Letters to the editor
To the editor:
Well, here goes. It seems strange to take an application from someone who has a lawsuit against the city. What's wrong with that picture? Also, did one ever figure out that they want $100,000 for each day they were off? Do they think they are pro football players to ask for that much? How dumb.
Also, the city officials don't seem to be on the state about lights and the arrows that are placed wrong. I guess they are waiting for a fatality and not just wrecks. How ghoulish!
I guess our schools have so much money that they order sandwiches for the whole high school from a place here instead of letting the cooks fix them for what we have already paid. Can't afford a fan in the kitchen but can buy 400 sandwiches for the students from some business. No wonder our taxes are high in our district. There is a limit to some things.
I think we have enough eating places in town. Really, too many. Someone will suffer. It seems to be the thought. Downtown will be nothing soon. Progress is nice, but when it starts hurting the town, it's time to put the brakes on.
I may be forgetting something. If so, I'll be back.
How sad. How unbearably disheartening. We are watching
our downtown disappear shop by shop.
First, our grocer and our pharmacists. Then our video
store. Now our lumber yard. Our downtown bank doesn't
even bother to stay open on Saturday anymore. On the
bright side, we could start selling tickets to the new
I know this may be natural. A downtown dries up and has to
be reconstituted. Add some interest ... add some flair and
voila, we're back in business. But this takes YEARS and
money and focus and thought and ... isn't that enough??
Why are we letting our city get to the point where we have
to double our efforts to reclaim it. Why are we waiting to
fix the problem? When are we going to start attending to
this? After we've lost all of the wonderful establishments
we have now? I don't want to lose Discoveries or Espress
Yourself or Solomons or Baldwin City Hair and Nail or any
of the other great businesses. I can get my car worked on,
my hair done, visit the post office, pick up a birthday
gift, chat with friends over coffee and never leave a four-block area. I can indulge in the arts, walk in the park,
pick up a Chinese dinner and bargain hunt at the antique
stores. Why would I want to give this up? We've already
lost too much.
I want to fight for my downtown. I want to make it
someplace that people STOP, not just pass through. And, I
can't believe I'm the only one. Aren't there more of me
out there? Aren't you mourning our loss?
I feel the city needs to have a focus and a plan. It's not
enough to maintain our infastructure and our police force.
We have to plan for our future. We have to MAKE a future
in our downtown. We'll have to spend money and energy and
time to make it happen. We have to convice people that
having a presence here will be worth the wait ... and then we
have to show them.
We have to SHOP here, folks. We have to choose Baldwin
FIRST. Not second after Lawrence or Gardner or KC. We
have to make the effort. And, if you think it's just too
much to ask, then don't complain when your property value
falls and you have to TRY and convince someone to live in
Baldwin. We have to EAT here. And, when we can't find what
we want here, we need to ask for it. Ask our city to
encourage new businesses. Offer low interest business
loans. Offer assistance to those trying to start new
endeavors. And, we have to stop encouraging the type of
business that leads people away from our downtown. In a
town this size, we can't duplicate our efforts. We need
different types of business and restaurants. Not the same
old, same old.
We need to do something and something always needs to be
done, too. It's never ending. But, we do it because we
care. I didn't move to Baldwin to build equity ... I moved
here to live. To stay and grow old and be proud of my town.