Guitarzan (Darrell Lea)


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Editorial: Sports' influence

We can commend the writer for not using the word "uppity" once in his piece. Does that count as a thin veil?

November 10, 2015 at 12:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Sports' influence

Loved the rhetorical questions and the gratuitous reference to "today’s politically correct society." The writer appears to want to make a point, but whatever that may be seems to shift from paragraph to paragraph.

Anyway, let's have some fun with the rhetoric, shall we?

1) "However, it (the "Missouri situation") also raises the question of who runs a university: a high-profile football or basketball team and the coach, or the regents or those on a board of overseers?"

Money makes the world go 'round. Money doesn't talk, it swears. "High-profile football or basketball teams" are the cash cows that feed regents and overseers. The writer knows that, and so should you. Perhaps our educational priorities are a bit askew, as the writer also points out that "32 outstanding MU faculty members, 32 National Merit students or 32 individuals of any campus group of any color" did not "have the impact of the 32 African-American football players."

2) "What are the next demands of the football team, and do they expect to play a role in the selection of the next president?"

This is kind of a silly question, but if the writer really wanted to know the answer he could do a little journalism and ask them directly. By presenting the idea as rhetoric he casts the football team in the same light as hostage takers or terrorists, which was probably his intent. Anyone who successfully upsets the dominant paradigm must be feared and castigated, yes?

3) "The MU situation is ugly and damaging to the university."

Yes, and the situation was ugly and damaging for weeks, months and years prior to the eruption of student action we saw yesterday. Perhaps more journalism should happen and a detailed timeline can be presented for the reader's benefit. All of these things did not occur in a vacuum.

4) "Based on the Missouri situation, the best way to attract attention and get immediate results is to use football and basketball teams rather than the conventional and out-dated governance systems."

Sometimes hard truths are accidentally delivered as bitter sarcasm. This appears to be one of those times.

November 10, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: America’s not a brave nation

Sam - how is brother Jim?

September 20, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Schmidt steps aside from judicial funding case; asks Supreme Court to do the same in a related case

I didn't see Mr. Farmer's name mentioned in this article at all. Did you mean to post somewhere else? Stay on topic, man!

September 19, 2015 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City approves portion of funding request for Free State Festival; future uncertain

from the article - "Tate said in her letter that $20,000 from the city of Lawrence contributions would go toward marketing, $50,000 would be used to pay musicians’ fees and $30,000 would be allocated for outdoor production costs."

50 grand for musician's fees is a lot of money! Though acts like Johnny Winter and George Clinton carry a lot of name recognition, they're essentially nostalgia acts. Perhaps a smaller budget will cause the Festival organizers to shop smarter for their performing talent and hire performers who are a better fit for a forward looking contemporary festival. We'll see.

September 16, 2015 at 6:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Safety first

Perhaps you missed this. Here it is again. There is no substitute for personal responsibility & accountability.

September 15, 2015 at 12:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fundraising effort started for young Baldwin City woman facing two-day brain surgery

I see that empathy is not your strong suit. May you never have a debilitating illness that sends you scrambling for non-traditional answers.

September 13, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )