Letters to the Editor

Negative focus

June 30, 2010


To the editor:

I’m getting bored with Dolph Simons’ weekly KU bash column.

By my count, 31 of his last 52 articles were devoted to carping on KU administration. He says that he wants the university to focus on academics, but his weekly column shows that he can’t even get over his own strange obsession with athletics.

If Dolph truly cares about academics, he should write timely articles focused on the current chancellor’s outstanding advances in that arena.

He should write about the chancellor’s success in raising funds for the cancer center. He should write about her fast-approaching proposal to increase admission standards. And he should write about her renewed focus on retention. There are so many options!

Dolph has spent the past year venting about athletics and former administrators. It’s time to move on. There’s plenty of good going on at KU; maybe Dolph could start there.


Haiku_Cuckoo 3 years, 9 months ago

Great letter, Arnie. I feel the same way.


Iam Tired 3 years, 9 months ago

"I’m getting bored with Dolph Simons’ weekly KU bash column. By my count, 31 of his last 52 articles were devoted to carping on KU administration."

So bored that you read every one and categorize them?!


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Can the FBI stop merrill from posting. The IRS however, is interested in cash paid for mowing services.


Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Local builders and developers have compromised KU athletics kinda like they have the local economy that which went from economic growth to a high tax dollar bedroom community and flooded retail markets.

Now we have economic displacement because these people were not smart enough to learn there are only so many tax dollars and retail dollars in Lawrence,Kansas.

Can the FBI and IRS stop the KU corruption?


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Yes, Dolph's editorials are entertaining. One has to wonder from what school of journalism the writing skills came from or for that matter, high school.


Phillbert 3 years, 9 months ago

Imagine that - a writer who: cites actual facts based on research; uses those facts to make cogent points; and does it all in less than 2,000 words. Nicely done - and all too rare for this paper, especially on Saturdays.


PFC 3 years, 9 months ago

You know sometimes how a movie can be so bad that it becomes entertaining? It’s the same with Dolph’s editorials. When I first started reading them I was, usually, appalled, but now I find them entertaining. And you have to admit, it is impressive that he can use so many words and rarely cite any actual facts or convey any substance. That is a real talent.


jhawks360 3 years, 9 months ago

I think this is a wonderful editorial. I, too, am sick and tired of Dolph's Saturday column and am weirded out by his obsession with basing KU athletics and administration.

It would be really nice if he would write about something meaningful, important and timely in his column, instead of the same ole tired rhetoric about athletics.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Rogers is absolutley correct. What Dolph doesn't understand is that his comments in the J/W are hardly ever read outside of Lawrence and certainly not read in a 250 mile radius of Lawrence.

Dolph would serve the community better if he tackled the ruination of the city by the city commision, the Chamber of Commerce and the Planning Department. Dolph has the tools with the paper to make it an informational service to the community in which it is printed and distributed.

I have wondered why the Journal World doesn't have ONE paper with various sections devoted to Tonganoxie news, Eudora news, Lawrence news. Make it a real regional newspaper. Maybe there is no one smart enough at the J/W to put something like this together.

Dolph's attacks on the Chancellors clear back to Chalmbers has been ongoing.Where is Dolph's outcry about the boarded up buildings downtown. ,about the many properties east and north andsouth of the campus that could be torn down and the area redeveloped , but Dolph's continued support of the city and lack of exposing the city Planning Department for backdoor antics will only continue to destroy the city and stall a rebuilding of the inner city of Lawrence.

Why doesn't Dolph do some research for example of Mr. Murguia in KCK who is leading a fund raising for building a library in ARgentine and then ask why all of the supposed leaders and community activists in Lawrence cannot do the same. Instead,Dolph will support another bond issue which will tax the business and drive off any potential viable businesses.

Oh, some would say that Berry Plastics is expanding. That is already here. Where and when will the new factories come(can't have factories in Lawrence,they pollute and the city is intellectual! not!).

Dolph, should be writing about what the Chamber of Commerce has not done in the past quarter of a century. Yes, it's been that long since anything of substance has come to Lawrence in the way of business.


Hydra 3 years, 9 months ago

The quickest way to destroy a home is to have a backed up Loo. No matter how you paint it it's still going to stink and drop the value!


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