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January 27, 2009


To the editor:

After reading the recent letters by young people about their concerns (Journal-World, Jan. 20), 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.

You teenagers are selling yourselves short. Put your ingenuity to work. More buildings will not eliminate boredom. You kids can do it!

Do any of the parents have space for a 4-foot by 8-foot sheet of plywood to build a Lego city that could involve more than one teen?

How to get around? Use bikes and feet or public transportation. Walking or biking about town will provide a ton of exercise. Remember water.

Do one day of:

• Swim at the indoor pool.

• Go to a movie.

• Have a gathering in a home.

• Take bike hikes to Clinton Lake on the bike trail.

• Plan a hike on foot (five or six miles with lots of water)

• Volunteer to help an older senior neighbor with yard work.

• Schedule classes at the Lawrence Arts Center.

• Grocery shop for Mom and Dad.

• Get a part-time job.

• Plant an organic food garden.

• Play kickball at the school grounds.

•Take up roller blade hockey

• Visit the KU Natural History Museum.

• Have a board game party.

• 4-H projects – even for city slickers.

Enjoy yourselves.

Richard Heckler,


Kookamooka 8 years, 11 months ago

They have been doing those activities since they were 5. Things don't change much in Lawrence and many people wholeheartedly feel that the only entertainment available in this town involves eating at restaurants and shopping. Teens deserve more. I want the dollar movie theater back, I want the putt putt back. I want the roller skating rink back. All were torn down to make way for big box retailers and never replaced. Sure teens. Why don't you all go out, get loans, buy or build these businesses and make a ton of money.

mom_of_three 8 years, 11 months ago

When not busy with sports, school activities, school and friends, my kids do go to the movies or hang out at someone's home, watching movies, or walk around mary's lake, etc. . But it does get boring once in a while. They take the T downtown, but unless there are more than 2 of them, I don't want them walking to town or anywhere else, and biking anywhere is dangerous in our neck of the woods. And they know how to use the T. While Richard provides some suggestions, some of them are out of reach for a few teenagers. I imagine that the majority of letter writers are not old enough to drive or get a job. It would be nice if a few things that used to be here in the late 80's was still around. Just their suggestions. And Richard, I remember reading your comments before. Lets get some new ones.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 11 months ago

Does anyone get too old for Legos? Over the holidays we were in a Lego store and over heard some 20- 30 year olds talking to sales folks. They were still into Legos and were adding some new selections. Lego projects can be ongoing.According to Lego store sales people a lot of Legos can only be found in Lego stores or online Legos. Our 12 year old daughter enjoyed building . She is ready for the grocery store or the market street set. Our 23 year old thought this was cool: quite sometime he had an ongoing project laid out on a 3'X7' plywood table. Spent many hours blending sets together.

d_prowess 8 years, 11 months ago

Someone with a little money might want to think about turning the old grocery store on Iowa into a roller rink. I would think that this place could do a great amount of business between hosting birthday parties, having teens come in the afternoons and evenings, and selling adult beverages after 10 or 11 for the college/older crowd. Obviously don't know how realistic this would be, but the idea seems pretty good...

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 11 months ago

Does no one edit this paper? This is the same comment Richard has been cutting and pasting whenever an uppity kid complains about entertainment options. Maybe he keeps his kid busy "homeschooling" her by having her organize his vast cut-and-paste database.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 11 months ago

hey teens, ignore this reposting of Merrill's. there was no indication you needed patronizing "what to do when your bored" suggestions from Lawnmowerman! besides you're busy learning persuasive writing. note how poorly Merrill succeeds at his persuasive writing. also many of us with experience on these comment threads view his every post with contempt because of his insane far-left-crazy views. you young people deserve applause for your work as published, not some big lump telling you how to better spend your time!

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