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: Losing rights

To the editor: The Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court cements a hardline conservative majority on the court for perhaps 20 years. During this time, U.S. citizens can expect to lose rights, civil liberties, benefits and protections. Also, fewer new rights will be recognized ...

Letter to the editor: Dark times

To the editor: When President Trump references a free press as “the enemy of the people,” I see our nation in troubled waters. On Feb. 13, Washington Post Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi wrote a Global Opinion piece titled “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince already controlled the nation’s ...

Letter to the editor: Making better classrooms

To the editor: As parents of one or more students attending New York Elementary and members of the New York PTA, we would like to explain to you how recent district contract discussions affect our small school, especially our most vulnerable students. We are informed of the issues. We ...

Letter to the editor: Jail agenda

To the editor: How unfortunate for our community, particularly those of us incarcerated in the Douglas County Jail, that Undersheriff Gary Bunting has chosen to pursue a bold political agenda rather than a logical correctional strategy as he faces the challenges of excess inmate ...

Letter to the editor: Not baby sitters

To the editor: Is it hard to reconcile that “mortgage payment” you make to your child’s child care center? Why should you pay that much for them to just change his diaper all day? Why do they make so much money when you can barely make ends meet? Answer: Because none of that is ...

Letter to the editor: Show courage

To the editor: An open letter to Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, my representatives in the U.S. Congress, who almost never acknowledge my emails: If you are earnest about your claims of holding Kansas values of integrity and courage, you will acknowledge that Judge ...

Letter to the editor: Err on the right side

To the editor: We will never know with certainty what happened to Christine Blasey Ford that night at that party. It seems unlikely that she would mistake someone else for him considering that she knew him at the time of the attack. It seems unlikely that she has imagined the assault since ...

Letter to the editor: Use for building

To the editor: The announcement that the Greenhouse Culture Church was vacating the Masonic Temple caused me to think of a use for that historic and iconic building. The lot was owned by Jabez Watkins and had many and varied uses. In April of 1909 Watkins made a special price of $10,500 to the ...

Letter to the editor: Decorum question

To the editor: When there is a federal investigation underway, shouldn’t the president, “lawmakers” and Judge Brett Kavanaugh keep their mouths shut? Shouldn’t all parties be aware of this? Richard Heckler, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Deplorable tactics

To the editor: I have been horrified by the Democrat antics of the Senate Judiciary Committee in its efforts to vilify a decent and honest judge. The reversal of the American value of presumed innocence has been enthusiastically and irresponsibly trashed by Brett Kavanaugh’s detractors. ...

Letter to the editor: Helping to vote?

To the editor: I have been asking various managers and owners of local businesses how they support voting employees (helping them with mail in ballots, bonuses for early voting, paid time off or rides to the polls), and it has been ineffective and underwhelming. Consumer power only seems to ...

Letter to the editor: A better reality

To the editor: I have this fantasy. There’s a hearing, and a woman having suffered sexual assault pours out her heart and soul before a group of old white men and before the whole nation. After she concludes, one of the leading old white men takes the microphone, and he thunders: “This is ...

Letter to the editor: Wrong for court

To the editor: Putting aside for the moment Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assaults, his blatant partisanship and his tendency to perjure himself, his behavior at the hearing, his demeanor, his outbursts and his attacks — especially of the Clintons, for goodness’ sake — indicate that ...

Letter to the editor: Find the facts

To the editor: The disturbingly vague allegations of misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suddenly came into focus as the alleged victim revealed her identity and prurient details. As of this writing (Sept. 16), there is a basis for thoroughly investigating these charges ...

Letter to the editor: Fixing DCF

To the editor: I appreciated the Journal-World editorial (Sept. 12) urging lawmakers to reform the state’s long-floundering foster care system, and I welcomed Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel recognizing that her agency needs more money and more staff. But ...

Letter to the editor: Little has changed

To the editor: Twenty-seven years should teach us something about sexual assault and harassment. In 1991, Sen. Charles Grassley heard Anita Hill’s testimony of Clarence Thomas’ sexual harassment. Grassley at least then had the decency to request the FBI gather evidence. Since then, ...

Letter to the editor: Football observations

To the editor: Went to the Rutgers game Sept. 15. Not a big sports fan, but had a great time. A few observations: The piped in music, not the band, is way too loud. People go to the game partly to be together and talk, right? Second, the stadium looks fantastic, spiffy and new. Why again ...

Letter to the editor: Proud volunteer

To the editor: Bert Nash is a gem in our community, and I am proud to have volunteered there for the past six years. I have served on the board of directors for three years. Recently, I have observed the dedicated staff and management working tirelessly to deal with the staffing crisis ...

Letter to the editor: Lawrence’s birthday

To the editor: On Sept. 18, 2018, Lawrence will celebrate its 164th birthday. Sesquicentennial Point features a Walk through Time, beginning with 1854 and a tribute to Amos Lawrence, Plymouth Congregational Church and the First United Methodist Church. At the 2004 mark, a time capsule awaits ...

Letter to the editor: Get real on benefits

To the editor: I read with some amazement about the female employee at Facebook who was bitterly complaining that Facebook’s maternity benefits were so desperately inadequate that she was forced to quit her job. (USA Today, Sept. 17). This woman (she has three children) received specialty ...