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What do you think of City Hall’s spending $9,000 on its bid to have Lawrence named an All-America City?

Response Percent Votes
It was a bad idea
 
73% 419
It was a good investment
 
21% 124
Undecided
 
4% 26
Total 569

Comments

RKLOG 6 years, 10 months ago

Pretty stupid, I'd say. I'm glad they don't manage my money. I'd be severely bankrupt in a very short time.

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erod0723 6 years, 10 months ago

"Is there a special line in the budget for paid vacations for commissioners and their friends?" Hey don't leave out the city manager too.

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Godot 6 years, 10 months ago

Did we ever find out how much it cost the taxpayers to send the City Commissioners' on their joy ride to Washington DC last year? Is there a special line in the budget for paid vacations for commissioners and their friends?

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Godot 6 years, 10 months ago

No big deal. The half cent sales tax will pay that $9,000 back in no time. It would only take $1,800,000 in sales to do it. Piece of cake.

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samsnewplace 6 years, 10 months ago

"The city spent about $9,000 to send its delegation to the competition, Douglass said. In addition to Douglass, the city's delegation included City Manager David Corliss; Chamber President and CEO Lavern Squier; downtown business owner Lora Wiley; Elaine McCullough, a board member for Success by Six; Rebecca Buford, executive director of Tenants to Homeowners; and former Lawrence mayor Bonnie Lowe. The chamber paid for Squier's expenses. The city paid for the rest of the delegation."

And I thought the CITY had budget problem, not if they can throw away money like this..........Please!!!

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Fudgepop 6 years, 10 months ago

An absolute waste of money. Fix the potholes and stop trying to blow your own horn. Fix the swingset by the river that has the post move when you swing, it is summer for GOD's sake.

Why don't we buy a bunch of lottery tickets to try to win the Lottery so that we can build a HOOTER'S. Everyone knows that cute women with big boobs is what it is all about.

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swan_diver 6 years, 10 months ago

Lawrence is owned and operated by a cabal of self-righteous, insipid and insulated business interests who have been shamefully poor stewards of the town's mythic heritage and history -- beyond lip service. Neither have these people seen to it that the growing city's surrounding prairie, farms and fields were built up as an extension of that historical cultural heritage. The highest bidder takes all -- which I guess is the American way after all.

What does 'all-American' mean anyway? Warrantless wiretaps? Guantanamo Bay? Stolen presidential elections? War for oil? Destruction of America's middle-classes? Forty million living in poverty?

This is an excellent aspiration for our city managers and commissioners -- and many proud citizens! Don't think about the cost -- think about the pleasure of fingering this trophy.

But we'd better play this one close to the vest. We don't want the people running this contest to find out about the pot-holes, the SLT, our thrifty money managers -- or our turn-outs at the polls.

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kawryan 6 years, 10 months ago

I blame Rundle and Schauner!

Oh wait..... nevermind.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

How many cans of spam would $9000 buy?

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lunacydetector 6 years, 10 months ago

a question suggestion for an online poll:

do politicians lack empathy?

Yes or No?

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blackwalnut 6 years, 10 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says: Send me the nine grand next time and I will declare Lawrence to be a Special City, in need of Special Care and Special Treatment.

Wouldn't work. Everyone would know you are bought off. You have expressed your disdain for this city and its residents too many times in these forums. Way too much name-calling and way too many insults from you, to pull that off.

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SoundMind 6 years, 10 months ago

According to the website of the National Civics League, the organization that hands out the awares (and has for over 50 years), the benefits are listed here:

http://www.ncl.org/aac/city_benefits.htm

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4th_grade_education 6 years, 10 months ago

Kansas winners: Cheney, 1994 Hays, 1996 Hutchinson, 1988 Johnson County, 1983-84 Manhattan, 1952 Salina, 1989 Wichita, 1961, 1993, 1999 Kansas City-Wyandotte County, 1992

I wonder how Lawrence could be left off this list... Cheney has won and not Lawrence? Fix the roads.

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Bill Chapman 6 years, 10 months ago

"All American City" - sounds like something Lawrence already is. So why, exactly, do we have to spend money we don't really have to get this title? So Lawrence can listed in some little tourist book that many tourists don't even know about? Or is it a " I'm better than the Jones' down the street" thing? Either way, Thank You City Commission for wasting money that could have been spent on city road repairs, community projects, etc. after the commission just reduced funding for them!

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packrat 6 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how the laid off employees feel about this?

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John Spencer 6 years, 10 months ago

kuthruandthru, I note you also hide behind a "Username." I personally wonder what would have been the advantage of winning this 'award.' Would it have enticed more people to a city with the highest housing costs in Kansas? Maybe it will to get a job making 5-6 dollars an hour so that they can spend almost all of their paycheck on rent. Oh, I know it will be open a business downtown, with really limited parking, transient pan-handlers, and again rediculusly high rent/lease rates. Or maybe it will be to drive an SUV on the off-road obstacle courses the city call streets. Oh oh, I know, they would come to the All American City so they can put their children in an overcrowded school that is going to dump the WRAP program to save money.

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themiddlechild 6 years, 10 months ago

With all those service cuts, the city wants to do WHAT? What good is All-America City good for with a city without services for the citizens?

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kuthruandthru 6 years, 10 months ago

If they had won, everyone would be saying it was the best idea ever. Monday morning quaterbacking is easy when you hide behind a "username".

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John Spencer 6 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if there are 100 other stupid expenditures like this one, that would be close to a million.

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Bassetlover 6 years, 10 months ago

Not in the face of all these budget cuts. Think of what the Boys & Girls Club + Humane Society could do with $9,000, not to mention all the other agencies asked to make cuts b/c City Hall didn't have the revenue they thought they would this year.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 10 months ago

Send me the nine grand next time and I will declare Lawrence to be a Special City, in need of Special Care and Special Treatment.

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minko224 6 years, 10 months ago

Lamebrained Lumps comes to mind when I read this.

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