Letters to the Editor

Money questions

April 18, 2009


To the editor:Lew Perkins gets a $750K bonus or raise while students get mental health budget cuts. Local Hallmark has many job cuts and the homeless want shelters with city funding. What was wrong with the Salvation Army caring for them?

When they made an attempt to build their own shelter why did the city take away their lumber and tools? Our first responsibility is to our children and getting jobs locally in Lawrence, not for building homeless shelters and giving people like Lew Perkins and others like him huge raises. I know the city didn’t give Perkins the raise, but I’m only pointing out the fact that the city is asked to help KU while Perkins gets this kind of money.

How can the city even think about building shelters and supervising them at a time like this? Homeless people can live in Topeka and Kansas City or in abandoned churches as well, with the owner’s permission, of course. I suppose the city has something to say about this as well.

Take the 1 Percent for the Arts and the Sister Cities money and use it for necessary social projects. Trimming the budget is what it’s called. Most of the homeless are homeless by choice. Many are transients.

Kieffer is from Lawrence


notajayhawk 9 years ago

Why do people keep talking about Lew's bonus as somehow being related to the plight of the homeless in Lawrence?

RoeDapple 9 years ago

Unlike the top management in the US banking and automotive industry, Lew has been behind the wheel of a successful program. Like him or not, if the bonuses are built into his contract and he has met the criteria, he has earned the bonus. If someone out there has a few extra million and would like to help bail out programs that are being cut I'm sure they would get no argument from Academia.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years ago

Most of the homeless are not so by choice. When will people learn this? There is nothing wrong with the Salvation Army shelter, they just decided to move in a different direction, so they are closing the shelter. I don't think the city ordered them to. Hostility towards those who are down and out, whom you consider to be beneath yourself, and unable to fight back, is very low, and very unbecoming.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

Chill, Irish. Nobody said anything bad about the homeless. I questioned just WTF Lew's bonus has to do with anything other than the LTE writer stuck it onto the opening of this letter.

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

It is hard to understand why KU athletics does not contribute large chunks of money to an academia scholarship fund for other than their basketball players. Were it not for an active student body attending KU where would the sports program be?

I say support the students there for academics TOO....without them KU is nothing.

As for the homeless that expense would be about the size of a flea on an elephants butt.

Why isn't the letter writer taking a hard look at the park department spending on a high dollar Clinton Lake Regional Park that is nowhere near any primary neighborhoods? I know this type of reckless spending does not make front page news or news at all.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

Are you serious, merrill? (That was a rhetorical question - we're used to seeing mindless posts from you.)

It appears you know as little about intercollegiate athletics as anything else you post about. Perhaps you aren't aware of how few of the seats in the typical university basketball arena or football stadium are actually sold to students, or of the billions spent by various TV networks for the rights to broadcast those games. But I assure you that if not a single student ever spent another dime to attend a KU basketball game, the program would survive quite nicely.

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