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August 25, 2009

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To the editor:

The front page of Friday’s Journal-World is the most appalling and obscene I have seen in decades, yet how realistically it represents today’s America. The greed of big business — in this case, represented by the Kansas University Athletic Department selling 40 press row seats for the 2009-2010 basketball season at $15,000 each — was juxtaposed against the tragic poverty of the homeless — in this case a pregnant mother, her husband, and two children under 4 years of age.

I hope those who bought the courtside seats at Allen Fieldhouse suffer some guilt thinking about how much good their $15,000 each could have done if contributed to a homeless shelter or to a charity or organization that attempts to find homes, clothing and jobs for those so very much less fortunate. I hope the Johnson family will soon be able to live a better life and become self-sufficient again.

Comments

devobrun 5 years, 3 months ago

And while you're doing that, Liberty_One, the Johnsons will be making another baby.

Each happy in their own way. Isn't freedom great when you aren't a busy body?

kansastruthteller 5 years, 3 months ago

And how do you know that those who purchase the tickets also don't contribute to charities?

Isn't it a bit "obscene" that you are so quick to judge others you don't even know?

Why don't you criticize the people who have three babies in five years when they obviously can't afford to do so? Bringing children into this world when you cannot adequately provide for them is far more heinous than buying basketball tickets.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh gee, what a surprise, the ideological purists cheering the idiocy of our society's priorities while condemning babies who had no choice on how they entered the world to a very grim future.

smot 5 years, 3 months ago

I suppose that anyone who buys a "luxury" product (new furniture, a nicer home, a car with less than 200k miles) is guilty of the same transgression. Perhaps all of us should give away all our "extra" money to the poor so that they can live a life as good as ours. I think that the Soviets have already tried this and it did not work.

Practicality 5 years, 3 months ago

Bozo,

Nice try, but no one was "condemning babies who had no choice on how they entered the world to a very grim future", they were condemning the parents for making poor decisions. But way to try to alter what was written to suit your agenda.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm just waiting for all you moral giants to organize yourselves into committees that will determine who gets to breed, and who doesn't.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

"Extravagant spending creates jobs."

So would spending on creating and maintaining low-income and emergency housing.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 3 months ago

LO-- If you're going to make straw-man arguments, at least be clear about it.

exhawktown 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't know why people aren't upset at the banks. Think about it -- so much money in there not being given away. . .

homechanger 5 years, 3 months ago

"says

"Permalink smot (Anonymous) says…

I suppose that anyone who buys a “luxury” product (new furniture, a nicer home, a car with less than 200k miles) is guilty of the same transgression. Perhaps all of us should give away all our “extra” money to the poor so that they can live a life as good as ours. I think that the Soviets have already tried this and it did not work."

I SAY Thats right, the Soviets tried and failded and now the Democraps from President Obama to the local activists want to try again.

Practicality 5 years, 3 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

"I'm just waiting for all you moral giants to organize yourselves into committees that will determine who gets to breed, and who doesn't"

The committee met yesterday. They consensus was to restrict your genes. Tough Luck Kid.

Steve Miller 5 years, 3 months ago

It;s a free country... Let everyone excersise thier choices.

nverlost 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow, some of the left loons in this town never cease to amaze me. It's called "a choice" and last I looked we have that right in America. Not to mention how do you even know this guy doesn't already give more than the left loonies do in charity donations? Besides, there are other ways of helping the homeless than just dishing out cash as that has more of a tendency to enable yet another broken system that libs love to feed others cash into.

vega 5 years, 3 months ago

Could KU athletic dept sell these $15 000 tickets to anyone I wonder?

james bush 5 years, 3 months ago

If Obama has his way, those mean people who buy these tickets will be on his enemies list. Maybe he will make everything free to everybody. And we won't be required to work for anybody who makes more than $250,000 because his government will make jobs to compete with those selfish employers.

craigers 5 years, 3 months ago

Having kids is a choice and if you are going to have them you should provide for them. My wife and I have chosen to not have any more kids because it would overextend us. If you can't afford or have fallen on hard times and have kids, why would you want more? That's stupid. Having kids is a responsibility not a right and those that think well I have a right to have as many kids as possible should be able to feed those children.

And those who have done well enough in life to afford those seats should get them. They probably donate more money to charities than we would know what to do with.

BigPrune 5 years, 3 months ago

start radical rant

Oh the humanity of it all! Why can't KU give these front row seats to the homeless people of Lawrence! Surely there is some stimulation money to pay for them! So what if KU charges $7.00 for a hotdog and $4.00 for an ice filled cup with a thimble of coke thrown in. Those rich people do not deserve that kind of money to blow for a basketball game when the majority in Lawrence don't even make that much money per year!

end radical rant

mr_right_wing 5 years, 3 months ago

I guess people in Lawrence just love basketball....they really love basketball....they really really love basketball...they really really really really really love basketball!!!

If people are willing to pay, who are we to criticize KU? I'm sure there will even be a waiting list for people to get the privilege of shelling out that kind of $$$!! As I said in a post to a similar article; they could probably charge a whole lot more!

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't know what someone else deserves. Actually, not one person has ever come up to me and asked me to tell them how to spend their money. There is only one class that is above the fray and it is not the rich and it is not the poor.

jonas_opines 5 years, 3 months ago

Why do people still bother to write LTEs like these?

Stuart Evans 5 years, 3 months ago

both of those parents on the front page of LJworld looked completely able bodied. why weren't they able to find employment? you say fast food doesn't pay the bills, I say get a second job. how about not burning all of your bridges as you go through life so that when you fall, you have friends and family to help catch you. how about not making more babies. that would be a tremendous help to a lot of young people in getting a jump on life. in fact, I say if the state helped you pay for your last kid, you shouldn't be having more.

Stuart Evans 5 years, 3 months ago

Buena, Obama should have stayed a Senator longer so he'd rack up enough pocket-lining pork money to buy his own vacation home.

beatrice 5 years, 3 months ago

ktt: "And how do you know that those who purchase the tickets also don't contribute to charities?"

This is absolutely correct and well stated.

I know a couple who own courtside seats to Phoenix Suns games, and they are some of the most caring and generous people I know who give far, far in excess of the price of their tickets (much more than $15,000, by the way) to those in need. They also enjoy their wealth.

The premise of this letter is far too simplistic. Compare the money spent in general for KU Athletics, perhaps, but once you start to break it down to individual seat holders, you better have your facts. There are no facts here other than the cost of seats and it just paints all wealthy people who don't live like Mother Theresa as evil.

LibertyOne: "In fact we should all feel terribly guilty about our fortune except for some lone individual who is the most unfortunate person on the Earth."

Yep. It is like those who complain that we can land a man on the moon but we can't end hunger / cure cancer / eliminate the designated hitter rule. Nothing wrong with helping others and wanting to better the world, but I'll admit it, I am siding with the conservatives on this one. Bad letter.

bad_dog 5 years, 3 months ago

The title of the LTE pretty much sums up the merit of its content...

BlackVelvet 5 years, 3 months ago

reminds me of a story... THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER This one is a little different... Two Different Versions! Two Different Morals!

     OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

     The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

     Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

     The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

     MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

     MODERN VERSION:

     The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

     The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

     Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

     CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.   America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

     How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

     Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

     Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant 's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.' Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

     Nancy Pelosi & John Kerry exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

     Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

     The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

     The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

     The ant has disappeared in the snow.

     The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

notjustastudent 5 years, 3 months ago

Then an old cockroach, who hates spiders and looks a lot like Clint Eastwood, makes friends with a few of the nicer spiders, and tries to help them. But the gang spiders kill him instead, and one of the nice spiders gets the cockroach's cool old car....

altarego 5 years, 3 months ago

Then a rubber sole zooms out of the sky and squishes the spiders dead, Jimmy Buffet music is heard in the background behind a lovely voice saying, "Welcome to the new Hooters out on the SLT!"

Melissa Sigler 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow, people, calm yourselves. Enough with the "witty" comebacks, its obnoxious. I think her point was that the newspaper could have focused on better issues than the selling of KU tickets.

Might have went a little far with the guilt trip part...I doubt anyone with that money is going to feel too bad about it, but whatever.

Kasha 5 years, 3 months ago

Interesting blogs, but I am amazed how few of you even got the point of my Letter to the Editor. Has everyone subscribed to the obscene greed in America? That brings me to the matter of the sorry state of education in Lawrence--and elsewhere. But don't get me started on the failures of the Schools of Education. If you can't read AND comprehend, it is futile to point out the flaws in your "thinking".

spammer89 5 years, 3 months ago

I vote for the Ant and Grasshopper story can I borrow that to send out.....

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