Archive for Friday, March 27, 1998


March 27, 1998


To the editor:

I was delighted to see your coverage of Jane Johnson's long career as the chancellor's secretary at KU. Jane is one of the best people I have ever worked with and she has made the chancellor's office function with efficiency and humanity for generations of students.

I was happy to give your reporter examples of Jane Johnson's remarkable success in a very difficult job but surprised to find that none of my high regard for Jane was included.

Jane Johnson has been an intelligent adviser and caring friend to every chancellor for the past 20 years, especially so to the current one. It has been a privilege to share the office with her.

Robert Hemenway,

KU chancellor.

Older drivers

To the editor:

Once again, Tim Carpenter is out to disparage someone or something. That seems to be what he thinks is ``investigative'' reporting. He's on a drive (with Ann Landers) to get everybody past the age of 60 out of their automobile driver's seats.

Granted, many should be, BUT people age at different rates and not everyone over 60 has Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia, nor are they so stupid that they ignore their limitations.

Carpenter concentrates on the incompetent individuals, not the many competent ones. He cites the excellent research by Dr. Dubinsky. I'm surprised, however, that he actually quoted Dubinsky as saying, ``There are normal, elderly people out there who drive as well at 90 as they were at 50.'' (Statistics mine).

Overall statistics on drivers and accidents show (look `em up) that the more dangerous drivers are the 15-25 year-olds. Next are the 25-35 ones.

It is a matter of freedom in Lawrence where there is no good, public transportation system that will accommodate oldsters. They have to drive or be ``imprisoned'' in their houses or apartments.

Get off of it, Tim (and Ann)

Eugene C. Bovee,

808 Miss.

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