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Do you think Lawrence taxpayers should pay $40 million to $70 million on a new library?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 9, 2006

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“Yes, I do. I use the library a lot, and I think it would be a good thing to spend money on. I don’t see how anyone could think it was a bad idea to create a better place for kids to learn.”

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“Compared to all of the other stupid stuff the city could spend money on, a library sounds like a good idea.”

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“I guess it would depend on what they put into it. They should expand their media to include as much information as possible and not just spend money on what they think people need to learn about.”

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“Yes, I do. I think it would benefit the whole community.”

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Oh!

And

GAAAARRRREEEETTTHHHHHHHHHH!

Why don't you take your thlimy little thnakehead back inthide its forethkin and thut the Heck up?

There is a Mongoose about.

Thanks.

Marion.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

"We got a geniune Indian guru'

He's teachin' us a better way."

Apologies to Dr. Hook.

Thanks.

Marion.

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SpeedRacer 7 years, 10 months ago

NO WAY! Maybe the city commission hippies can make a deal with the Maharisha to put a new library in the "Peace Palace".

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

MD, I miss seeing the red "Hot Doughnuts" sign late at night -- talk about a sugar rush!!

Paladin, amen!

Off to dinner and the Children's VBS Program this evening at church. They are always so much fun . . I think the "crew" members are pirates this year. Then of course treats after (almost as good as Joe's sugar cookies :)

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Gareth wrote:

"Posted by Gareth (anonymous) on June 9, 2006 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Libraries = books.

Books = intellectualism.

Conservatives are anti-intellectual. So, naturally, they hate the idea of a library renovation.

The rampant anti-intellectual subtext of Neo-Con positions, coupled with their embrace of the fanatical Taliban-esque Christianist movement, makes them something we should all be fighting against, red state or blue."

Marion writes:

OH, GARRRREEEETTTTHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

You MORON!

This is not partisan issue although onesuch loosely wrapped as yourself would do their best to make it into one!

Conservatives, Liberatarians and yes, even tax-and-spend Liberals know a boondoggle when they see one!

You are an idiot; unable to figure out what is going on and so blinded by your ignorant prejudices that you are blikded by them.

No true conservative, libertarian or even liberal that I know of is opposed to learning and knowledge but it is cute of you to try to make that disingenuous accusation.

A library?

Yes.

A monument to collusion, corruption, personal glory and deciet; NO!

OH, GAAARRRREEEETHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

GEt a LIFE!

And a BRAIN while you're at it!

Thanks.

Marion.

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

I spell the word grammer. Only because I choose to. I'm a existentialist intullectial.

O Source of Mercy, give us the grace to show forbearance to those who offend against us. When the wrongs and injustices of others wound us, may our hearts not despair of human good. May no trial, however severe, embitter our souls and destroy our trust. When beset by trouble and sorrow, our mothers and fathers put on the armour of faith and fortitude. May we too find strength to meet adversity with quiet courage and unshaken will. Amen

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Lynn731 7 years, 10 months ago

Damn, Rundle already thought of it. Oh well. Thank you, Lynn

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Lynn731 7 years, 10 months ago

Oh yes, build a huge modern building just like Topeka did. They did it by making all of the county residents pay for it as well. It's called the Topeka & Shawnee County public library. It has a cafe, and lots of amenities. When we move over there we will be paying for it. Why not make the county residents pay for it too? Remember all you city and county commissioners, I thought of it first. Thank you, Lynn

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

Multi,

I one time was making mac and cheese for a bunch of ruffian children who happened to be at my house for lunch, with just noodles and cheese.

They said "whats this stuff.... mac and cheese isn't white!!"

Out came the Wilton's(R), presto instant yellow like the box stuff-- gobbled it down.

Its all in the presentation.

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007 7 years, 10 months ago

It appears the no's have it; not that it matters to the simpletons who frame the proposal thus: If you're against the library, you're with the terrorists.

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

Enoch, don't forget to link us to LMH babies!

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

I'll be darned. Just when I think inmate's comment can't possibly be beaten and I can't stop laughing, here come Enoch with such wonderful news to steal the show.

(sorry inmate)

Wow. that's fantastic. And he beat TOB at getting the news to us LOL. Of course he did. I'm surprised he wasn't the first one on the board this morning come to think of it! (giggle). I guess he's allowed to sleep in for a few mornings, if he can.

A boy. Gosh, I could loaned him mine, and he could have had a girl.

Now, back to figuring out ordering groceries online. Of course they don't tell you which is a gallon of milk.

RI...I am astounded at how much you know about Wilton's cake coloring concentrate. I may giggle about that a few more times tonight.

Anyone missing the sugar high headaches from Joe's Bakery sugar cookies yet? Sounds like RI can probably fix you right up!

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Steve Jacob 7 years, 10 months ago

Let's look into in future! Will people be reading books in 10-20 years? I have been saying over and over expand the computer center and don't add any more space for books.

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

Now some devil-child is after Paladin!!

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

SS, you are bad!! Paladin helped calm my storm :):)

There seem to be some validity behind the Celts being labeled as barbarians, some nonsense about human sacrifices, etc., probably started by a bunch of panty waists :) My dad always said he felt guilty about punishing his children, given the gene pool he helped to create in them. Enough Irish to fly off the handle, enough German to plot revenge, and enough Cherokee to remember forever a lot he knew . . I have a terrible memory!!

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Damian666 7 years, 10 months ago

paladin,

Why, of course you're "a intullectial"; that's obvious from your great spelling and grammar!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

Will Kansas issue concealed puppy permits?

http://www.shortnews.com/shownews.cfm?id=54903&CFID=3369518&CFTOKEN=28672563

S.S.,

There is Wilton's(R) concentrate in the butter tray of the fridge. It will do oodles of frosting, I bet you could make 5 gallons of butter cream frosting that color. I have always had trouble coloring hard-crack frosting. But I do have an airbrush you can use...and you can make the color with the Wilton's(R) concentrate in your blender.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

RI, perfect! Where do I get that much blue icing???

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ibroke 7 years, 10 months ago

no we should use the money for more roundabouts

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

S.S.,

They are in the real library, have to add that element of realism to the virtual one.

S.S, btw: check this out: http://www.carleedise.com/cakes/cake_pics/adultbirthday/viagra.jpg

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

Ceallach, I like you better on high octane! Tomorrow, skip the decaf! ;)

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

Princess, because that would be too simple.

Why not turn that narcissistic shrine to Bob Dole into a branch library? Seriously, how often does that get used?

RI, I'm liking that virtual library idea. Minus the silverfish!

I overheard an "older" couple at the grocery store today talking about how worthless the computer is. Maybe they're on to something. Naaaahhhhh!

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

Enoch, Congrats!!! I hope your babe's mommy recovers quickly from that C-section and that all of you have lots of happy, healthy, years together. :o) :o) :o) XOXO for the little boy!

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 10 months ago

Build UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It can be done, so why not look into it.

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akuna 7 years, 10 months ago

I say "Yes" to the Library and "No" to the SLT. I bet people like Marion are the opposite. The typical Left and Right flip.

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

Congrats enochville. I can't wait until September when my wife and I have our first. It will be pretty sweet.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

Indeed -- congratulations on the Enochlet. It won't be long before the baby starts posting here...

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Gootsie 7 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. and baby E! And thanks for taking a minute to let us know.

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ljreader 7 years, 10 months ago

When I read the comments from the people on the street, I wondered how many own homes? If you don't have to pay property taxes, a new overpriced library sounds great. Building up on the existing library along with some branch locations would do the trick. If Compton, Fritzel, and the rest want a new library, let them pay for it and gift it the city. This city has been very very good to them. I'd except a big fat "thank you" from them in the form of a new library. Congrats on the new crumb grabber, enochville.

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

Congrats, enochvill and mrs. enochville!! Baby pictures are always welcome:):) Hope the c-section doesn't mean she had difficulty, if so may she quickly recover.

sgt, at least they got something right:)

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macon47 7 years, 10 months ago

80,000 people 40 million dollar library that dont add up too good

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 10 months ago

How much for a "virtual library"?
Any staff would be in India,
They could have virtual silverfish crossing the pade

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 10 months ago

Congrats, congrats to enochville and his wife on the birth of their son.

What a joy it is to be a parent.

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

I like books. No, I love books. I have owned allot of books. I have given away allot of books. I have read allot of books. I think everyone can benefit from the reading of books. Books have always been a very important part of the person I am. Some have even called me a intullectial. I am definitively pro-books. I am not pro-Megalibrary Development Project, as proposed. The reason is that it is not about books as nearly as much as it is about a small number of rich people becoming richer at the expense of us ordinary folks, who happen to like books.

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Damian666 7 years, 10 months ago

Gareth, Typical liberal comment. You've got that backwards. It has always been the uneducated liberals who need all the social welfare programs to bail them out of their underachieving lives.

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bugmenot 7 years, 10 months ago

Gareth: You are missing the point of the critiscism of many on the new library. It's too expensive. Quit devoting all of your time to think of a witty saying and actually read what most are bashing. At $40 million it's too damn expensive, let alone the $70 mill they are quoting.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

Is that tongue-in-cheek, Gareth?

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Gareth 7 years, 10 months ago

Libraries = books.

Books = intellectualism.

Conservatives are anti-intellectual. So, naturally, they hate the idea of a library renovation.

The rampant anti-intellectual subtext of Neo-Con positions, coupled with their embrace of the fanatical Taliban-esque Christianist movement, makes them something we should all be fighting against, red state or blue.

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enochville 7 years, 10 months ago

Just have time for a quick email. Our son was born at 9:56pm last night by c-section. He and his mother are healthy and doing just fine. He was 7 lbs, 14 oz, and 19.75 in long.

I know ms_canada wants pictures. I'll send them as soon as I can.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

Ceal, I heard that originally they were going to say it would be between $1 and $1 billion, but they thought that might meet with more resistance.

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

Using the Carnegie as a branch is a very good idea. Renovating the existing structure and creating several branch locations would solve many problems, not the least of which is the 40-70 million dollar price tag. (Such a wide range!!)

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LogicMan 7 years, 10 months ago

If the existing building's foundation was designed to handle additional floors, than building up, renovating the lower floors, and replacing the antiquated building systems makes a lot of sense.

It won't be cheap, but it does keep things simple which usually is best.

Or, could some functions of the current library be moved to the (renovated) Carnegie library building? Like maybe have the adult-oriented books and functions there, while retaining the children's books, activities, etc. at a renovated-version of the current library? That might be cheapest, and would solve two or more problems ...

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gontek 7 years, 10 months ago

Lets build the biggest, best public library in Kansas. Lets go for something that would be monumental, like the library of congresss or something that you would expect to see in the mall in DC. If we are going to do it, then lets do it right.

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

You can't blame the construction companies for trying. After all they are in it to make money. They are business owners. However we can get mad if the Commish approves the ideas.

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RustyShackleford 7 years, 10 months ago

cutny has it right.

And to echo something said above, if you don't want the arts and at least a third class library in a town like Lawrence, you're welcome to leave.

Hundreds of Red State towns with cats that drive trucks and distrust booklearnin' are beckoning. And the housing prices are bargain basement!

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Fatty_McButterpants 7 years, 10 months ago

Hell no! Are they trying to tell me that they can't build a viable, modern library for less than $40-70 MILLION DOLLARS?!?! As a very wise person I know said, "If we pay for this all we are doing is paying for some of the richer residents in town to get even richer." They were referring to the plans put forth by Fritzel, Compton, etc. Yeah, they build a library, but they also build loft apartments, retail buildings, etc. that they can collect rent off of - with OUR money!

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bugmenot 7 years, 10 months ago

New Library- Good Idea

40-70 million library- Stupid Idea

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1derer 7 years, 10 months ago

sgtwolverine, early morning practices would be out and the games would have to be restricted to afternoons and weekends, so as not to wake the homeless. Once that requirement is met there should be no problem and it sounds like a lot of fun.

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inmate 7 years, 10 months ago

Books are a great way to escape; I'm looking for one on locksmithing.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

I think they should spend $40-$70 million on a professional soccer team. Maybe they could play their games in the library.

Hey, that actually sounds like fun.

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

cutny, I don't think anybody on here has a problem with some of their tax dollars going to fund a library they won't use. The issue comes from when the cost of the library is out of the question. People wouldn't have problems with politicians deciding to spend hard earned tax dollars if they did it wisely. Instead these politicians spend money like it is going out of style.

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ModSquadGal 7 years, 10 months ago

Oh please... it's ridiculous to spend that kind of money on the library they have proposed. Yes, we need to update and modify our library. The current one is outdated and too small. But, there is no reason to a) move it or b) spend that much money on it. I do understand the value of having a really good, well functioning library (especially now that I'm a mom), but we really don't need a coffee shop/apartment/business center library. Just one with books, computers and stuff for the kiddos that is up to date, fun and functional.

I have to agree with YourItalianPrincess. Build up on the current site and figure in some new parking ideas.

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neopolss 7 years, 10 months ago

Compared to Topeka or JC, the Lawrence library sucks hard. Besides the fact that there is a paltry selection of books, and that every year they sell off about half of the lot, why build a new building when they have yet to utilize the space they have? The current library is far from jam-packed yet. There's tons of empty space, waiting for books. I do support the public library to an extent. I argue that those who oppose the public financing these services to look at the history side of it. I have used libraries for extensive geneology work, as well as historical documents pertaining to our country, city, and county. There's a lot of info that possibly would be tossed if there wasn't a public library.

I know some people want every penny they earn for themselves. I get it. Really I do. But it conflicts with the idea of living in a society, in which the community contributes to the whole. Grinching is fine, but what good are you to the society? I'm sure that someone will note that private contributions would be adequate, but somehow I feel that those who are complaining would probably contribute nothing at all. There's my rant for the day.

No to the library. On one simply pretense. The city MUST provide primary services FIRST, which includes roads and sewer, BEFORE tackling the extracurricular goals. There's a lot of road improvements needed (and not roundabouts). Dump $50 million into THAT budget.

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Liberty 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, as long as all non-Kansas resident KU students pay for it. No price is too high for Public education as long as someone else will pay for it, not Lawrence residents. Otherwise, no way.

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YourItalianPrincess 7 years, 10 months ago

Good morning everyone!!!!!!!!!

I believe I have mentioned this before, but here goes again.

I spoke to someone who works at the library and they told me that when the library was built, it was built in a way that it could go up. Building another library elsewhere is crazy when the one we have can go up one, two, or three levels. The library sits in a prime location ( near downtown ) so why spend money on building a new one.

Parking is a drag yes...........so if the city would build our seniors a beautiful new senior center ( maybe next to the art center ) that would give up space needed for parking. I believe our seniors would love to have a new bigger building and it would also be close to downtown like it is now. Using the space for parking is needed for the library.

When the pool was put in I don't think anyone was thinking about parking for both the pool and the library. When people who use the pool park in the library parking lot, it leaves very little parking for library users. I go to the library every weekend for the following weeks themed lessons. If I can't get a parking spot on Saturday I try again later that day or the next day.

Build up and save money. The library is great where it is.

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optimist 7 years, 10 months ago

This library plan brings back memories of the municipal golf course that we so badly needed so that golf was affordable and available to the masses. Then the project went over budget and the price is outrageous and run more like a country club than a municipal golf course.

A $40-$70 million library is just plain nuts. I'm not opposed to a plan that could increase the size of the library and bring it up to date but no way should this community spend that kind of money on a library.

Let's spend $10 million on practical improvements and pay the librarians a little more and be done with it.

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cutny 7 years, 10 months ago

yeah it could have used a bit of proofreading, but you get the idea.

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cutny 7 years, 10 months ago

I kind of liked the idea of expanding the existing library. Quite the group of complainers we've got today. It's for the PUBLIC. It's paid for by Taxpayers. I own a home in Lawrence and I have no kids, yet my property taxes pay for the schools. Do you hear me complaining about it? I think not, young man. It's part of the social contract you enter into as an adult. Stop griping about every dime the Commission wants to spend. Lawrence is a beautiful because partly because of the sense of community that places like a library and a public pool help bring about. Even if you don't use these facilities, stop with your selfish me, me, me attitude about not needing or wanting them. There are hundreds of crappier towns than Lawrence for you whiners to live in that don't have libraries, pools, or parks. Maybe you'd be happier in one of them.

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KsTwister 7 years, 10 months ago

We don't need a Trump Tower in Lawrence,it would most likely be as empty as the last folly of Tanger Mall. If the streets were fixed, the sewage plants built,new businesses coming to Lawrence then it may affordable----but right now it's a joke.

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

Sunflower_sue, those are some large library proposals there. Do you think he's compensating for something? Eh?

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ms_canada 7 years, 10 months ago

I thought we went through this a while back. It seems like an awful lot of money for a smallish city like Lawrence. Why does it need to be so large?

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

Thanks anyway, MD. I stopped on the way to work -- thought I would make mine "decaf" today :)

Even on decaf I can't agree with the recent proposals and pricetags.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 10 months ago

My two cents:

New library: good idea.

$70M for "uber-library": Bad idea.

Just build a "library". Not everything has to be an architectural masterpiece. Make it functional. Put books and computers in it, maybe a big room with a video projector for presentations. A corner where the hippies can do sock puppet theater. Wireless internet. I've got nothing against the wine and cheese crowd, but this should be a library, not an arts center.

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

Before I had online at home, for months I was down there 5-6 days a week, but for computer services only. For many reasons, other patrons and inconvenience of waiting, I gave up and am spending money I can't afford to, to have it at home. It saves some on gas, and now with no help, it's mandatory.

Broadband is over priced. This is robbery.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 10 months ago

"Get up, dead horse, get up I say! whack, whack

I use the library about 6 days a year. (That's being generous.) I'm an avid reader but I prefer to own my books or borrow from a friend who isn't running the timer on me. I realize that many people do, in fact, use the library (for lots of things;)) but $40 to $60 mil. C'mon. Why are we trying to keep up with the Jones' when we can't afford to? I guess it beats another roundabout that the simple minded drivers of Lawrence don't seem to know how to use. Maybe the new library could include a teaching room set up for "roundabout education?" In that case, I'm in favor of it! Did I just go full circle??? Oops, coming back around now. NO! We need to be like trees...think BRANCHES!!! (Kind of funny if you say that in an ogrish accent and plop in the word "Donkey") "Libraries are like trees, Donkey. They have branches." Sorry all, I'll go take my meds now.:)

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macon47 7 years, 10 months ago

did ja notice the artilce in the journal world about the wak fest, nearly everyone who saw value to it, paid the price for admission and went on in. some enterprising "deadbeats' showed up with no money and begged thier way it.. THEY GET IT FOR FREE, while the masses paid for the concerts. this reminds me of the library issue 79,000,000 million of us, get to pay for 1,000,000 peoples pleasures. it is poorer money managment than the mt bus system

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

Has anyone else noticed the job advertisement that occasionally appears at the top right of the page? It says:

"Drivers GET LOADED GET PAID GET HOME"

Do we really want drivers getting loaded?

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Multidisciplinary 7 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely not. All of the ideas are rediculous expenditures of money, oversized, when online research is becoming the norm.

I'm a supporter of public institutions, but these options have alarmed me, especially when Lawrence has such greater, more necessary needs.

I mean, we could put several 11 ft sidewalks throughout the dog park at Clinton, with a few roundabouts to make sure the dogs and owners aren't exercising too fast. There should be fountains in each, no explanation necs.

Of course, there could be a D-tag lane for the drug sniffing dogs to bypass the roundabouts. ;)

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blue73harley 7 years, 10 months ago

Oh, certainly. We must polish our Downtown "Jewel" ;-)

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paladin 7 years, 10 months ago

We've already gone round and round about this, before, at length. And we said, in no roundabout way, "NO, you may not build a new Megalibrary, as proposed!" And, here the issue and the question comes round once again. Seems like we keep going around in circles, disoriented, with no clear direction, and that the city Daddys are trying to get around us and go where they want, anyway. Ain't that the way it always goes? Daddy knows best.

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

No way, that is way too much money for a place few people actually use.

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macon47 7 years, 10 months ago

How many active patrons does the library have. Not cardholders, the number of people who use the services, We don't have to count the homeless , or the retired guy that stops by to Read the news paper every day. How many Lawrence citizens does it actually serve. Is this top secret information? I would be nice to know if we are spending 30 to 70 million dollars

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

If the Kommission approves any of these plans, any member of the Kommission who votes in favour should be recalled and run out of town on a rail.

Thanks.

Marion.

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sgtwolverine 7 years, 10 months ago

My hometown, a city of well under 10,000 people, is in the midst of a $9 million library expansion. They're putting up an 18,000 sq. ft. facility (a new structure combined with the historical structure that used to house the library).

http://www.chelsea.lib.mi.us/

I dislike the project for two separate reasons. First, I think the structure looks too big for downtown Chelsea (it doesn't feel like it fits, especially in size but also a little bit in looks); second, I would rather they had left the historical structure alone and found a new site. (They gutted the inside and attached the expansion to the back of the building. I hate that they gutted the inside, but I also think it looks silly to have a modern building slapped on the back of a classic building.)

Besides that, the local school district is in the midst of trying to cut $2 million from their budget. Couldn't we cut $2 million from the library construction project instead?

So from my perspective, I'm not looking fondly upon the proposed $40 million+ library project there.

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RustyShackleford 7 years, 10 months ago

I'll bet cms and lunacy miss the o, so subtle irony in things like the Colbert Report. "That guy's right on," they'd say. "About time someone's speaking the truth."

If you don't like public resources funding a fuhreaking library maybe you should go back to Johnson County or Topeka. The town's library says a lot about it and it is arguably the most important service a municipality provides. I understand many Second Districters ("West" and "Lawrencian" are just too hard to stomach) see no utility in an educated public, but one can really judge a place solely on this resource.

And get over yourselves on the taxes. If polled, I wonder how many Lawrencians would be on board with that plague of McMansions you folks dumped at the edge of the only place in Kansas worth living in.

I don't get an option with my federal tax dollars and I'm stuck with my part of the bill for the insane policies of the jackals you guys put into office. We'll call it even and improve the Larry library. Have you been to it lately? The staff are wonderful and they do what they can, but for a town with the history, money and culture (for the last part of that, you'll have to venture WAY east of Iowa) of Lawrence it is a pretty sad state of affairs.

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Bowhunter99 7 years, 10 months ago

NOPE.

stop with the 'Build it and they will come in 2025' nonsense!!!!1

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cms 7 years, 10 months ago

Two additional questions they should have asked: are you a permanent resident of the city of Lawrence and are you a homeowner?

It is very easy to say yes when you are not paying for something.

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remocxio 7 years, 10 months ago

The LJWorld must pre-screen the idiots they interview.

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soiledbrown 7 years, 10 months ago

yes....as long as doug compton keeps his dirty little drug dealing hands out of this!

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Moderateguy 7 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely not. As I understand it, the library board has stated that they need something like 140,000 square feet for their new facility. That is rediculously HUGE. Do we need a library downtown likely larger than Super Target? First, require the library board make a reasonable request, then we can talk. This will end up coming up for a vote, and I'll be voting no on the fancy internet cafe for the homeless.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, but only if everyone going in is checked for illegal drugs.

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Azure_Attitude 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, but given current modes of planning and the way the city spends money these days it will likely be an ill thought out plan.

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Andrew Juby 7 years, 10 months ago

Do I think a new library should be built? Yes.

Should it be one of the ridiculous plans that have been suggested so far? No.

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lunacydetector 7 years, 10 months ago

4 out of 4 say YES!!! so we must make it so.
or was it 4 out 50 say YES??? or was it 4 out of 100 say YES???

i wonder if josef "the king of propaganda" goebbels would be proud? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_G...

well, let's see....the people were asked downtown.

why not ask the people of west lawrence since west lawrence pays the majority of the property taxes and sales taxes?

fair is fair after all.

i cannot believe 100% are in favor of spending $40-70 Million on a library that services 1100 people per day.

gimme a freaking break.

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