Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2005

Signs belong outside fence

October 20, 2005

For the second week in a row, I was disgusted when I went to the Eudora High School football game and saw the signs that are paid for by local and surrounding businesses -- and that usually hang on the outside of the fence surrounding the football field -- hanging on the inside of the fence and facing the football field. How dumb is that?

I was told that when the signs were posted on the outside of the fence, they failed to be in compliance with the city code. Well, give me a break. Do we want to be right, or do we want to have business coming to Eudora? My thought is the city code had better be changed -- yesterday.

And while I'm on the subject of signs, the new sign boards put up where you enter Eudora with Eudora businesses listed on them is a joke. If you really wanted to read them, you'd drive off the road trying to see them. On top of that, it's my understanding that each business listed had to pay $250 for the privilege to have their business listed on the sign. I'd be pretty hot if I paid $250 to be on that sign.

A month or two ago we had a flourishing business move from Eudora to Lawrence. The Eudora News reported that happened because Eudora was not m Page 4A

too helpful in working with them to relocate and expand their business in Eudora.

Somehow I think we're shooting ourselves in the foot, and we'd better wake up and smell the roses. What good will it do to beautify downtown Eudora if we don't have any businesses downtown?

Eudora is still a small town, but it's outgrowing its britches. It used to be you knew everyone in town. Now, you don't know anyone.

I've lived in Eudora for more than 50 years, and it's a great little town. I guess a lot of other folks must think so, too, since it continues to grow by leaps and bounds. But let's don't get so big that we don't have common sense.

We need more businesses, and we need their support. They are asked to donate, donate, donate. Surely we can give them the courtesy of posting signs on the outside of the fence at Laws Field advertising their businesses.

Whoever made the decision to hide the signs that merchants paid good money for -- get a life. Put the signs back on the outside of the fence where they belong.

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