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Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Abatement cost
March 1, 2015
Tax abatements are getting expensive. In 1989 and 1990, we granted tax abatements of  $9,112 and $7,428 per job to two companies that are no longer in Lawrence. 
Letter: Flawed logic
March 1, 2015
Connecting the dots in his evasive letter of Feb. 26, Kevin Groenhagen appears to be claiming that:
Letter: All-out effort
February 28, 2015
ISIS. There are probably not too many folks that have not heard the news reports about this cancer on the face of the world and the activities of ISIS.
Letter: Strong argument
February 28, 2015
I’m in awe of Superintendent Rick Doll’s testimony before the House Education Committee.  His focus on education and successfully preparing students for advanced education and jobs was met with ignorantly held confusion. Claims were made that the K-12 system would be controlled by bureaucrats or by money-grubbing corporations or that, like Nazi Germany, education would be centrally controlled and planned and that some Common Core standards promote pornography. Doll’s reflections on these fact-free obstacles weren’t reported.
Letter: Neutral site?
February 28, 2015
After watching all the press about the court-storming incident in Manhattan, I was curious if there was ever an option to move the game to another location? Would it be safer to hold the game at, for instance, the Expocenter in Topeka? It would be a neutral site and maybe even safer. 
Letter: Voting homework
February 26, 2015
I was privileged last weekend to attend a meeting of candidates for the city commission arranged by the Douglas County Democratic Party. I am fortunate enough to live in a nation that at least holds representational democracy as an essential value and has managed to maintain regular peaceful transfers of power. In this election, we each have a very real opportunity to select our local decision makers.  At the meeting we also were fortunate that 12 of the 14 candidates were able to be present. I feel especially privileged to live in a community where so many capable and willing people are vying for the three positions    
Letter: Library amazes
February 26, 2015
I took a tour of the newly remodeled library and found a place of wonder and activity. The money spent to update the library makes it a place where people can gather to read quietly, game together or alone, work on a computer, check out books, movies and games, work on historical projects, make a sound/video recording, have a meeting, lounge and visit at the coffee bar. The library was filled with light, surrounded by bright visual art, filled with people working and reading quietly or working on a project in the recording studio. The library was filled with children eager to complete a Saturday activity provided by the library, and families with small children finding books.
Letter: Optional laws?
February 26, 2015
Aren’t politicians funny? As one group in Topeka seeks to reinforce a federal judge’s ruling against an executive action concerning immigration — an action that the administration was unwilling to take during the six-year party majority in Congress and the president said repeatedly over four years was unlawful — another group in Topeka decries not upholding the executive action and salivates at the possibility of enhancing its political position in coming elections.
Letter: WMD debate
February 26, 2015
In his Sunday column, Leonard Pitts writes the following: “…the wheels began to come off the Bush administration’s argument for invading Iraq, i.e., to find the weapons of mass destruction. But of course, there were no such weapons, an inconvenient truth to which Team Bush responded with a new, after-the-fact rationale. Now, the argument for war was and always had been the need to free the poor, suffering Iraqi people.”
Letter: Urgent need
February 25, 2015
In a Journal-World article dated Feb. 23, the proposed road projects that the city of Lawrence will undertake during the summer of 2015 were presented. Quite dismaying is the absence of any construction on the stretch of Bob Billings between Kasold and Wakarusa, since, as stated in an Journal-World article by Chad Lawhorn from Aug.  4, “major building projects included in the city’s 2015 budget: $2.2 Million to rebuild Bob Billings Parkway between Kasold and Wakarusa.”
Letter: Flawed policy
February 25, 2015
Daily front-page news articles throughout Kansas paint an increasingly dire picture of the state’s budget. Bipartisan criticism of the governor’s proposal to erase projected shortfalls by June 2017 by diverting $858 million more from transportation funds should be a serious wake-up call for our legislators, but an even more serious concern for the residents (voters) of Kansas who elect those legislators.
Letter: Dairy advice
February 25, 2015
The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products. And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with its own devastating consequences.
Letter: Wrong remedy
February 24, 2015
I am concerned with the Kansas Legislature’s proposed changes in selection of Supreme Court justices, particularly the possibility of partisan, popular elections.
Letter: Failed state?
February 24, 2015
The toxic tea party Bolsheviks who seized control of the Kansas Republican Party are waging war against the people of Kansas. They are aided and abetted by the notorious special K-food brothers and their handmaidens in the state Legislature, the governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and other such mendacious public officials.
Letter: Rate of return?
February 24, 2015
This is about the Eldridge Hotel’s 95 percent, 15-year tax abatement. First, I would like to respond to Jeremy Farmers statement “It is crazy to me how the community, in a sense, vilifies people who want to spend money here.” (Journal-World, Feb. 18)

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