Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Recycling fan
October 13, 2014
I would like to commend the City of Lawrence for adopting their latest recycling program.
Letter: Facility support
October 11, 2014
As a professional engineer living within Lawrence, I have some observations to share with my community. I believe the need for the new police facility has been established. My career involves designing projects and assisting clients with bidding and construction of new municipal facilities. However, I am not a consultant on this project.
Letter: Buying votes?
October 11, 2014
The City Commission proposes spending $28 million for a police station to be located near the turnpike exit on north Iowa. The cost is extravagant, the location is not “central,” and there are better alternatives.
Letter: Care choices
October 10, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins was quoted in the Journal-World last Sunday. She said, “Americans are empowered when they are free to make their own health care decisions.”
Letter: Kansas control
October 10, 2014
I’ve finally had my fill of out-of-state lobbyists, corporate money and imported campaign managers running things in Kansas. A spoils-system parade of non-Kansans to advise (run) and fill key governmental positions — really? Non-Kansans to fund and manage political campaigns in Kansas — really?
Letter: Smart business
October 10, 2014
A high-speed Internet fiber provider is what economists call a local natural monopoly. Since it’s a natural monopoly, it’s best to have only one provider. Since it’s a monopoly, there needs to be government regulation (and subsidies, in certain cases). Since it’s a local monopoly, in Lawrence that regulation ought to be done by city government. I applaud City Hall for taking on the issue.
Letter: Fine print
October 8, 2014
Saturday, I received a form in the mail, an application for an advance ballot for the Nov. 4 election. 
Letter: Bus efficiency
October 8, 2014
Most people in northeast Kansas do not seem to grasp all the purposes of public bus systems. They understand that a sought function of public transportation is to enable people to get from point A to point B. That is what essentially all of them do in their private automobiles. But there are two other main functions. The more obvious one is to enable our handicapped and economically disadvantaged populations to get around town to shop for groceries and other necessities of life, medical appointments and social activities. The less obvious function is to ease, in an environmentally sound fashion, the automobile congestion which spins around the innumerable Lawrence traffic circles.
Letter: Shocking
October 8, 2014
Oh my gosh! Davis was caught in a nightclub with a woman when he was a 26-year-old unmarried attorney. A nightclub where someone (unidentified) said someone had sold him a “reefer!” Oh my god! Maybe like Clinton he didn’t inhale? I’m shocked — absolutely shocked!  “Let him without sin cast the first stone!”
Letter: Recycle buildings
October 7, 2014
Why can’t we recycle our vacant fire department and school buildings for the police and teens? Most people think recycling is good because it saves millions of the city and taxpayer money. Why does it have to be several millions more in taxes that have to be paid off for new buildings? 
Letter: Police facility
October 7, 2014
As a retired Lawrence police officer, I am frustrated with the disparity between what is expected of the police force and the conditions the officers work in. The last time the police department had a facility designed to accommodate its needs was in 1951 when the police and fire departments moved into 745 Vermont (now the Senior Center). We had an indoor range and our own jail.
Letter: A moral issue
October 7, 2014
I have been, for several weeks, mulling over the proposed enlargement of our county jail. I am both full of words and at loss for words: 140 beds, 70 for criminals, 70 for the mentally ill.
Letter: Football buses
October 4, 2014
I’d like to commend those involved in the bus service to KU football games. My wife and I are longtime season ticket holders and have taken the bus from downtown to the stadium for years.
Letter: Housing option
October 4, 2014
Looks like my children’s alma mater is going to spend $51 million to house 500 students. Should be pretty nice digs for future KU students.
Letter: Interference
October 4, 2014
There are many who think little of the blatant NSA surveillance or IRS abuses, the USDA rules on school lunch programs, the EPA’s micromanagement of our water resources, or the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent proposal to have real-time access to your vehicle’s speed, direction and location without a warrant. All of those people who are complacent with the recent government intrusions into their lives should consider the latest U.S. Forest Service regulation prohibiting commercial photography in the 193 million acres of national forests without a permit, costing $1,000. Fines for such activity are $1,500/photograph.