Letters to the Editor

Bigger problems

June 15, 2010


To the editor:

The world has problems everywhere you look. People’s lives are destroyed in the Gulf of Mexico. And everyone is worried where universities are going to play sports.

Robert Schmitt,



Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

Republican foreign policy of protecting USA special interests abroad is killing innocent men,women and children everyday! Talk about devastation!

The policy: CRIME AGAINST DEMOCRACY : PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

And this policy is draining our economy accompanied with:

Isn't it odd each time our nations financial institutions crumble there are Bush family near by and a McCain still in office?

  1. Who has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans! http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

dontcallmedan 6 years, 1 month ago

If Robert can put pilgrim2 to sleep, that is a good thing and he should be commended.

Brent Garner 6 years, 1 month ago

Merrill: Suffice it to say we understand that from your viewpoint George W Bush is the root of all evil. We get it. We understand. Now, how long are you going to continue with this closed loop? When does the blame begin to shift to someone else? At what point does current leadership have to accept the responsibility?

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

Shouldn't you as Tom Shewmon the same question?

labmonkey 6 years, 1 month ago

LJworld disappears Spacehog, yet lets Merrill SPAM. Fellow commenters, every that Merrill posts this SPAM, please flag it.

jaywalker 6 years, 1 month ago

Wow, what an incredibly insightful, poignant letter. I had tears by the time I read through it all.....

Whaddya want, Mr. Schmitt? Should we feel guilty for eating since there are some many other problems in the world? I took some time to work out this morning, too......how dare I!!! My neice's birthday is tomorrow - cancel the presents? Screw Father's Day - people died in a flood! The pelicans, the pelicans! I can't be bothered to pay my bills, just too distraught and distracted.......

For the love....

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

The point is that there are much more important things to be concerned about than college sports.

jaywalker 6 years, 1 month ago

There always are more important things to be concerned about than ANY pasttime, jafs. Railing about it is hypocritical: know why? Because there are more important things to be concerned about!! Besides, who are you or the LTE writer to assume the people who are interested in college sports aren't also concerned with such matters? It's a dumb letter and an idiotic sentiment.

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

Well, it certainly seems to me that a lot of people in this town spend a lot of their time and energy being concerned with sports.

For example, there are many articles in the JW about KU athletics and very few about KU academics.

If we did a small survey, I'd wager that more people know about KU sports than many current events.

jaywalker 6 years, 1 month ago

Why would it seem that way to you unless you're logging on to the sports related stories?
And here's a "news flash" for ya: people read what interests them, and papers print what people like to read about. I guess the LJW could eliminate the sports section and put in a KU Academic Current Events page, but then they'd be out of print in a couple months, soooo.....

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

They are obvious when I look at the paper - I don't read the stories.

And, that's exactly the point - people are more interested in sports than academic success, although education is the primary function of a university.

jaywalker 6 years, 1 month ago

If you don't read the stories and therein the comments section, how do you know what people are saying? And who are these "people" you're lumping together as one? As if NOBODY cares about other issues?
Of course there are plenty of people who care about academic success; but it's not "entertainment" - sports IS. Everyone gets to choose their diversions, whatever it might be to take their mind off their own problems and those of the rest of mankind. To assume no one cares about anything else than sports issues is ridiculous, and again, incredibly hypocritical. Here you've wasted how much time arguing that people care more about sports rather than other more important issues --- so obviously to YOU it's more important to argue about this than to focus on the unstated but much more important issues? Can't you smell that?

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

You made the point that people read what interests them, and that stories about academics would likely put the paper out of business.

I didn't make any of the obviously exaggerated claims you attribute to me.

And, I think the emphasis on sports in our society is an important issue, worth discussing for a little bit.

But I'm done now.

jaywalker 6 years, 1 month ago

Well played. I didn't attribute anything to you, I just drew out your "argument." Shame you can't admit the fallacy you've undertaken.

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

  1. Sports are not that important.

  2. The emphasis on sports in our society is a real issue.

Shame you can't comprehend the difference.

rtwngr 6 years, 1 month ago

Merrill, if you would like to move to another country, I would help you pack.

Why don't the conferences all apply for some "Obama Money". This would alleviate all of the jockeying for better TV contracts. After all, that's why we elected him. Free money for anybody that wants some. "Obama Money"!

dontcallmedan 6 years, 1 month ago

Should he move to the same country that Rush promised to move to?

skinny 6 years, 1 month ago

Someday everyone will figure it out, it's all about the money!!! Wake up people!!

kernal 6 years, 1 month ago

If this is another "Obama, Obama, save me!" post. Nice try.

notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Would there still be a need for teaching spelling in school?

parrothead8 6 years, 1 month ago

It's not just about the sports, Mr. Schmitt. The fact that KU belongs to the Big 12 brings in a lot of money to the university, and that has a direct impact on many students, faculty, and staff who are not involved in sports.

Even people (think business owners) who are not directly connected to KU benefit tremendously from schools like Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State coming to town for the weekend. If the Big 12 had dissolved and KU had ended up in, say, the Mountain West, do you think Lawrence would have felt as much of an impact from Air Force, New Mexico, or San Diego State coming to town?

And yes, I know the devastation in the Gulf is of far greater consequence in the grand scheme of things, but don't you dare suggest that means I should stop caring about MY community. It's not just about the sports. It's about people.

Liberty275 6 years, 1 month ago

I thought he was enjoying nice refreshing snow cones.

Liberty275 6 years, 1 month ago

OMG! Here we are, 100 million miles from a sun that will turn into a red giant someday and evaporate the earth and we are worried about oil flowing into the gulf of Mexico! We are sooooooo short sighted.

mr_right_wing 6 years, 1 month ago

.....you're assuming life as we know it makes it that far. When one of these 'super volcanoes' (like the one under Yellowstone) blows; game over brother!

All the experts (I've heard) don't say "if" but "when"!!

kernal 6 years, 1 month ago

Isn't that like estimated to occur one million, or more, years from now? Highly unlikely our species will even be here by the time that occurs.

mr_right_wing 6 years, 1 month ago

Nope...could be tomorrow from what they say...they're monitoring Yellowstone very closely. These happen from time to time, and right now we're due. It could happen without any warning, it's not like the technology we have with predicting tornadoes. Sorry.

jafs 6 years, 1 month ago

The situation in the Gulf is not that complicated.

BP was allowed to operate a deep-water drilling operation without being required to have sufficient plans in place to deal with a big problem, like this one.

The government didn't exercise enough oversight, and BP was greedy, short-sighted and stupid.

mr_right_wing 6 years, 1 month ago

The situation in the gulf is made worse (at least in one instance) by environmentalists. We can't use oil skimmers because environmental lobbyists pushed Congress to make that illegal. The water these things return still has some oil residue. So, I guess in the eyes of environmentalists it's better for there to be a thick layer of oil floating in the gulf. (and why not, this event will be an incredible opportunity for their non-profit fundraising!!)

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