Letters to the Editor

To submit a letter to the editor, please email your submission to letters@ljworld.com or mail it to Box 888, Lawrence KS 66044. Letters should be 250 words or less, be of public interest and should avoid libelous language. The Journal-World reserves the right to edit letters, as long as viewpoints are not altered. Letters must bear the name, address and telephone number of the writer.

Letter to the editor: Our better angels

To the editor: Michael Gerson writes on a variation of an old theme. Following victory at Fredericksburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee said: “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” Gerson cites liberal philosopher William James (“Our ancestors have ...

Letter to the editor: Bicycle benefits

To the editor: Having been ranked sixth in the top U.S. cities for bicycling, I hope that Lawrence does not rest on its laurels. As a frequent cyclist, there’s still much work yet to be done. First and foremost, teaching and encouraging children to ride their bikes to school. Surely one of ...

Letter to the editor: Parking abuses

To the editor: I am a nice guy, but I have to get this off my chest. Handicap parking is for exactly that. People who have a handicap placard or license plate. Once a parking stall is designated as handicap accessible, that parking stall is under the jurisdiction of the police department. Even ...

Letter to the editor: Shopping challenges

To the editor: As a recent resident (three years) I have found it more difficult to shop in Lawrence than in other locations where I have lived. The south Iowa shopping locations are so diverse that I must move my vehicle multiple times, sometimes crossing Iowa street twice, to find what I may ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t disrespect officers

To the editor: I had to take a deep breath before writing in reference to a recent letter appearing in this section. I found it so absurd and offensive to refer to our local police officers as “loose cannons.” I have very good friends — one is an officer with the Lawrence police and one ...

Letter to the editor: Demilitarizing the police

To the editor: Everyone loves to talk about how “progressive” Lawrence is, but until we’re willing to publicly pressure our lawmakers to end disparate policing and school discipline that unjustly targets people of color, Lawrence isn’t very “progressive” at all. While there are a ...

Letter to the editor: Our horror

To the editor: “Moral horror” is the intense dislocation we feel when confronted with evidence, especially visual evidence, of an attack by a government or society on the integrity of a human body, or especially a mass of brutalized bodies, as in photographs of a concentration camp or a ...

Letter to the editor: Military grade

To the editor: Any American soldier overseas can be court-martialed for shooting a civilian just because they felt afraid. A set of “rules of engagement” limits the discretion of soldiers to choose to use deadly force. Unfortunately, there is no such discipline for police officers; dozens ...

Letter to the editor: Questions for city

To the editor: Why is this city intent on spending so much on Queens Road? There are only three houses on one side of Queens Road; the road as-is is fine. The new apartments/homes gain nothing by a wider Queens Road. Without the expansion of Queens Road, the city won’t get additional taxes ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Morally treasonable’

To the editor: I have just finished reading John Meacham’s 2018 book “The Soul of America,” and recommend it to anyone. He relates how great leaders and the nation surmounted crises in our history and how their successes can encourage us in any current crisis. It is not overtly ...

Letter to the editor: Lessons from Oz

To the editor: On a recent Sunday the Lawrence All British Car Club shared the delights of the Tulip Festival in the town of Wamego. This is a small Kansas town that identifies with the story of “The Wizard of Oz,” and it personifies the wonderful, comforting spirit of being safe and ...

Letter to the editor: How much longer?

To the editor: Now that the dust – or slime – has settled on 2019 legislative session, let’s remember that two conservative leaders, Sen. Susan Wagle and Sen. Jim Denning, were responsible for thwarting the will of the governor, the majority of legislators, small hospitals, medical ...

Letter to the editor: Affordable, efficient

To the editor: Affordable housing we assume is being directed at those of the financially challenged population. Therefore every affordable home should include the most energy efficient design and appliances. After all, I can think of no other population more in need of such. Richard ...

Letter to the editor: No downtown dorm

To the editor: Don’t mess with downtown. It’s historic, it’s a focal point, and it is no place for a student dorm. Say no to The Hub. Barbara Duke, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Delay Hub decision

To the editor: The proposed Hub project — the massive student housing project at 11th and Massachusetts — has a lot of problems: lack of parking, inappropriate scale, lawsuits against the developer elsewhere. Many people have pointed out these problems. But there is another issue that is ...

Letter to the editor: Caring neighbors

To the editor: On March 27, the Journal-World editorial staff asked Lawrence to “think more broadly about affordable housing.” On Wednesday evening, a full auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library did just that. Well over 100 Douglas County residents gave over two hours on a beautiful ...

Letter to the editor: City should fix sidewalks

To the editor: It should not be the responsibility of a private residential property owner to have to pay to fix city infrastructure just because it is adjacent to our property. That’s what our property taxes should be used for. It is a public sidewalk on city easement, therefore, not ...

Letter to the editor: Stop enabling China

To the editor: Mr. Rob Hudson’s letter to the Journal-World (published on April 20) did an excellent job of describing the inhumane brutality now being inflicted on Muslim Uighurs in their ancestral homeland by the Chinese government. He was right to compare what the Chinese are doing to ...

Letter to the editor: Climate a major issue

To the editor: There are a multitude of problems in the world that can and should be of concern to us, both for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. After reflection, I believe there are three scenarios that pose the greatest threats to our entire world. Either all out nuclear ...

Letter to the editor: Senseless killings

To the editor: It seems as though not a week goes by that I don’t read of or see on the 10 o’clock news that another young thug has fired a gun and injured or murdered another individual, many times an innocent bystander. I wish that I could talk with one of these monsters and ask ...