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: Transparency and trust

To the editor: I support the mental health sales tax proposal as a much-needed investment in our community. Unfortunately, two of the partners in this process are not behaving ethically nor with transparency. The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Heartland Community Health ...

Letter to the editor: Why I love this town

To the editor: I saw another reason why I love Lawrence at the Fiddling and Picking Championships Sunday in South Park. During one of the performances, a man carrying a large piece of cardboard with “Smoke Crack — Worship Satan” scrawled in huge letters sat down by the stage with the ...

Letter to the editor: Cemetery condition

To the editor: After our loved ones have left this earth, we all have had to make the decision of where to trust the care of their precious remains. Many people in this community have chosen to have their loved one’s remains placed in Oak Hill Cemetery, our family included. We have attended ...

Letter to the editor: Protect your children

To the editor: In 1990, news broke about how much the Catholic Church spent in the Chicago Diocese to compensate families whose children had been molested by the clergy. In one year, that sum exceeded $1 million. Immediately we removed our children from harm's way here in Kansas. All five ...

Letter to the editor: Penn House gratitude

To the editor: I am so sad Penn House has closed its doors. I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers and the people who donated items. I will truly miss all the clients who came through that door. Everyone who had anything to do with Penn House, I thank you from the bottom of my ...

Letter to the editor: Thank you, therapists

To the editor: We are writing to thank the seven therapists who recently left Bert Nash for their years of service to our community mental health center. At least two of them helped our family through a very difficult time, and they couldn’t have been more kind, caring and, most of all, ...

Letter to the editor: Rights of mentally ill

To the editor: I am a member of a minority. What makes us a minority is that we live with a subset of neurological disorders called “mental illnesses.” Neurological disorders are physiological differences in brain structure and function. Scientists include mental illnesses in that class ...

Letter to the editor: Mental health progress

To the editor: After nearly 35 years of jousting at windmills, there is finally some good news! The County Commission has authorized the preparation of a ballot question that will address the severe lack of a continuum of care for the mentally ill. And Justice Matters, who opposed the earlier ...

Letter to the editor: Free press crucial

To the editor: I write to commend the Journal-World’s editorial board for its fine, thoughtful editorial of Aug. 16, “Who’s the real enemy here?” I could not agree more. I only wish that all Kansas members of the Trump party would ponder its timeless warning. The free press is NOT the ...

Letter to the editor: Serving the public

To the editor: I was a print journalist for 20 years — half of my professional career — reporting for small daily newspapers in Texas and, eventually, the Wall Street Journal. At every publication, I covered the workings of government, from meetings of school boards, city councils and ...

Letter to the editor: Value journalism

To the editor: Three cheers for all the newspapers in the USA! Thank you to the Lawrence Journal-World for the Aug. 16 editorial with their strong affirmation of a free and reliable press in our centuries-old nation! My sister taught me to read at age 5, using the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. ...

Letter to the editor: The real traitors

To the editor: Would someone explain something to me? Tell me why football players are criticized for “taking a knee” to try to improve this country but people who openly celebrate the flags of defeated enemies do not acknowledge their own traitorous behavior? People exhibit the Nazi ...

Letter to the editor: Changing conversation

To the editor: To all who worked with Justice Matters: You changed the conversation. Doing so was not easy. Feelings were hurt, people left churches, church communities found themselves in bitter conversations. People accused each other, blamed each other, doubted each other. Yet you ...

Letter to the editor: Clarify gun law

To the editor: I don’t know about the other J-W readers, but this incident where a young man lost his life on a front porch really upsets and depresses me. Certainly the young victim shares some blame for being drunk and belligerent. The shooter was not charged with murder because of this ...

Letter to the editor: Safer trails

To the editor: Yesterday after my (leashed) dog and I had an unfortunate encounter with (yet another) unleashed dog on the levee trail, I had a long chat with a City of Lawrence employee. I found out that by city ordinance, dogs must be leashed over the entire 10.1 mile stretch of the ...

Letter to the editor: Misleading ads

To the editor: Welcome to election season on TV. We’re bombarded by ads from candidates and PACs (you know, those organizations that don’t want you to know who their contributors are). These ads are at the least misleading, but very often outright lies. A prime example is the pro-Kobach ...

Letter to the editor: Rethink straw ban

To the editor: I am writing as a member of the Access Task Force at Independence Inc. regarding plans of the Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board to consider a disposable plastics ban. Please note that people with disabilities are as concerned about the environment as nondisabled people ...

Letter to the editor: Thank you, Jenkins

To the editor: Lynn Jenkins: the congresswoman who has truly finished strong. Thanking her is not enough when it comes to what she has done for Kansans. Thank you not only for using your abilities with numbers to strengthen health, taxes and educational issues; your heart for children ...

Letter to the editor: Help a child

To the editor: If you’ve seen the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Liberty Hall) and you share Fred Rogers’ belief that every child deserves to know that they are special, then you really should consider becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). Dave Ranney, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Troubled waters

To the editor: President Donald Trump’s tweets and statements about the press are littered with catch phrases like “FAKE NEWS.” Some may agree; others may disagree. I like to check the facts. When Trump refers to a whole segment of the free press as “the enemy of the people,” I ...