Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Deregulation
May 22, 2015
Ben Bernanke recently said legislation to loosen oversight of the banking industry amounted to “shutting down the fire department to encourage fire safety.”
Letter: Tolerant view
May 22, 2015
Concerning the letter from Fred and Jenny Doores’ complaining about the frequency of Carl Burkhead’s sanctimonious, rhetorical religious diatribes being printed in the Journal-World, I say: “Amen!”
Letter: Fascinating photos
May 19, 2015
Wow! Have you seen all the photographs of people’s faces in different expressions? I find this totally fascinating. Look around. There is an especially large group of photos at the Lawrence Public Library as you go in the front door — people smiling, laughing, frowning, sadness — each representing the person they appear to be at a particular moment in their lives.
Letter: Biblical rants
May 19, 2015
My wife and I cannot for the life of us understand why you would so frequently publish the biblical rantings of a certain Carl Burkhead in the letters section. It seems the man is some kind of frustrated would-be pastor with a dire need to blame all of the problems of our complicated modern world on people not prostrating themselves before some Iron Age orthodoxy without bothering to actually maintain any sort of brick-and-mortar tabernacle because your paper regularly gives him a venue for his Old Testament nonsense.
Letter: Public access
May 19, 2015
We are told the new Rock Chalk Park rec center can be a place for tournaments, like a state high school basketball tournament. The Journal-World stated Kansas University refused to host a high school championship game in Allen Fieldhouse because of a chance the KU team may need the court for practice. Is this the only court at KU?
Letter: State insanity
May 18, 2015
Here we are, two weeks into the “veto session” of the Kansas Legislature. In normal years, they would have already gone home. But here we are — still paying all the legislators, all the temporary session staff, all the other expenses related to keeping everything going long past time for it to be over.
Letter: Success story
May 16, 2015
On May 18, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson stood in the White House Rose Garden to announce the creation of Head Start. Head Start laid the foundation for my future success in life, and today, as an educator and administrator, I see the life-changing impact Head Start continues to have on at-risk children and their families.
Letter: School attack
May 15, 2015
No one knows how much the Brownback administration will cost school districts. What is in the news today more than likely will be different tomorrow.
Letter: Already great
May 14, 2015
As a long time East Lawrence resident, I would like people to know there are many residents here who are unhappy with the prospect of our neighborhood turning into an entertainment destination for the Arts Center and the City of Lawrence. While I can appreciate the concept of an arts district, this is not about art but more about future development and the gentrification of our neighborhood. There are developers chomping at the bit to buy up everything they can.
Letter: Rude sign
May 14, 2015
“This made me so angry that it made me cry.” That was Kathy’s response to the rude sign displayed by the going out of business seller of cheap furniture — “Even (r-word) want to be free” — accompanied by a photo chosen to degrade and insult people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Letter: God’s judgment
May 14, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding what defines marriage in America should be forthcoming. The gay community and other Americans are hopeful that a man/man or woman/woman union is backed by law while Bible-believing Christians and others believe that it should be defined as the union of a man and woman. Cal Thomas recently said that Justice Anthony Kennedy asked the right question: whether it is appropriate for the court to discard a definition of marriage that “has been with us for millennia,” adding, “It’s very difficult for the court to say, ‘Oh, well, we know better.’” Justice Kennedy is considered as the possible swing vote in the court’s decision.
Letter: Narrow report
May 13, 2015
Two recent Journal-World articles on Justice Matters’ Nehemiah Assembly have focused on whether or not it was going to be a scene of confrontation, the reporter relying extensively on the opinion of one county commissioner. The reporter on this beat seems to be suffering from a lack of imagination when it comes to stories worth covering.
Letter: Police thanks
May 10, 2015
In October 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week during which May 15 occurs as National Police Week.
Letter: City’s future
May 9, 2015
Tuesday, my wife and I participated in a discussion — a focus group — of local residents describing what we would like for the future of Lawrence. This was interesting and stimulating; it was good to spend that time with a group of concerned citizens.  It was so stimulating that later I had a dream.
Letter: School questions
May 9, 2015
Many Lawrencians may not know that USD 497 has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars with the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), which is a San Francisco-based business “committed to achieving racial equity in education.”