Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Safe sledding
December 10, 2014
Since it is getting colder, it is time to think about winter activities. There should be a safe place to sled, ski and snowboard in Lawrence. Many kids like to sled down Lawrence’s hilly streets, but that is not entirely safe and it seems like the streets get plowed quickly before we get a chance to sled.
Letter: Body camera ban
December 10, 2014
The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.
Letter: Wrong hall
December 10, 2014
I was standing in the lobby outside the Lawrence City Commission meeting Dec. 2, when I saw two young women come in the back door and look around as if searching for something. They got to the elevator and stood looking at the plaque that describes which offices are on each floor. One of the women pushed the “down” button, which would take them to the ground level to the offices of the city engineers, but at 7:30 at night no one would be there.
Letter: Academic integrity
December 7, 2014
We read with interest Art Hall’s assertion that his professional communications with the Koch Brothers should not be made public. A main argument is that if these communications were divulged, such an action would, somehow, interfere with his academic freedom. As the state’s principal champion of academic freedom, the state of Kansas Conference of the American Association of University Professors regularly defends this quintessential principle.
Letter: Sad loss
December 6, 2014
Animal lovers all over the city are mourning the injuries and loss of dogs in the recent fire at Christal K-9. Those of us who love our pets like family can feel the pain of the families involved, and our hearts go out to each one of you at this very sad time. 
Letter: Safety at stake
December 5, 2014
Tuesday’s editorial regarding the proposed school boundary changes was pathetically limp, and downplayed the legitimate concerns of many parents.
Letter: Cracking response
December 5, 2014
Reading how our city inspectors found cracks in the cement at 23rd and Iowa, then demanded the construction company tear the cracked concrete out and reinstall new cement. Good job!
Letter: Grateful owner
December 5, 2014
As my heart is broken and grieving with the loss of my April puppy (multipoo) at the fire at Christal K-9. I had just returned from Mexico and read online of this tragedy.
Letter: Best friends
December 4, 2014
This is a thank-you to everyone who helped rescue dogs from the Christal K-9 kennel fire on Saturday. I had two dogs there: beloved old boy, Bentley, who died Sunday night, and younger dog, Zebulon, who is in critical condition in intensive care.
Letter: Safety steps
December 4, 2014
The traffic accident at Sixth and Rockledge that sent one of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens on an airlift for life has and should focus our attention on the important things in life. My suggestion is to set speed limits at controlled intersections to 20 mph during school zone hours, flashing lights, speed traps and all.
Letter: Bad idea
December 2, 2014
We note with much dismay the report that developers of the proposed luxury apartment and retail complex near 11th and Mississippi are again requesting reduction of parking by 100 cars from the current city requirements. Even more, we are dismayed by the report that this variance was approved by the city planning department.
Letter: Hypocrisy
December 2, 2014
This from the Nov 26 Journal-World: Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, said members of the Kansas Legislature accepted doubling of the state’s investment in NBAF based on a promise (my emphasis) future cost increases would be the responsibility of the federal government. Documents affirming that arrangement (my emphasis) need to be in hand before the State Finance Council approves new bonding, he said. “Until that happens,” Bruce said, “I don’t feel comfortable voting for any of this.”
Letter: Whose freedom?
December 2, 2014
Oh, freedom! Like Mr. Simons, I remember the days when businesses were free (as we were frequently told) not to hire the handicapped, not to sell or rent to Negroes, not to serve Indians in a bar. (Note: I use the terminology of the time). They were also pretty free to pollute as much as they cared to.
Letter: Not affordable
December 1, 2014
A friend of mine works 35 hours a week at a minimum wage job ($7.25/hour). He doesn’t get benefits as the employer keeps his employees’ hours under 40 hours per week for this reason.
Letter: Park needed
December 1, 2014
Lawrence needs a new off-road vehicle park. The closest park for off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATV’s is by the Perry Lake dam. The Perry Lake park is a great facility and is a lot of fun, but it is a little bit of a drive if you live in Lawrence or surrounding cities.