Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Letters to the editor

October 16, 2002

To the editor:

The Baldwin Junior High yearbook staff would like to thank Dave Hill of Hilco Mortgage for the donation of a digital camera. The camera will afford students the opportunity to format the yearbook along the same lines as the High School journalism

classes. Also, high school students are peer tutoring junior high students during this first year of introduction. The camera will save the school district money on production costs by alleviating film

processing. Thank you Mr. Hill for your generous gift!

Betty Pewtress and the junior high yearbook staff

To the editor:

Baker owns the wetlands. I am tired of people saying the land belongs to Haskell. It does not. Whether or not it should belong to Baker is another debate entirely.

Baker has spent a great deal of time and money cleaning up the trash dumped in the wetlands by Haskell. Haskell refuses to help on the basis that nature will care for itself. If nature only had to deal with nature this would be true, however, nature cannot by herself compensate for the alterations inflicted upon her by people. It adds insult to injury when Baker students removing bedsprings, tin cans, plastic, tires and other trash are told by Haskell to "stop digging up our ancestors." The only question I have is this: Why would you put a trash dump on the graves of your ancestors?

Sunday, Sept. 29, Earth We Are of Baker University held a highway cleanup on Haskell Avenue. Eight people showed up, all Baker students. Where were all the "environmental activists?" It seems other groups prefer lip service to actual labor. Perhaps Baker would not be considering this mitigation proposal if these groups would help with the maintenance of the wetlands through more than protests and rude letters. Unfortunately, it takes money to manage land. If Baker cannot rely on assistance from other environmentally concerned institutions, it will have to make difficult decisions. People who never helped before do not bear the responsibility of caring for and maintaining the land and hence cannot expect to have any sway in the outcome.

I do not want to see this road go through the wetlands. I heartily agree that the habitat cannot be replaced. I am as outraged as the next person that the reason this road is so important is because some big corporations want to install a business strip and make more money for themselves. But I do not agree that Baker has "sold out" by agreeing to the mitigation plan

On the subject of the West Nile virus and the wetland-bred mosquitoes, do the writers of these letters know that you are as likely to die from taking antibiotics as you are from West Nile? You are infinitely more likely to be in an automobile accident. Following their logic, we should ban automobiles in the interest of public safety. Hey, now that's a great idea! Then we wouldn't have to worry about the South Lawrence Trafficway at all!

Michelle Grace Smith

Baldwin City

To the editor:

The Baldwin Community Arts Council would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all who came out for the Art Walks this summer, especially the most recent Cuppa Java night. A special thanks goes out to the potters in the community who donated the hand-thrown mugs for this event as well as the many members who contributed delicious desserts. We also thank Espress Yourself for their cooperation in providing the coffee. Without these generous contributions Cuppa Java would not have been possible. The Band, Free Lunch, along with the vocals of Gloria Roach provided excellent entertainment for the evening. Due to the ongoing support of the community and BCAC members, the Arts Council continues to succeed in supporting the arts in all forms in the Baldwin Community.

Gayla Waymire

BCAC Secretary

To the editor:

Well, how brave are our cops. I figure one shouldn't go around limping or they may be in trouble. There could have been a more humane way of destroying an injured cat. Also, did he get the dog that did the damage? It would have been off a leash and that is against the law. Of course, that would have been more challenging, so let's shoot a dead cat. My only word for that is ignorance. As usual, let's sue. That seems to be the answer to their ways.

Also, let's check out the spending of our tax money in the school system. They say the company was hired for the heating and air conditioning that messed up with the high school at a higher expense than our local business. Also, the low bid wasn't taken for the bulldozing. What's going on here with the building of the new grade school, which we didn't need.

Where is the school board when all this money is being spent? I have no children in the school system now, but they all went through it, as I did, without getting food elsewhere, while we pay for the help and food at school, but my taxes keep going up. When they say your taxes won't go up, they sure aren't telling the truth. All this looks good on a resume but they (administration included) fail to put what a debt they put us in.

This is long enough for now, but I will probably be back.

Phyllis Hobson

Baldwin City

To the editor:

I don't know this police officer but I think it was just a cat, possibly a stray cat and the vicious dog. Nowadays husbands and wives both work, come home of an evening and then go out for the evening. The cats and dogs run the neighborhood and downtown, just strays. We either like a cat or dog or just don't. It's the owner's responsibility, not the policeman, but he did the right thing, and deserves a thank you from the city. Baldwin lost a very good person and citizen of Baldwin, because this cat probably belonged to a councilman, and he brought it downtown. This is important for the council to either shape up or ship out, while you're at it, please clean up the city before Maple Leaf. We all can get the job done. Meantime, if you want to own cats, keep them in your home, on the bed or underneath it. The neighbors don't want your cats or city hall, either.

G. Cooper

Baldwin City

To the editor:

This community has always been very helpful and giving and I hope that your readers will be able to help with our project. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Baker University students will be hosting their Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of 8th and Chapel. The parade is to include floats, bands and convertible cars for the Homecoming Royalty. For the parade to be successful, we desperately need your help in securing 5 hayracks that the students can build their floats on and 4 to 5 more convertible cars.

We would also welcome any groups that would like to participate in the parade. If you are able to help us, please call myself at Baker, 594-4514 or at home, 594-3077. We thank you and hope that you will join us at the parade on Oct. 26.

Susan Hoffman

Director Student Activities

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