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Letter: Plague of apathy

July 13, 2013

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To the editor:

In any given election, approximately 85 percent of Lawrence’s eligible voters do not cast ballets. Consequently, voter apathy allows city hall and city officials to perpetuate and expand their destructive ideologies. Ideologies of cronyism, greed, arrogance and a total disregard for majority opinion have fostered a city of stagnation and no growth.

The Milken Institute’s 2012 national economic study, “Best Performing Cities Index,” ranked Lawrence 178th out of 179 compared to other small metropolitan areas. This study primarily focused on growth. After this growth study was published, by a unanimous vote, city commissioners increased the city manager’s salary by $10,000 per year plus an increase in his yearly benefits. This is but one of many reasons why city hall has zero credibility.

It is imperative that government entities are held accountable in order for our city to begin growing. The $25 million Rock Chalk recreation center and proposed citywide recycling program are painful reminders of the costs of acutely dysfunctional government officials. The process by which these projects were initiated violate every attribute of fiduciary responsibility. Both projects will expand the number of government employees while forcing private recycling personnel to join the ranks of the unemployed.



We the electorate must cast apathy aside and become fully engaged in the political process in order that our city might reach its fullest potential. We must elect world-class leaders in order to have a world-class city. Please vote in each and every election.

Comments

roadwarrior 1 year, 2 months ago

tell ya what, those of us in the county who can't vote ? are generally appalled by what ya'll are doing in there.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

In any given election, approximately 85 percent of Lawrence’s eligible voters do not cast ballets. Consequently, voter apathy allows city hall and city officials to perpetuate and expand their destructive ideologies. Ideologies of cronyism, greed, arrogance and a total disregard for majority opinion have ...

---I don't wear ballet slippers, so I can't cast my ballet.

but I do regularly cast my ballot.

... apathy is a serious problem. so, is spelling.

but if he's writing about the dance at city hall, it is a very bad version of the nut cracker ballet,

and indeed instead of ballet at city hall, maybe we just need an old fashioned two-step to clean out the recycling and the northwest white elephant rochchalkpark.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

yeah,was a funny error! wonder if was original with the letter writer or whether the error was injected at the ljw?

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Ann Gardner 1 year, 2 months ago

It came in that way, but we should have caught it. Sorry!

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

thanks for the word Ann. indeed, it slipped past you guys.

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