Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Healthy eating
March 22, 2014
After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom.
Letter: KU fee decision
March 20, 2014
I welcome Kansas University’s Student Senate decision to end the $25-per-semester fee to help fund the athletic department.
Letter: Board needed
March 20, 2014
Thanks for Chad Lawhorn’s Town Talk and feature stories about our community. They are always enjoyable and informative. Sunday’s article about advisory boards is well timed.
Letter: Colorado contrast
March 20, 2014
I was listening to National Public Radio Tuesday morning and was surprised to hear that Colorado took $188 million in federal dollars to set up its own state health care exchange AND it is successful!
Letter: Registration opposed
March 20, 2014
Months ago, a majority of city commissioners decided that our city needed a new rental licensing program. Duplication of existing law, cost-benefit analysis and common sense fell on deaf ears. The majority of commissioners’ minds were closed to any further discussion.
Letter: Distracting issues
March 17, 2014
We’re moving toward another election. Soon I expect the biennial emergence of the “Social Issues” that excite voters and distract us from focusing on other issues that influence the health of our state and our nation. Sadly, in discussion of the social issues, we often lose sight of the most fundamental question: Is it the proper role of our government to define acceptable behavior in our private lives?
Letter: Halt death penalty
March 17, 2014
After languishing nearly 30 years on Louisiana’s death row, Glenn Ford was released from prison last Tuesday when DNA evidence proved his innocence. This is a stark reminder of the continued imprisonment and execution innocent individuals across the nation.
Letter: Parade applause
March 15, 2014
I served this year as a representative of the Camp Bromelsick Foundation Inc. on the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Each year, the committee raises funds for well-deserving charities.
Letter: Patrols needed
March 15, 2014
Crime in the Pinckney and Burcham Park areas has reached an alarming rate. The lack of patrol concerns me.
Letter: Heartless stand
March 15, 2014
Not long ago I chanced to have a conversation with a senior citizen opposed to that “horrible socialistic” program called the Affordable Care Act.  When asked how someone without health insurance could afford to get necessary medical care, she replied, “Oh, I don’t know. Let them have a bake sale.” It appears our Kansas legislators agree with her.
Letter: Exasperated Kansan
March 14, 2014
The main thing that I have learned from following the proposed freedom-to-discriminate legislation in Kansas is that equality will be tolerated by our Republican leaders only if inequality proves to be bad for business.
Letter: KU-industry ties
March 14, 2014
I read with interest David. Burress’ letter of March 6 in response to faculty objections to KU/KSU’s pre-invention assignment agreements. Clearly, the agreements are overreaches as they lay claim to inventions made when a faculty member is neither being paid by the university, nor using any university resources.
Letter: Animal welfare
March 14, 2014
In a national study released last year, Kansas ranked third for the number of pet breeders with egregious, repeated violations of animal welfare laws. These non-compliant breeders continue to operate despite serious violations and failed inspections. The animals that survive such cruel and unhealthy conditions wind up in pet stores or the homes of unsuspecting families.
Letter: City giveaway
March 14, 2014
I couldn’t hold it back any longer, just a comment: Except for Mike Amyx, Tom and Doug own this town.
Letter: ED change due
March 12, 2014
With the change in leadership of the Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence has an opportunity to rethink how it handles economic development.