Letters to the Editor

It’s a home

January 24, 2012


To the editor:

As the owner of the residence at 1500 Haskell, I wish the Journal-World and the various school consolidation boards would stop referring to my residence as a “site,” as if it is a vacant lot. It has been a home since the house was built in 1904, a farmstead since the barn was built in 1910 and, throughout its 107-plus years, always a single-family residence. To refer to it as a “site” belittles and depersonalizes my home as a place, full of history and memories over the generations.

I have lived here since 1989 and maintained the house and outbuildings in their original form. I have reserved green space for wildlife and added trees, gardens, a small orchard, berry patches, grapes and extensive landscaping around the house. 1500 Haskell is much more than a “site,” ripe for the new school complex. It’s a home.


LadyJ 6 years, 4 months ago

Stick to your guns David, it is obvious you love your home, not to mention it has historical value.

LadyJ 6 years, 4 months ago

The school district had a school and plenty of land to expand at Centennial School till they put in the courts and parking lots the neighbors didn't want.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

No way should citizens support taking any property that is not for sale........

Tax $$$ spending

Voters and taxpayers are the primary stakeholders no matter what. Always let the voters decide how reckless or not we wish to be.

Before spending or asking for additional tax dollars to build or repair buildings USD 497 best wait until they know what exactly is transpiring in Topeka. Our buildings can be rehabilitated over a 3-4 year period on current property tax dollars which is a respectful approach.

USD 497 taxpayers need to think of nurturing our teachers which has not been adequately addressed in some years. Some kind of a pay increase method may need to be a matter for consideration should the legislature open those doors.

Always let the voters decide how reckless or not we wish to be.

spiderd 6 years, 4 months ago

Nowhere in this LTE does it say that the home is not for sale.

LadyJ 6 years, 4 months ago

There is a huge park just down from this house with plenty of room to build a school.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 4 months ago

David, this should be one moment when you can be thankful you are not Native AMerican. They'd have seized your property, wrote you a check for 1/100th of what the property is worth and said 'thanks for playing,' moved the guns in and watched you and your children pack your stuff and move into a motel.

Wayne Propst 6 years, 4 months ago

There is a mentality ........new is better....that facilities are causal ......spending millions on football fields......take sites(homes) off of the tax rolls forever.......economies of scale their mantra when small schools should be the model........

Mike Myers 6 years, 4 months ago

Totally agree. Now take that argument to Topeka because the predicament we're in is based on having lost 9 million in base state aid for school operations in the last several years. USD 497 is being asked to do more and more with less and less. It has gotten to the point that they say they can't afford to pay the number of teachers and support staff they have on the payrolls anymore so they have to consolidate or continue to lose programs like band and art. Are you more willing to stop teaching art to kids or more willing to pass a bond issue for deferred maintenance and school construction? That is pretty much what it boils down to.

Agree also on the football fields. "I never saw a football field educate a child"... one of my favorite quotes from these blogs.

Matthew Herbert 6 years, 4 months ago

Kelo v. New London says you're screwed. I'm with you, it's your house....but the 5th Amendment is against you

jafs 6 years, 4 months ago


Did you know that the planned development never in fact took place, after the homes had been demolished?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

There is still New York,East Heights and Kennedy buildings which makes sense to make use of all three.

rtwngr 6 years, 4 months ago

This is one of the few times that I agree with merrill. These are perfectly serviceable buildings.

AMC5546 6 years, 4 months ago

Merrill's redundant comment keeps ringing more and more bells. Keep repeating repeating repeating yourself, and thank you. Also, geekin_topekan's comment is, unfortunately, exactly right. This entire country was stitched together by taking more and more land away from the real fence stake holders.

KrampusLawrence 6 years, 4 months ago

Sure, it's a home. What we want to know is whether or not you are willing to sell it to the school district.

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