Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Community vision
March 30, 2015
Sincere thanks to the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition and numerous sponsors for conducting the Safe Routes for All town hall meeting at Liberty Hall on Wednesday evening. The event featured excellent national and regional speakers who presented to a packed house on successful bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, and built-environment improvements.
Letter: Fluoride debate
March 30, 2015
Approximately two-thirds of the U.S. adds the toxic industrial waste product known as fluoride to the tap water to supposedly prevent tooth decay. Most developed countries do not fluoridate their water. According to the World Health Organization, there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not.   
Letter: Contribution issues
March 28, 2015
After reading Public Forum article by Joe Douglas, March 25, I was inspired to take a look at city commission candidates’ out-of-town donations. Although it wasn’t at first readily apparent, the name Crossland came up a lot.
Letter: Computer concern
12:00 a.m., March 28, 2015 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Many teenagers in Lawrence use the public library on a very regular basis, and that is fantastic. I do question, though, their use of the computers.
Letter: Abuse trivialized
March 27, 2015
I have been reading about the McLinn case all week. It is quite clear that this young woman killed Mr. Sasko, and a jury of her peers has decided that, despite all of her previous trauma, in both her immediate and past history, she was able to form the requisite intent.
Letter: Self-serving values
March 27, 2015
Last week, the Kansas Senate passed a bill (SB 175) which would allow religious student organizations to discriminate against students in accordance with their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Once again, the state government is harassing the LGBT community. Once again, politicians are showing how low they’ll go for political points at the cost of a minority. I am very disappointed.
Letter: Ego adjustment
March 27, 2015
We could hear the sound all the way up here in Leavenworth, the sound of Kansas University’s ego taking a big hit Sunday afternoon when the occasionally pompous Jayhawks lost to the Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Letter: Candidate funds
March 25, 2015
I have heard the adage “Follow the money” for a long time. The source of campaign money — donations -– is supposed to tell us something about the candidates. I thought I would just follow the money a bit and see what it would reveal. The Douglas County clerk manages the Lawrence City Commission elections and has posted online the reports of receipts and expenditures as of Feb. 26.
Letter: LHS praise
March 21, 2015
To the players, families and coaches of the Lawrence High School boys basketball team: Congratulations on a terrific season!
Letter: Softball fan
March 21, 2015
The Kansas University softball team opened its 2015 home schedule in its new Arrocha Ballpark home in Rock Chalk Park on Friday, March 13 without any notice or fanfare of the significant occasion from Journal-World sportswriters.
Letter: Animal advocate
March 21, 2015
No one can argue that animals are living, breathing beings that can feel pain. It is time for Kansas to revamp the laws on animal welfare to properly represent them.
Letter: Smoking age
March 20, 2015
The city of Columbia, Mo., recently adopted an ordinance that bans smoking e-cigarettes in public places and raises the minimum legal age to purchase cigarettes to 21. It makes sense to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21 as smoking is still the leading cause of premature deaths in the United States. The fact is many smokers become addicted when they’re teenagers or younger.
Letter: Design requirements
March 20, 2015
Overland Park has a form-based code for in-fill additions in its downtown that is currently used to moderate radical changes in the height or massing of new projects. This kind of code requirements should be implemented here to preserve the original mercantile character of downtown Lawrence. These code requirements are to avoid spot zoning changes at particular locations where corner lots in effect act as signposts in changing the whole shape of a neighborhood.
Letter: Federal dysfunction
March 20, 2015
Is our federal government on the verge of being completely ineffectual? We have a president who wants to govern by fiat (executive order) largely because Congress will not cooperate with him. We have a Congress that wants to insert itself into international negotiations which it has no business doing because its job is to only to advise and consent. We have a Supreme Court that seems hell-bent on declaring every law it can unconstitutional. How can government create orderly and enduring change if the Supreme Court sees its duty as nullifying laws it disagrees with ideologically? It’s also interesting, isn’t it, that an activist liberal court was so objectionable, but an activist conservative court seems just fine and dandy?
Letter: Sexuality education
March 18, 2015
In the March 10 Double Take column, Wes Crenshaw envisions the ideal sexuality education program. It spans the grades with age-appropriate materials, involves parents and covers more than basic biology by exploring values, relationships, sexual decisions, consent and gender.

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