Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Enforcement
April 25, 2014
Following the City Commission decision requiring inspection of all rentals, I called City Hall to find out “Who may report a visible property maintenance code violation to the city?”
Letter: Pedestrian concern
April 24, 2014
They’ve been reading Street Engineer magazine again. We are now to be treated to a roundabout at 19th and Naismith. As I write this, I don’t have much hope for an effect, because I read about a roundabout on Wakarusa, “Commissioners approved the roundabout despite objections from neighbors…”
Letter: School praised
April 24, 2014
I’m writing in appreciation of the incredible eighth-grade teachers at South Middle School. As a former home-school mom, I was apprehensive about enrolling my son in public school. Throughout the year, I’ve been more and more impressed with the teaching styles and agendas of my son’s teachers and the genuine concern they have for each of their students.
Letter: Elderly devalued
April 24, 2014
Recently, the Kansas University retirees were informed that the fee for a parking permit would be increased yet again (some of us remember when free on-campus parking was a “perk” for having given many years to the university) and, as usual, a complaint in reasonable terms was drafted by the retirees club.  Then, over the holiday weekend, I received my invitation to the annual Retirement Luncheon at the Kansas Union, and was amused by the passage: “Parking is available in the … Parking Garage … for $1.75 for the first hour, then $1.50 a (sic) hour.”
Letter: Great volunteers
April 24, 2014
There aren’t enough words to thank all the volunteer firefighters of the Douglas and Osage county fire departments. Thanks to all their hard work, a great portion of the home located on the old Heffner farm in south Douglas County was saved.
Letter: Gun safety
April 23, 2014
Are we safe on our streets, in our schools, in our churches, or even at home? Recent events prompt this quote from a letter by George Woodwell, a highly respected scientist. I have seen no better  exposition of the case for gun control legislation. 
Letter: 4-H support
April 22, 2014
Thank you for your column celebrating the career of Gordon Hibbard (April 12) highlighting not only the importance of the Kansas 4-H Foundation but also 4-H in our state.
Letter: Safety at sea
April 22, 2014
It bothers me greatly to see the repeated incidents of incompetence in the various enterprises that take people out onto the open oceans without a hint of responsibility for the safety of these people in the event of an emergency.
Letter: Offensive ad
April 22, 2014
Buffalo’s Bob’s restaurant is to be congratulated for its many years of service to the community. It is therefore especially unfortunate that the ownership resorted to some tasteless advertising in preparation for its imminent closing.
Letter: Needs/wants
April 19, 2014
Let’s take a look at some of the “needs/wants” our city officials have obligated us, the taxpayers of Lawrence, to pay:
Letter: ‘A’ work
April 19, 2014
At the Governance Committee hearing on April 15, Regent Tim Emert chastised the Social Media Working Group by saying “Some place this train got off the tracks. … If any professor gave an assignment and the student came back with something completely different, the grade would not be very good.”
Letter: Term limits
April 19, 2014
We need a drastic change to our state legislature. Over the last several decades, our legislature has consisted of mainly the wealthy or members who are invested in or own state businesses. As a result, too many times, they have voted to protect their own interests.
Letter: Voice for unborn
April 19, 2014
In asking, “Who speaks for voiceless children?” (Journal-World, March 20), Leonard Pitts raises an interesting question. Citing a report on the Florida Department of Children and Families, he describes the abuse leading to the death of 3-year-old Ghanson Debrosse. He then asserts that this case constitutes an indictment against those whose silence allowed it, specifically accusing “abortion foes.”
Letter: Information control
April 17, 2014
Charles G. Koch’s op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal should have created debates about the idea of freedom. Alas, name-calling resulted with Koch referring to the current administration as “collectivist” who viewed citizens as incompetents.
Letter: Casting stones
April 17, 2014
This is in response to Carl Burkhead’s letter of April 9. When you become a woman and find yourself facing an unintended or unwanted pregnancy or a pregnancy incompatible with life or quality of life, then let you cast the first stone. But actually, no, even then, it is not your business or your concern what choice another woman makes.