Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Planning changes
August 8, 2014
I am confused about a couple of things regarding the denial of the shopping center proposal on South Iowa. An attorney representing the developers of the Mercato shopping center spoke against the proposal and her main point was that the new shopping center would go outside of the comprehensive plan for the city.
Letter: Local poverty
August 8, 2014
Poverty is definitely of extreme importance in Douglas County. I know there are people who give generously to almost every cause — people are the best “cause” to give to. The wealthy really do not need two or three boats, a couple of houses, brand new cars, eating out most every night of the week. The rest of us would just like a fair “living wage,” one where we would not have to work at minimum wage 50-70 hours a week. We would like to spend time with our families, and many of us have never had the opportunity for a pension of any sort and are trying to live on fixed incomes, which is impossible without some help.
Letter: Nuclear threat
August 6, 2014
Aug. 6 and 10 will mark the 69th anniversary of the nuclear bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fortunately these were the only instances of actual employment of nuclear weapons, but, ever since then, the world has been at risk of intentional detonations or accidents.
Letter: No conscience?
August 6, 2014
I read with horror the crimes committed by the Carr brothers in a Journal-World article. And again I read about those crimes in Craig Tucker’s letter to the editor on July 29.
Letter: Waste, water
August 6, 2014
Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.
Letter: Train challenges
August 5, 2014
Lately, traveling by Amtrak trains on freight railroads from Lawrence and across the country has become more challenging. Here’s why.
Letter: Local retail
August 4, 2014
Let’s support our existing retailers and their employees instead of cutting into their economic growth.
Letter: Politics, hatred
August 4, 2014
I have just heard a news report that the U.S. Congress has failed to approve funds for the government to deal with the immigration problems at the U.S. border. Texas congressman Ted Cruz and his Republican members of the House have decided to oppose this because they desire to restrict the authority of the president of the United States.
Letter: Market forces
August 3, 2014
I am genuinely disappointed by the planning commission’s recent recommendation against the proposed Southpoint Development.
Letter: Flooding danger
August 2, 2014
Among several good reasons for rejecting the proposal for retail development at Iowa Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway cited by Candice Davis (Journal-World, July 28), one is undeniable: It would be in the Wakarusa floodplain.
Letter: Winners, losers
August 2, 2014
Frequently it is said that the “devil is in the details.” Example: Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation titled the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014. At first glance, policymakers are providing an expansion of the child tax credit for families in light of the rising cost of raising children. Parents with incomes of six figures would become eligible for the CTC. However, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the bill actually leaves behind low-income working parents.
Letter: Inconvenient Amtrak
August 1, 2014
I would love to ride Amtrak more, BUT the schedules and routes make it so very difficult. To visit Kansas City and back would be 5:30 a.m. to around midnight. Too long for a day of sightseeing.
Letter: Development pluses
August 1, 2014
I am addressing the negative ruling on the Southpoint development made by the planning commission. I was excited about the development for two reasons: 1) additional retail stores would be entering Lawrence, equating to less trips into Kansas City or Topeka for me and 2) there is no taxpayer subsidization of the development. Being a retiree on a fixed income, economic development is paramount in bringing in additional revenue streams. An initial $1.4 million in sales tax, growing to $2 million by 2020 would help offset future increases in county and city taxes. School taxes will increase if the state cap is altered or removed.
Letter: States rights?
August 1, 2014
Back in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court under Justice Earl Warren made the decision that separate but equal was unconstitutional. States were going to have to let black children go to public school. The state of Arkansas did not take kindly to that. In September 1957, their governor, man named Faubus, stood at the front door of Central High in Little Rock, puffed out his chest, and proclaimed, “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
Letter: Universal care
July 29, 2014
July 30 will be the 49th anniversary of the Medicare Act of 1965. Why can’t we have a system that provides everyone with guaranteed medical care from birth to death? All the other developed countries cover everybody, pay half as much for their health care as we do and provide better outcomes.