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Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Key question
February 18, 2015
Last week, Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor, and former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. She answered questions from Bill Lacy, director of the institute.
Letter: Pavilion benefit
February 17, 2015
We used to drive our daughter to Topeka for volleyball tournaments and practice, for lack of facilities in Lawrence. Now, in reverse, we recently had a family from Topeka, in town for a volleyball tournament at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, purchase a used car from our car business.
Letter: Gun insurance
February 17, 2015
People in the United States, and most specifically, Kansas, have become paranoid about their safety. Many people are wanting to carry handguns to protect themselves from others who also carry guns. We all know that this is necessary because we watch the many crime-fighting shows on television and watch news stories every day detailing the latest gun battles in our major cities.
Letter: Civil service
February 16, 2015
I found myself horrified, but not surprised, by the announcement in Thursday’s Journal-World that our secretary of Administration is preparing to “streamline” civil service protection in order to bring them in line with those of the private sectors.
Letter: Secret support
February 16, 2015
The recent drive by the Legislature to limit bargaining by teachers seems on a fast track to approval. There were two proposals submitted: one approved and provided by groups of educators, administrators and the Kansas Association of School Boards; the other by Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, not an elected official or school official or teacher.
Letter: Mental health, jail
February 14, 2015
Before we consider the jail expansion, we should consider the expansion of the mental health hospitals or institutions. Many of the beds in the jail are set aside for victims of mental illness who cannot be taken care of effectively by the police. Just because the state closes mental hospitals doesn’t mean the problems will go away. 
Letter: Lost and found
February 14, 2015
Saturday evening I either dropped or left my wallet at Target. I didn’t realize it was missing until I reached my car. There was a very nice couple in the customer service line at the store waiting to turn my wallet in. In my panic and rush, I did not thank them very well.
Letter: No incentives
February 14, 2015
About two years ago, entrepreneurs built a lovely Comfort Inn and Suites adjacent to McDonald Drive and the Hallmark facility. It has more than ample private parking. It was built without a single cent of tax rebates or other incentives.
Letter: Recall?
February 12, 2015
Looking over the Journal-World recently, I noticed mental illness in several headlines. To my surprise, not one of these stories was about the Kansas Legislature. What’s wrong with these people?
Letter: Arts’ value
February 12, 2015
As one who is in the business of piano service, let me respond to the governor’s comment about Sumner Academy’s new grand piano. The fact is that, under budget pressure, our public schools have for years been phasing pianos out of their music programs, replacing them with electronic keyboards, which are inferior and far cheaper, and hanging on to one performance-quality piano for each high school auditorium, to be used in rehearsals and public events.
Letter: Battling sexism
February 12, 2015
As far back as I can remember, my body has been sexualized. Throughout my childhood, I remember being taught to cross my legs when I wore a skirt, and even though all the boys in the neighborhood walked around without shirts, girls cannot do it. It is not lady-like. At the ages of 5 and 6, this did not register with me. Why do I have to worry about people seeing my body?
Letter: Audio access
February 12, 2015
Did you know that volunteers for the Audio-Reader Network read the Lawrence Journal-World  every day? Your local newspaper is available, for free, in audible format, via closed circuit radio and on the Internet to anyone who has difficulty reading print due to a disability.
Letter: Sex ed defense
February 11, 2015
This is a reply to Miss Jinkens letter of Feb. 7. Her comments were totally illogical, ridiculous and outright fabrications. She links sex education in school to abortions and particularly Planned Parenthood. This idea is ludicrous. The whole purpose of sex education in schools is to enlighten young adults to make smart decisions when it comes to sex and thereby eliminate the need for an abortion.
Letter: Secret process
February 8, 2015
The Journal-World’s editorial from Feb. 1 (“Closed again”) underscores a continuous flaw with Gov. Brownback and his administration. Last year, I delivered testimony in support of changing the Court of Appeals selection process. One of the primary reasons I supported — and still support — this change is the increased transparency it brings to the process.
Letter: Tax welfare
February 8, 2015
The past decade has not been kind to our city. Compared to our peer cities, we have remained at or near the bottom in regards to wages and economic growth while our cost of living and tax burden continues to increase. The abusive use of tax abatements and special (stealth) tax districts has been a major contributor to our stagnated growth.