Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Iraq debate
March 6, 2015
I agree with Kevin Groenhagen (Public Forum, Feb. 26) that a comprehensive debate is overdue about the run up to the invasion of Iraq and subsequent mishandling of the occupation. One only needs to observe Team Bush’s own statements in the media to follow the mistruths and outright lies that were spewed forth as they backpedaled after finding no WMDs. Bush’s own terror czar during this period, Richard Clarke, has stated that the “things that they authorized fall into the category of war crimes.” For many Americans these unindicted co-conspirators keep the truth suppressed and reduce our credibility in any serious foreign policy discussions.
Letter: Unacceptable silence
March 6, 2015
Eric Mataxis quoted Martin Niemoller: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Letter: Pavilion praise
March 4, 2015
I would like to publicly thank everyone that was involved with Sports Pavilion Lawrence. What a magnificent facility! First class all the way and a great addition to the wonderful Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. This complex is as good as it gets anywhere in the country. It has enabled thousands of kids to pursue the sports they have chosen in the Midwest where the winters are cold. It has provided a workout opportunity for any Douglas County resident, 15 hours a day, seven days a week.
Letter: Fishy focus
March 4, 2015
Our state has a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall over the next two years. As a result, our legislators are cutting funding for public schools and universities and making cuts to Medicaid, the public employees retirement system, department of transportation and programs that support the disabled.
Letter: Weather radio
March 4, 2015
For many years, I have noted how poor the reception is for NOAA severe weather radio in Lawrence.
Letter: ‘Boo’ to hate
March 4, 2015
K-State storming the floor a week ago poses potential problems — safety above all. Clearly they wanted to credit their team for the unexpected delight of the event. Still one has no right to harm, injure or endanger anyone as a result of one’s enthusiasm.
Letter: Not harmless
March 2, 2015
Those who support the tradition and harmless fun of storming the court need to read this. In 2003, high school basketball player Joe Kay in Tucson was dropped by his fans and classmates when they swarmed around him in celebration of a win. He was instantly trampled, his carotid artery was torn and he suffered a paralyzing stroke. Seventy-three fans were nearly crushed to death at a University of Wisconsin football game in a rush to get on the field in 1993. Ninety-eight people, including many children, were crushed to death at a soccer game in England in 1989.
Letter: Shameful celebration
March 2, 2015
As I watched the final moments of the KU basketball game at K-State on Feb. 23, I did what I imagine many fans did: accepted that the team that had played best as a whole was going to win, not my beloved Jayhawks.
Letter: Kansas dictators?
March 2, 2015
Has the government of Kansas become a dictatorship?
Letter: Abatement cost
March 1, 2015
Tax abatements are getting expensive. In 1989 and 1990, we granted tax abatements of  $9,112 and $7,428 per job to two companies that are no longer in Lawrence. 
Letter: Flawed logic
March 1, 2015
Connecting the dots in his evasive letter of Feb. 26, Kevin Groenhagen appears to be claiming that:
Letter: All-out effort
February 28, 2015
ISIS. There are probably not too many folks that have not heard the news reports about this cancer on the face of the world and the activities of ISIS.
Letter: Strong argument
February 28, 2015
I’m in awe of Superintendent Rick Doll’s testimony before the House Education Committee.  His focus on education and successfully preparing students for advanced education and jobs was met with ignorantly held confusion. Claims were made that the K-12 system would be controlled by bureaucrats or by money-grubbing corporations or that, like Nazi Germany, education would be centrally controlled and planned and that some Common Core standards promote pornography. Doll’s reflections on these fact-free obstacles weren’t reported.
Letter: Neutral site?
February 28, 2015
After watching all the press about the court-storming incident in Manhattan, I was curious if there was ever an option to move the game to another location? Would it be safer to hold the game at, for instance, the Expocenter in Topeka? It would be a neutral site and maybe even safer. 
Letter: Voting homework
February 26, 2015
I was privileged last weekend to attend a meeting of candidates for the city commission arranged by the Douglas County Democratic Party. I am fortunate enough to live in a nation that at least holds representational democracy as an essential value and has managed to maintain regular peaceful transfers of power. In this election, we each have a very real opportunity to select our local decision makers.  At the meeting we also were fortunate that 12 of the 14 candidates were able to be present. I feel especially privileged to live in a community where so many capable and willing people are vying for the three positions