Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Overmatched
August 27, 2014
In 2008, the nation elected Barack Obama as its president. Nothing much was known of him. Raised by a single parent and grandparents, he split time between Hawaii and Indonesia. The press wasn’t interested in his college transcripts that had been sealed, as well as other college, biographical information that might be relevant to the man who aspired to be president.
Letter: Plan questioned
August 26, 2014
I applaud Jerry Harper’s call for a thorough, public review of police and security policies and strategies in Lawrence before we vote on increasing the sales tax to pay for a new headquarters building (Your turn, Aug. 20).
Letter: Attitude is just fine
August 26, 2014
To Dolph Simons, Aug. 23 Saturday Column, titled “Changes in Lawrence attitude aren’t for the better,” I say balderdash! That’s an antiquated term befitting his assessment.
Letter: Dismal news
August 25, 2014
Who can hum the old “Hee-Haw” tune, “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me”? Thursday’s Journal-World took me in that direction with the news that our 196-bed jail will soon likely need to be expanded by about 140 beds, with 70 of those beds to be devoted to inmates in need of mental health treatment.
Letter: Not surprised
August 25, 2014
Why am I not surprised? I should have been prepared for this blatantly biased coverage of the governor’s race when I saw the Journal-World editor getting his “marching orders” from the head of the Kansas Chamber, Mike O’Neal, at First Watch several months ago. I should have been ready for his editorials, but I was not prepared for the front page, above-the-fold coverage of the Brownback campaign versus the third or fourth page burying of the Davis campaign. Burying the negative results of the Brownback administration (loss of jobs, budget shortfalls, increase in uninsured in Kansas, for example) is also evident in the reporting.
Letter: Campaign ‘facts’
August 23, 2014
During World War II, I often heard that the Nazi machine operated on the principle: Tell them the same story (lie?) enough times and they will believe it.
Letter: Get to work
August 23, 2014
C’mon, Lawrencians, what’s your problem? You all need to shape up and get with the plan. Put down that beer, guitar and poetry book and get rid of that easel. Didn’t you hear  the anger and disappointment of The Chamber president and editor regarding your lousy economic performance (“Pretty discouraging,” Journal-World, Aug. 20)?
Letter: China funds
August 23, 2014
Regular readers of the Saturday Column written by Dolph C. Simons Jr., know two things. First, Simons is very knowledgeable about what is happening at Kansas University. Second, he cares deeply about KU and wants it to prosper.
Letter: Put party aside
August 22, 2014
The column “GOP splits threaten Brownback re-election bid” published on Aug. 16, portrayed the Kansas gubernatorial election in terms of partisan politics. As a lifelong Republican, I do not agree.
Letter: Mental care
August 22, 2014
I am sure that most of you are aware of the shooting death of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., and the outrage and turmoil that has ensued.
Letter: Leadership lacking
August 19, 2014
The fix is in! One needs around $50,000 in the bank to earn enough income at current interest rates to fund the city and county tax increases — and also the recycle fees, Black Hills and Westar levies.
Letter: Relationship repair
August 19, 2014
Reading about the situation in Ferguson, Mo., and the other “relationship” issues in our nation is not very encouraging for those who want to see healing take place in our families, communities, cities, states and nation. We all know that this is just another episode in the life of a nation where the various units are polarized and there doesn’t seem to be any hope for healing. Instead, we just accept it as the “way it is” and hope that it will go away or that it won’t affect us. It will not go away and it does affect us. It will continue to fester until something gives, which usually results in something bad. 
Letter: Tax benefits
August 18, 2014
One of the benefits of the police facility sales tax is that Lawrence property owners will not shoulder the responsibility of paying for a new police facility that will serve everyone. It also will not be the sole responsibility of Lawrence residents. Everyone that visits Lawrence, including Kansas University students, will contribute: visitors who shop Lawrence, visitors to Final Fridays, Lied Center events, Art in the Park, Tour of Lawrence, KU athletic events, future AAU events, all out-of-town guests will help pay for the new facility which will serve all. And this is only right in that they too will benefit from the increased safety and efficiencies of a new police facility.
Letter: More alliteration
August 15, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign team reportedly likes to refer to Democratic challenger Paul Davis as “the liberal lawyer from Lawrence” for no other reason than because they like the literate sound of alliterative words.
Letter: Creative event
August 15, 2014
The Confabularyum “day of creativity” put on at Southwest Middle School last Saturday by our USD 497 school district was an amazing event. I was there with three of my children for almost half of the day. The presentations from local educators, the workshops on everything from catapults to paper airplanes, the digital lab and all the stations were a passionate display of the resources that we want to have for the children of Lawrence.