Letters to the Editor

To submit a letter to the editor, fill out our online letter submission form or email letters to

Letter: Faithful fan
September 19, 2014
I have sworn off Chris Condren of Oklahoma City (“Football waste,” Public Forum, Sept. 16). Mr. Condren claims he will always be a Jayhawk. That’s not true. He is a fair weather Jayhawk. He’s never been a Jayhawk by definition. When things are good, no one’s more supportive; when they’re not, they can’t be found! Makes me wonder if he swears off his wife every time he hits a bad spot in his marriage.
Letter: Rankings change
September 19, 2014
The editorial published on Sunday, Sept. 14 praised the efforts of School of Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi, School of Engineering Dean Michael Branicky and former Interim Engineering Dean Stan Rolfe for the improvement in the US News and World Report rankings. These three individuals certainly deserve credit for their hard work and effective leadership. However, others also deserve credit for the improved rankings.
Letter: Natural gas rates
September 19, 2014
Black Hills Energy officials say present rates for natural gas services are “unjust and unreasonable.” They want a 6.7 percent rate increase, to raise $7.28 million.
Letter: Foundation funding
September 18, 2014
Your Sept. 15 editorial titled “Rural boost” presented the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s campaign to raise funds for rural projects as innovative. In fact, Kansas community foundations have been providing vehicles for donors to support rural communities for decades.
Letter: Faulty comparison
September 18, 2014
I am writing with regard to the Sept. 14 J-W editorial decrying KU’s U.S. News rankings.  The editorial suggests that KU has slipped, noting that “not too many years ago Kansas University was considered one of the elite of the former Big Eight and now Big Twelve Schools.”
Letter: Out of business
September 18, 2014
Business owners, beware! All business owners, large or small, should be aware that your local government can and will put you out of business if they choose to do so, without compensation.
Letter: Football waste
September 16, 2014
I swore off Kansas football four seasons ago after the North Dakota State game. I have not been back to Lawrence since that weekend.
Letter: City’s 160th
September 16, 2014
On Thursday, Sept. 18, Lawrence celebrates its 160th anniversary. This milestone is filled with people, places and events that have made a difference in the lives of all of us who are lucky enough to live here today.
Letter: Gun sense
September 13, 2014
I am deeply concerned about the number of children who are victims of gun violence in this country.
Letter: Late Night fix
September 12, 2014
Late Night again is approaching (Oct. 10). I would encourage the KU athletic department to drastically alter the past procedures for entering the Fieldhouse.
Letter: Greatest enemy
September 12, 2014
Thirteen years ago what many refer to as “Our nation’s darkest hour,” our country was attacked by outside forces, leaving the nation in bitter pain and confusion, grappling for answers.
Letter: Why faster?
September 12, 2014
“It is obvious to me that we need much better Internet access in Lawrence,” City Commissioner Terry Riordan said.
Letter: No on station
September 12, 2014
The proposal for a new police station is about a building, a building that would provide an effective working space. It’s not about the general direction of policing in this country, or enforcing drug laws that some people don’t like. It is about replacing space that is 30 or more years old.
Letter: Teacher attack
September 10, 2014
About 200 years ago, our founding fathers knew that democracy would not succeed without an educated populace. They created public education where everyone is entitled to go to school. The state of Kansas provides funding for schools at a little over $100 per week per student, about the same as day-care. In 27 years of teaching, I have seen no instance where the state has done anything to improve schools. There has been much criticism of schools to do more and better with less and less. The Legislature has come up with numerous ways to increase the burden on teachers and administrators including meaningless tests, but nothing to help.
Letter: Police priorities
September 9, 2014
Much of my concern about investing our money into a new police headquarters would be alleviated if I was assured that our local police department was an ally in the movement to reverse the disturbing trend of police militarization that we have been seeing among police departments over the last 10 years.