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: Answers, please

To the editor: Dear Douglas County commissioners, We write to request your answers to the following questions: 1. Will the Douglas County Commission place a funding mechanism (i.e., sales or property tax) to support expanded mental health services alone on the ballot in 2018 or 2019? 2. ...

Letter to the editor: Better gas prices

To the editor: Cheers to Chad Lawhorn for exposing the ongoing mystery around high gas prices in Lawrence, “A Look at Gas Prices.” Why do we have the highest gasoline prices perhaps in all Kansas? Chad, you cleverly note how passing through “the magic gas portal” brings you to gas 16 ...

Letter to the editor: Silence a crime

To the editor: A “crime against humanity” is defined as “a deliberate act (check), usually as part of a systematic campaign (check), that causes human suffering (check) or death on a large scale (check).” Those who devised, executed and supported this horrific policy in the name of ...

Letter to the editor: Massage regulation

To the editor: Thank you for covering the City of Lawrence’s efforts to regulate massage businesses in your June 18 article, “Lawrence City Commission to review new proposal to regulate massage businesses.” Human traffickers choose to operate behind the storefront of a massage parlor ...

Letter to the editor: Proper policing

To the editor: On June 7, the Lawrence Journal-World reported that 807 seat-belt tickets were issued by the Lawrence police. Were these issued in accordance with the Lawrence population of males, females, white, black, Indian, Canadian, Mexican, Asian, etc.? At one of the Lawrence seat-belt ...

Letter to the editor: Explanation needed

To the editor: Shane Allen, who was on probation for a similar crime, is now linked to the death of Sabrina Frock. In December 2016, Allen pleaded no contest to aggravated battery of another young woman. He received two years of probation for holding the woman captive in his trailer for a ...

Letter to the editor: Separating families

To the editor: As an American by choice since 1962, I submit that ripping children from their parents is: • Callous • Immoral • Not Christian • Not American • Dictatorial • Trumpish Wake up, America!

Letter to the editor: Suicide and guns

To the editor: I read Michael Smith’s timely column (June 16) “New Thinking on Suicide Prevention” with interest. He refuted the argument that it is futile to put roadblocks in the way of “those who are so depressed, so determined that they will find another way.” Smith says it is ...

Letter to the editor: How can we?

To the editor: • How can we be a civilized, educated country, church-going, most of us believing in a forgiving, loving Jesus — and watch how, at our southern border, children of all ages are pried from the arms of their parents by uninformed Americans? • How can we tolerate holding ...

Letter to the editor: Appearance of bias

To the editor: The Douglas County district attorney must transfer the case of the use of deadly force by a Lawrence police officer at a routine traffic stop to the state attorney general or a neighboring DA’s office. Only by transferring the investigation can the DA ensure to the public a ...

Letter to the editor: Men’s tennis at KU

To the editor: It’s time to restore the men’s tennis program at the University of Kansas. Most large universities have been able to maintain their men’s program along with the women’s, apparently by making the effort to manage and balance funding for both genders. KU has built a very ...

Letter to the editor: Energy heroes

To the editor: The recent loss of two lives at the Jeffrey Energy Center serves as a tragic reminder of the brave public servants of Westar Energy. The brave men and women who operate and maintain the power plants that produce the electrical energy, along with their counterparts who build and ...

Letter to the editor: God has not left

To the editor: Victor Adams (Journal-World, June 7)) is confident that God is no longer present in our schools, as a result of ending Christian prayers in the schools. It was in 1963, and still is now, the role of the church (synagogue, mosque) to teach and offer prayers. God has not left, he ...

Letter to the editor: ‘People’s House’?

To the editor: I and 300 of my friends in the “Poor People’s Campaign,” were kicked out of the People’s House (our Kansas State Capitol) on Monday, June 4. I have been in the governor’s office many times over the past 30 years, but on June 4, when we knocked on the governor’s ...

Letter to the editor: Just obey the police

To the editor: Enough is enough. I don’t care if the police stop you for speeding, running a red light or a broken taillight. Once stopped by a police officer it is your duty to follow his/her instructions, period. They stopped you for — in their mind — good cause, and any argument you ...

Letter to the editor: Drivers, not riders

To the editor: I was at 14th and Kentucky when a rider crossed my path without looking. The rider had the red hand showing her she should not cross the intersection. She should be very thankful I was watching her and not on my phone. Those type of meetings with bicyclists continue just about ...

Letter to the editor: Irrelevant headline

To the editor: I realize it’s impossible to write headlines to suit everyone. Still, with a racially charged issue such as the downtown shooting, I think the paper should weigh its words carefully. By identifying the driver as “father of 6,” it immediately creates sympathy for the ...

Letter to the editor: License not needed

To the editor: With all the recent negative comments on the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ plan to hire unlicensed workers to fill open positions, let me share some insight on why this could be the best answer to Kansas’ child welfare crisis. I currently work at DCF as a ...

Letter to the editor: An honorable man

To the editor: I read recently in USA Today how Sen. John McCain had been insulted by Donald Trump and his staff, as well as Fox analyst Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney. He was accused of not really being a hero and called “Songbird John” because he supposedly broke under torture. Regardless, ...

Letter to the editor: The kindness of Kansans

To the editor: The NCAA golf tournament was well planned, but not so much for the situation where every fan and worker decides to leave at the same time. That is just what happened recently when rain delays caused everyone to play until dark. I never got your name, but if you are the Jayhawk ...