Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Environmental eating
April 17, 2015
Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 15, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: Consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable. Their conclusions match those of a massive 2010 United Nations report, which concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.
Letter: Living donors
April 17, 2015
Kudos to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for participating in the 12th annual National Donate Life Month. I would like to challenge readers to take organ donation one step further and become a living donor.
Letter: Positive coverage
April 16, 2015
Is Kansas University’s cup half empty or half full? Or maybe running over? The April 11 Saturday Column took a well-deserved shot at the “lack of support” from the Legislature. Given the outright hostility shown by some legislators, maybe we will need to change our description from state-assisted university to state-impeded university.
Letter: Judging Reid
April 14, 2015
How should we judge Harry Reid? (“Questionable leadership,” Journal-World, April 7) Recent notable Senate leaders include Howard Baker, Bob Dole (Republicans), Robert Byrd, George Mitchell and Tom Daschle (Democrats). They led when the opposition was firm but loyal, compromises to achieve good public policies were possible, and leaders could work together across party divisions.
Letter: Expand KanCare
April 14, 2015
Friday’s Journal-World brought another in a continuing years-long series of articles about the costs and consequences of incarceration and inadequate treatment of the mentally ill (“Douglas County leaders tour San Antonio mental health facilities”).  
Letter: Correct course
April 14, 2015
Kudos to Kansas University law professor Mike Hoeflich for his article in the April 8 Journal-World on the need for a Kansas constitutional convention.
Letter: Licensing issue
April 11, 2015
So Sam Brownback has made it legal for Kansans to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The governor is on a roll. What’s next? Here are a couple of thoughts on what he might next propose.
Letter: First and last
April 11, 2015
We enjoyed the article about Arnie Johnson and his band, just as we have enjoyed his music through the years.
Letter: Who knows?
April 9, 2015
I am not against most adults owning a gun. In fact, I carried one and sometimes two guns for a year and a half. However, I was in the Korean demilitarized zone at the time. One could say I have a permit for open carry.
Letter: Consequences
April 9, 2015
In Tuesday’s paper was another article about the consequences of state legislators passing legislation that affect the operation, policy and practices of our public schools, “District expecting to repay $672K in state aid.” I have now come to the realization that they must have a keener knowledge about running schools than our locally hired school employees and the elected members of boards of education.
Letter: Climate change
April 9, 2015
An entertaining and dramatic overview of climate change was given by New Yorker Heather Harpham in Kansas University’s Murphy Hall on March 26. The multimedia one-person play is entitled “Burning.” At one point, she sat on a large ball, Earth, which was supposedly too hot, interrupting her contemplation of Bush, Obama, EPA, with “ouches.” It prompted comments from students: “We’ve got to do something.”
Letter: Sad time
April 8, 2015
In his State of the State address, our esteemed governor promised to reach out to those among us who are the most vulnerable — in other words, the “poor.” Now his legislative cohorts have come up with yet another brilliant way to demean those residents of our state even further. Our leaders think it would be most wise and prudent to instruct anyone receiving financial assistance from the state just what they can and cannot do with those funds.
Letter: Feel safer?
April 7, 2015
Out of their concern for the safety of Kansans of all ages, the state Legislature has decreed that as of Jan. 1, 2018, the signs prohibiting guns in state and municipal buildings will come down. Then guns, carried openly or concealed, will be allowed in Kansas University classrooms, lecture and concert halls, at KU basketball games and other sporting events and in City Commission meetings, to name just a few.
Letter: Sexual assault
April 3, 2015
Safety is vital to any community. When the majority of the community feels safe, it’s hard to understand why some people don’t feel safe. However, the local statistics on sexual assault should be enough. One in five students is sexually assaulted in our community according to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of Kansas University. This is in line with national statistics and cause for concern.
Letter: Where is the anger?
April 3, 2015
The state of Indiana started a firestorm of opinion against the recently passed and signed law giving “religious freedom” to Indiana residents. The law said nothing about  preventing discrimination against the LGBT community by the omission of language preventing such discrimination. The governor has found himself in a very bad spot due to the considerable disdain and disgust of this codification of discrimination.by “religious” folks.