Letters to the Editor

Not fair game

January 19, 2008


To the editor:

As a person fairly new to hunting, I was interested to hear that Missouri may soon have a new state game bird. However, my interest quickly turned to shock as I read Jonathan Kealing's article in the Jan. 18 Lawrence Journal-World in which he reports that a Missouri senator is proposing that the Jayhawk be named that game bird. Given the history and true meaning of "Jayhawk," what Sen. Dan Clemens proposes is essentially a call for murder.

To be sure, the senator must know the historical significance of the Jayhawk and a little skirmish called the Civil War that gave rise to this band of brothers that crusaded against the dark ideology of slavery espoused by the state of Missouri. These crusaders were called Jayhawkers.

The Jayhawk is a mythical combination of the sparrow hawk and the blue jay, and the term served as a moniker not for a bird, but for a group of people. To this day, the Jayhawk is not a winged creature that soars through the air, but rather a group of people who strive to make the world a better place. Do the senator and the state of Missouri really mean to say that they should be shot?

Tom Field,

Kansas City, Kan.


mom_of_three 9 years, 10 months ago

Good point.
But just remember that during the Civil War, both sides did things, such as steal, burn, and possibly murder, as the others did, even Jayhawkers.

Weezy_Jefferson 9 years, 10 months ago

Oh, for crying out loud, people. It's a joke! Don't get your feathers all ruffled.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 9 years, 10 months ago

I eschew much of the current efflux of balderdash, piffle, twaddle, blather, bunkum, tommyrot, bilge, malarkey and rigmarole, seeking explicandum more becoming and beffitting, both, and a plethora of commas, to boot!~)

That is to say. I am with Weezey. harumph

kcfan 9 years, 10 months ago

its well known that the jayhawks can't take a joke. i'm not sure if its stupidity, arrogance or as roy williams called them, "whiners". but they do not take jokes well. anyway, don't forget to send out you william quantrill appreciation day cards this year. its august 21st. i can't beleive its already been 145 years since we first made kansas our bitch.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 9 years, 10 months ago

This may have been a joke, but also a waste of tax-payer money. But then again, what would you expect from Missouri. Don Fambrough has been right about them for decades!

kcfan 9 years, 10 months ago

yeah and no poloticians in kansas ever waste money. how much money and time was wasted while your attorney general was shagging his clerk in the broom closet??? i don't think thats exactly what your paying him to do while he's on the clock.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 9 years, 10 months ago

poloticians? Here's a prime example of whats wrong with the Missouri school system. Perhaps YOUR tax dollars would be better spent on education and not on frivilous politics. As for the AG, the "shagging" occured before, not during, his time in the AG office. And, he had enough class to step down. Please try to get your facts straight before you comment. Thanks

freeordie 9 years, 10 months ago

Roy Williams called us whiners? He's the biggest cry-baby around. Every time I turn around that smarmy bas#$%& is breaking down about something or other. I say let's get this border war fired up again!

barkeep75 9 years, 10 months ago

Yes, to kill a Jayhawk for sport would be no less than murder these days; however to say that Jayhawkers do nothing more than try to make the world a better place, please explain the educational policies on the teaching of science, specifically evolution vs intellegent design. Maybe the Senator is serving a Darwinistic role and calling for the survival of the fitest.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 9 years, 10 months ago

The policies on teaching evolution vs intelligent design is a State of Kansas Department of Education decision. The University of Kansas is not under the policy decisions of the State of Kansas. And, to date, there is about as much evidence to support evolution as there is to support intelligent design. Neither theory has been proven. I would say if we were to go with the Darwinistc survival of the fittest - the Jayhawks have proven, in the sports arena, to be the fitter of the two. =)

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 9 years, 10 months ago

beo, I disagree. As it is presented in an eduction forum, it is a theory. As we all know, beliefs of religious foundation are not allowed in public schools.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 9 years, 10 months ago

Where are any FACTS that support evolution? It is still a THEORY, an accepted, but not yet proven theory.

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