distant_voice (Donald Whiteley)


Comment history

Simons' Saturday Column: College academic, athletic salaries are out of whack

This article is dead on target. Your jaw has to drop when billionaires like Boone Pickens gives $90 million to the OSU football program, and not a cent to its educational endeavors. Yet he is only representative of this growing problem. Major universities have become only the grooming grounds for future professional athletes, and many of those athletes even question the logic: "Why should I attend classes? I didn't come here to go to school; I came here to play basketball". And who pays the price? Taxpayers and students. KU is right in the center of this debate and it's caused me to lose all interest in KU sports, just as it has with all collegiate sports. Sports was introduced into colleges as a way of rounding a student's education, which I 100% support. But when schools are offering full scholoarships to gifted athletes who also happen to be academic zeros, regular students have only the smallest of chances of making their school's team. If we want to provide a training ground for pro athletes, let's take it off-campus, create viable farm leagues, and re-focus our schools back onto their primary purpose of providing an education.

March 9, 2013 at 7:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City approves development agreement, tax abatement for $25M Rock Chalk Park recreation center

This city shuts down schools, build parking garages and drive-up windows for their library, and builds a sports complex that no one on this planet needs. I can't wait to leave here.

March 6, 2013 at 7:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

First to ‘worst’: Lowly TCU stuns Jayhawks

Just puts KU where they've belonged all year...in the second 10 or lower.

February 7, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won’t back Chuck Hagel to become secretary of defense

This is a pretty typical stance from Roberts. The radical right which now controls the Republican party refuses to even support middle-of-the-road Republicans like Hagel. Personally, I think Hagel is great for the job and comments like this from Roberts only confirm that belief.

January 9, 2013 at 6:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU portion of Rock Chalk Park project wins approval at Lawrence City Hall; KU Relays could be at site by 2014

Politics and public opinion on campus and in Lawrence remain unaltered: sports first, education somewhere further down the line. Your future tax dollars at work.

January 9, 2013 at 6:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Decades of dishonor

We damn the Scouts because they won't allow homosexuals into their organization, then damn them because they did. Only in America! And for those of you who say there's a difference between homosexuals and those who abuse boys, look it up in the dictionary.

November 23, 2012 at 7:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Analysis: Both sides see mandate, hard road ahead

With the popular vote separated by only 2%, the country is nearly split down the middle with half our citizens believing we're on the right track, and the other half unable to imagine how we're going to survive the next 4 years. The only mandate Americans have voted for is compromise.

November 11, 2012 at 1:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rec center? Try rec park

It was certainly, beyond even the slightest doubt, the liberal voted who voted in the parking garage and the drive-up window for the library.

October 12, 2012 at 12:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rec center? Try rec park

This is obscene! We don't have sufficient funds to keep our schools open or staff them with teachers, but we have funds to build a drive-up window and a parking garage at the library and now this? Lawrence residents are supposed to be so liberal minded, yet they throw their support and their votes behind money-wasting projects such as these while they stand by and watch their schools crumble.

October 12, 2012 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Driving force: Jayhawks wary of OSU RB Joseph Randle

Are you kidding? The Jayhawks are wary of Free State's 3rd string running back...on their freshman team.

October 11, 2012 at 7:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )