Letters to the Editor

Letter: Skip the raise

January 1, 2014


To the editor:

How is it that people are allowed to vote themselves a raise that sit on the City Commission for a part-time job? I don’t get it. This type of allotment should be put to public vote not just, hey, I think we need a raise. These people have jobs or successful businessmen. I don’t think that warrants a raise, especially a large one.

This city has wasted so much money on ridiculous ventures. Unneeded, crazy roundabouts for one. Putting streetlights along Kasold then going back and taking at least every other one out. Brilliant! Spending money on brick crosswalks on the annoying roundabouts then hearing people complain about how hard it is to walk on them. Another brilliant move that warrants a raise for hare-brained projects.

Hey commission, skip your raise and think about doing something useful like, oh, maybe a walk-in medical center, fire department, maybe even for a grocery store in North Lawrence. Oh, wait a minute, we must have a sports complex in the highly undeveloped northwest part of town and a sign on Massachusetts listing certain business establishments. I don’t know, is it just me?


Abdu Omar 2 years, 9 months ago

No its not just you. We need some thoughtful planners, ones who have the welfare of the citizens they represent in mind both here in Lawrence and at the national level. It is time to clean house everywhere. This project in NW Lawrence is a fool's errand and we will come to know that sooner or later. No raise, no excess building no foolishness in 2014.

Bart Johnson 2 years, 9 months ago

You assume that those in power should have the majority's interest in mind. Government is nothing more than a parasite upon society. Once you understand that, everything they do makes a lot more sense.

Mark Rainey 2 years, 9 months ago

You like those streets, stoplights, other things Government brings, the problem is the parasites in government.

Bart Johnson 2 years, 9 months ago

"You like those streets, stoplights, other things Government brings"

None of those things requires violent coercion and a parasitic political class.

"the problem is the parasites in government."

They are all parasites, living off the wealth produced by civil society and the free market.

Charlie Bannister 2 years, 9 months ago

Our Federal Representatives have the ability to vote themselves raises, gold plated pension plans that defy reason, and all manner of perks. Federal Government employees in general have about the best pension plans in the country, bar none. Most of us do not even HAVE pension plans any longer. Then that same mindset filters down to the state and local levels as well. I offer as an example all of the states that have incredible issues with the financial health of their pension plans. Who funds all of this? The answer is obvious isn't it? This is an issue that should cross all political lines. It is not a liberal or conservative issue. It is a greed issue. So I ask you fellow citizens. Have you had enough yet? It is time for a non violent rebellion in this country against the greed of the so called "public servants." The answer lies in the voting booth. By the way, if you don't vote, shame be upon you.

Bart Johnson 2 years, 9 months ago

The answer does not lie in the voting booth. That is nothing more than legitimizing the system. It is also a complete waste of time, money and energy. Even if you could possibly get any changes made, there is NOTHING stopping the next round of elected officials from changing it right back.

And regardless, you will not get anything changed. Did you hear about Scott Walker? He wanted to get the union members to pay slightly more for their benefits and he constantly got death threats, threats against his wife and children, threats against his family and friends. He got letters detailing the route his children took to school, letters detailing the time and place his wife worked. Just for a small reduction in benefits. Do you seriously think anyone will be willing to make any real cuts? The government will end up in bankruptcy like Detroit. There are no changes coming by anyone.

William Enick 2 years, 9 months ago

YouTube: Thom Hartmann,Democracy now. (The video concerning the crash of 2016.) Interesting inside info on how much the Bush administration (W's) knew about the crash od 2008. Thom gives a rational and plausible cause for the next one(Unfortunately). Difficult discussing this stuff. To bad we, today, must consider such awful & depressing situations-but we must- if we can affect change like many in the interview are preparing to implement when the time is right. Take care & may you have a good year.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Thom Hartman - The Crash of 2016


There is much talk about this concept. The only people who seem to believe the real estate boom of inflated property values is still here or just around the corner is local officials. Never mind it was this boom town economy that took the economy,millions of jobs and retirement plans down the tubes. Not easily repaired.

Never mind that the financial industry has not changed or is simply ignoring regulations which seems to be the rule of thumb.

Then one day the school loan scandal is going to explode.

Ripping Off Young America - The College Loan Scandal http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ripping-off-young-america-the-college-loan-scandal-20130815 Of course this could be avoided if 50%-60% of each loan was forgiven. The financial institutions need to cough up some money ---- a lot of money.

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