Letter: Lawless Park

June 6, 2014 

Letter: Lawless Park

The death of Judge James Lawless 40 years ago was a blow not only to his colleagues, but also to the entire community. I taught at Jefferson Elementary and had the pleasure of being his son Tim's sixth-grade teacher. The entire family was highly respected by the Jefferson staff. It was a tremendous blow to hear of his senseless death.

I have often grieved that, because of his unusual last name, a park or some prominent feature was not named after him. Although the Herald reports there is a Lawless Park, I have no knowledge of it. The new street by Fred Meyer is named Lawless, but I doubt many people know why it is called that.

I would love to see something named "Judge James Lawless ..." After all, we live with John Dam Plaza, which could have been Dam Plaza and been the brunt of jokes.

PATRICIA HOLTEN, Richland

-- Editor's note: Richland's 34-acre James Lawless Park is on the hillside between Thayer Drive and Wellsian Way. The park is undeveloped with dirt trails.

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