Letters to the Editor

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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. 
Letter: Moving forward?
January 10, 2015
I read that certain city commissioners are congratulating themselves because Lawrence taxpayers are thrilled with the current state of affairs in city government. According to them, “(The public) see infrastructure projects that are needed and being completed, and they see other projects moving ahead.”
Letter: Library effort
January 10, 2015
Yes, there is yet another local library with a rapidly growing vision of what can be. It is clear that the Eudora Public Library is about to burst the seams of its tiny building in downtown Eudora. The demand for professional library services and programs is unprecedented in the library’s history!
Letter: Stand required
January 10, 2015
Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly, was destroyed on Wednesday. Yet another barbarous act threatens civil societies around the globe. There is nowhere to hide. Journalists are our loudest voice, but not our only voice. When free speech in any form is attacked our collective freedoms are called into question.