Archive for Thursday, March 26, 1998


March 26, 1998


To the editor:

My subject concerns what seems to be biased reporting by the Journal-World on the sand-dredging controversy, specifically the recent photograph of the sand-dredging operation located on East Eighth Street in Lawrence. This was an aerial photograph taken of the operation facing westward. It did include the sand plant, but it also included much more, namely the whole Penny Concrete industrial complex.

What was the photographer's intent in doing this? To an uninformed viewer the impression created was that this whole industrial complex was a sand-dredging operation. If the picture had been taken facing eastward, then it could have eliminated the concrete complex but would have included the city sewage disposal plant.

I think it would have been more fair to have just photographed a typical dredging operation on the Kaw, isolated from any other industry.

Don Schonberg,

146 Pinetree Dr.

Defining life

To the editor:

In his Sunday letter to the editor, Don Marquis takes issue with Rep. Janice Pauls' contention that ``any unborn baby is a person and can be proven to be a person under medical science.'' Marquis goes on to claim that ``we KNOW that life does not BEGIN at conception.''

According to Keith Moore's ``The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology'' (Philadelphia, Pa: W.B. Saunders Co., 1988), ``A zygote is the beginning of a new human being.'' ``Embryology,'' by the way, is defined as ``the science dealing with formation, early growth, and development of living organisms.''

Marquis should immediately get in touch with Moore and the American Heritage Dictionary and disabuse them of this silly notion that the embryo is a living being.

Kevin L. Groenhagen,

2612 Cranley.

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