Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Bill’s impact
April 29, 2015
I wonder if the geniuses in our Kansas Legislature have any idea of the full  impact of Senate Bill 175?  As you recall, that bill will require that Kansas taxpayers subsidize with their tax dollars any student organization on a publicly funded campus that discriminates, so long as that discrimination is part of a firmly-held religious belief.
Letter: History ignored
April 29, 2015
I saw in your paper last week where controlled burns were being done in the wetlands and the sound barrier was going up in the Haskell farm area. It’s called this for a reason. Native students were taken by BIA agents for their whole adolescence to boarding schools to be taught White farming by European immigrants who didn’t have maize to begin with.
Letter: Waning democracy
April 25, 2015
An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution. The Kansas-based Koch brothers (one of many examples) are reportedly planning on spending a billion dollars on very conservative candidates in the upcoming election cycle.
Letter: Earning trust
April 25, 2015
With the 2016 campaign season setting off and figures like $2 billion in spending being tossed about, the real question is: Why should I trust any of you? From the administration, which routinely has lied to the American people, through leading senators who knowingly repeat bald-faced lies on the Senate floor, to state and local politicians who misconstrue or distort  information for their own benefit; what have you done to earn my trust?
Letter: Lawrence memories
April 25, 2015
Whoa! As the huckster says on television, there is more! My family was with me in New Cumberland, Pa., at an army post during the wind-down of the Korean Conflict. It ended in 1954, the year of the city’s centennial celebration. Returning to Lawrence in late 1954, we were informed of the celebration and its activities. All I remember is that the beard-growing contest was the main subject of conversation.
Letter: Child awareness
April 24, 2015
We would like to thank Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City and Lecompton mayors and city commissioners and the Douglas County commissioners for declaring April “Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.” As we celebrate this national month of awareness, we are reminded that all children deserve safe and happy childhoods.
Letter: Failed experiment
April 24, 2015
On the KPERS website there is a link to a letter stating that Gov. Brownback did not take money from the KPERS account, he reduced the amount contributed by the state over that which was given in previous years. In my mind and that of others there is no difference except in legalese.
Letter: Space available
April 24, 2015
Last weekend, I was planning an activity outdoors with a small group of people. When the weather forecast called for rain, I went over to the Rock Chalk sports center on Saturday, and tried to rent a space for the next day. The young man at the counter told me that two weeks notice was required to rent space at the center.
Letter: Site proposal
April 24, 2015
Here are my thoughts on a new police facility that’s very much needed and which I do 100 percent support. I believe we should build a facility at the Lawrence airport for the police with an additional amount of money for a smaller fire station housing one pumper truck, one medic unit and one rescue truck and storage space.
Letter: A few rules
April 22, 2015
I am opposed to the new concealed carry law for some the reasons articulated by its opponents. To address some of the objections to the law I propose the following amendment.
Letter: ‘An accident’
April 22, 2015
“Just an accident.” With this statement, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office concluded the incident resulting in the death of a bicyclist last August when a westbound motorist attempting to overtake another vehicle struck and killed the eastbound bicyclist in the opposite lane of traffic on County Road 950, a road posted as shared with bicyclists.
Letter: Rural protections
12:00 a.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 08:53 a.m.
Last year we were forced to protect our rural community from a 2008 value-added agricultural business: conditional use permit (CUP) being issued on a 5-acre parcel in our area. Now, text amendments are threatening our way of life.
Letter: A better future
April 21, 2015
Earth Day, 45 years later, is a global event now celebrated in over 140 nations. But every day should be Earth Day, and, despite the decades of environmental activism and environmental legislation, the effects of climate warming due to greenhouse gas emissions threatening human society more than ever. On Earth Day, many Americans might ask themselves: What can I do?
Letter: Relays tradition
April 21, 2015
The KU Relays are a unique and wonderful thread in our community’s cultural fabric. It is a fun and relaxed event that is easy and affordable for the whole family. I have no idea how big the economic infusion is of so many out-of-town collegiate and high school teams, but it has to be better than a kick in the head.
Letter: Money talks
April 20, 2015
I’m a grandmother who has lived in Kansas longer than anywhere else. I am deeply distressed about what is happening to our beloved Kansas. Not “Big Government” but “Big Corporations” appear to have overtaken it. Unlimited and undisclosed amounts of money flow to politicians’ campaign funds, corporate income taxes are cut, corporate interests and values are imposed on our state.