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: Mindless spending

To the editor: The city is imposing a sales tax for affordable housing and doesn’t have a plan on how it is to be spent! This is Lawrence, not Washington, D.C. I thought we were smarter than that. Lately it has been the jail fiasco with taxes raised years ago but never spent; out-of-state ...

Letter to the editor: No to feral cat proposal

To the editor: We were not able to access the online survey about the trap/neuter/vaccinate/release (TNVR) program on feral cat colonies. Therefore, we are writing this letter. We have owned two cats for nine of the 12 years we have lived in Lawrence. They were indoor cats that were only ...

Letter to the editor: No open lunch

To the editor: Recently my wife and I attended the Free State High School orientation. The “open lunch” topic came up. Open lunch is a period of time in which students may leave the building on their own. The school official speaking stated that he is not a fan of this and would end it if ...

Letter to the editor: Feral cat facts

To the editor: Recent articles regarding changes to animal control laws have been somewhat misleading, or at least unclear, I believe. I keep seeing references to ‘allowing feral cat colonies’ in Lawrence. The reality is, feral cat colonies already exist here and will continue to exist ...

Letter to the editor: Dishonesty

To the editor: We live in dishonest times. Society has devolved to the point where our politics are more important than our laws, mutual respect, personal integrity, relationships, human dignity and life itself. Make no mistake, today’s dishonesty is based on political power. This power ...

Letter to the editor: Reasonable jail plan

To the editor: Our county commissioners deserve credit for finding an affordable compromise to correct our overcrowded jail. Our lack of space results in inhumane crowding and shorts space for counseling, training and family contact. Next we need to deal with reforming our incarceration ...

Letter to the editor: Timeless prediction

To the editor: In the 1780s, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay wrote a series of treatises (some 85 “Federalist Papers”) attempting to persuade, principally, New York and Virginia to ratify the newly created Constitution proposing a Federation of States (federal government) ...

Letter to the editor: Trafficking awareness

To the editor: My name is Becca Spielman, and I am the president of the Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Taskforce and Education Association (LATTE). The U.S. government has established January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. In 2017, Kansas had 475 reported cases of human trafficking. Human ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s manipulations

To the editor: Let me see if I’ve got this straight. Trump and the Republicans are asking the courts to let him discontinue the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program so that he can deport the innocent “Dreamers,” brought here as children by their parents, from the only ...

Letter to the editor: Balanced budget

To the editor: Historically, many Republicans have been in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring that the federal budget be balanced, though lately they have decided that deficits incurred in order to further favor the fortunate aren’t really so bad. Should they wish to ...

Letter to the editor: Academic escalator

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of the debate over the deanship of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU. The larger problem is the administrative escalator. University administrators are itinerant; they are constantly looking to move up and out. Consequently, they make ...

Letter to the editor: Boulevard waste

To the editor: I couldn’t agree more with letter writer Roger Powell on the issue of too much waste in spending when it comes to bike boulevards. As a biker myself and as one who recently sent in my bike survey to the city to make my thoughts known, I made my biggest case on the 21st ...

Letter to the editor: Sentencing idea

To the editor: I welcome Gov. Laura Kelly’s interest in overhauling the state’s sentencing guidelines. It’s an initiative that’s long overdue. The process, I hope, will include taking a look at the sentences of domestic violence survivors whose crimes involved their abusers. It could ...

Letter to the editor: Winter thanks

To the editor: Big kudos to the super efforts of the Lawrence street crews to keep our roads passable during the recent icy weather. Same for those homeowners who took the time to clear their sidewalks. Thanks also to the utility workers and those who perform vital functions for the city ...

Letter to the editor: Meaning of MAGA

To the editor: Question: What does the phrase “Make America Great Again” mean? It is sufficiently loose that you could just about make up any meaning for it. I suspect that is why Trumpistas like it. I also suspect that many Trump supporters would be surprised by their comrades’ ...

Letter to the editor: Help a child

To the editor: Much has been written about the problems in the Kansas foster care system. Fortunately, Gov. Laura Kelly has made it a priority to improve the child welfare system. One significant agency in Douglas County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), supports these efforts by ...

Letter to the editor: Trump enablers

Well, as many other American citizens wonder why Republican congressional men and women are still placidly accepting what the president does to our country, I also wonder why. The majority of the country does not want the wall, and that includes the states next to the border. What people ...

Letter to the editor: Make a stand

To the editor: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I am always reminded of my father, who made an extremely bold statement on Aug. 28, 1963, when he attended the March on Washington. My dad left my two little siblings and Mom in their safe apartment in upper Manhattan, N.Y., and sat next to Jackie ...

Letter to the editor: Too much salt

To the editor: I was driving down Sixth Street and noticed a constant line of huge cavernous potholes caused by this last application of salt. With the slightest indication of snow, there are salt trucks and plows, at great expense, congesting the roadways, causing the already disintegrated ...

Letter to the editor: Safety concerns

To the editor: To those concerned about national safety and the proposed border wall, please research how many illegal immigrants were responsible for mass school shootings recently. I’ll wait here for the answer, but could you also estimate how much it would cost to build a wall around ...