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Letters to the Editor

Letter: City conflict?

February 8, 2013

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To the editor:

With the situation surrounding the proposed Rock Chalk Park/community recreation center getting more confusing and suspect every day, it is time to re-evaluate the city’s role in this venture and ask some hard questions.

In light of that, I think it is essential that City Commissioner Carter recuse himself from this issue. As an employee of the Chamber of Commerce that has publicly come out strongly in favor of this plan, his vote would present, at the minimum, a suspicion of conflict of interest, if not a real one.

It may be time for the city to go back to the original plan of a community rec center near Free State High School and allow KU Endowment and Fritzel to go their own way.

Comments

Abdu Omar 1 year, 8 months ago

This proposal is a murky one in the least and I am not opposed to it, if I can understand it. That is where it is murky. Let the city fathers, in a letter to the citizens on this venue explain to everyone exactly what the heck they are doing. Why is this important and what benefit it is to the public who is paying for it. These and many others are questions needing answers. Thanks.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Pull the plug is the only logical and fiscally responsible decision.

Let the taxpayers decide is the second most logical decision.

If Sam Brownback gets his way and kills the teachers unions,lays off thousands of teachers thus reducing and/or eliminating thousands upon thousands upon thousands of wages and millions of dollars from the economy what then? His executive privilege can do all of that.

Moreover there is more speculation than substance regarding the projected benefits to Lawrence,Kansas.

Moreover the west side promoters aka chamber leadership, aka bankers,real estate executives and developers need to realize Lawrence is a small town economy in real life NOT the KCMO/JoCo metro tax base.

BTW the housing boom and inflated real estate values are gone means dead. People got burned and owe more than market value.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

What could be the alternative?

How can Lawrence taxpayers get the best bang for our 1994 sales tax bucks and improve the quality of life for families throughout the entire community?

Construct a NW neighborhood rec center with 2-3 gyms, two soccer fields probably for about $10 million. Now we have achieved shoring up the alleged lack of court space.

Connect the Burroughs Creek hike and bike path to the river levy by way off Hobbs Park through the new development aka "beautiful eastside warehouse district". A design path has been created for free so lets get on with it. Maybe cost $200,000.

In doing the above Lawrence,Kansas has effectively improved the quality of life for more families throughout the sales tax dollar community. This is definitely within the spirit of the 1994 sales tax that was approved by families throughout the community.

Now there are still plenty of sales tax dollars available to begin dressing up Vermont and New Hampshire with planters. In addition to making Mass street evermore beautiful with additional new landscaping. Beautiful landscaping attracts consumers to wherever it is located = far more effective than big box buildings and for wayyyyyyyy less money.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

"If Sam Brownback gets his way and kills the teachers unions,lays off thousands of teachers thus reducing and/or eliminating thousands upon thousands upon thousands of wages and millions of dollars from the economy what then? His executive privilege can do all of that."

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/feb/08/letter-broad-impact/?letters_to_editor

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 8 months ago

Why not apply a .025% occupation tax at hotels and restaurants citywide.

Then, place this up for public vote, the supporters will turn out in droves and those most affected by it will be oblivious to the predatory nature of the process. Its a win/win. the fathers, Fritzel and whoever else has their hand in this get their free money and the losing end won't even know its happening.

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