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Archive for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Letter: Red flag?

March 26, 2013

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To the editor:

Before the coming city election, all citizens should drive to the intersection of McDonald Drive and Second Street/Princeton Drive. Opposite USD 497 headquarters and adjacent to the Hallmark plant is a lovely new Comfort Inn & Suites with 61 well-appointed rooms, a deluxe indoor pool and 65 safe and convenient parking places. I’m told this hotel was built without a single penny of tax breaks, rebates or a TIF! They’ve paid their full share of property tax from day one.

City officials and developers are constantly beating the drum for free enterprise, but always seek corporate welfare for any new project.  As long as out-of-town entrepreneurs and corporations are willing to do their own market research and invest their own millions in Lawrence, there is no excuse for taxpayer funding of local developers’ pet hotel projects.

I’m totally dedicated to free enterprise, especially enterprise free to local taxpayers. I regard the recent developer-financed postcard mailing as a red flag and will vote accordingly.   

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Tax incentives eliminate the Free Market aspect. The Free Market is dead thanks to politicians handing out tax dollars like drunken sailors.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year ago

The boys down town run Lowe's away, to many hoops to jump through, I drive over to Topeka and buy my big ticket home repairs

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think_about_it 1 year ago

And to think that Comfort Inn was built by non other than Lawrence's biggest villain Thomas Fritzel!

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tomatogrower 1 year ago

Great letter. We should really start promoting the businesses who are willing to take the risks that businesses took a long time ago. Either they want to locate here or they don't. Guess who pays for things in the end? It's not the rich business guy, trust me. Look at that hotel on the river. You know the one with the parking lot that we paid for, but now don't get to use.

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