Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2009

Letters to the Editor

March 19, 2009

To the editor:

Ken Wagner for mayor.

I am very concerned about our local economy and our city budget. With our taxes already so much higher than our neighbors’ and our utilities almost double that of our neighbors’, we don't have much room for adjustments in our budget or taxes. Many of our local businesses, along with local citizens, are having a very hard time trying to make ends meet. As we go into tougher times, if our revenue doesn't hit what we have projected for our budget there are going to be some tough decisions that will have to be made. Now more than ever we need a strong leader with business experience and a willingness to take on these problems.

Bill Harmon

Rural Baldwin City

To the editor:

I would like to thank the City of Baldwin for taking over the care of Oakwood Cemetery. I’m very impressed with the way the cemetery is looking, additional trees have been trimmed and a new roof has been added to the maintenance building.

The beautification and preservation of the cemetery is important to the local citizens and surrounding communities. My recommendation is to any family facing the loss of a loved one, to consider a memorial to the Oakwood Cemetery in that person’s name. It is my understanding that the city has a separate fund for cemetery memorial donations that is used for the beautification of the cemetery.

The cemetery is a person’s final resting place, and I feel we should make that resting place one we can be proud of, not only for ourselves, but for the ones already there who can’t speak for themselves.

Bob Rohe

Rural Baldwin City

To the editor:

I’m so excited that spring is around the corner and change is in the air. After a year of campaign promises of change, it’s nice to see that some things do continue to change despite anyone’s best effort to thwart it. Crocus come up, Forsythia bloom, new banners are hung for the season.

I’m an optimistic realist. It’s my own way of saying that I’ll hold on to my PollyAnna attitude as long as I can, but I realize that reality often has a way of shaping events into something not quite so movie rich. I love Baldwin City. When I moved here, I didn’t say, “Gosh, this will be great for now…but I can’t wait for it to change.” We moved here to be closer to family, near a university and away from traffic and the downfalls of a larger city. But, as expected, after living here for 12 years, change is upon us. I’ve been here long enough that I can remember when BlackJack was a coffee shop, when the hardware store was on High Street and when the lumberyard wasn’t an arts project. And now, more change is coming.

It’s not change inspired by others, necessarily – it’s the fact that the current economy makes us turn off lights faster, drive less, eat in more. It’s knowing that there are big changes happening around Baldwin City such as the Intermodal, a four-lane highway to Lawrence and people moving to our community and shaping its demographic and face. It’s inspiring. And it’s challenging.

How do we make our community more self-sufficient without having the highest utility costs? How do we encourage businesses to locate to Baldwin to serve our residents without losing our small town appeal? What do we do when highways are enlarged to bring more people to our community? What do we do when our city budget is threatened by economic hardships? How do we communicate to our elected officials what we want? How does the city adjust to meet all these needs?

On Saturday, I spent four hours meeting new (and old) Baldwinians and feeling even more part of the community that I love. I also felt even stronger about my choices for mayor and city council members. Ken Wagner has the vision, leadership, experience and wisdom to direct our city in the face of all of these challenges. Bonnie Plumberg brings a great energy, a strong business skill set and amazing family and community values, as well. Both are business owners in our community and employ and serve local residents with fairness and consistency. Ken and Bonnie love Baldwin as much as I do – as much as many of you do. None of us want what we love about our town to change. We’re all wanting an affordable place to raise families, go to dance recitals, attend Easter Egg hunts and go to church. We want to involve ourselves in things that we’re passionate about – art, school, sports and family. Those of us that live and work here are truly blessed. But we can’t pretend that change isn’t coming our way – what we can do is prepare with strong leadership and an experienced city council.

I hope you all vote April 7. And when you do, I hope you’ll vote for leadership that can steer us through the changes and keep what we love about Baldwin City alive and well. Ken Wagner and Bonnie Plumberg can do just that.

Annie France

Baldwin City

To the editor:

I want to say thank you to all of our friends and client friends and family. Our grand opening reminded me of a wedding. Remember when you got married? All the people were there just for the two of you. Well, that’s what it felt, that all the people that came to our opening were here just for the five of us.

We love you all and appreciate all your support.

Diane Franklin and

the Reece and Nichols Gold staff

Baldwin City

Election letter cutoff

is in place next week

Next week will be the last for letters to the editor regarding candidates for Baldwin City Council and mayor.

The March 26 issue of the Signal will be the finale for such letters. No candidate letters will be printed in the April 2 issue, the week before the election.

This is to avoid any problems caused by a letter that can’t be responded to. It has been the Signal’s practice for years.

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