Letters to the Editor

Letter: Wrong values

March 1, 2014


To the editor:

I applaud Dolph Simons for the Feb. 22 Saturday column. It put the “William S. Burroughs: Creative Observer exhibit” and the main stage presence of the “sultan of sleaze” filmmaker John W. Waters in a much-deserved perspective. Yes, Mr. Simons, you are right about the abundant “crazies” in Lawrence. They are well-known to a “crazy” like Waters. They helped promote and organize, and then flocked to this event featuring him, and that honored another “sultan of sleaze,” the late William Burroughs.

You are also right in wondering why anyone would want to do so, and right to ponder how the long-term cumulative effect of the values they embody, and proselytize, has been detrimental to Lawrence’s image. But, Mr. Simons, it shouldn’t be lost on you that for decades now your own newspaper has had a role in helping create this anything-goes reversal of values. If my last sentence here needs explaining, then you haven’t been paying much attention or you are in denial.


William Enick 4 years, 2 months ago

If your (Mr. Smith's) definition of a crazy is living as if "anything goes" then I agree with you. This description would fit a small minority of the crazies here in Lawrence. This spirit of "anything goes" is pervasive on Wall Street however. In fact it describes the Shadow Market 100% accurately. It's a way of investment banking that doesn't show up on the banks conventional balance sheet, thus - to this day - it remains unregulated. It's what caused the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 2 months ago

When I was unfortunate enough to be at the Salvation Army homeless shelter there were several men there who honestly could not understand why they could not do what they wanted when they wanted, and that included defecating and urinating when they felt the need. Now, to me that is crazy.

Burroughs was a writer and like the writer of Clockwork Orange was trying to say something. Each reader must decide whether it is is or is not of importance to them. But, don't make the decision for every other reader.

I wondered why all the questions about Verizon and the health industry and finally looked it up and found this. Of course, now I know, it is obvious.


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