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Lawrence City Commission to receive incentives request for Menard Inc. production plant

Should be interesting to compare this to Wicked Broadband's request for a similar amount to bring gigabit Internet to downtown.

That request was reduced by Mike Gaughan at PIRC to a simple loan guarantee, which was then voted down by the commission. Same amount $500K, and according to the City's consultant, the same number of jobs.

Seems like we are going to see the commission's true colors. Do they oppose subsidies? Or only oppose subsidies for small businesses? Do they insist on a public benefit? Or just roll over and line the pockets of the biggest players?

Should also be interesting to see how neutral the LJWorld's reporting is. Specifically Chad's reporting. Menards is a terrible company with a long history of damaging the environment and abusive labor practices. Do they get preferential treatment? Or is the LJWorld going to discuss those issues?

Is the LJWorld going to run a story asking to see Menard's financials like they did for Wicked? Menards is also private. Let's insist on seeing their books.

Should be interesting to see what happens. I suspect that they get their money and the City once again proves that they are supportive of big business and rich developers at the expense of small local businesses.

Saw that three more retailers on Mass are closing.

Selective enforcement of policies has consequences

November 30, 2015 at 1:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some Lawrence teachers concerned about equal access with digital textbooks

Hmmmm. Maybe the city should have supported the Freenet Kids initiative in 2007 that would have provided a city wide network, fiber ring and free service for every student in USD497.

Http://kids.lawrencefreenet.org

September 14, 2015 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Bob, in fairness I write checks to almost all of the candidates for local office. It is how the system works. If you want elected officials to return your calls, you wright checks. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

August 17, 2015 at 7:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Bob,

I'm not attacking Chad personally, nor have I attacked you. On a personal level I like Chad, and I've enjoyed what few face to face conversations you and I have had.

I am attacking Chad's job performance, which is terrible and I am trying to get you to stop kicking Jeremy while he is down. It is beneath you. There are bigger fish to fry, lets fry them.

Josh

August 17, 2015 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Paul,

I am standing up for someone who everyone has turned on. The LJWorld and Bob Forer are acting like bullies. They are piling on to a man who has been knocked to the ground. They are kicking him when he is down.

As you may have heard, I will always stand up to a bully, even if they own a newspaper (or run sales at a Toyota dealership). Can you say the same?

Josh

August 17, 2015 at 7:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Chad is blaming his lack of diligence on Jeremy. That is flat wrong. Jeremy is a politician, it is his job to cast his past in the best possible light.

Chad often gets stories wrong. I've seen him flat out create controversy to sell papers. Chad often writes articles in a way that advance the other business interests of the paper's owners.

If anyone is to blame here it is Chad and the LJWorld for not doing their homework during the election cycle. It is the Chamber of Commerce for backing unqualified candidates. It is Sue Hack for advancing her personal interests by pimping poorly qualified candidates.

It is unfair of the LJWorld to play the "poor me we were lied to" card. Chad failed to do his job and should be held accountable for it.

August 17, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Bob,

It is the polotics of personal destruction that makes good people avoid service. Jeremy is a very young man -~ 30. Can you really say you didn't make some mistakes when you were that young.

He has made some mistakes, but committed no crimes. He paid the funds back, lost his job, lost his political position and now you and Chad are attacking his reputation.

This is the Internet, what is said lasts forever. Enough. Enough about his wife, enough about his padded resume, enough. He has paid a hefty price.

If you want to attack someone and do some homework, take up Mike Bosch. There is a ton to be found there. Take on the Chamber for supporting him and other poorly qualified candidates. Take on Bob Schumm for being, well, Bob Schumm.

Jeremy has paid. Quit kicking him when he is down.

-Josh

August 17, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Oh, or maybe you could do some more reporting on Chief Olin shooting up his house with a handgun in the middle of the night?

Maybe make some noise about preferential treatment? The think blue line protecting its own? Maybe call for some resignations at the City Manager's office or at the Police Department?

If you're going to pull this kind of stuff, Chad, you need to be fair and even handed. Your biases are showing.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/aug...

August 17, 2015 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose

Bob,

Enough already. The guy has taken his lumps, move on. Why not take put in a FOIA request for Chamber records and take a gander at some of the happenings there?

Or the BTBC. I'm pretty sure we aren't getting our money's worth there.

If you keep after Jeremy, folks who would be good candidates are going to pass on public service because if they make mistakes folks will dig up their entire past.

Chad,

If the LJWorld had done its homework on the candidates we'd have known this long ago. I find it repugnant that you are blaming Jeremy for your lack of investigative diligence.

I've long been less than impressed with your willingness to dig into issues. You seem to succeed by creating issues out of whole cloth and your past conduct regarding my various projects has been less than stellar. I've found your lack of curiosity and diligence to be down right unprofessional.

I was wondering, since you are digging up dirt Chad, if you are going to tell Lawrence about Mike Boche's colored business history? Before RG Fiber? What happened to Free State Broadband AKA Dawn Fiber? Where did all of the money from that company go? What other businesses has Mike failed? What do his former partners think of him? Has he conducted himself with integrity?

Jeremy is gone. All of the dollar amounts in these stories are piddly when compared to the $207,000,000 city budget. He's paid back the funds and none of this is criminal.

Why don't you spend your time digging into the City's budget to find the waste, fraud and abuse that I'm certain exist in one or more departments?

Leave Jeremy alone. He's taken his lumps, it is time to move on.

Joshua Montgomery

August 17, 2015 at 6:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Budget choices

Stockholm Sweden's municipally owned broadband system generated $19.3 Million in profit last year for the municipality. Since it's inception in 1997 it has been profitable all but two years - 1997 and during the 2003 dot com bust.

It also drove broadband prices down by fostering competition. It is operated as a carrier neutral wholesale system. Stockholm residents pay $11/mo for a 100 Mbps connection.

That is $19.3 Million that local taxpayers don't have to pay.

It's not that all municipal projects are bad, its that Leadership Lawrence, Cadre Lawrence and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the candidates they support can't tell the good from the bad.

August 17, 2015 at 4:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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