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Letter: Deficit trends
January 29, 2015
In support of his opinion that President Obama did not tell the “whole story” at Kansas University or in the State of the Union address, the author of the Saturday Column blithely refers to “discouraging numbers, such as the massive and growing national debt.” The intended implication is that President Obama is responsible for these discouraging numbers.
Letter: Footballs?
January 28, 2015
The latest national news media orgy is about footballs. Yes, someone or something (aliens?) got the pressure wrong in the footballs. Hmmmm….
Letter: Editorial orders?
January 28, 2015
During the past forever, editor Simons has made a tremendous effort to present and sell his dream for America. He made it clear that he intends to spend his ink hammering home his concerns and goals for those identified as “gullible” Americans.
Letter: Climate politics
January 28, 2015
Elected officials should take action on climate change this year. The simplest solution is a tax on carbon at the well, mine and port of entry. Then take those federally collected proceeds and return them equally to each citizen as a check, just like the citizens of Alaska get from the big oil companies. So we need a carbon fee and dividend to shield citizens from resulting higher energy costs.  
Letter: Shakespeare slight
January 28, 2015
Kansas University was once known as “the Harvard of the Plains.” As a longtime subscriber to the Journal-World, as well as a longtime professor of English at KU (now retired), I cannot help observing a steady stream of new administrators or new administrative titles to present faculty — titles and positions which carry connotations of distinction, which may well be deserved.
Letter: Unknown?
January 28, 2015
Regarding “KU researchers make wild find,” (Journal-World, Jan. 26) one wonders how a species of lizard, whose habitat is near the densely populated city of Manila and is sold in Manila pet shops, can be said to be “previously unknown.”
Letter: Trust issue
January 27, 2015
Regarding the email from Wicked Broadband’s co-owner to two city commissioners essentially offering them 1,184 election votes in exchange for their pro-broadband vote: 
Letter: Library buzzing
January 27, 2015
I am writing to refute Ed White’s negative opinion of the city’s investment in the new library. First, a library isn’t a store, it’s an organism which grows and changes with time. Since opening, this library buzzes with life!
Letter: ‘Pot’ success
January 27, 2015
I felt the need to respond to the recent letter from Ken Meyer, whose arguments lost credibility when he stated that “Colorado’s estimated tax revenue from liberalized pot policies did not pan out so well.” The truth is that since “pot” was legalized there in 2014, Colorado collected about $45.4 million through Oct. 14 (the most recent figures available) from recreational pot sales.
Letter: Politicized courts
January 27, 2015
Of course the courts in Kansas are being politicized. They chose to do that to themselves by asserting political power over the other two political branches of government.
Letter: Brownback hypocrisy
January 24, 2015
In his State of the State address, Gov. Sam Brownback told the Legislature he is bold; the same day, by leading the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration march in Topeka, he showed the world he is a shameless hypocrite.
Letter: Life-changing class
January 24, 2015
The Jan. 17 Saturday Column by Dolph Simons Jr. was right on point.
Letter: Tax truth
January 21, 2015
Much is being said about increasing taxes: the governor on “sin” taxes, the city for new projects, and the president, on the rich. How about some truth for a change?
Letter: Not just semantics
January 21, 2015
Titles from Sunday’s front-page, “Quakes linked to fracking; now what?” and online, “Kansas quakes likely caused by oil and gas fracking process” are inaccurate, and it is not just a matter of semantics. A correct headline would be “Kansas quakes likely caused by saltwater disposal process.” To solve any scientific problem, it must first be defined in a technically precise manner. Otherwise the investigative process becomes muddled and inefficient. The probable root of the increased earthquake activity is the disposal of much larger volumes of saltwater than in the past, not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) — period!
Letter: Cars are king
January 21, 2015
I chuckled when reading the recent articles which described the need for students to be able to walk/bike to school without getting run over by a car. They reminded me of a recent incident when I was nearly struck by a car at an intersection (where I had the right of way) and I yelled at the driver, “Ride a bike!” The angry driver responded by honking and shouting at me, “Why the hell would I do that?”