Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Koch goals
April 16, 2014
The April 5 Saturday Column headline asked, “Why do Koch contributions trigger such scorn?” As a lifelong Republican, elected thrice on a Republican ticket, I can answer that.
Letter: Done deal
April 16, 2014
The Lawrence City Commission voted on an issue that wasn’t even on their agenda April 8: whether or not to hold the Kansas Relays this year.
Letter: Big help
April 16, 2014
We wanted to give a shout out to KU Big Event volunteers Riley, Garret, Reece, Matthew and Brennan who came to our home, cleaned out flower beds, washed all our windows on the outside and raked furiously to get all of the leaves out of our English ivy!
Letter: Koch threat
April 16, 2014
Dolph Simons claims Democrats are unfairly attacking the “reclusive” billionaire Koch brothers. Like Mr. Simons, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, says “95 percent of Americans have never heard of” the Kochs, so Democrats are wasting their time.
Letter: Perfect storm
April 14, 2014
The Journal-World seems to be working overtime to defend and celebrate the political activities of the Koch brothers. You have been scolding the peasants for not appreciating the brothers’ holy mission to remake American in their own image.
Letter: No notoriety
April 14, 2014
You know, when random people, teenagers or otherwise, commit these random acts of violence against innocent people like the one committed Tuesday in Murrysville, Pa., it seems that they are trying to make their name known. They are trying to gain the worst kind of attention.
Letter: Cooperative effort
April 12, 2014
Our visual environment, what stories and voices we see represented around us, speaks loudly for who we are and what we value. In Lawrence we aspire (I believe) to openness, diversity and the celebration of a rich and meaningful heritage.
Letter: Gulag not funny
April 11, 2014
The makers of the latest Muppets movie decided to try and find humor in the Soviet gulag.  Why they think, as a New York Times writer put it in 1974, that  “the other great holocaust of the (20th) century” could be funny is, to say the least, odd. The gulag was “the imprisonment, brutalization, and very often murder, of tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens by their own government.”
Letter: Due process rights
April 11, 2014
I was so pleased when I read in your paper that the school finance bill was approved and sent to the governor that I could have applauded. But wait! It seems on closer reading the bill not only does not equalize funding throughout the state but it does remove due process for teachers! Furthermore it gives money to private schools. Tenure (a misnomer) or due process is no more. Hallelujah! Now we can be rid of certain people we don’t like.
Letter: Political decision
April 11, 2014
The Brownback administration is doing something good! KanCare, the Kansas Medicaid program, will start the Health Home project in July. This will provide monitoring and support for people with chronic illnesses who are insured by Medicaid. Special staff will monitor care, encourage coordination among various medical providers and will support individuals to get prescriptions filled, keep appointments and to make their concerns known to the medical personnel treating them.
Letter: Voting class
April 10, 2014
Everyone gets a vote. Informed or ignorant, interested or apathetic, intelligent or stupid, rational or crazy, good or evil, we each get one vote. But, we can change that. Some have a bigger stake, we’re not equal owners, so why equal votes?
Letter: Selfish choice
April 9, 2014
Well, Kansas provided the opportunity for about 7,600 abortions for women from four states in 2012; 1,200 at the newly opened clinic in Wichita. There were no statistics in the March 28 Journal-World article on why the abortions were given, but I believe they were matters of convenience.
Letter: More truth
April 8, 2014
Eric Holder and the government are withholding the truth about the Internal Revenue Service, “Fast and Furious” and Benghazi. How about adding another tragedy to your list that the American people need to know the truth about: the Iraq War, in which thousands of our men and women were killed and many more injured for life.
Letter: Due process
April 8, 2014
Sunday the Kansas Legislature took advantage of the late hour and the exhaustion factor to keep the erasure of due process for new teachers and the elimination of tenure for experienced teachers in the K-12 education bill.
Letter: Minimum wage
April 7, 2014
Opponents of a minimum wage increase are doing an excellent job of making it sound like a government handout. They suggest that it constitutes government interference in a market that determines wages some other way. The truth is, for better or worse, federal minimum wage laws are what determine wages in the United States.