Blog Log: Lawrence of Aurora, by Larry Frieders
By Joy Davis For The Beacon-News August 29, 2012 3:28PM
Larry Frieders, 65, was born and raised in Aurora, having only left for college. When he’s not running his pharmacy, The Compounder, he is running his blog, “Lawrence of Aurora.” | Submitted
Updated: November 30, 2012 11:10AM
Few understand the city of Aurora the way that Larry Frieders does. Frieders has spent most of his 65 years in Aurora, where he was born and raised. He only left for college. When he’s not running his pharmacy, The Compounder, he is writing his blog, “Lawrence of Aurora.”
Here, Frieders focuses on local politics and policies in Aurora, ranging from housing to taxes to building a new library. It is evident that Frieders not only cares about his hometown, but also is well informed about the political system and structure of Aurora. He offers firsthand accounts of local issues and is never shy about criticizing what he observes.
His desire to talk about local politics from a citizen’s perspective comes from a natural curiosity and the need to keep an eye on politicians. Frieders says his opinions, even when critical, are emblematic of his love for his city.
“Aurora is not perfect, but it’s what I know,” Frieders said.
As a business owner who has lived in Aurora for the majority of his life, Frieders has a different perspective on the city than politicians and reporters alike — and he’s not afraid to share his views on his blog.
For the general public to stay informed on subjects that affect them, Frieders suggests regular attendance of City Council meetings, where he often can be found. Frieders describes the meetings as being more entertaining than television, and they are often the inspiration for his blog.
Even though he broadcasts his opinions in cyberspace, Frieders has no political aspirations.
“I’ve been asked to run many times, but I’m not interested. I’d rather stand on the sidelines and throw stones,” Frieders said.
To learn more about Frieders’ thoughts and opinions, follow his blog at http://lawrenceofaurora.blogspot.com/
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