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: Voting counts

To the editor:Daily, in this paper, there are complaints about our city/county government and the decisions they make.Where are your votes at election time? For over 12 years I worked as a supervising judge at the precinct where I live. For most of the small city/county elections anywhere ...

Letter: Indefensible budget

Chad Lawhorn’s Q&A with City Manager David Corliss on the city budget was informative and made clear the many problems with the proposed 2015 budget. City officials portray a property tax increase for the fourth straight year as inevitable. To provide basic services, property taxes ...

Letter: Financial gamble

To the editor:Mr. Simons’ column on July 19 carried a title we all can agree with: “Kansas voters must focus on state’s best interests.” We can even agree on the problem: “Brownback rolled the dice with his taxing strategy for Kansas. If he rolled a winner, the state would be in good ...

Letter: Retail support

To the editor:On July 9, there was an article in the paper regarding a tax abatement for an apartment development at the edge of the Kansas University campus. On the following day, an article appeared concerning a retail development on the corner of South Iowa and the South Lawrence ...

Letter: Kudos due

To the editor:Appreciations to two organizations that often get short shift in the public “kudos” arena, but that, in recent years, have made changes in themselves to the benefit of our community.A great big hooray to the Lawrence chamber of commerce for divorcing itself from the Kansas ...

Letter: Road work

To the editor:The Journal-World ran a good editorial last month about the pathetic road construction situation here in Lawrence this summer. On Wednesday, I was driving past the massive construction site at 23rd and Iowa and only saw three workers puttering around. In the future, the city needs ...

Letter: Senseless deaths

To the editor:We just witnessed another senseless mass shooting that took the lives of four children and two adults, and injured a child. The shooting in the suburbs of Houston illustrates how our federal gun laws — already deemed too restrictive and not worthy of upholding by the Kansas ...

Letter: Public input needed

To the editor:Black Hills Energy is requesting a necessary rate increase for its customers. What’s necessary is for the public to get involved and take a firm stand on opposing their request to raise rates by an average of 6.17 percent of $4.17 per month.Share your comments regarding this ...

Letter: Police facility

To the editor:I can understand the sentiment of several people who have written to express their frustration in regards to additional taxes being needed to fund a police facility. Let’s keep things in perspective.The need for a modern and properly designed police facility is undeniable. If ...

Letter: Great kids

To the editor:We’ve got some great kids in Lawrence. Like many others, we had some severe tree damage in our yard due to the wind storm last week. Early the following morning, my teenage daughter wanted to show her friends this cool tree aberration, so “snap-chatted” a photo of one of our ...

Letter: It ain’t broke

To the editor:I’m a senior citizen dependent on the buses. I sold my car last year. In the past, I have had as much as an hour between buses and avoided using the buses. Now the bus service is better than it has ever been. Every bus goes to Seventh and Vermont and there is no layover time.I ...

Letter: Wrong track

To the editor:The Kansas Corporation Commission held a Black Hills Energy proposed rate hearing here in Lawrence on July 10. The 6 p.m. public hearing didn’t take public comment until 7:30; go figure. The first hour and a half was a sales pitch from a team of Black Hills employees and a brief ...

Letter: Building compulsion

To the editor:The West Lawrence Athletic Club, aka Rock Chalk Park, the $30 million police building, the $65 million sewage plant, the new library, a new convention center, and more?Our city commissioners are like children with a new set of Legos. They are obsessive-compulsive with a passion ...

Letter: Fool us once…

To the editor:How did we ever let the city commissioners ram through the grossly expensive (now, and for years to come) sports complex without a vote, yet something vital and important like an improved police facility we may actually get to vote on? It is time for us to get rid of these ...

Letter: Tax rhetoric

To the editor:I am disappointed with the rhetoric employed by the Douglas County administrator in his attempt to justify increasing property tax on Douglas County families, farmers and small businesses. In this attempt to shift the blame on the decision to eliminate the burdensome and ...

Letter: Issue not settled

To the editor:The recent assertions that the debate on climate change is over are true only for the liberal news media and the politicians who all have an ax to grind. These two have also convinced the general population that the debate is over by using misleading statistics. As one of a very ...

Letter: Everyone’s rights

To the editor:Here’s a thought for those of you moaning and protesting the recent Supreme Court decision protecting Hobby Lobby’s rights. Let’s suppose, just suppose, that same law had made it mandatory for every employer to supply each female employee with a gun (regardless of whether ...

Letter: Divergent views

To the editor:In taking his stance in opposition to gay marriage, the Rev. Terry Fox is quoted: “The Body of Christ is a powerful movement when it comes together” (Journal-World, July 7). That statement, in an of itself, has validity. However, the statement appears to assume that on the ...

Letter: Fiscally irresponsible

To the editor:I am angry, frustrated and really surprised by the fiscally irresponsible behavior by our City Commission over the past several years. Let’s review:The City (Commission and staff) seems to do no serious medium to long-range planning. We have a long-standing stable staff with ...

Letter: Financial planning

To the editor:The Lawrence Journal-World article of July 6, asking how the police department project ended up being third in line behind the library and the recreation center is the same question asked when the recreation center was proposed. As a participant in a 6News Town Topic segment, ...