Letters to the Editor

GPS not needed

January 14, 2011


To the editor:

This letter is in response to a recent article in the Journal-World (Dec. 28) indicating the city of Lawrence was going to spend $50,000-plus putting GPS’s (global positioning systems) on various city vehicles. This includes trash trucks, numerous maintenance vehicles and various other city-owned cars and trucks. The monitoring was going to be overseen by a company out of state. (Gee, where’s “local” Rueschoff’s?)

What in the wild, wild world of city government is going on at Sixth and Mass? If my trash is not picked up, it’s probably my fault. The sanitation workers I’ve met on my route are on time and very courteous. They are doing their jobs and don’t need “ankle bracelets.” If the trash isn’t picked up, I’ll call. If I see a major pothole, I’d call.

Where are the supervisors? Don’t we pay people to know where their employees are? Let’s put a GPS system on Dave Corliss and see what he does all day. We all know what he does; he does his job or he wouldn’t be there. Mike Amyx is cutting hair and “listening;” he doesn’t need one. Do your job. We don’t need “Big Brother.” GPS equals “government punishing society.”


uncleandyt 7 years, 4 months ago

It might be time to put GPS into snow shovels? Go Chiefs !

Ken Lassman 7 years, 4 months ago

maybe if they'd put GPS into those KU basketball tickets....

paavopetie 7 years, 4 months ago

Dennis... The city can then track the paths that city vehicles make. Which will do one of two things - 1. Lower waste as the drivers will be less likely to drive city vehicles for personal use. 2. It will help identify more efficient routes.

Also, one has no expectation of privacy while at work... especially government employees.

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