Letters to the Editor

Letter: Couch precedent

September 10, 2013

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To the editor:

It appears as if the last bastion of expression, choice and individual freedoms has been erased from Lawrence by the few old, stodgy city commissioners who single-handedly seem determined to rule this city with an iron fist by declaring the elimination of sofas from porches by claiming them as fire hazards. 

What’s next? A law to eliminate the wearing of baseball caps backwards? An ordinance determining the proper length of girls shorts and banning them on women over 50? And why not a regulation limiting the number of cups of coffee one may consume on any given day?

The problem of sofas on porches is between a landlord and his tenants, that simple. But this ridiculous ordinance goes far beyond the reach and scope of the city commissioners? What’s next? Modeling Lawrence after Topeka? Or teaching Lawrence children preschoolers how to march in goose-step?

Comments

oldbaldguy 1 year, 8 months ago

it is an over reach by the city. curtis is right.

jessie 1 year, 8 months ago

If people used good sense, we might not need any regulations. Unfortunately, too often they don't.

Couches on porches are a fire hazard and home to mold and critters. They also look trashy and tend to be contagious (causing other porch couches to sprout up around a neighborhood).

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

In some eyes new furniture can look kinda trashy..... on or off the porch. All a matter of perception.

Couches on a porch cannot be anymore unsightly than a rental property allowed to become slum material by neglect. Try to get anything done about this......slum properties have friends in city hall,on the city commission and in the Chamber of Commerce.

Some couches on the porch must improve the value of some slum houses.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 8 months ago

"goose-step?"

reeeeeally Curtis? bit much.


What’s next? A law to eliminate the wearing of baseball caps backwards? An ordinance determining the proper length of girls shorts and banning them on women over 50? And why not a regulation limiting the number of cups of coffee one may consume on any given day?

---shhhh, you're giving them more ideas!

no shorts on women over 50? how sexist of you to suggest such an idea.

Lisa Medsker 1 year, 8 months ago

No, because this was the "last bastion"... We have no more rights. We should all bemoan our oppression, since we are no longer allowed to freely express our love of bedbugs, lice, mold, and fleas on our porches.

Shorts on women over 38 have been banned, already. It's punishable by shame and ridicule from the college boys, who are offended that a female exists on the planet and has no personal interest their gratification. I have learned, as well, that if you should age, or become ill with something that changes your body type, it's best to just not leave the house. That, for some reason, offends the entire town.

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