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Lawrence mayor resigns as director of Just Food; nonprofit has $50K in unpaid taxes; divorce deposition alleges past mismanagement

Nathan, my parents taught me that if you don't break any laws or do anything unlawful you don't have anything to worry about when the police or some other authority questions your conduct or behavior because the truth eventually comes to light. So, why would Jeremy resign from the church when they threatened to pin "imaginary" issues on him? Why didn't you advise him to get an attorney to fight the charges? And why did he resign from his current position if he did nothing wrong at the food bank? This isn't a witch hunt. People are curious to know why our mayor had to resign from two previous organizations he was involved with.

August 12, 2015 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence mayor resigns as director of Just Food; nonprofit has $50K in unpaid taxes; divorce deposition alleges past mismanagement

Nathan, thanks for your informative post. Let me see if I got this right. Jeremy Farmer married a woman who was highly delusional with a distorted sense of reality, so he had to divorce her. Jeremy was owed a bunch of money by his previous church and instead of hiring an attorney to settle the dispute he had to resign because the senior pastor threatened to pin imaginary issues on him if he didn't resign and leave quietly. Jeremy made one small oversight at the food bank, but other than that one issue there is no pattern of questionable behavior or decision making we should be concerned with. Jeremy is a misunderstood soul and the whole world is just out to get him. Even our local editor Chad Lawhorn has a secret agenda to discredit him. So, Chad should resign for writing this article and the rest of us should stop questioning Jeremy's ethics. That makes a lot of sense, thanks for the laughs.

August 12, 2015 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project

Will, thank you for posting all that information about tax incentives. It really helps to put things in perspective for me. I wasn't aware that all those businesses have received tax rebates. I'm in full support of giving tax breaks to businesses that are adding permanent jobs in our city.

August 6, 2015 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project

Will, you're right, it's not hard to do the math. We are clearly giving away too many tax breaks and tax incentives to apartment developers instead of job creators. Lawrence has an over abundance of apartments to choose from, but few new employers where people can find a decent job and receive a decent wage. When we take a closer look at the record, it's clear that our tax giveaways have benefited a few select developers instead of the majority of people who call Lawrence home.

August 6, 2015 at 11:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project

It's hard to keep track of, much less untangle, the multiple webs of tax breaks and tax incentives this developer has received from the city over the last few years. Maybe Compton could use the millions he saved not building any parking for his last apartment building downtown to pay his sales tax on this new project? Or maybe he could use the 1% extra "special" sales tax he charges customers who use his new hotel to pay the sales tax he'll need to pay on this new apartment? Why does one of the richest guys in our state seem to get involved in so many projects that aren't economically feasible unless he's awarded huge tax breaks?

August 5, 2015 at 5:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project

Something else to consider, Compton already has a huge monopoly on Lawrence real estate. Besides all his apartment buildings he also owns more downtown property than anyone else in town. With his real estate monopoly Compton is able to control and influence Lawrence apartment and downtown commercial rental rates. Because of his inflated rental rates he's already made it nearly impossible for most local small business to afford to open or operate a business in downtown Lawrence. Why should we give him greater tax incentives to squeeze more local businesses out of downtown and to enable him to take over even more of the apartment rental market? Don't believe them when they tell us that by not paying taxes they'll be passing on the savings to us. By providing these tax incentives a greater tax burden is shifted to and placed on local businesses and Lawrence homeowners. Why shouldn't we offer them more tax incentives? Because the rest of us can't afford to pay for it.

August 5, 2015 at 11:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project

So they're telling us that by not paying any sales tax and not providing any additional parking they're going to save a boat load of money, but not to worry, those saving are going to be passed on to the people who rent the apartments. What a bunch of hog wash. What about the millions of dollars in property taxes the developer is not paying for his other apartments and hotel downtown? Is he passing on the saving for those to his customers, too? I guess we should be happy Compton is at least going to pay his fair share of property tax for this apartment and won't be asking for property tax breaks like every other development he's done in town lately. I guess for that we're supposed to overlook the fact that he's taken over our city owned parking garage downtown and is going to take over even more downtown and east Lawrence residential parking now, too. No thanks Doug, we don't need more apartments and less parking downtown. We need to just say no to tax incentives for things we don't need, like new apartments that don't pay taxes and new apartments that don't provide the additional parking needed for the new residents.

August 5, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Construction work begins on new downtown kiosk at Ninth and Massachusetts

This is a great idea, I can't wait to check it out.

July 24, 2015 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

I'm glad to hear the city is still considering other options for where to place the transit hub. Two smaller locations, one on the east side and one on the west side makes sense to me. I really don't like the idea of the 21st street location and closing portion of the street to east bound traffic is going to cause it's own problems. The 9th and Iowa location sounds like a better fit. Why can't the city use immanent domain if the property owner is unwilling to sell or lease the property? It seems like no one wants this "hub" near their neighborhood or near their commercial property and it's being forced out of downtown by our wealthy real estate developers.

July 18, 2015 at 11:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

That's exactly what I was thinking Nick. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me why anyone would want to spend so much money for the privilege of living in a small apartment. If you have the kind of money required to "invest" in this apartment why wouldn't you just buy a small house and hire a lawn crew to take care of the yard?

July 18, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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