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: Mideast mire

To the editor:As Iraq falls apart amid Sunni/Shiite conflict and is in danger of collapse, both foreseen and forewarned by on-the-ground advisers, troops and trainers; as Iran moves steadily towards nuclear capabilities and continues to support radical groups throughout the Middle East; as ...

Letter: EPA target

To the editor:The Douglas County Farm Bureau thinks Kansans should know the Environmental Protection Agency wants to use the Clean Water Act to dictate how landowners use their land.The EPA’s proposal says farm ditches, flood control levees or golf course ponds could be under its power. It ...

Letter: Student debt

To the editor:On Wednesday, Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran voted to block legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates. The student loan bill would have let millions of borrowers, some with years-old debt and interest rates topping 7 percent or more, ...

Letter: Where there’s Will

To the editor:George Will’s columns usually convey keen intellect and command of the language, however dubious some of his conclusions. Lately, though, he appears to have gone off the rails on several occasions when addressing women’s issues. Several cheap shots leveled at Sandra Fluke and ...

Letter: KU ultimatum

To the editor:It sounds like a threat to me: Accept or else. According the Journal-World (June 9), Provost Vitter expects that the new social media policy currently being developed will eventually be endorsed by Kansas University faculty and staff governance bodies. They will not, however, ...

Letter: POW memories

To the editor:I am writing this in response to the June 8 article in the Journal-World, “Germans at Lawrence POW camp. There were three sponsors of the POWs: W.J. Small Co., Kaw Valley Potato Growers and Columbus Food Corp. I worked in the office of the W.J. Small Co. I was not allowed to ...

Letter: Wrong reaction

To the editor:All members of the military live and die by the saying “No man or woman is left behind.” This is carved into them from day one in the service. It is a trust that says you will be returned alive, wounded or dead to this country. Commanders also live by this saying. It does not ...

Letter: Reconciliation

To the editor:I appreciate Chad Lawhorn’s story on the Douglas County German prisoners of war who did agricultural work in 1945. Nearly 400,000 German prisoners of war found refuge in the United States, and Americans gave them liberties far beyond that required by Geneva treaties. Many ...

Letter: Stand disputed

I read the letter by Rabbi Moti Rieber and Rev. John Martin about “carbon pollution.” They praise the Environmental Protection Agency’s “stricter limits on climate pollution from (coal-powered) power plants.” Their concern is over “human-induced climate change.” Learned gentlemen: ...

Letter: Grants wasted

To the editor:My letter to the editor published May 19 about the large amount of wasted taxpayers’ money spent on academia’s research grants created a negative reaction. This issue could be easily resolved if KU would release (1) the research grant names, (2) the source of these grants, (3) ...

Letter: Great teachers

To the editor:After owning businesses all my life, including the Orchards Golf Course in Lawrence, I retired last year. I soon realized that I needed something to fill my time. I’ve always enjoyed kids, including my children and grandchildren, so I decided to try substitute teaching in the ...

Letter: Expensive city

To the editor:Kudos to the Journal-World for their June 5 editorial and equal kudos to J. Joe Herynk for his letter to the editor on the same day. Lawrence’s anemic growth does not justify many of the elaborate investments at this time.I remember my late husband said to me several times, ...

Letter: God’s agenda

To the editor:The editor’s remarks in the June 7 Saturday Column about “partisan politics” and “the darker side of elective politics” are true regardless of one’s political affiliation. The same could be said for other “professions” where something to be gained is at stake.Why ...

Letter: Climate, meat

To the editor:I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel ...

Letter: Climate concern

To the editor:We are Kansans and members of the clergy, from many different religious traditions. Together, we raise our voices in support of new standards to put stricter limits on climate pollution from power plants. We call for this action due to threat posed to all of God’s creation by ...

Letter: Climbing rates

To the editor:As a retired person witnessing the contest between rising electric costs and stagnant cost-of-living increases to Social Security, the recent announcement about new Environmental Protection Agency regulations impacting power plants is alarming. I have been keeping accurate ...

Letter: New rules

To the editor:So, have you decided who you are going to vote for for president in 2016? I know that it will not be Elizabeth Warren, first of all because of her statement made in an interview with the Huffington Post at a book signing she was doing in Boston. She stated that she is “fiercely ...

Letter: Survey courtesy

To the editor:How many of you got the 2014 Republican Platform Survey? It is “registered” and complete with dictatorial instructions that one is to return it to them as it “must be accounted for during tabulation.” “DO NOT DESTROY” is printed in red ink. The envelope provided by the ...

Letter: Deplorable circus

To the editor:Unless you have been living in a cave, you cannot be unaware of the release of Bowe Bergdahl by his Taliban captors in Pakistan. It has been in all the national news.But now several of his barracks buddies whose motives are unknown and whose veracity is also unknown have chosen to ...

Letter: Tiananmen legacy

To the editor:June 4, 2014, was the 25th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sending its army to smash the student encampment in Beijing’s Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) Square. This shocking act of brutality led to protest rallies around the world. According to Journal-World ...