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: Shame on thief

To the editor: While it is unlikely that a common thief would read letters to the editor, I thought I would give this a try. About 1:30 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, I left the express checkout lane at the Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway, and I’m certain that I left my wallet on the counter there. ...

Letter to the editor: Wrong Bush

As I started reading Deborah Juhnke’s letter to the editor titled “Bush no role model,” I couldn’t help but wonder what the heck she was talking about. “By any standard, Bush’s civil rights record was generally disastrous.” Say what? The very next sentence cleared this up for me ...

Letter to the editor: TNR most humane

To the editor: For those opposed to trap neuter return (TNR), what do you propose be done with the ever increasing numbers of feral/stray cats in the community? You say feral cats are a nuisance and decrease the bird population. TNR reduces the number of cats in the community, thus ...

Letter to the editor: Invitation declined

To the editor: Laura Kelly was right not to attend President Trump’s White House meeting for newly elected governors. Kansas Republican Chair Kelly Arnold’s criticism that by not going “she didn’t want to represent her state” is intellectually dishonest. She has given her life to ...

Letter to the editor: The nearly homeless

The contractor I’d called out to Clinton State Park last winter asked, “Do this many people normally camp out here in the middle of winter?” He was looking at the many RVs and tents pitched nearby. “Not because they want to,” was my response. “It’s a last resort for many. We ...

Letter to the editor: Shoe on other foot

To the editor: Part of Trump’s recently announced trade-war truce is an agreement by China to limit the flow of Fentanyl from Chinese manufacturers into the U.S. Does anyone catch the whiff of irony? It takes a little remembering, but between 1800 and 1880 exports of opium into China, mostly ...

Letter to the editor: Bush no role model

To the editor: It seems to me that, perhaps in reaction to our ugly political climate, we are trying to cling to a “kinder, gentler” version of Mr. Bush that belies many of his actions. Mark Osborn’s Dec. 11 letter splits hairs with Mr. Warrick’s of Dec. 5 regarding President Bush’s ...

Letter to the editor: Cat concerns

To the editor: While trap-neuter-release (TNR) ends reproduction by those cats who are caught, the following negative impacts are not addressed by TNR. Free-roaming cats live shorter, harder lives. Predation by larger animals, poisons, antifreeze, rat bait and being killed by cars are serious ...

Letter to the editor: KU’s moral compass

To the editor: The position of two headlines in Thursday’s paper — “KU to eliminate more than 150 jobs, lay off 30 people” and “Leaders say Kansas Athletics must focus on growing revenue, not cutting expenses” — seem to invert the mission of the university. In resolving its ...

Letter to the editor: Support cat program

To the editor: Lawrence’s City Commission is considering several much-needed updates to our animal ordinances, including a provision to allow TNR (trap-neuter-return) of community cats. Community cats are unowned, free-roaming cats who are often unsocialized and unsuitable for adoption. ...

Letter to the editor: Trump Augustus

To the editor: The United States has had a couple hundred or so years as a republic (Rome had about 400 before the Punic Wars) and I feel that it may again, but the next few years may be difficult. It looks like Mr. Trump, purveyor of luxury and fantasy, has claimed to make America great ...

Letter to the editor: At least a gentleman

To the editor: The passing of George H. W. Bush could not have made clearer how much the presidency has changed and how much the country has lost since 1993. H. L. Mencken once said of William Jennings Bryan, “Imagine a gentleman, and you have imagined everything that he is not.” To ...

Letter to the editor: Bush Sr.’s record

To the editor: Richard L. Warrick wrote a letter concerning George H. W. Bush. His Dec. 5 letter included some misstatements of fact. 1. Bush was worth $25 million at death; he was not a billionaire. 2. Bush voted for and supported the Fair Housing Act, in spite of what Mr. Warrick ...

Letter to the editor: County doing end run

To the editor: I find the news articles about the plans of Douglas County officials to expand the jail to be almost opaque, but a few things have managed to become clear to me. 1. The powers that be in our county, while fully aware that barely seven months ago the voters strongly rejected new ...

Letter to the editor: The whole man

To the editor: Of the many columns written about the passing of George H. W. Bush, all are in agreement that he was an honorable man with a sense of dignity and respect for our country. With this, I would agree. However, no one seems to remember the whole man. Bush was violently opposed to ...

Letter to the editor: Prioritize early learning

To the editor: As we enter this season of spreading joy and appreciation, I would like to give thanks to elected officials like Gov.-elect Laura Kelly who see investing in child care and early-childhood education as a priority. I have been able to witness firsthand the impact that quality ...

Letter to the editor: A smart program

To the editor: In this season of giving thanks, I’d like to publicly thank a host of donors who have helped make Smart Strength, at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, such a successful program for more than a decade. Smart Strength provides professional fitness training for 50-60 ...

Letter to the editor: Reconsider Queens

To the editor: Homeowners along Queens Road recently voted 251 to 3 asking City Hall to reconsider its plan to improve our little-used back road. In 2016, the Journal-World reported that homeowners might be expected to pay $1 million to repave Queens Road, which motivated many to attend the ...

Letter to the editor: A group effort

To the editor: Democracy is hard work. Why is Democracy losing out in some places? One reason apparently is that it’s just easier to vote for Mr. Big. I went to my first political party last week. (I’m sure anyone who knows me knows which party, but that’s not the point). I stand in ...

Letter to the editor: Revisit a bad decision

To the editor: On Nov. 18 the Journal-World published another in what has become a series of letters criticizing the decision of eXplore Lawrence to move the Lawrence Visitors Center from the beautifully restored and landscaped Union Pacific Depot to a nondescript, dinky, vacant retail space ...