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: Gun safety

To the editor:Are we safe on our streets, in our schools, in our churches, or even at home? Recent events prompt this quote from a letter by George Woodwell, a highly respected scientist. I have seen no better  exposition of the case for gun control legislation. After clearly explaining ...

Letter: 4-H support

To the editor:Thank you for your column celebrating the career of Gordon Hibbard (April 12) highlighting not only the importance of the Kansas 4-H Foundation but also 4-H in our state.As a product of 4-H and parent of current 4-H members, I am happy to see recognition of a vital program in our ...

Letter: Safety at sea

To the editor:It bothers me greatly to see the repeated incidents of incompetence in the various enterprises that take people out onto the open oceans without a hint of responsibility for the safety of these people in the event of an emergency.As a Navy veteran who has had sea duty, one ...

Letter: Offensive ad

To the editor:Buffalo’s Bob’s restaurant is to be congratulated for its many years of service to the community. It is therefore especially unfortunate that the ownership resorted to some tasteless advertising in preparation for its imminent closing. Photos of spareribs and beer are ...

Letter: Needs/wants

To the editor:Let’s take a look at some of the “needs/wants” our city officials have obligated us, the taxpayers of Lawrence, to pay:Rock Chalk Park — $25 million plus $300,000 per year operating costs.New library — $18 million.New sewage treatment plant — $105.5 million.Farmland ...

Letter: ‘A’ work

To the editor:At the Governance Committee hearing on April 15, Regent Tim Emert chastised the Social Media Working Group by saying “Some place this train got off the tracks. … If any professor gave an assignment and the student came back with something completely different, the grade would ...

Letter: Term limits

To the editor:We need a drastic change to our state legislature. Over the last several decades, our legislature has consisted of mainly the wealthy or members who are invested in or own state businesses. As a result, too many times, they have voted to protect their own interests.They haven’t ...

Letter: Voice for unborn

To the editor:In asking, “Who speaks for voiceless children?” (Journal-World, March 20), Leonard Pitts raises an interesting question. Citing a report on the Florida Department of Children and Families, he describes the abuse leading to the death of 3-year-old Ghanson Debrosse. He then ...

Letter: Information control

To the editor:Charles G. Koch’s op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal should have created debates about the idea of freedom. Alas, name-calling resulted with Koch referring to the current administration as “collectivist” who viewed citizens as incompetents.Historically, freedom has ...

Letter: Casting stones

To the editor:This is in response to Carl Burkhead’s letter of April 9.When you become a woman and find yourself facing an unintended or unwanted pregnancy or a pregnancy incompatible with life or quality of life, then let you cast the first stone. But actually, no, even then, it is not your ...

Letter: Lost favorites

To the editor:“Guess what’s closing now,” my mother asked Tuesday morning, before I saw the newspaper.What now? I’m still mourning the loss of Penny Annie’s, Sunrise Gardens, Godfather’s Pizza, The Town Crier, Ben Franklin … and did I say Penny Annie’s?“Buffalo Bob’s,” she ...

Letter: Figures disputed

To the editor:The Obama administration and Health and Human Services are touting huge enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act, but their math is misleading. Since HHS can’t even tell us how many enrollees actually paid a premium, it’s hard to tell who actually has insurance because ...

Letter: Koch goals

To the editor:The April 5 Saturday Column headline asked, “Why do Koch contributions trigger such scorn?” As a lifelong Republican, elected thrice on a Republican ticket, I can answer that.Although the two Koch brothers constantly belittle elected officials and our tax system, that system ...

Letter: Done deal

To the editor:The Lawrence City Commission voted on an issue that wasn’t even on their agenda April 8: whether or not to hold the Kansas Relays this year. The actual agenda stated, “Consider approving a temporary certificate of occupancy (at Rock Chalk Park) for the track and soccer ...

Letter: Big help

To the editor:We wanted to give a shout out to KU Big Event volunteers Riley, Garret, Reece, Matthew and Brennan who came to our home, cleaned out flower beds, washed all our windows on the outside and raked furiously to get all of the leaves out of our English ivy! Many, many thanks to these ...

Letter: Koch threat

To the editor:Dolph Simons claims Democrats are unfairly attacking the “reclusive” billionaire Koch brothers. Like Mr. Simons, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, says “95 percent of Americans have never heard of” the Kochs, so Democrats are wasting their time.David ...

Letter: Perfect storm

To the editor:The Journal-World seems to be working overtime to defend and celebrate the political activities of the Koch brothers. You have been scolding the peasants for not appreciating the brothers’ holy mission to remake American in their own image. After all, they are only exercising ...

Letter: No notoriety

To the editor:You know, when random people, teenagers or otherwise, commit these random acts of violence against innocent people like the one committed Tuesday in Murrysville, Pa., it seems that they are trying to make their name known. They are trying to gain the worst kind of attention.I say ...

Letter: Cooperative effort

To the editor:Our visual environment, what stories and voices we see represented around us, speaks loudly for who we are and what we value. In Lawrence we aspire (I believe) to openness, diversity and the celebration of a rich and meaningful heritage.Insuring that the “Pollinators” mural ...

Letter: Gulag not funny

To the editor:The makers of the latest Muppets movie decided to try and find humor in the Soviet gulag.  Why they think, as a New York Times writer put it in 1974, that  “the other great holocaust of the (20th) century” could be funny is, to say the least, odd. The gulag was “the ...