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: Research nexus

To the editor:As a member of the Joint Economic Development Council, bringing quality jobs to our community is something I care deeply about. When the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is built outside of Manhattan, northeast Kansas can become a major research nexus, and that could serve ...

Letter: Bitter view

To the editor:We don’t know why we even bother to read Carl Burkhead’s letters (“Sinful lifestyle, Feb. 14). They make us sick. They are always the same repetitive collection of hateful, illogical and absurd assumptions. One “reason” against gay rights is that they can’t procreate. ...

Letter: Which crazies?

To the editor:This concerns Dolph Simons Jr.’s Saturday Column in the Feb. 22 Journal-World.There are state legislators who favor a law that would discriminate against gay people in the name of religious freedom. There is a state legislator who would codify corporal punishment for children. ...

Letter: Identifying star?

To the editor:There is a serious flaw in both the anti-gay bill that passed the Kansas House and the bill passed by both houses in the Arizona Legislature. It lacks a process for identification, the first step in any effective discrimination act.Refusing to serve African Americans in the ...

Letter: ‘Core’ structure

To the editor:What is wrong with working together? As a former parent of students and now a grandparent of students I watch with some disbelief at the attacks on legitimate efforts to create and maintain some structure and credibility to student learning. The Common Core was a bottom-up effort ...

Letter: Religious exceptions

To the editor:In conformity with the “establishment clause” of the First Amendment, America has a history of granting exceptions to law because of a person’s sincerely held religious beliefs.State law requires that each school day begin with students standing and reciting the Pledge of ...

Letter: Lighten up

To the editor:Given the editor’s seeming obsession with President Obama’s supposed nefarious deeds and with the so-called crazies who are hiding in Lawrence, one wonders whether the editor himself has been taken captive by nasty creatures from outer space.Lighten up, fellow, relax and enjoy ...

Letter: No role model

To the editor:William Burroughs is not a good role model for young people and his life and works should not be honored or celebrated in any way. Burroughs had a lifelong addiction to opiates — first morphine and later heroin — and actively promoted drug use. He murdered his common-law wife ...

Letter: Right side?

To the editor:On Feb. 16, I watched the movie “Jayhawkers” by Kansas University professor Kevin Wilmott. The majority of the viewing audience was white. Many of them looked old enough to know what happened pre-Wilt Chamberlain to African-Americans in Lawrence. Poet great Langston Hughes is ...

Letter: Sinful lifestyle

To the editor:Recent concerns in Kansas government have centered around protecting Christian rights versus denying gay rights. Actually, speaking as a Christian, we don’t have rights per se since we are committed to the Lordship of Christ. However, we are blessed to have rights bestowed on us ...

Letter: Don’t get any ideas

To the editor:After all the recent ridiculous laws submitted or passed by the Kansas government (the most recent being about sex education) I can just see what the next few will be. How about passing a law prohibiting women with children from working or how about a law requiring families to ...

Letter: Green energy

To the editor:Ken Meyer, in his Feb. 17 letter, makes a valid point about corn-based ethanol, which I would be among the last to attempt to defend. His statements about the carbon footprint of green energy alternatives is way off the mark, however.It is true that all forms of electrical energy ...

Letter: Bill reaction nonsense

To the editor:The hysteria around the bill concerning rights not to provide services for homosexuals is nonsense. This has even invaded our sports page. A few thoughts and questions to consider: Civil rights are not the same as homosexual rights. A person is born a particular color/race. It is ...

Letter: What next?

To the editor:Is our Kansas Legislature the gift that keeps on giving or what! Usually the Republican majority utilizing its “Duck Dynasty” mentality provides the ridiculous, the absurd and the unbelievable in right wing, Koch brothers dogma. Now a Democrat, Gail Finney from Wichita, has ...

Letter: Offensive proposal

To the editor:This latest proposal to legalize discrimination against gays by allowing business to deny them goods and services is so blatant and offensive that Kansas has got not just the attention of the other states and the federal government, but even nations in Europe and other ...

Letter: Anger management

To the editor:How very sad that the place we send our children to learn, where they can learn not only facts but also how people deal with problems, is now elaborating on how to hit children!Up to the age of 18, leaving bruises, open hand. How decisive and precise. What we need is not to get ...

Letter: Wasteful spending

To the editor:It’s about time someone calls out the Kansas Legislature for its hypocritical rhetoric about wasteful spending and budget deficits. Instead of spending money on worthwhile things like improving education, infrastructure or health care for the most vulnerable among us, the ...

Letter: Insult to teachers

To the editor:Venerable teachers are now being required to arrange and pay for their fingerprints to be taken and submitted to law enforcement authorities. And the pretext? Supposedly to better guarantee the safety of Kansas children. Your editor’s recent justification for this demand ...

Letter: Legal assault?

To the editor:Kansas Rep. Gail Finney is proposing that teachers be allowed to hit children.  I am a parent. I am a teacher. I vehemently disagree with Ms. Finney. This is not a teaching issue; this is not a local government issue. This is a human rights issue. Every person — no matter their ...

Letter: Fluoride issues

To the editor:I’m thankful to the people raising the fluoride issue in our drinking water. Regarding the Centers for Disease Control’s pro-fluoride stance, it should be noted that many public health advances, like reduction in lead  exposure, second-hand smoke, and trans fats, grew out of ...