all of these projects AT THE SAME TIME, rather than staggering some of them a few weeks apart. It's pretty difficult to get in and out of downtown right now what with both 9th and 6th completely torn up.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

Lawrence is saying it cost too much to fix roads because we're broke. Why are taxpayers being forced to fund new streets? Hamm is correct that the frequency of repair on same streets has been going on for at least 25 years.

Yet there are some quite expensive and quite extensive NEW roads on the table. Construction to begin soon. Yep that's right for the Chamber and the local home builders. 19th street and 31st street. New roads, the Chamber and developers are quite expensive budget items.

There is one consequence that usually goes unmentioned. Annexation and Not Smart Growth is draining our pocketbooks and raising our taxes.

Where is the money coming from for new streets? Voters were led to believe the new sales tax money would be for street rehab throughout neighborhoods. Which could be allowing the city to fund new streets from the General Fund by way of fuzzy math. I'm beginning to wonder if taxpayers perhaps got duped?

For probably 3 years Lawrence could keep people employed through this Bush/Cheney recession which brings on depression just fixing existing streets and walks that need it.

John Hamm 6 years, 4 months ago

FYI: It appears 6th & Michigan is going to be a Four-Way stop very soon. Possibly for more than one day. Not sure on that.

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