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: 9/11 and Trump

To the editor: I have a theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks helped create the Trump voter. Fear and Islamophobia peaked, and Bush failed to address it in a way that kept people from feeling truly safe and secure. And in their eyes, Obama was worse because he was accused of being a Muslim ...

Letter to the editor: Never forget 9/11

To the editor: On Sept. 11, 2001, 17 years ago, we had the biggest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Everyone was worried, confused, sad, mad, and swore to never forget. Well, in Lawrence, they’ve forgotten! In the Lawrence Journal-World, on Sept. 11, there were six pages in section A, ...

Letter to the editor: Westar’s rush hour

To the editor: On the hot dog days of summer, Westar starts its obsolete and most expensive power plants as air-conditioning demands blow transformers and overheat powerlines. Like TV SuperBowl ads, or Christmas Eve airline tickets, electricity has a “rush hour” value that is much higher ...

Letter to the editor: KU’s terrible decision

To the editor: We started volunteering at Audio-Reader in 2006. Since that time we have met and/or heard from many users of this important reading service for the visually impaired from all across the state of Kansas and even nearby parts of Missouri. The myriad ways in which individuals use ...

Letter to the editor: Value educators

To the editor: Our wonderful, dedicated and hard-working teachers and paraprofessionals are asking to earn what they are worth. We need to compensate them well. As a district parent of two students and as a school volunteer, I have spent many hours in our schools, working alongside teachers ...

Letter to the editor: Get rid of football

To the editor: Your recommendation to fire KU’s football coach was short-sighted, another example of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Why not encourage the KU leadership to make a bold, progressive and correct decision and simply ax the entire football program! Surely our ...

Letter to the editor: Missed opportunity

To the editor: One might not be surprised, but I was disappointed in our president. I think our president could have given our nation a real positive direction. I think his advisers could have brought him praise if he would have issued comments or tweets during John McCain’s funeral, ...

Letter to the editor: Resist division; vote

To the editor: If we believe “we are better than this,” there is something we can do. The recent celebration of life for John McCain was a call to action for anyone watching. The United States is a powerful nation. Yet it has attained a special place in the eyes of the world not because ...

Letter to the editor: More to the story

To the editor: I, too, love Lawrence and attend the Fiddling and Picking Championships in South Park every year. I’d like to add some additional information to Larry Carter’s letter about the man carrying a cardboard sign that said “smoke crack – worship Satan” who sat in front of ...

Letter to the editor: Keep Audio-Reader

To the editor: Audio-Reader must continue its mission! I realized its importance when my mother, who lived alone, was no longer able to read the Journal-World and other printed material. The little Audio-Reader radio was her daily companion. When I retired and returned to Lawrence, I resolved ...

Letter to the editor: Mangino memories

To the editor: I feel really bad for coach David Beaty and the Jayhawk football team. With many starters back, this is the game on the schedule that most thought KU would win, but the same old outcome. I don’t know if the problem is talent or coaching, but it looks as if coach Beaty is ...

Letter to the editor: Trump bashing

To the editor: I’m increasingly unhappy with the low information in many of your op-eds. Most seem to be an exercise in deconstruction, derision and distortion about President Trump. Your op-ed columns rarely contain serious discussions of policy issues and their results. Snide insults, ...

Letter to the editor: Renaming a pity

To the editor: The “David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium” commemorates that stadium to Mr. Booth, who has generously given millions to KU Athletics. But the original "Memorial" part of that name comes from the University of Kansas' wish to commemorate and remember all KU students, faculty, ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks after fire

To the editor: You may have read recently in the Journal-World about a fire in the building where our dental office is located (545 Columbia Drive). The fire burned through our first-floor space, but ultimately stopped there, thanks to a combination of luck and incredible work by first ...

Letter to the editor: Waste of money

To the editor: This letter is in reference to the city’s $450,000 gift to public art. They (the City Commission) need to check their wallets. The homeowners in Old West Lawrence are asked to pay repairs on a drain ditch that is the city’s problem to fix. The homeowners on Queens Road ...

Letter to the editor: A heartless stance

To the editor: Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined Kansas with 15 other states appealing to the Supreme Court to rule that transgender workers don’t deserve the same federal protection of other individuals in the workplace. Fortunately, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared ...

Letter to the editor: KU’s poor judgment

To the editor: On Aug. 19, in a front-page article, the Journal-World reported the decision of the University of Kansas to completely end its $330,000 annual support for Kansas Public Radio’s Audio-Reader program. How sad that KU will take funds from a program that enhances the life of ...

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 ...