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In response to the gathering for Lawrence, Douglas County leaders pledging to reach functional zero homelessness, restore schools, elder care, etc.:
I assume that was a grand performance they put together, but I fear the applause is premature. I say this because too many times I’ve heard speeches professing progress and promising goals only to watch them unfold at a snail’s pace, then several years into the future showing only a mere fraction of those promises and goals come to fruition. Yet in their egos, they will still believe they have accomplished great things, even if only a small margin of people slightly benefit from it.
I know this was imagined with good intentions, but the “proof is in the pudding” and only then when the City of Lawrence gets a taste of that reality will they then deserve the applause and standing ovations.
Time will tell, and I will be watching.
— Kathleen Christian, Lawrence
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