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Letter: Not harmless

Those who support the tradition and harmless fun of storming the court need to read this. In 2003, high school basketball player Joe Kay in Tucson was dropped by his fans and classmates when they swarmed around him in celebration of a win. He was instantly trampled, his carotid artery was torn and he suffered a paralyzing stroke. Seventy-three fans were nearly crushed to death at a University of Wisconsin football game in a rush to get on the field in 1993. Ninety-eight people, including many children, were crushed to death at a soccer game in England in 1989.

Letter: Shameful celebration

As I watched the final moments of the KU basketball game at K-State on Feb. 23, I did what I imagine many fans did: accepted that the team that had played best as a whole was going to win, not my beloved Jayhawks.

Letter: Kansas dictators?

Has the government of Kansas become a dictatorship?

Letter: Abatement cost

Tax abatements are getting expensive. In 1989 and 1990, we granted tax abatements of  $9,112 and $7,428 per job to two companies that are no longer in Lawrence. 

Letter: Flawed logic

Connecting the dots in his evasive letter of Feb. 26, Kevin Groenhagen appears to be claiming that:

Letter: All-out effort

ISIS. There are probably not too many folks that have not heard the news reports about this cancer on the face of the world and the activities of ISIS.

Letter: Strong argument

I’m in awe of Superintendent Rick Doll’s testimony before the House Education Committee.  His focus on education and successfully preparing students for advanced education and jobs was met with ignorantly held confusion. Claims were made that the K-12 system would be controlled by bureaucrats or by money-grubbing corporations or that, like Nazi Germany, education would be centrally controlled and planned and that some Common Core standards promote pornography. Doll’s reflections on these fact-free obstacles weren’t reported.

Letter: Neutral site?

After watching all the press about the court-storming incident in Manhattan, I was curious if there was ever an option to move the game to another location? Would it be safer to hold the game at, for instance, the Expocenter in Topeka? It would be a neutral site and maybe even safer. 

Letter: Voting homework

I was privileged last weekend to attend a meeting of candidates for the city commission arranged by the Douglas County Democratic Party. I am fortunate enough to live in a nation that at least holds representational democracy as an essential value and has managed to maintain regular peaceful transfers of power. In this election, we each have a very real opportunity to select our local decision makers.  At the meeting we also were fortunate that 12 of the 14 candidates were able to be present. I feel especially privileged to live in a community where so many capable and willing people are vying for the three positions    

Letter: Library amazes

I took a tour of the newly remodeled library and found a place of wonder and activity. The money spent to update the library makes it a place where people can gather to read quietly, game together or alone, work on a computer, check out books, movies and games, work on historical projects, make a sound/video recording, have a meeting, lounge and visit at the coffee bar. The library was filled with light, surrounded by bright visual art, filled with people working and reading quietly or working on a project in the recording studio. The library was filled with children eager to complete a Saturday activity provided by the library, and families with small children finding books.