To the editor:
Could someone please explain to me what is going on in Lawrence? How do we allow a peaceful encampment of persons who have voted to symbolically "secede" from the United States to remain on public property, creating an eyesore, even though it's against city ordinance?
You can't selectively enforce some ordinances and not others! If I pitched a tent in "Dad" Perry Park to peacefully celebrate my pride of U.S. citizenship, I would surely be removed in haste! Since the city is allowing campers to break ordinances, I will expect to be allowed to peacefully celebrate Independence Day complete with my own fireworks display -- even though it's against city ordinance. And, out of curiosity, what kind of currency are the campers using to pay for their tents and libations? Surely not legal tender from the grand ol' U.S. of A.?!!
I'm a stickler for rules and a law-abiding citizen and don't really want to defy any ordinances. My point is, if the city is going to adopt ordinances, codes, etc., they need to be uniformly enforced regardless of the offender's political affiliation, their city hall associations or whether or not it's election time.
Mary Ellen Hall,