Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Public input needed
July 18, 2014
Black Hills Energy is requesting a necessary rate increase for its customers. What’s necessary is for the public to get involved and take a firm stand on opposing their request to raise rates by an average of 6.17 percent of $4.17 per month.
Letter: Police facility
July 16, 2014
I can understand the sentiment of several people who have written to express their frustration in regards to additional taxes being needed to fund a police facility. Let’s keep things in perspective.
Letter: Great kids
July 16, 2014
We’ve got some great kids in Lawrence. Like many others, we had some severe tree damage in our yard due to the wind storm last week. Early the following morning, my teenage daughter wanted to show her friends this cool tree aberration, so “snap-chatted” a photo of one of our large trees lying across our lawn and driveway.
Letter: It ain’t broke
July 15, 2014
I’m a senior citizen dependent on the buses. I sold my car last year. In the past, I have had as much as an hour between buses and avoided using the buses. Now the bus service is better than it has ever been. Every bus goes to Seventh and Vermont and there is no layover time.
Letter: Wrong track
July 15, 2014
The Kansas Corporation Commission held a Black Hills Energy proposed rate hearing here in Lawrence on July 10. The 6 p.m. public hearing didn’t take public comment until 7:30; go figure. The first hour and a half was a sales pitch from a team of Black Hills employees and a brief comment from the lawyer from the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board. This paper reported on the hearing, but somehow did not report that all the increase was in the monthly service fee — from the current $16 to $21.70.
Letter: Building compulsion
July 12, 2014
The West Lawrence Athletic Club, aka Rock Chalk Park, the $30 million police building, the $65 million sewage plant, the new library, a new convention center, and more?
Letter: Fool us once…
July 12, 2014
How did we ever let the city commissioners ram through the grossly expensive (now, and for years to come) sports complex without a vote, yet something vital and important like an improved police facility we may actually get to vote on?
Letter: Tax rhetoric
July 10, 2014
I am disappointed with the rhetoric employed by the Douglas County administrator in his attempt to justify increasing property tax on Douglas County families, farmers and small businesses. In this attempt to shift the blame on the decision to eliminate the burdensome and discriminatory mortgage tax, there are a few important facts missing.
Letter: Issue not settled
July 9, 2014
The recent assertions that the debate on climate change is over are true only for the liberal news media and the politicians who all have an ax to grind. These two have also convinced the general population that the debate is over by using misleading statistics. As one of a very limited number of properly trained atmospheric scientists I can assure you that we do not consider the debate closed.
Letter: Everyone’s rights
July 9, 2014
Here’s a thought for those of you moaning and protesting the recent Supreme Court decision protecting Hobby Lobby’s rights. Let’s suppose, just suppose, that same law had made it mandatory for every employer to supply each female employee with a gun (regardless of whether or not she even wanted one).
Letter: Divergent views
July 9, 2014
In taking his stance in opposition to gay marriage, the Rev. Terry Fox is quoted: “The Body of Christ is a powerful movement when it comes together” (Journal-World, July 7).
Letter: Fiscally irresponsible
July 8, 2014
I am angry, frustrated and really surprised by the fiscally irresponsible behavior by our City Commission over the past several years. Let’s review:
Letter: Financial planning
July 8, 2014
The Lawrence Journal-World article of July 6, asking how the police department project ended up being third in line behind the library and the recreation center is the same question asked when the recreation center was proposed. As a participant in a 6News Town Topic segment, regarding the recreation center, I asked a simple question: “Was the recreation center the highest and best use of taxpayer funds?” This was especially true given the priority list included a new police headquarters.
Letter: Out of control
July 8, 2014
If I am not mistaken each year about this time my lawgivers announce that we must increase our taxes to cover employee expenses (retirement, salaries, health care). Now it would seem to me that those costs should be relatively well understood and should be addressed long term as an increasing element of our annual budget. It would appear that many municipalities have this under control. Apparently we do not and that really worries me.
Letter: Retiree haven
July 6, 2014
In 1999, as I was preparing to retire after 43 years of practicing medicine in Lawrence, many of my patients asked me where I was planning to move to after I retired. I remember always telling them “I wasn’t leaving Lawrence … people move to Lawrence to retire.”