22 October 2013: Republican Tour-de-Force at K.U.

October 22nd, 2013

While I am frequently tempted to write Letters to the Editor, I mostly just compose the letters in my mind, and never actually send them to the local newspaper.  But, a couple of days ago, upon reading in The Lawrence Journal-World that Republican legislators in Kansas were planning to tour university campuses in the state to see what more they can do to undo the state of higher education, I yielded to temptation and sent off the following letter, which the paper actually published today:

“With regard to the Journal-World report that Republican legislators like Susan Wagle would like to ‘start touring universities this week in preparation for the 2014 session,’ I would like to suggest that their Kansas University tour begin at Memorial Stadium, to see if additional funding can revive our dying football program, and end at Pioneer Cemetery on Mount Oread, to see if further defunding can keep the Ghosts of Professors Past from rising from their unhappy graves at Halloween to remind us of days gone by, when KU prided itself as Harvard on the Kaw.”

4 Responses to “22 October 2013: Republican Tour-de-Force at K.U.”

  1. johnon 22 Oct 2013 at 9:30 am

    snort! I hope someone shows up and pickets their visit.

  2. Sinanon 22 Oct 2013 at 9:52 am

    What exactly is the purpose of the tour?
    Ah I see. I just looked it up. So they’ve cut funds and they’re going to visit the universities to… what? Observe the damage? Save face? Can anything be more disingenuous than this?

    My problem with these things is that they really must think people are stupid. Hey I cut off your arm but listen, let’s look at the bright side.
    The erosion of trust – in politicians the market society in general – is a major American problem. Really depressing.

  3. Mary Davidsonon 22 Oct 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I posted it to fb. it may be too subtle for Kansas. No comments in the LJW that I could see.

  4. Jeff Jacobsenon 24 Oct 2013 at 11:10 am

    Paul, you do not write enough for me. However, waiting for one of your posts is fine given how well your words flow from computer to mind. Thank you.

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