Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Narrow report
May 13, 2015
Two recent Journal-World articles on Justice Matters’ Nehemiah Assembly have focused on whether or not it was going to be a scene of confrontation, the reporter relying extensively on the opinion of one county commissioner. The reporter on this beat seems to be suffering from a lack of imagination when it comes to stories worth covering.
Letter: Police thanks
May 10, 2015
In October 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week during which May 15 occurs as National Police Week.
Letter: City’s future
May 9, 2015
Tuesday, my wife and I participated in a discussion — a focus group — of local residents describing what we would like for the future of Lawrence. This was interesting and stimulating; it was good to spend that time with a group of concerned citizens.  It was so stimulating that later I had a dream.
Letter: School questions
May 9, 2015
Many Lawrencians may not know that USD 497 has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars with the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), which is a San Francisco-based business “committed to achieving racial equity in education.”
Letter: A good start
May 9, 2015
Thursday night, I attended the Justice Matters Nehemiah program at the Lied Center. What I thought might be an interesting evening turned out to be one of the more memorable evenings of my 41 years in Lawrence. I was blown away by the full house. I was moved by the presentations that were made and the obvious background work and time that had gone into making these presentations as powerful and persuasive as they were. I was inspired by the fact that 21 church leaders could come together to focus on two issues that would make Douglas County a better place. And I was encouraged to hear our city and county officials volunteering to be participants in what was proposed.
Letter: Fighting for schools
May 8, 2015
I am a retired elementary reading specialist who dedicated her life to the education profession. I proudly taught in the public school system where ALL students have an opportunity for an education.
Letter: Poor planning
May 8, 2015
Last month, my neighborhood had its water line replaced. This meant digging a trench through every yard, laying the new line, filling in the trench and then replanting grass seed covered by some straw. I have asked City Hall for the cost of the labor, seed and straw for my block and where the money came from, only to be told to go ask another person or department.
Letter: E-cigarette concerns
May 8, 2015
Nicotine has been proven to be a dangerous and addictive drug, and, as doctors, we worry when we hear the usage of electronic cigarettes by youths is skyrocketing. E-cigarette companies are counting on their unregulated marketing ploys to recruit youths into becoming the next generation of tobacco users.
Letter: Selling Kansas
May 6, 2015
The Brownback experiment in supply-side economics isn’t working. But maybe the experiment just wasn’t bold enough. My proposal: The Koch brothers like to buy elections. Why not let them purchase an entire state government? Yes, privatize Kansas; call it Koch Brothers’ Kansas.
Letter: Reach out
May 2, 2015
Wake up every morning realizing each day is a new beginning. Decide that this day will be the best ever! All around us we can see chaos, loss, violence, disruption, evil and discord in every activity or decision that is made by other people or sometimes even a choice of our own
Letter: School access
May 1, 2015
Each morning between 8 and 9:30 and each afternoon between 2 and 3:30, from Monday through Friday, there are cars lined up for a half mile at Deerfield School as parents drop off and pick up their children. This situation is no doubt replicated across the remaining grade schools in Lawrence
Letter: Gun concerns
May 1, 2015
The call is out: Deny Iran nuclear weapons — and the ability to make one. Our friends in Israel are scared and urge us to take a stronger stand. (But it’s OK for Israel to have such weapons?) They argue, safety requires such threats/possibilities to be eliminated.
Letter: Bill’s impact
April 29, 2015
I wonder if the geniuses in our Kansas Legislature have any idea of the full  impact of Senate Bill 175?  As you recall, that bill will require that Kansas taxpayers subsidize with their tax dollars any student organization on a publicly funded campus that discriminates, so long as that discrimination is part of a firmly-held religious belief.
Letter: History ignored
April 29, 2015
I saw in your paper last week where controlled burns were being done in the wetlands and the sound barrier was going up in the Haskell farm area. It’s called this for a reason. Native students were taken by BIA agents for their whole adolescence to boarding schools to be taught White farming by European immigrants who didn’t have maize to begin with.
Letter: Waning democracy
April 25, 2015
An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution. The Kansas-based Koch brothers (one of many examples) are reportedly planning on spending a billion dollars on very conservative candidates in the upcoming election cycle.