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: Heroic sacrifice

To the editor:As a public service, the Journal-World and Intrust Bank publish an annual Memorial Day supplement listing the names of those who died in previous wars. Comparing the county population with the number lost reveals the cost to the county in human lives. (Names of those lost in Iraq ...

Letter: Useful research

To the editor:David Penny writes attacking academic research as useless (Public Forum, May 19).  He says research is a waste of money but he makes his motives obvious by selecting three targets of attack: research on cosmology (which implies an old universe), climate change (which implies we ...

Letter: Card comment

To the editor:Last weekend, I received a 3 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch card printed in full color to inform me that “On April 3, the House passed H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, with my strong support, by a bipartisan vote of 248-179.”  It goes on: “This legislatiion repeals the ...

Letter: Science pays

To the editor:How have academics spending our hard-earned tax dollars contributed to the common good? A complete answer would take a thick book. I will relate one story, DNA.Here are some contributions by ivory tower ccademics: DNA is the genetic material (Avery, Rockefeller); unlocking the ...

Letter: Teamwork pays off

To the editor:I wish to start by saying “congratulations” to the Oskaloosa High School Lady Bears on winning their Kansas state softball regional tournament in Marysville and earning a trip to the class 3A state championship playoffs. So far this season they are undefeated with a record of ...

Letter: Bikes, sidewalks

To the editor:The Journal-World doesn’t especially like bicycles, judging from its May 19 editorial against the proposed funding for bike paths. It’s even less fond of the proposed sidewalk funding, barely mentioned in the editorial.Those attitudes are common among people who don’t walk ...

Letter: Lessons of history

To the editor:David Penny and his May 19 observations on academia’s lack of evidence for providing “any significant advances to society” deserves our serious consideration — particularly in the area of “producing society’s technical advances.” David will appreciate concrete ...

Letter: No shame?

To the editor:As a young boy growing up in the 1940s and a teenager in the 1950s in a small homogeneous Kansas community, my friends and I “knew” what was right and wrong, as did our parents who provided and enforced their code of conduct. Today, in a global world there are many more points ...

Letter: Bank of KDOT

To the editor:By law, the state of Kansas must have a balanced budget every year. In the past few years, that has become more difficult because tax reductions have not been matched with spending reductions. So, how has the balanced budget been achieved in Kansas? Our Legislature has turned to ...

Letter: Sinking ship

To the editor:I’m confused! How can Kansas University Endowment sit on the sidelines while Gov. Brownback and the crazies continue to not fund our flagship university? At last count, Endowment has somewhere around $1 billion in the bank.I understand Endowment funding is not for general ...

Letter: Pay to ride

To the editor:Why do the majority of the people that don’t ride bikes have to pay taxes for new bike lanes? My mother came from Europe, where bicycles are licensed and that money was used for the bike lanes. This is only fair, the ones that use them pay for them.

Letter: Chicken history

To the editor:In response to the statement that appeared in Thursday’s Journal-World, “Kansas officials blame a persistent drought and argue that wetter weather will restore lesser prairie chicken habitats and cause their numbers to rebound,” I offer the following excerpts from “Birds ...

Letter: Think of the future

To the editor:I note that there is a proposal to raise our property tax to fund bike paths. There are also proposals to consolidate our police functions. Our schools have indicated they intend to raise taxes. I am sure the county will weigh in with something.Over the last several years we have ...

Letter: Wasted money

To the editor:In his May 1 opinion piece, Professor Krishtalka continued his monotone illusion that the future of the nation will be bleak unless our society embraces his view of science-old universe cosmology, climate change (formerly global warming) and evolution. Oddly, modern academia, ...

Letter: Unsafe practice

To the editor:When I saw the photo in Tuesday’s Journal-World of the dog riding on the back of a pickup, I was alarmed. That is extremely dangerous for the dog. If the man had to stop suddenly (which is not out of the question), the dog could go flying out of the back of the pickup from his ...

Letter: Take care

To the editor:Driving and walking around town provides much pleasant observation: trails, a lake, the arts, strong local business presence, history, the university. Looking closer, there is a growing number of unpleasant observations: unkept and unmowed yards at homes, rentals, vacant lots and ...

Letter: Buses for us

To the editor:“It is going to take more than old-fashioned pedal power to make Lawrence into a first-rate bicycle-friendly community. City Commissioner Bob Schumm suspects it will it take a bit of tax increase too,” goes the lead of a story in Wednesday’s Journal-World.Might I remind ...

Letter: Change undeniable

To the editor:More than people in any other rich nation, Americans are skeptical that climate change is a dire issue. Considered a future topic, the issue just moved firmly into the present last week with a new study titled the National Climate Report.Released by a large scientific panel ...

Letter: Not funny

To the editor:Many argue that we live in a color-blind society. In Lawrence, many consider race no longer an issue; we have integrated communities, classrooms and, predominately African-American sports teams cheered on by blacks and whites collectively. Sports, however, are contested spaces and ...

Letter: Dog rules

To the editor:Twice in the past week during walks in the park I have had to be abrupt to young kids (a toddler and a pre-schooler) who startled my dog and me by running up behind us with the intent to pet him. In both cases, the parents were too far from their children to intervene.My dog is a ...