The Black Box Theater at Free State High School is being redistributed as a flex room, readers learn in the May 19 Journal-World article. School administration suggests that the crushing need for the theater program to be tossed under the bus arises from the rise in enrollment (according to the figures given, 200 new students vs. 75 at LHS). The dismantling of the FSHS theater comes, ironically, at the same time that LHS is building its own Black Box Theater.
It is sad to see that the historic John Ise house at 1208 Mississippi Street has been abandoned, and allowed to decline for at least three years now.
I have one question for Gov. Brownback and his apologists, since he keeps insisting that the Kansas revenue shortfall has been primarily the result of the economic decline in agriculture, oil and gas and aviation.
Congratulations to Free State High School drama teacher Nancee Beilgard and her student Ethan Anderson (and all drama students, one presumes) for standing their ground against an arbitrary and ill-conceived decision by FSHS administrators (ratified by the district superintendent of schools) to undermine the drama program by evicting them from the black box theater and allowing for the desecration of a space sacred to a key component of the school system’s arts program.
There appears to be some misinformation among the public concerning state compensation for false imprisonment in the state of Kansas. Case in point is the Floyd Bledsoe case. In December, Bledsoe was exonerated on first-degree murder charges after spending 15 years in prison. Evidence indicates that prosecutors and law enforcement officials knowingly hid evidence that would have proved his innocence.
Ken Meyer, in reaction to Professor Krishtalka’s belittlement of climate change deniers, asks “Are we, mere mortals, supposed to bow down to the unquestioned authority of science?” (Journal World, May 11)
Roe v. Wade was decided on the right to privacy.
Listening to the outcry from those opposed to transgender youths using the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity rather than the gender on their birth certificates, one easily could reach the conclusion that, all of a sudden, bathrooms will become unsafe places. Really? You mean that the idea of entering a school bathroom has never sparked real terror in the heart of a young teenage girl who knows that the minute she enters that space she will face, from some of those “mean girls,” all manner of ridicule about her (insert characteristic here)?
The sidewalk editorial in the Journal-World of May 6 was interesting. Fortunately, the city has not built sidewalks in my neighborhood. Sometime back, the city indicated that it was not high enough on their priority list to spend the money.
The Journal-World series on affordable housing raises some interesting questions.