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: It’s the soldier

To the editor: To quote from a poem by Charles M. Province, a veteran of the U.S. Army: It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us ...

Letter to the editor: Sessions wrong

To the editor: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments (at the Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit) about the use of therapy dogs at KU were mean-spirited and ill-informed. Even worse was his participation in the “lock her up” chant. Of all people, Sessions — the ...

Letter to the editor: A check on Trump?

To the editor: Dear Congress people, I am writing to express my extreme concern regarding the current executive branch of our federal government. I fear the president is compromised by Russia. I do not believe his back-pedaling after the Helsinki press conference. He clearly favors Russia ...

Letter to the editor: Summer of drag

To the editor: “Drag ain’t a hobby, baby. Drag ain’t a night job. Drag is a protest. Drag is a raised fist inside a sequined glove. Drag is a lot of things, baby, but drag is not for sissies.” This summer the Kansas Repertory Theatre addresses gender identity and LGBTQA themes through ...

Letter to the editor: Interpreting flag art

To the editor: In all the controversy around Josephine Meckseper’s art piece no one has spelled out the message she means to convey by it. If you look closely at the “stain” on her American flag, you can see that it is an image of the U.S. in two pieces. I see this conveying a country ...

Letter to the editor: Thinking on his feet

To the editor: A couple of months ago I wrote a letter to the editor of this paper in which I mentioned Donald Trump’s failure to stand in support of our country when draft notices were being sent to many of us who were of draft age in the late 1960s. Maybe Donald’s feet hurt or maybe it ...

Letter to the editor: Poor leadership

To the editor: Kris Kobach and Jeff Colyer both want to be the next governor of Kansas. Both stand for guns on campus, yet neither one stands for free speech on campus. They dare anyone to infringe on our Second Amendment rights but they trample upon our First Amendment rights and don’t ...

Letter to the editor: Language lesson

To the editor: I am a born and bred Kansan, currently living in New York City. I am also an artist. To me, being a Kansan means we are people that have an insane work ethic; we love thy neighbor; and we are civil servants to our communities. These Kansas ideals have served me well throughout ...

Letter to the editor: Art flag’s message

To the editor: When I was 5, my older sister used to write my name down on paper and then scribble it out. Oh, that hurt, and I’d scream and shout! So she’d do it again. Desecrate our flag? Scribble it out, and scream and shout we respond. So what is the average maturity level of we ...

Letter to the editor: Evidence of stupidity

To the editor: At his super-secret summit with Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump blamed the poor relations between Russia and the U.S. on U.S. “stupidity.” Get this straight: The president of the United States called we, the people, stupid. And I guess he must be right because we are still ...

Letter to the editor: Restore the flag

To the editor: KU’s decision to censor (by moving) artwork featuring what appears to be a paint-spattered American flag represents a stunning retreat from the school’s mission. Furthermore, the elected officials who first demanded the censorship demonstrate a profound distrust in the ...

Letter to the editor: Check your health

To the editor: The TV said that more than one-third of the seniors are getting to be diabetic and don’t even know it. The way this can be avoided is for the senior to have lab tests done free with Medicare at their yearly physical. That way the problem can be fixed before it gets too ...

Letter to the editor: Take a stand

To the editor: I’m embarrassed and angry beyond explanation after Trump’s support of believing Putin did not meddle in the 2016 election. He committed an act of treason in public stating he believes Putin. Rather than go into a further diatribe about that topic, I have a plea. My plea ...

Letter to the editor: No mural on library

To the editor: On the question of private art on public property: A large public building is more than just an enclosure to serve a public need; it is itself a work of public art. The architect is both engineer and artist, and the Lawrence Public Library has both utility value and aesthetic ...

Letter to the editor: Agree all around

To the editor: Your opinion page for Tuesday, July 17, 2018, contained two editorials and two letters with which I wholeheartedly agree! “Kobach Shows His Unfitness” is spot on as Kansans can ill afford four years of Kris Kobach after enduring seven years of Sam Brownback. Likewise, in ...

Letter to the editor: Put out more flags?

To the editor: The governor’s response to the flag controversy — to put more flags on display around the Statehouse in Topeka — brings to mind Evelyn Waugh’s early novel of World War II, “Put Out More Flags.” Rich young men, seeing opportunities in government employment on the ...

Letter to the editor: Politics as usual

To the editor: Thanks to Keith Wood for his incisive letter calling out our posturing politicians (Journal-World, July 13). Unfortunately the charade goes on, louder and sleazier. Calling on the Boy Scouts to destroy a ‘work of art,’ because the governor disapproves! How low can you ...

Letter to the editor: Community spirit?

To the editor: We are told that the controversial flag at KU is one of 14 commissioned by a New York organization called Creative Time for its ironically named “Pledges of Allegiance.” As reported by the Journal-World on July 13, the flag project “‘aims to inspire a sense of community ...

Letter to the editor: Veteran disagrees

To the editor: In your July 13 article “Regents president ‘thankful’ to see flag artwork removed at KU,” you reported that Steve Watkins, a combat veteran, found the artwork “disrespectful to military members.” I, too, am a military veteran who served during the Vietnam era. I ...