Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2012

Letter to the editor: Out of hand

October 4, 2012


To the editor:

I just saw that Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is getting a raise of $480,000. This is absolutely totally ridiculous and a huge embarrassment on our country’s values. The man was already making $3 million per year. This is getting totally out of hand; he is just a basketball coach. Yes, he is good at what he does, but there are many other people who are equally good, yet their compensation pales by comparison.

On top of that, it is my understanding that he is considered a part of the faculty and due to that his daughter gets a free ride at KU. How do you think that makes a Kansas wheat farmer who has gone through one of the worst droughts ever and made about 25 percent of his normal earnings and then has to pay a huge amount of that for his kids’ education? Also how do you think the professors at KU feel about this?

With all your new found money I am seriously asking you for $200,000, a fraction of your salary. A breakdown of where the money will go: I owe my ex $25,000 to finalize our divorce, I owe $67,000 to pay off the mortgage on my house and I am requesting the remaining $108,000 to be donated to KC REGAP (REtired Greyhounds As Pets) as these incredibly wonderful animals deserve a forever home after enduring the evil of man: dog racing.


Evan Ridenour 5 years, 7 months ago

When you bring in tens of millions of dollars of revenue you get paid millions of dollars.

parrothead8 5 years, 7 months ago

If you're going to justify his salary by saying it is commensurate with the amount of money he brings in, then you have to argue for the players to get hefty salaries as well. They're the ones people pay to watch and whose jerseys people buy. The athletes are also the reasons why television networks give NCAA schools billions of dollars each year to televise their games.

Evan Ridenour 5 years, 7 months ago

The players DO receive hefty salaries. They receive hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free education, room and board, training, tutoring, use of university facilities, vacations, and many other perks.

KUinAussie 5 years, 7 months ago

every dollar earned by an american should be placed into a pool and divided by the total number of american citizens?

i mean, romney has made more this last year than bill self has in his career, and hes done even less?

but your point is accurate.

anyone that partakes in professional sports should only be supplemented with a capped amount of income.

i mean, the only reason the overpriced qb makes a ton of money,

is because the much lower paid offensive linemen are defending hisass.

i could compare all day long,

but if people were infatuated with politics as they are sport,

then america would not be in this mess!!

LadyJ 5 years, 7 months ago

I see now why one of KU's professors that my daughter loved left KU and went to TX(Austin)

notaubermime 5 years, 7 months ago

Bill Self gets millions because he brings in tens of millions. He brings in tens of millions because that Kansas farmer and that KU professor probably watch his teams and buy KU sports apparel.

You can complain about the excesses of sports and other entertainment, but that doesn't really accomplish anything, does it?

Ken Lassman 5 years, 7 months ago

Speaking of entertainment, you gotta like the sense of humor of the LTE writer, including his mortgage and divorce settlement bill into the suggested donation list.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Justin Beiber makes many times what the President of the United States makes. Lady Gaga probably made as much as the combined incomes of all the Nobel prize winners last year. And the only thing worse than that would be a system that didn't allow for that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

The results of this system are quite often truly ridiculous-- Justin Bieber's and Bill Self's income being prime examples.

But that doesn't mean that there can't be at least partial antidotes to that system that don't require scrapping it. You know, things like a living wage requirement and a progressive income tax, the earned income tax credit, single-payer health insurance, etc.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Every single one of your "solutions" involves taking money away from the person who earned it and giving to to someone who did not. Of course, we already do that, though not to the degree that would make you happy. In my opinion, simply redistributing wealth needs a certain amount of justification, while redistributing even more wealth requires greater justification.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"In my opinion, simply redistributing wealth needs a certain amount of justification,"

The justification is that the capitalist system distributes wealth in such a ridiculously unfair manner. And none of the measures I listed above will result in wealthy folks not remaining wealthy.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

I've said it a thousand times, you can't define "fair" in any meaningful way that will be agreed upon. Make your argument leaving out that concept. Or try to get me to agree with you about what fair means. Otherwise, we'll reach the same impasse we always reach, which is the same impasse that is repeated again and again in America.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"I've said it a thousand times, you can't define "fair" in any meaningful way that will be agreed upon."

Only because so many in powerful positions define "fair" as the God-given, ideologically driven right to be unfair.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Leave "them" out of the discussion. You are an individual sitting in front of your computer in Lawrence, Ks. I'm an individual sitting in front of my computer in Lawrence, Ks. And we can't agree. That's not them in their powerful positions. That's not God giving anything to anyone. It's two people who disagree as to what "fair" is. Now multiply that by 7 billion and you have a real problem. You do realize that the redistribution of wealth that you spoke about is only limited to the people inside the U.S. is an artificial limitation that you placed on the discussion. Some very poor people around the world are making the same arguments about redistributing your wealth with them being the recipients. That sentence about powerful people in powerful positions feeling it's their God given right, etc., they're saying that about you.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Among reasonable people, finding a definition of "fair" isn't really that hard. But there are a whole lot of people who really dislike the idea of fairness, for ideological and other reasons.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 7 months ago

Like a bell curve, fair usually can be agreed upon by a large percentage within a certain range. That said, if you say living wage and I say we already have a minimum wage, those two positions are already within that range. So if you say my position isn't "fair", I'm going to say it is. Use some other argument. If you say a progressive income tax and I say 47% don't pay Federal Income Tax, those two probably also are in the fair range. So if you disagree with me, fine. But use some other argument than "fair". We already have an earned income tax credit as well as medical care for the very poor, but if you want to expand them, use some concept other than "fair", because we're already in that range.

John Hamm 5 years, 7 months ago

But what's really disturbing about this thread is the number of Socialists who believe "he makes too much I should get a share." How low American's have sunk.

blogme 5 years, 7 months ago

The sheer amount of wealth envy is truly appaling in the country. Unfortunately the seeds of it are sowed by the lamestream media and idiots are gobbling it up. Another problem is someone thinking that somehow he or she is entitled to what others make or has the right to tell someone else what to do. Good for Bill Self and the people that aren't shamed out of what they do because they make a big difference. You have to have something to be charitable. And the govt should not be a redistribution machine.

KUinAussie 5 years, 7 months ago

for the record, my comments about redistribution were facetious in nature. i do NOT think this way.

homechanger 5 years, 7 months ago

Les you should only make 5.50 per hour. That's what I say your worth. Any more is a travesty.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 7 months ago

Won't somebody pleeeease think of the greyhounds?!?!?!?

Jack Martin 5 years, 7 months ago

This letter is incorrect. Not only does Coach Self pay his daughter’s KU tuition, but he also pays the tuition for his son Tyler, who joined the basketball team this year as a walk-on (i.e. non-scholarship player.)

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