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City officials working to fix concrete cracks at Rock Chalk Park recreation center

I think they could probably get a sweet deal on fake grass from Fritzel. Probably way cheaper than carpet.

December 15, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

That's not "firing". That's just "not re-hiring". Still takes a collective (of at least 3) commission spine. The City Manager IS evaluated every year. I get the feeling from people I've talked with that they would prefer action now, as opposed to later, whenever the evaluation is.

December 15, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

City commissioner terms are either two or four years.

December 14, 2014 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

Charles: This is excellent: "Turnover in the chamber’s front office (five CEOs in 15 years) suggests dissonance and confusion. I hold new CEO Larry McElwain in high regard, but years of churn suggests systemic problems that may persist in spite of this excellent appointment. The Chamber is a critical partner in economic development, but we risk too much with too little reason for confidence in the current arrangement. We can do better."

HOW do you think we can do better? That's another discussion we need to have. (And I couldn't agree more with your impression of Larry McElwain. Best Chamber CEO hire ever since I've been here.)

December 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

Charles: a citywide perspective would be nice, but there are a lot of people who don't feel represented by the commission and haven't for at least a decade, after the demise of PLC. Five white guys who can afford time off from their jobs does not create much diversity and really only continues the good ol' boy tradition. The commission was truly taken aback by the recent sales tax vote. Talk about out of touch with your constituents. We're already polarized and have been for some time. I think it would be a lot easier and cheaper for a candidate to cover a smaller territory and focus on the needs of the district instead of wasting time trying to figure out how to sound just centrist enough to fool enough people at the polls. Apologies for cynicism. I'm glad you wrote the op-ed because it's a topic who's time has come to be discussed and this is a great time to do just that.

December 14, 2014 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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We need trained professionals who don't screw up and lead the commission down an unsustainable path. And when that does happen, we need a commission that has a collective backbone to do the right thing.

December 14, 2014 at 11:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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You think firing a city manager is easy? ROFLMAO.

December 14, 2014 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Elected mayor might benefit Lawrence

I think the commission eliminated their paltry raises when they started working on the budget.

December 14, 2014 at 11:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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Apples and oranges, Wilbur.

December 14, 2014 at 8:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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