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Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Pay it forward
November 30, 2014
Early evening, on Nov. 22, after I had shopped for groceries at Hy-Vee, I couldn’t get my car started. I stopped a man who was going into Hy-Vee and asked if he could help me.
Letter: More balance
November 30, 2014
The Thanksgiving editorial message from the Journal-World appropriately challenges each of us to reflect upon the many ways in which we are blessed, individually and collectively. I applaud the message and, in particular, point to the statement which asks us to “consider how we can better practice the fairness, tolerance and compassion that should continue to define American society.”
Letter: Honesty hard to find
November 30, 2014
Did anyone else notice the first paragraph in an AP story at the top of page 3A of Wednesday’s Journal-World? It quotes Gov. Brownback saying “he is considering all options to fill a massive budget deficit that he didn’t know existed until after the election earlier this month.”  
Letter: Buyer’s remorse?
November 29, 2014
Having helped re-elect Sam Brownback for another four-year governor’s term through the bully pulpit of his Saturday column, Editor Dolph  C. Simons Jr. seems to be suffering from buyer’s remorse.  Simons suggests (Nov. 22) that Brownback must acknowledge the error of his fiscal ways and alter course. Simons belatedly highlights the threat posed to Kansas education funding by looming state deficits. 
Letter: Pathetic act
November 29, 2014
I am ashamed of somebody in this town. Dad came into Lawrence on Sunday (Nov. 23) to have lunch. He parked in the disabled parking stall in front of M&M Office Supply (the single stall, where you cannot possibly anger a neighboring parker), and we headed to lunch at Free State just after noon. Cheddar ale soup and the fish and chips for both of us. We had a pleasant lunch. He went on his way back to his home in rural Kansas City, Kan., and I went to my home here.
Letter: Saving energy
November 29, 2014
One of the best ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint is to replace the old Edison incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. Standard incandescent bulbs are only 10 percent efficient; meaning that just 10 percent of the electricity they use is transferred into light and the rest into heat. On the other hand, 90 percent of the energy used by an LED bulb goes to produce light. A 60-watt equivalent LED bulb only consumes 9.5 watts and lasts 20 years, while an incandescent bulb consumes 60 watts and may last 1.4 years.
Letter: Flawed argument
November 26, 2014
This letter is in regards to the Robert Cook letter of Nov. 21. There are many gay-haters in the state of Kansas. Mr. Cook’s reasons against gay marriage are flawed and illogical.
Letter: China, carbon tax
November 26, 2014
The agreement that President Obama made with China is more about results to be achieved than how to achieve them.  EPA regulations have been the main tool used so far, but that is like using a hammer to drive a screw.
Letter: Another project?
November 26, 2014
My husband and I have lived in Lawrence for 32 years and own property. We love it here. We voted in favor of the library and the police headquarters. There are many schools and public recreation centers with nice facilities all over town in addition to the glorious new library and Rock Chalk Park. How can Lawrence possibly need more for middle school students? What kind of fundraising study was done for the Boys & Girls Club?
Letter: Historical parallel
November 25, 2014
Suppose it’s 1967 in the South and the term “marriage” refers to a nuptial contract between a man and a woman of the same race. But then the Supreme Court says mixed race marriages are OK. But suppose some Southern gentleman says it’s still not a valid marriage. And he says he resents being called a bigot. To prove he’s not, the gentleman presents some plausible historical data showing that mixed race unions have never been “marriages” in the South.
Letter: Smear campaign
November 25, 2014
He brought destruction to Kansas government and a fiscal catastrophe to Topeka. How did Sam Brownback get re-elected? Was it the money spent on his behalf, the unpopularity of Obama, benefit from the Roberts campaign, the Republican campaign effort, anti-Lawrence sentiment among the yahoos in western Kansas — or the World Series?
Letter: Suicide no joke
November 21, 2014
Lawrence is an aware, educated, progressive community where sensitivity and political correctness thrive. We have some of the most knowledgeable and compassionate social workers, teachers, health care professionals and law enforcement personnel that any city our size could hope for and expect. Why then does the underlying attitude that suicide is something to make light of prevail?
Letter: Not ‘marriage’
November 21, 2014
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the LGBT community. They are, of course, going to get together with whomever they want and do whatever they want, but please don’t label it as “marriage”! Marriage is now, and always has been, a covenant between a man and a woman.
Letter: A house divided
November 19, 2014
In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Dred Scott case. It told Northerners that slaveholders could keep slaves in free states. Most people in the North were outraged. Slavery was no longer distant; it had been delivered to their doorsteps. Slavery had been imposed upon them at home, in the communities where they lived. A political party instantly died, and a new one was born. Within a decade, Dred Scott would be reversed on the battlefields of the Civil War.
Letter: Have at it
November 19, 2014
Is the Brownback administration correct in assuming that you can fool most of the people most of the time? It seems so, according to the results of the 2014 election. It also seems to correctly assume that Kansas voters are disinterested in politics, undereducated, lazy,or just plain stupid. The results also seem to verify that conclusion.