To the editor:
Where does the Journal-World get off opining as it did on Dec. 27 how the mayor's proclamation of International Dadaism Month "seems to cross the line into foolishness ... is disrespectful to the city's entire proclamation process," and then go on to suggest, "the time could be better spent"? Isn't Lawrence the "City of the Arts"? Would there be such a negative attack if the mayor proclaimed an "International Impressionism Month"?
Dadaism is not just an early 20th century movement. Dadaist artists are currently producing thought-provoking works all over the world, including right here in town. Last summer our own Spencer Museum of Art put on a show of surrealist drawings; much surrealist art grew out of Dadaism. So what's so wrong with the governing body of the City of the Arts celebrating an art movement?
Perhaps the Journal-World editorial staff should run a check on some of its own stories and uses of time. Every night, the World Co.-owned Sunflower 6News includes at least three discussions of the local weather in a half hour.
Foolishness? Time better spent? Sheesh!
Honestly, though, I shouldn't be so harsh on the Journal-World, because without it there would be less fuel to feed the local Dadaist engine.
Charles Goff III,