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: Not on the library

To the editor: The idea for any mural on our new library is nothing short of approved graffiti. This striking new building is very much a work of art. To deface this gem is a super bad idea. Why not put it on the Douglas County Courthouse or Watkins Museum? I suggest one of the metal ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Lame duck’ defined

To the editor: Perhaps Carol Delp should have asked Tom Keegan what he meant by “lame duck.” Why? Because it has multiple meanings (which I didn’t know till I looked it up) and the one I assumed Tom Keegan meant was the primary way it’s used. In this case, that coach David Beaty ...

Letter to the editor: Our ‘tough’ leader

To the editor: The current “president” will be meeting with the other leaders of NATO this week. Then he’ll be meeting with Vladimir Putin. He’s prepared the ground by tweeting his anger at NATO leaders for not paying their share and forcing the U.S. to pay (he claims) 90 percent of ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks, neighbors

To the editor: Saturday morning, like many others, I joined my wife and neighbor at Lyons Park for a game of tennis before breakfast at Levee Café. And, this Saturday, like many recently there was quite the crowd of people playing pickle ball. It is wonderful to see so many people taking ...

Letter to the editor: Not professional

To the editor: I am saddened and offended by Tom Keegan’s derogatory name calling in his article covering KU’s hiring of a new athletic director, in which he referenced coach David Beaty. “Lame-duck football coach” is the term Keegan used to describe our coach. Wow, what ...

Letter to the editor: Protect Kansans

To the editor: U.S. Rep. Steve King has added the King Amendment onto this year’s U.S. House Farm Bill, which passed the House on June 21 by two votes. Fortunately, this bill was not included in the Senate version of the Farm Bill, which recently passed. This Amendment aims to block states ...

Letter to the editor: Do the hard work

To the editor: As many have taken to protest current immigration policy, celebrities and prominent politicians; it would be good to remind them who put these policies in place to begin with: the most previous administration, as a deterrent to such immigration. The same politicians loudly ...

Letter to the editor: Destroying bonds

To the editor: Remember 9/12/2001? I do. There was a vast international chorus of sympathy, support and shared outrage in response to the attacks on the United States the previous day. People in the streets of Paris were wearing signs that read “Je suis un Americain.” Ask yourself what the ...

Letter to the editor: Memorial gratitude

To the editor: The family and friends of Deborah Bretthauer (a Lawrence resident who died in December 2015) wish to thank all who supported the effort and donated funds to create a forever-lasting Deborah Bretthauer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Neosho County Community College, where Deborah ...

Letter to the editor: Amtrak antics

To the editor: It took years of good-faith effort by public officials of both parties in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico to keep the Southwest Chief on track, working with the BNSF, Amtrak and the U.S. Department of Transportation to obtain grants for track repair. Much of the work has been ...

Letter to the editor: Mural support

To the editor: I enthusiastically support a proposed mural for the Lawrence Public Library to celebrate the daily life and work, past and present, of Womxn of Color (WoC) in Lawrence. The proposed mural is exciting because, in keeping with the best of community murals, the design team members ...

Letter to the editor: Reunite families now

To the editor: I am deeply troubled by the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. While President Trump has signed a new executive order revising his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents, his order does not address the more than ...

Letter to the editor: The birth of fascism

To the editor: Fellow Americans, we are at a crossroads. If Americans do not step forward right now and stop this creeping fascism, America as we know it will not exist anymore. It took the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 15 years but he’s accomplished what he set out to do, which ...

Letter to the editor: Health concerns

To the editor: KU announces ban on smoking. Good for health! But why cannot KU also be allowed to ban guns from classrooms, offices, sports events, dorms?

Letter to the editor: Say no to King

To the editor: All Kansans should be extremely concerned about the King Amendment (H.R. 4879), which was included in the farm bill passed by the U.S. House last week. It was introduced by Rep. Steve King, of Iowa, even though it violates the 10th Amendment by seeking to undermine the ...

Letter to the editor: Remembrance

To the editor: I was saddened to read of the passing of Charlie Hoag, but very interested to read his extensive obituary of a rich and full life: as an army musician during World War II, his many teaching assignments, compositions, serving as the conductor of the Lawrence Community Orchestra, ...

Letter to the editor: Looking for America

To the editor: Paul Simon put it best: “… [W]e’ve all come to look for America” (from “America” by Paul Simon). Where do we find America? I believe America resides in the human heart — in you, in me and, yes, even in those who are yet to be made a part of it but come to the ...

Letter to the editor: Kobach is Trump

To the editor: Let me get this straight. Candidate for governor Kris Kobach boasts that his campaign theme is fighting “the culture of corruption.” Really? And he thinks pardoning a corporate campaign donor who just happens to be a convicted felon who committed aggravated robbery and ...

Letter to the editor: SPLC is honorable

To the editor: Having been a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center (formerly the Southern Poverty Leadership Council) for decades, it is amazing to me that columnist Marc Thiessen could possibly describe the SPLC as “losing credibility” because of one example of changing circumstances. ...

Letter to the editor: Judicial meddling

To the editor: I’d like to respond to a comment left on the news story about conservatives’ push for a school finance amendment. The text of the comment was this: “Haven’t they learned after the last election that people in Kansas like their public schools? Get a clue. Vote out ...