Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Teen activities in Lawrence

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

There are not that many teen activities here in Lawrence. There should be more intramural teams to play on, such as air soft, paintball, basketball, lacrosse and go-carts. All of these sports are good for teens to participate in.

If some teens don’t want to join in these sports they could at least try to participate in some of the activities. Some of these sports teens like to play, but the law won’t let them because they are not old enough. The sports that you are not allowed to play are paintball and air soft. These sports can let teens talk to their friends instead of going to their houses. Plus it lets them get more exercise that way they can stay healthy.

These things help teens stay more active instead of being a couch potato and staying home and playing video games all day. What I want you to do is make it so that kids can play any sports they want to play.

Dominic Oldman,

Southwest Junior High


Jason Bailey 9 years, 2 months ago

Who's the "you" you're referring to in the last sentence? The Journal-World? The letter is to the Editor so I guess the Editor better get his/her act together and draft some referendums for the next ballot!This insinuates a gross misunderstanding by the writer in how bills are written, debated, and ultimately become law. More civics instruction, please.

Eric Neuteboom 9 years, 2 months ago

Excellent letter Dominic! I agree with you 100%. Well done!

texasgrl 9 years, 2 months ago

Nice letter Dominic, my daughter wrote something similar back in December of 2007. Good luck...

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

After reading the recent letters by young people about their concerns Sally Landoll,Language Arts teacher, deserves recognition for the art of encouragement. The young writers deserve a hats off for moving forward with that project. Excellent performance on relating your thoughts to the public.Teenagers are selling themselves short. Put ingenuity to work and tell boredom to take a hike. More new buildings will not eliminate boredom. You young people can do it!Do any of the parents have space for a 4'X8' sheet of plywood to build a lego city that could involve more than one teen? How to get around: Use bikes and feet = exercise or public transportation. Walking or biking about town will provide a ton of exercise. Remember water.Do one day of:indoor poolgo to a moviework on Lego City ( we're talking 1,000's of pieces)have a gathering in a home – play cards take bike hikes to Clinton Lake on the bike trailplan a hike on foot ( 5-6 miles round trip with lots of water)Volunteer to help an older senior neighbor with yard workSchedule art project classes at the Art Centergrocery shop for Mom and Dadpart time jobplant an organic food gardenplay kick ball school groundstake up roller blade hockeyKU Natural History Museum board game party in a home4H projects – even for city slickers a wide variety*Prairie Park Nature CenterAbove are 17 days of stuff to do. If you have afternoon parties at in homes don't forget the music. These activities are necessarily "thinking outside the box" which is to say get on with it.Be constructive, Creative and Enjoy yourselves!

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