Advertisement

Letters to the Editor

To submit a letter to the editor, fill out our online letter submission form or email letters to letters@ljworld.com.

Letter: Tax truth
January 21, 2015
Much is being said about increasing taxes: the governor on “sin” taxes, the city for new projects, and the president, on the rich. How about some truth for a change?
Letter: Not just semantics
January 21, 2015
Titles from Sunday’s front-page, “Quakes linked to fracking; now what?” and online, “Kansas quakes likely caused by oil and gas fracking process” are inaccurate, and it is not just a matter of semantics. A correct headline would be “Kansas quakes likely caused by saltwater disposal process.” To solve any scientific problem, it must first be defined in a technically precise manner. Otherwise the investigative process becomes muddled and inefficient. The probable root of the increased earthquake activity is the disposal of much larger volumes of saltwater than in the past, not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) — period!
Letter: Cars are king
January 21, 2015
I chuckled when reading the recent articles which described the need for students to be able to walk/bike to school without getting run over by a car. They reminded me of a recent incident when I was nearly struck by a car at an intersection (where I had the right of way) and I yelled at the driver, “Ride a bike!” The angry driver responded by honking and shouting at me, “Why the hell would I do that?”
Letter: Tipsy coyote?
January 21, 2015
I was reading about the increase in coyotes reported inside Lawrence. When we lived about one block south of Clinton Parkway some 15 years ago, we had a pear tree in our back yard which was not a great asset to our table.
Letter: Premier facility
January 19, 2015
In 1994, we approved a (no sunset) countywide sales tax increase of 1 percent for four areas—including parks and recreation. Long-range planning identified a recreation center for west Lawrence. Blueprints were finalized and bonds were acquired. Prior to initial construction in Centennial Park, the project was terminated due to controversy.
Letter: Library waste
January 19, 2015
The J-W editorial staff seems to believe the $19 million spent for the library was a good investment (“Changing role,” Jan. 6). It is a beautiful facility, but are the services provided worth the cost? This should be the test for all government spending.
Letter: Maternal policy?
January 17, 2015
I am still in a state of disbelief and shock. I suddenly find myself in total agreement with a position statement offered by our governor in his inaugural address. As quoted in the Journal-World, the governor said: “Our culture is at its best when we protect and encourage the weakest. Every life, at every stage, in every place has a dignity beyond our imagining.”
Letter: A moral crisis
January 17, 2015
Rep. Tom Sloan’s decision to begin hearings on Medicaid expansion is heartening. Recently, Gene Meyer, our local hospital CEO, articulated the consequences of rejecting Medicaid expansion, describing brutal effects on hospital costs. KU Hospital reinforced those concerns. These two hospitals would be seriously hampered. Many smaller hospitals would close.
Letter: Gun threat
January 17, 2015
Again more distressing news stories: Gun store owner killed in his store, children and teachers not always safe in school, child killed by shots from car driving by, police charged for killing child with toy pistol, and many more incidents turn up very week.
Letter: Take the lead
January 15, 2015
“Je suis Charlie.” This simple statement of support and defiance has resounded around the world in response to the despicable violent attacks in Paris. Millions have stood in memory of those killed and in a renewed sense of solidarity with peace-loving comrades of all nationalities, races and faiths. This response is truly heartening. Most people would justify the use of violence only for self defense or defense of the weak and innocent. And yet, violence begets violence.
Letter: Pipeline critic
January 15, 2015
Now is the time to rally around President Obama in his veto of the Keystone pipeline. This pipeline will not create jobs that will strengthen communities or lead to long-term financial security for individuals. Instead, the alleged “jobs” will be temporary construction jobs, which means that workers will descend on a site and live in nearby trailers, buy expensive trucks, which will be repossessed a few months later when the work runs out, and then move on.
Letter: Ballot support
January 15, 2015
Our public schools are critical to the health and well-being of our community. Public education provides the stepping stones for our children to grow and develop into contributing members of our businesses, civic and public organizations and communities of faith.
Letter: Skewed stats?
January 13, 2015
It is fun to read about silly statistics, but may I ask that the Lawrence Journal-World do follow-up reporting on the claims reported in the front page article, “Lawrence named America’s most hungover city,” and let your readers know whether public health experts find this claim credible?
Letter: New heights
January 13, 2015
The tallest building ever built in downtown Lawrence has been approved by this city commission on the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire.
Letter: Other flaws
January 13, 2015
George Gurley (Journal-World, Jan. 3) left out the cardinal sin of the Koch brothers — not giving liberally to the Democratic Party like the good one-percenters such as Warren Buffet, George Soros, Tom Sawyer and others.