Archive for Friday, May 29, 1998


May 29, 1998


To the editor:

In a recent story following the death of Frank Sinatra, Dick Wright said he was not aware that Sinatra ever sang in Lawrence.

Sinatra sang in the Student Union Ballroom at KU when Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra played for the Freshmen Frolic in the fall of 1940. Other vocalists were Connie Haines and the Pied Pipers. Buddy Rich was featured drummer.

According to a short article written by Roscoe Born for the Fall, 1940, issue of the Jayhawker, 1,500 people attended the dance. I was one of those 1,500 who heard Sinatra sing in Lawrence with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Incidentally, Born did not list the date of the Freshmen Frolic that year.

L. Martin Jones,

1329 Kasold Dr.

Misdirected money

To the editor:

I am an eighth-grader at Central Junior High School in Lawrence. I am writing to you to complain about something and make a suggestion of how to fix it.

In my school, and most likely every school, we cannot do certain things or go on field trips because there isn't enough money. My suggestion to help that problem is that you could drop the DARE program and use that money for other needed things. Every person I have spoken to about this thinks the same as I do about this issue.

We feel the program hasn't worked for us or anyone. We feel it's a waste of our time in learning, a waste of money and a waste of energy. Yes, I do think that kids should learn the bad things about drugs and violence at a young age, but any devoted teacher can get their point across. By using the much-needed money on the DARE program, we, the children, are missing out on many very educational opportunities to learn out of the classroom.

I feel the world is a giant classroom. You can learn something anywhere you go, not just in the classroom. I have learned more on the field trips than I did in the classroom. The field trips are more effective for the kids I've talked to because it's a change of environment and you remember those things you learn in a new and exciting place better than you can remember the things you learn in the classroom.

I hope this letter will help you understand that we don't need a tradition that we learn nothing from, we need experiences that put new wrinkles in our brains to form a better future.

Jessica Rector,

2111 Maple Lane.

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