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 to the editor: Questions for city

To the editor: Why is this city intent on spending so much on Queens Road? There are only three houses on one side of Queens Road; the road as-is is fine. The new apartments/homes gain nothing by a wider Queens Road. Without the expansion of Queens Road, the city won’t get additional taxes ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Morally treasonable’

To the editor: I have just finished reading John Meacham’s 2018 book “The Soul of America,” and recommend it to anyone. He relates how great leaders and the nation surmounted crises in our history and how their successes can encourage us in any current crisis. It is not overtly ...

Letter to the editor: Lessons from Oz

To the editor: On a recent Sunday the Lawrence All British Car Club shared the delights of the Tulip Festival in the town of Wamego. This is a small Kansas town that identifies with the story of “The Wizard of Oz,” and it personifies the wonderful, comforting spirit of being safe and ...

Letter to the editor: How much longer?

To the editor: Now that the dust – or slime – has settled on 2019 legislative session, let’s remember that two conservative leaders, Sen. Susan Wagle and Sen. Jim Denning, were responsible for thwarting the will of the governor, the majority of legislators, small hospitals, medical ...

Letter to the editor: Affordable, efficient

To the editor: Affordable housing we assume is being directed at those of the financially challenged population. Therefore every affordable home should include the most energy efficient design and appliances. After all, I can think of no other population more in need of such. Richard ...

Letter to the editor: No downtown dorm

To the editor: Don’t mess with downtown. It’s historic, it’s a focal point, and it is no place for a student dorm. Say no to The Hub. Barbara Duke, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Delay Hub decision

To the editor: The proposed Hub project — the massive student housing project at 11th and Massachusetts — has a lot of problems: lack of parking, inappropriate scale, lawsuits against the developer elsewhere. Many people have pointed out these problems. But there is another issue that is ...

Letter to the editor: Caring neighbors

To the editor: On March 27, the Journal-World editorial staff asked Lawrence to “think more broadly about affordable housing.” On Wednesday evening, a full auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library did just that. Well over 100 Douglas County residents gave over two hours on a beautiful ...

Letter to the editor: City should fix sidewalks

To the editor: It should not be the responsibility of a private residential property owner to have to pay to fix city infrastructure just because it is adjacent to our property. That’s what our property taxes should be used for. It is a public sidewalk on city easement, therefore, not ...

Letter to the editor: Stop enabling China

To the editor: Mr. Rob Hudson’s letter to the Journal-World (published on April 20) did an excellent job of describing the inhumane brutality now being inflicted on Muslim Uighurs in their ancestral homeland by the Chinese government. He was right to compare what the Chinese are doing to ...

Letter to the editor: Climate a major issue

To the editor: There are a multitude of problems in the world that can and should be of concern to us, both for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. After reflection, I believe there are three scenarios that pose the greatest threats to our entire world. Either all out nuclear ...

Letter to the editor: Senseless killings

To the editor: It seems as though not a week goes by that I don’t read of or see on the 10 o’clock news that another young thug has fired a gun and injured or murdered another individual, many times an innocent bystander. I wish that I could talk with one of these monsters and ask ...

Letter to the editor: Hiring a chief

To the editor: Only my opinion: Since we are getting a new city manager soon, I would think that the present manager and the City Commission would want the new manager to do the hiring of the new chief for the fire and ambulance service, because the new manager would be making decisions for ...

Letter to the editor: Softball success

To the editor: It’s understandable that Lawrence only cares about KU basketball, but there are other events going on. People ask, “Why doesn’t the LJW cover anything outside of Lawrence?” Unfortunately, attempts to convince the LJW staff to even “mention” Baker softball have fallen ...

Letter to the editor: Better range

To the editor: I believe we will all agree that we need efficient, knowledgeable and well-trained police personnel. A new center will provide a weapons range in town where medical and other police facilities are present, trainees will be available for duty and not driving to train in the ...

Letter to the editor: Silence has terrible price

To the editor: Attending an institution of higher learning like KU allows you to be in an environment cherishing inclusion and diversity of opinion. But you quickly come to find not all the world is like that. Recently a professor brought awareness of a situation thousands of miles and ...

Letter to the editor: Guns are health issue

To the editor: As a pediatrician I have taken care of numerous children who were victims of gun violence. I, along with countless other Americans, have also been affected personally by gun violence. Every day 83 children are shot in the United States. Gun violence is a public health issue. ...

Letter to the editor: Banning plastic bags

To the editor: A KU graduate research project for a Master of Public Administration class last fall concluded that at least 29.7 million single-use plastic bags are used by Lawrence residents every year! Most of these end up in the landfill, where they do not biodegrade for at least 500 years. ...

Letter to the editor: Number problem

To the editor: How can the waste division manager not know if costs are more than income? One has the amount of money charged customers and the amount paid out to drivers, land fill fees, etc.; is it really impossible to look at both numbers simultaneously? Perhaps a new manager is the ...

Letter to the editor: Which is it?

To the editor: Appreciating irony depends on the ability to hold two ideas in the mind at once. Lawrence Journal-World, meet the Lawrence Journal-World. April 7 editorial: Lawrence should try to preserve and expand our annual (horse-drawn) Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade and celebration on ...