Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Police response
October 21, 2014
The representatives for the group of citizens against the new police facility have publicly stated there is a significant need for this facility and this project should have been a priority over already completed projects. Let that resonate for a moment. A need so significant even those opposed to this project concede it’s need and recognize it as an overlooked priority.    
Letter: Public safety
October 21, 2014
On Nov. 4, our city will be asked to vote on funding a new police facility for our police officers. I do not think there is any question the current six (seven if you count them having to drive to Lone Star Lake for the range) facilities are abysmal and inadequate. I have been to the facilities and did not like what I saw: children of abuse and sex crimes having to be paraded through a public lobby and past numerous offices to an adequate interview room, victims and suspects having to be interviewed next door to one another, officers having to discuss private details about cases in open cubicles with no privacy, mold growing on stairwells, leaky ceilings, lack of parking and the list goes on.
Letter: Police investment
October 20, 2014
The issue being brought before voters next month is not about being pro-law enforcement nor is it about decisions the City Commission made concerning Rock Chalk Park. The issue is equipping the police department to properly serve and protect the residents and businesses of Lawrence.
Letter: Facility is needed
October 20, 2014
It’s frustrating to see misinformation regarding the vote on a 0.2 of one percent sales tax for the construction of a new police facility. Voters should attend an open house to learn the facts, like why a precinct approach isn’t feasible or efficient or why Band-aids on current facilities won’t resolve the situation.
Letter: Retail climate
October 20, 2014
You know, I can’t help but wonder whether or not we’d be in the position of needing new police facilities but not having a clear way to pay for them if we as a community would be more open to retail growth. The growing interest that Lawrence is attracting from national retailers in both the South Iowa and northwest areas of town are encouraging to me, but what if we stopped trying to tell retailers where to go, and allow them to go where it makes the most sense? The most sense for shoppers, the most sense for the retailers, the most sense for our community.
Letter: Study needed
October 18, 2014
What is a police force for? The principal job is to prevent crime and to arrest and convict those who commit crimes. By this measure, the Lawrence Police Department is mediocre or substandard according to comparisons with departments in cities of similar size.(Journal-World, Sept. 20)
Letter: Lax enforcement
October 18, 2014
I have to respond to the article written by Elliot Hughes on Oct. 16 concerning the review of the Hamm-Buchheim Quarry’s conditional use permit. He quoted me as saying “the crushing and grinding is unbelievable.” Very true, I did say that and it is true.  However, that was not the big point of my letter to the commissioners.
Letter: Looking ahead
October 18, 2014
We all are aware of the dire need for new facilities for the Lawrence Police Department. With my experience of long-range planning for a wide range of facilities, one of the most important things I’ve learned is the relevance for looking far enough into the future.
Letter: Police vote
October 17, 2014
Every resident of our fair city depends on the services of the Lawrence Police Department for their safety and welfare. They are also here to protect the many visitors that come to Lawrence, whether it’s for a few hours or days. While most of us don’t call on them often or at all, we know and expect that they will be there when needed. If we expect them to operate as an efficient police department we need to give them the tools to do so.
Letter: ACA issues
October 17, 2014
Because of the flood of TV ads and emails, I am getting tired of the focus being on the president and especially the Affordable Care Act, usually called Obamacare. (And we must look forward to three more weeks of this).
Letter: Facility needed
October 15, 2014
We need new police space to deal with the size of the city and the changes in police work (computers, etc.). We need to have decent space to attract the quality of officers that we hope to have in our city.
Letter: Homegrown talent
October 14, 2014
Scuttlebutt around town is that our athletic director has already chosen the next football coach for Kansas University.
Letter: Vital election
October 14, 2014
Thank goodness we are nearing the end of one of the most tedious and disheartening political campaigns in my memory. For those of you who still are paying attention, we are not electing a president. Barack Obama actually will not be on the ballot. Television ad after ad seem to make the point that the only issue of interest to Republican candidates is opposition to the president. Fair enough—but shouldn’t they also be proposing something positive, something useful they intend to do if elected? Huge amounts are being spent on advertising in Kansas, money that could better have been spent helping the millions of displaced persons in our troubled world.
Letter: Bus praise
October 14, 2014
In defense of the bus system, I have ridden the T for several years.
Letter: End gridlock
October 13, 2014
I share the oft-expressed frustration so well documented in our polling that our government has become dysfunctional. We cannot even pass an annual federal budget. The middle class employed are experiencing a decades-long decline in their standard of living.   Confidence in our institutions declines. Gridlock rules!