Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Who knows?
April 9, 2015
I am not against most adults owning a gun. In fact, I carried one and sometimes two guns for a year and a half. However, I was in the Korean demilitarized zone at the time. One could say I have a permit for open carry.
Letter: Consequences
April 9, 2015
In Tuesday’s paper was another article about the consequences of state legislators passing legislation that affect the operation, policy and practices of our public schools, “District expecting to repay $672K in state aid.” I have now come to the realization that they must have a keener knowledge about running schools than our locally hired school employees and the elected members of boards of education.
Letter: Climate change
April 9, 2015
An entertaining and dramatic overview of climate change was given by New Yorker Heather Harpham in Kansas University’s Murphy Hall on March 26. The multimedia one-person play is entitled “Burning.” At one point, she sat on a large ball, Earth, which was supposedly too hot, interrupting her contemplation of Bush, Obama, EPA, with “ouches.” It prompted comments from students: “We’ve got to do something.”
Letter: Sad time
April 8, 2015
In his State of the State address, our esteemed governor promised to reach out to those among us who are the most vulnerable — in other words, the “poor.” Now his legislative cohorts have come up with yet another brilliant way to demean those residents of our state even further. Our leaders think it would be most wise and prudent to instruct anyone receiving financial assistance from the state just what they can and cannot do with those funds.
Letter: Feel safer?
April 7, 2015
Out of their concern for the safety of Kansans of all ages, the state Legislature has decreed that as of Jan. 1, 2018, the signs prohibiting guns in state and municipal buildings will come down. Then guns, carried openly or concealed, will be allowed in Kansas University classrooms, lecture and concert halls, at KU basketball games and other sporting events and in City Commission meetings, to name just a few.
Letter: Sexual assault
April 3, 2015
Safety is vital to any community. When the majority of the community feels safe, it’s hard to understand why some people don’t feel safe. However, the local statistics on sexual assault should be enough. One in five students is sexually assaulted in our community according to the 2013 National College Health Assessment survey of Kansas University. This is in line with national statistics and cause for concern.
Letter: Where is the anger?
April 3, 2015
The state of Indiana started a firestorm of opinion against the recently passed and signed law giving “religious freedom” to Indiana residents. The law said nothing about  preventing discrimination against the LGBT community by the omission of language preventing such discrimination. The governor has found himself in a very bad spot due to the considerable disdain and disgust of this codification of discrimination.by “religious” folks.
Letter: 2nd thought
April 2, 2015
Last Sunday afternoon, right before closing time at the library, I was asked by a reporter from the Journal-World if I would answer a question for “On the Street.” The question was “What do you miss most about Kansas that isn’t here anymore?” In my hurry to check out, I thought for a minute or two and said Borders Bookstore. I also said Lawrence doesn’t have any good bookstores. Of course we do! The Raven is wonderful! I shop there often. The Dusty Bookshelf is a great place to find books too. My apologies for talking without really mentioning them.
Letter: Christian values
April 1, 2015
In this holy and most sacred season of the Christian calendar, all of us — both laity and clergy — must hold ourselves accountable to our faith. No scripture is more clear or easier to understand than Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31 that relate the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” or Matthew 25:39, that specifically mentions the sick, and 25:40 that states, “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Letter: Rock Chalk
April 1, 2015
This letter is in response to the March 27 letter from Leavenworth Rick. I can definitely detect the foul aroma of a cheap shot coming from Leavenworth. Tell me, Leavenworth Rick, would you have written that letter if KU had beaten Wichita State? No, I don’t think so. You just thought you’d take a potshot at KU while they are down.
Letter: Fluoride benefits
April 1, 2015
In the latest anti-fluoride screed, Richard Miller (March 30) once again beats the dead horse of false information, fear mongering, and fallacious reasoning to the issue of community water fluoridation. The safety and efficacy of fluoride, both topical and systemic, has been well demonstrated for over 70 years.
Letter: Community vision
March 30, 2015
Sincere thanks to the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition and numerous sponsors for conducting the Safe Routes for All town hall meeting at Liberty Hall on Wednesday evening. The event featured excellent national and regional speakers who presented to a packed house on successful bicycle and pedestrian initiatives, and built-environment improvements.
Letter: Fluoride debate
March 30, 2015
Approximately two-thirds of the U.S. adds the toxic industrial waste product known as fluoride to the tap water to supposedly prevent tooth decay. Most developed countries do not fluoridate their water. According to the World Health Organization, there is no discernible difference in tooth decay between developed countries that fluoridate their water and those that do not.   
Letter: Contribution issues
March 28, 2015
After reading Public Forum article by Joe Douglas, March 25, I was inspired to take a look at city commission candidates’ out-of-town donations. Although it wasn’t at first readily apparent, the name Crossland came up a lot.
Letter: Computer concern
12:00 a.m., March 28, 2015 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Many teenagers in Lawrence use the public library on a very regular basis, and that is fantastic. I do question, though, their use of the computers.