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: Thanks, Lawrence

To the editor: On the weekend of Jan. 5, my daughter and I traveled from Oklahoma to Lawrence to adopt a dog from a local breeder. We acquired the dog (a retired show dog named “Vader”), and were getting ready to return home when he bolted from the hotel. After about an hour of trying ...

Letter to the editor: Stop the macho politics

To the editor: The unpaid government workers are not responsible for the budget stalemate created by Trump’s childish demand to have his way. The border wall is not a national crisis or an emergency security situation. That “fake news” exists only in Trump’s racially prejudiced mind. ...

Letter to the editor: Failing at rehabilitation

To the editor: As a foster parent, I have seen how our criminal justice system fails those who have contact with it, often with consequences so devastating that they are unable to bounce back. I have seen this with one of my foster kids. His first contact with law enforcement officers came ...

Letter to the editor: Kansas hero

To the editor: With the passing of Alice Cavender, who died Dec. 29 at the age of 71, one of the unheralded heroes of the Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is gone, and her passing cannot go unnoted. Alice was the owner of the 40 acres that is now the park, and in 2003 sold the land to ...

Letter to the editor: Our real crisis

Yes, there is a crisis in America, but it is not on our southern border. There is a financial crisis for the many good people who work for us in the federal government and who are being held hostage in this tragic episode of callous mismanagement. They continue answering the call of duty ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t impeach

To the editor: More and more people are talking about impeaching President Trump. Assuming he deserves it legally, there is also the political question of whether it should be done. Let me examine his leadership style with two examples. He said we needed a wall on our southern border and ...

Letter to the editor: Battling bedbugs

To the editor: Where do bedbugs come from? People with bedbugs carry them into your house. Who has bedbugs? Anybody, with a lapse of luck, can have bedbugs. Who still has bedbugs? People too poor to pay for the heat treatments. If you see a bedbug running across the floor there are lots of ...

Letter to the editor: Jailing warranted?

To the editor: Before we accept any expansion of the jail we need to make sure we are filling it with people who need to be incarcerated. Unless someone is dangerous there is no reason to hold them in jail. One hundred and eighty-six beds means 186 people behind bars. Remember, a jail is no ...

Letter to the editor: Rule by tantrum

To the editor: Maybe Mr. Trump could hold his breath until he gets his way. That used to work with my 4-year-old nephew. Nancy Pike Hause, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Restorative justice

To the editor: In 2012, I was involved in a serious car accident when I was hit by a man high on drugs. This incident left me, as one self-employed, with no income for three months and with physical therapy sessions extending my recovery. It also plunged me into the criminal justice system as ...

Letter to the editor: Shutdown solution

To the editor: People who see no way out of the current impasse between Congress and the president over funding of “the wall” are people who see it as an appropriations issue. It is not. It is a political issue. It should be addressed in the same way that all national political issues are ...

Letter to the editor: Cartoon insulting

To the editor: I thought the recent political cartoon in the Dec. 28 Journal-World was demeaning and insulting to senior citizens. At a time when any hint of criticism toward people of color, gays or illegal immigrants can get one labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe or worse, it seems to be ...

Letter to the editor: No more silent nights

To the editor: Watching up close as the saga of the jail expansion unfolds in Douglas County, it feels downright hypocritical to stand in my church with my neighbors’ faces aglow with candlelight and sing “Silent Night.” The song is too pretty. And the story of liberation behind it is ...

Letter to the editor: Not health care

To the editor: The first step in a thoughtful discussion is an agreement of the definition of terms. I differ with Ms. Wiederhorn, attorney for Trust Women of Wichita, when she calls abortion “health care” (Dec. 15 Journal-World). First, pregnancy is NOT an illness. Complications such as ...

Letter to the editor: The right word

To the editor: In response to the recent guest editorial in which The Manhattan Mercury questioned Gov.-elect Laura Kelly’s use of the word ‘devastation’ to describe the Brownback-Colyer administrations’ toll on state agencies, I have a request. Please ask the writer to reach out to ...

Letter to the editor: Jail overcrowded

To the editor: As a nurse I have worked in two county jails and two state prisons over a 20-year period. There is inadequate space in the Douglas County Jail to offer the necessary programs to assist our temporarily incarcerated citizens and keep them safe physically. In each of the ...

Letter to the editor: Questionable priorities

To the editor: Douglas County funding priorities for windfall monies in 2019 abandon the long-underfunded, yet vital, needs of our elderly destitute resident seniors and permanently slash in half the key funding we need for county bridge and road repair. Instead, we’re told that a bigger ...

Letter to the editor: Switching gears

To the editor: Today, we are putting more people behind bars in our local jail than we have ever done before. It is historic. And our legal system is stuck in one gear: jail gear. A bicycle uses different gears depending on the terrain. I could never get the hang of gears on a bike. I just ...

Letter to the editor: No more stoplights

To the editor: The Journal-World recently reported that the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department gave final approval to a Casey’s General Store on the condition that a traffic light be installed at Sixth and Wisconsin. From downtown to Wakarusa Drive, Sixth Street is already strung ...

Letter to the editor: Editorial irresponsible

To the editor: The Journal-World editorial on Dec. 13 supporting the Humane Society’s request to eliminate the city code’s ban on cats roaming free so the Humane Society can release its feral cats into the community represented a complete abandonment of objective analysis and journalistic ...