Letters to the Editor

Common good

November 21, 2007


To the editor:

This is in response to Oscar "Bud" Nation's Public Forum letter of Nov. 13 on the South Lawrence Trafficway's impact on Haskell Institute. We certainly agree that since 1607, with the landing of Capt. John Smith at Jamestown, Va., that the United States has been an attractive haven for the dispossessed children from foreign shores. This condition yet continues and accelerates.

During the interim 400 years of chaos and land development, there is room for tears and ample excuse for losers to seek revenge. Yet, from this chaotic process, the wisdom of all of our fathers found its way into a document call the Constitution and the rule of law. The Commerce Clause rests on the principle that we must serve the public necessity and convenience of all of our citizens.

The Army Corps of Engineers developed hundreds of reservoirs that took up our most fertile valleys, requiring relocation of farm settlements and their graveyards. The interstate highway system did the same. Many thousands of farmers suffered losses, yet the overall improvement created wealth upon which our schools and universities depend.

The notion that the South Lawrence Trafficway should spend additional millions to add about a four-mile detour to interstate and local traffic moving between east and west Lawrence is a bankrupt principle that leaves us all poorer.

George Taylor,



just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

He's trying to justify the theft of Haskell's land for a highway, TJ.

grimpeur 10 years ago

Where will we build the road to serve all the people who will live in the southern reaches of Lawrence's UGA? You know, all the people between the Wakarusa and Dg. Co. 458? And why not build it now, in preparation?

igby 10 years ago

George: Both routes will leave us all poorer your argument is groundless and your mixing a basket of apples with one orange.

Terry Jacobsen 10 years ago

I read it, and it wasn't clear to me what he was trying to say. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

marcdeveraux 10 years ago

gee , lets see, 4 miles at 60 plus miles an hour,4 minutes or less, wow, thats a lot of time.

OnlyTheOne 10 years ago

Except for the fact that the southern route would be more effective - particularly as that area develops.

toefungus 10 years ago

I am ready for the road to be built.

Richard Heckler 10 years ago

I'm on the no build side at this point and pulling my practical solution off the table. All who moved here realized what roads got them here and should have realized those same roads would be part of a commute yet they moved in anyway...unless real estate people led clients astray(go after the agent). There has been no definite timetable for more than a decade if ever. Once the corrupt real estate/development community decided THEIR choice through an environmentally sensitive area IN Lawrence,Kansas could fatten THEIR wallets at taxpayer expense the problems began.

A suggestion could be move closer to employment thus saving dollars and the environment or allow more time for the commute in an effort to relieve frustration.

Beginning the commute before 6AM is no hassle whatsoever and leaves time for coffee/breakfast/relaxation at the other end.

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