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Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Wrong repair
December 20, 2014
I recently read the proposed fix for the cracking that exist at the rec center and had to make my comments known. I have been a concrete contractor in Lawrence for over 45 years and have seen just about every fix for concrete that exists. What they are proposing will only highlight the problem and serve no purpose at all. Filling the cracks with epoxy would serve some purpose if it was outside where it could stop rain water from getting through the concrete.
Letter: Vital vaccine
December 20, 2014
To my fellow Jayhawks: How much is your life worth? Medical economists who work for the federal government are asking themselves that as they decide whether to recommend a new meningitis B vaccine for college students. Their recommendation will determine what sort of insurance coverage the shot gets.
Letter: Basic needs
December 18, 2014
Lend a Hand is a program to help three Prairie Park Elementary families by having the community donate gifts to meet their holiday needs. I would like to thank all the very generous families in the Prairie Park community for donating gifts to this program. We were able to meet almost all the needs of our first three families and, just at the point when Courtney Nowak, Prairie Park PTA president, and I were deliberating how to fill the unmet needs of our families, she explained our problem to her employer, Great American Bank, who, along with its employees, generously donated to the program.
Letter: Not a ‘war’
December 18, 2014
The Nov. 11 issue of the Journal-World included a story on the front page of the sports section with the headline “More war.” The piece was about an upcoming women’s soccer game between Kansas University and the University of Missouri, and the headline was obviously in reference to something called the “Border War,” even though my research indicates that this is no longer the official name of the athletic rivalry between KU and MU and hasn’t been for a full decade.
Letter: Christmas theft
December 18, 2014
In the late 1980s, I found a pattern for a Santa, sleigh and reindeer. I cut them out of wood and painted them in 1990. My kids and I have put them in the yard every year since then.
Letter: Mental health issue
December 15, 2014
Prisons, jail and mental illness: 1. Kansas state prison system: According to state officials, one-third of inmates diagnosed with mental illness; nearly one in five inmates being treated with psychotropic medications.
Letter: Contradiction
December 15, 2014
Thank you for your continued coverage of links between the Koch brothers and Kansas University.
Letter: Successful model
December 13, 2014
In this season of giving, here’s a new business model to ensure a robust return on investment (“Diversity benefits higher education,” Dec. 8, Journal-World). First, make a heap of money on Wall Street selling slick financial instruments. Second, donate a fraction of the profits to your alma mater and offer to teach your money-making skills to students.
Letter: Related concern
December 13, 2014
Those whose anger has been directed against the Koch brothers’ donations to the Kansas University School of Business should also find energy for another investigation. Though, this investigation will consume much less energy and money. The facts are already public knowledge.
Letter: Academic principles
December 13, 2014
As a graduate of Kansas University and the master’s program at the New York University graduate school of business administration (1958), I applaud Kent McCarthy’s Dec. 8 column, “Diversity benefits higher education,” “for the principle of free and open academic inquiry.”
Letter: Misleading column
December 12, 2014
In response to Gina Maier-Hummel’s “Your Turn” column on Dec. 3, I would like to offer a different perspective on Gov. Brownback’s efforts to strengthen the delivery of mental health services in Kansas. I find the claims which Maier-Hummel makes about the governor’s mental health initiative to be somewhat misleading.
Letter: Affront to freedom
December 12, 2014
Kansas University’s Students for a Sustainable Future (SFASF) raised academic integrity concerns regarding the business school’s lecturer, Art Hall. I refer those young scholars to the opinion of Justice Louis Brandeis in Whitney v. California: “No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present, unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is opportunity for full discussion. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”
Letter: The big lie
December 12, 2014
Incredible! The governor of Kansas didn’t know about the state’s severe budget shortfall until six days after the election! (Journal-World, Oct. 26) Everyone in Kansas who was paying attention to the quarterly reports on tax revenues was well aware of it, and many had been predicting it for four years.
Letter: Humble opinion
December 10, 2014
In your article of Dec. 6, “Stegall joins Supreme Court,” I was taken by the following quote from U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren about Stegall: “He is smart, smart as a whip — so smart as to humble the rest of us…”
Letter: Home invasion
December 10, 2014
“Because all this is like my living room.” It was 9 in the morning, a couple of years ago. I was standing in a field not far from my house and explaining to the polite young hunter from Mississippi, who’d just helped me free my coon hound/rescue dog from a night with his foot crushed in a coyote trap (they weren’t his traps), why I don’t hunt, even though I own a nice wooded 40-acre hunting spot and let another man hunt there for free.

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