Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Speech limits
March 18, 2015
I think a newspaper should know what free speech means. The Constitution says: “ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …”
Letter: Three lessons
March 14, 2015
There are at least three lessons learned from the Rock Chalk Park project. First, some members of the city commission will pay $27,000 plus expenses of taxpayer money, with an outside consulting firm, to seek vindication for making a poor decision. Not only does this expense negatively compound the initial “no bid” decision, it is double compounded by the fact the audit result is questionable.
Letter: Staff praise
March 14, 2015
Last week, as I usually do, I was walking laps with my friend at the Sports Pavilion. We have really enjoyed taking our outdoor walking routine indoors at this new and pristine facility, particularly during the winter months. There is a very friendly attitude among the staff, and between 7 and 8 a.m., many exercisers are taking advantage of the facility.
Letter: The truth
March 14, 2015
Leonard Pitts’ column about Bill O’Reilly was typical Leonard. He, like Bill, seems to have the impression that he knows what truth is for relevant news situations.
Letter: Dark day
March 14, 2015
Forty-seven Republican senators have the same as guaranteed another war in the Middle East. They have knifed in the back the efforts of our president and the countries of Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China to bring about an agreement that would keep Iran from gaining a nuclear weapons capability. Now the Jewish state will decide that its only hope is to strike before Iran completes its rush to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran understands this and will give all possible speed to acquire the nuclear weapons to counter the Jewish states known nuclear capability.
Letter: Not about speech
March 14, 2015
The editorial “Freedom of speech?” on Friday the 13th read as if it should have been posted on April 1st.
Letter: All-out politics
March 13, 2015
The letter signed by 47 Republican senators (including Kansas’ Roberts and Moran) seems intended to torpedo delicate negotiations that could avoid yet another disastrous shooting war and/or a spiraling arms race in the Mideast.
Letter: No exemption
March 13, 2015
The story on March 7 about Senate Bill 56 (which amends K.S.A. 21-6402) says it “would hold teachers criminally responsible for exposing students to so-called sexually inappropriate material” and “removes an exemption for teachers.”
Letter: Harmful bill
March 13, 2015
A bill allowing physical contact with certain exotic animals will negatively impact animal welfare, put an unsuspecting public at risk for unnecessary harm and reverse the progressive stance that Kansas has demonstrated on exotic animal ownership (“Strange debate leads to passage of exotic animals bill,” Journal-World, Feb. 27).
Letter: Gun responsibility
March 11, 2015
Carrying a gun comes with responsibility. That’s why Kansas law requires completion of a basic handgun safety training course before issuing a license to carry. Kansas Senate Bill 45 proposes to effectively dismantle Kansas’ concealed-carry licensing system. If the bill passes, the law will freely permit the carrying of guns in public places by people who have never handled a gun before.
Letter: Audit whitewash
March 9, 2015
I’ve been an attorney for over 40 years. In that period of time, I’ve studied and dissected an uncountable number of audit reports. The report made by auditor Warren Hudson on the Rock Chalk project strikes me as one of the most unprofessional reports I’ve ever encountered.
Letter: KPERS questions
March 9, 2015
Is my KPERS retirement money safe? KPERS retiree benefits are safe and guaranteed by Kansas law. A retiree will receive his or her benefit for life, no matter the economic condition. Members who leave employment and withdraw their contributions before retirement will receive the full amount they have contributed, plus interest.
Letter: Still fishy
March 7, 2015
I’m glad that the city obtained an audit on the public portion of Rock Chalk Park, but I am an accountant with 18 years of construction experience, and I have several comments.
Letter: Laudatory audit
March 7, 2015
Warren Hudson, a veteran independent auditor from McDonald and Associates, presented the comprehensive report. With all of the controversy, it was surprising so few citizens attended.
Letter: Marijuana penalties
March 6, 2015
The Lawrence Police Department has received approval to set up a K-9 unit. The chief of police said the dogs will be used to, among other things, find large quantities of marijuana. This means that the dogs will ratchet up the war on drugs.