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: Preserve downtown

To the editor: I read with increasing dismay various plans for wildly inappropriate development of the historic heart of Lawrence. New Hampshire Street is already over-run with buildings that look like Johnson County wannabes. Ever hear people saying that they want to go to Olathe for the ...

Letter to the editor: Militarizing police

To the editor: Recently, Lawrence’s city government commissioned Allegro Training & Consulting to conduct a survey on community interactions with local police. The study found that marginalized communities were more likely to have negative interactions with Lawrence police than other ...

Letter to the editor: Condemning racism

To the editor: Condemnation of the Leavenworth County commissioner’s reprehensible comments about a “master race” has been appropriately swift. But, let’s not forget the individual at whom those hateful words were directed, simply for doing her job, as well as the broader impacts of ...

Letter to the editor: Unfair burden

To the editor: Only in Lawrence would you find a City Commission that would pay $4.5 million for an unnecessary road to nowhere. Queens Road has already been funded with $1.5 million from the developers. Where is that money now? No credits have been given to the project? Queens Road is not a ...

Letter to the editor: War consent

To the editor: Now that the midterm elections are over, our legislators can focus on governing and setting priorities for the future. The plan of the administration to continue negotiating with North Korea on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a positive sign. Continued American ...

Letter to the editor: Sports observations

To the editor: Before we get much further into this year’s basketball schedule, I’d like to make a comment, pose a question and propose a rule. The Rule: If you’re fortunate enough to score tickets for seats behind the KU bench, you must stay off your cellphone when the TV cameras are ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t dump depot

To the editor: The eXplore Lawrence board of directors should consider a satellite information center in downtown Lawrence (or another Lawrence location) or even strategically placed kiosks instead of shuttering services at the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence. The current location of ...

Letter to the editor: Road responsibility

To the editor: When is the City of Lawrence going tell what is really going on with Queens Road and why they need a road that is 75 feet wide from sidewalk to sidewalk? The driving lanes are 21 feet wide — one going south and one going north with a 6-foot median from the new roundabout at ...

Letter to the editor: Late thanks

To the editor: I would like to thank the many establishments that are now remembering and honoring the men and women who have served in the military to protect our country. To some, this day may be a day they just take for granted. To some, it is a day we didn’t get to experience when ...

Letter to the editor: Job dearth

To the editor: Chad Lawhorn’s recent column on the lack of jobs for local graduates struck a sensitive spot with me. As a KU grad who has chosen to remain in this area, it has been a struggle to find positions in town. I’ve been luckier than most with careers in technology. I’ve spent a ...

Letter to the editor: Great parade

To the editor: Thank you so much to those responsible for organizing a wonderful Veterans Day parade honoring Lawrence Veterans on Sunday. It was fantastic! The morning was so perfect and the crowds came out to acknowledge, celebrate and say thank you to those men and women who had put their ...

Letter to the editor: Stop the craziness

To the editor: Let’s talk guns. First of all, the Second Amendment is irrelevant to what has been happening in the country today. Lawful gun owners will never have trouble buying any guns they want. The problem today is that the NRA and the gun industry have found an incredible sales ...

Letter to the editor: Self-government

To the editor: Gun control has been and is, rightfully so, under intense discussion. Should the gun control laws be revised or simply better enforced? Certainly guns need to be removed from criminals, everybody should agree. But what is the definition of “criminal”? Is it anyone who ...

Letter to the editor: Visitor center ideas

To the editor: Funding for eXplore Lawrence comes from the transient guest tax collected at hotels, bed and breakfasts and short-term rentals in Lawrence. Attracting visitors and conventions with longer stays, especially Sunday to Thursday, and guiding guests to attractions throughout the ...

Letter to the editor: More representation

To the editor: Concerning the 2nd District congressional race story as to reasoning why the Democratic candidate lost in the midterm election (Journal-World, Nov. 11), this Sunday’s lead editorial in The New York Times could also provide some answers. It concerns the House of ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks for support

To the editor: An open letter to the Lawrence community, I write on behalf of the Lawrence Jewish Community Center congregation to thank the many members of our Lawrence community who reached out with words, tokens and actions of support and encouragement after the Pittsburgh synagogue ...

Letter to the editor: Say no to tolls

To the editor: So former Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republicans have huge tax cuts, then steal money from the highway fund and other places in state government to balance the budget, and now we need toll roads! I do believe that when they took back at the tax cuts they left in place most of ...

Letter to the editor: Visitor concerns

To the editor: I recently read the article of the upcoming move of the Visitor Center that is currently at the Union Pacific station in North Lawrence. The article states the center will be moved to a small storefront on Massachusetts Street. I have questions and concerns about the move. ...

Letter to the editor: King or jester?

To the editor: It’s hard to ignore the entertainment value. Donald Trump stands awash in the sounds of thousands cheering, while behind him faces of hundreds smile, laughing and applauding. He’s just told a lie, a whopper, and goes on with more helpings of the same. Look, I know I’ve ...

Letter to the editor: Paving not needed

To the editor: In your Oct. 25 editorial “Homebuyer’s Responsibility,” you state the Queens Road benefit district is “desperately needed” due to the growing number of residences and apartment complexes adjacent to the road. What’s missing in all the debate is with George Williams ...