Letter: New saying

June 15, 2013


To the editor:

“Beginning July 1, a new state law is expected to more than cut in half the number of Lawrence properties that will require a historic preservation review as part of the development process.” (Journal-World, June 12)

That story reminded me of a saying from my youth:

Use it up

Wear it out

Make it do

Or do without.

Our Kansas legislators support a very different saying:

Tear it down

Rip it up

Build new stuff

And make a buck.


Matthew Herbert 5 years ago

Old is not and should not be synonymous with historic. Properties that have actual historic value are worth protecting; properties that just happen to have been constructed a long time ago, do not.

StanHernly 5 years ago

Just because something is not on a local, state, or national register of historic places does not mean it lacks historic value. It means the owner doesn't know or doesn't care about that value.

Brock Masters 5 years ago

If it is so important then buy it and preserve it but don't tell the owner what they have to do with it.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

Say it like you mean it, Fred! :-) A property owner should have some rights as to what to do with it.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years ago

I have to go with Renaissance on this one. Yesterday is gone. Let it go. I am not in favor of making every house and building in a neighborhood the same type, all matchey matchey. Too bland.

You can watch Hoarders and see what happens to people who hang on to things past their due date.

Centerville 5 years ago

"It means the owner doesn't know or doesn't care about that value." Then buy it yourself. Don't expect a state bureaucracy to dictate your personal preferences.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

The why is the state bureaucracy dictating on this issue? More GOP big government has stepped in I'd say.

Perhaps instead the state bureaucracy should have stepped in and dictated some strict codes as to how homes are built backed with tax dollars for an army of inspectors to keep builders honest. Additionally each new home must be inspected at certain intervals before builders move forward AGAIN to keep builders honest and for the protection of the consumers. Consumers are more important than some form of laissez faire government and reckless profits.

Mike Myers 5 years ago

“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.” ― George R.R. Martin.

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