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Letter: Be the best

March 8, 2013

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I am terribly proud of my hometown Lawrence, Kansas. Proud of the people, Kansas University, downtown, this newspaper, restaurants, Free State beer, Dog Days, schools, our civic leaders — all of the things that make Lawrence a great place to live.

Why is Lawrence such a great place to live? Why do many of us go to great lengths to live here while others can’t wait to get out of their towns? Like other communities with a rich history, the people who created Lawrence built our city to be the best it could be. What makes us different from many cities is that we grow and continue to re-create Lawrence by following the same passion for excellence as those before us. We know how to preserve the past yet build for the future. “Just getting by” is not part of our culture in Lawrence.

For example, when Lawrence creates a recreation center, we think of the future and aim for excellence. No musty hut on abandoned acreage for our future generations. In Lawrence, we team with KU to create Rock Chalk Park — one of the very few facilities of its type in the country with a modern recreation center big enough to address the current and future needs of all of our residents. This beautiful facility proudly displayed at the western gateway to Lawrence will benefit our residents for literally generations to come. “Oh yeah … welcome to Lawrence, Kansas.”

Comments

Fred Mertz 1 year, 9 months ago

Perhaps the sign should say: Welcome to Lawrence - Home of the City Council that doesn't listen to you and is quick to give your money away to developers.

jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

That welcoming sign could read "Welcome To Lawrence, where the voters don't vote, so they get the government they deserve."

jhawkinsf 1 year, 9 months ago

...... they get mocked in the style scout section?

right_down_the_middle 1 year, 9 months ago

Nice LTE Bob. I believe many people agree with you and believe that the Rec Center project is a welcome addition to Lawrence. Instead of trolling the LJW boards, though, many of us choose to let our city commissioners know how we feel directly and asked them to support the Rec Center. Exactly the way a representative democracy is supposed to work. It is my belief there are far more of us that support the Rec Center project than the usual daily lackluster comments of the those folks who seem to have all day and whose comments number in the thousands on these boards. Thanks for taking the time to discuss what, I believe, the majority of us think.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

If commissioners would put it to a city-wide vote, you could do your part to show your support for this center. But you really don't believe your bluster, do you?

https://www.change.org/petitions/city-commission-city-of-lawrence-public-vote-on-the-public-financing-of-the-regional-rec-center

Fred Mertz 1 year, 9 months ago

We put the library expansion to a vote but not the rec center? Doesn't make sense does it?

David Reynolds 1 year, 9 months ago

Glad to hear you support the Rock Chalk Park. Hope you also supported giving the developer tax breaks equivalent to approximately 1/2 the cost of the project and we only get 5-10 employees. That is government math. Let's see, that is $1.7million per employee of long term employment. Do you make that much money right_down_the_middle?

Jayhawks64 1 year, 9 months ago

Great letter. Can't wait for it all to be completed.

Eileen Jones 1 year, 9 months ago

The current CC does not listen to the taxpayers.

I will vote against every one of them, every chance I get.

Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 9 months ago

"No musty hut on abandoned acreage for our future generations. In Lawrence..." I would like to see a picture of his hut. Where is it, or where was it? What kind of recreation was it used for? Was there a fee? We need more information here.

ignati5 1 year, 9 months ago

Oh, come on! The "rec Center," Rock Chalk Park,' Fritzel-land" or whatever its current name may be is a world=-class boondoggle that will put us in the poorhouse and end up as the venue for rock concerrts, gun shows, and whatever else the developer can come up with to fill the empty schedule. Please do not sully Lawence's progressive spirit by associating it with this sop thrown to the Chamber and developers without a public vote.

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