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: Stable genius

To the editor: Leonard Krishtalka’s lament (March 25 Journal-World) about lack of science behind President Donald Trump’s coronavirus policy is ill-advised. If Trump insists on taking over the Coronavirus Task Force as a replacement for his larger political rallies, as it appears he has, ...

Letter to the editor: Not hatred at all

To the editor: Though filled with self-proclaimed Christian love, Carl Burkhead’s March 23 letter to the editor is quick to assign hatred as being in the hearts of those with whom he disagrees. In this case, his target is Michael Gerson, who he claims holds a “passionate hatred” for ...

Letter to the editor: Speaking truth

To the editor: We are immersed in a great challenge — for many of us, maybe the greatest challenge of our lifetime. This is a time in which many may find themselves engaged in reflection about the leadership of our country. To that end, I offer these words from highly respected former ...

Letter to the editor: Good reminder

To the editor: I just want to thank the Journal-World staff for being there. In the current peculiar situation, we have almost nothing scheduled, nothing required. Days of the week have lost their significance. It is pleasing and reassuring to maintain the ritual of going to the driveway ...

Letter to the editor: Ignore Trump

To the editor: “President (Donald) Trump said on Tuesday that he wanted to reopen the U.S. for business by Easter, on April 12, saying he believed that a crippled economy and forced social isolation would do more harm than the spread of the virus. Public health experts said that lifting the ...

Letter to the editor: Appreciation

To the editor: Thank you, Journal-World, for providing us so much valuable information. Thank you for digging out details and clarification of official statements that are sometimes incomplete or vague. Thank you for letting us know so much of what is happening locally and providing ...

Letter to the editor: A modest proposal

To the editor: The problem is the availability of money. People out of work don’t get paychecks and won’t have money. Our economic model presumes we’re always going full speed. It’s like driving the same speed, full speed, no matter the conditions. If the economic spin rate stops, or ...

Letter to the editor: Remember the admonition to not speak evil of a ruler

Dear Editor: Michael Gerson's passionate hatred for President Trump reached a new level when he lamented that Republican senators missed an opportunity to put Vice President Pence into that position if they would have supported the House's impeachment decision. It seems strange to be ...

Letter to the editor: More input needed on sidewalks

To the editor: Several letters have addressed sidewalk issues. My experience with the city staff involved the new sidewalk along 15th Street east of Haskell. As the sole landowner, during the planning of this sidewalk I was never consulted by the outside architectural firm, which drew up the ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP leaders focusing on wrong issue

To the editor: Recently, as I was saying gratitude prayers for the unified efforts of our local and state governments for taking such decisive actions to protect our health and safety, an article about our Republican legislators curbing Governor Kelly's powers caught my attention. I learned ...

Letter to the editor: Indecisive policy

To the editor: The University of Kansas’ response to COVID-19 inspires no confidence and confuses the campus community and residents of Lawrence. The KU administration has delayed classes until March 23 and informed instructors that they should plan to move to an all online teaching format. ...

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk report

To the editor: City staff is currently gathering information to present to the City Commission on the issue of Lawrence sidewalks. Will biases fuel narrow research, significantly impacting the depth and breadth of what is presented for consideration? Almost a year into this “Hazard ...

Letter to the editor: Speeding solutions

To the editor: We have been following the budding debate on speed limits. From our own personal observations there is substantial speeding. But ... This speeding is occurring with a speed limit of around 30 mph in residential settings. Reducing that speed limit will, in all likelihood, not ...

Letter to the editor: Absolute power

To the editor: I was very pleased with your article in the March 6 edition of the Journal-World: “Theatre Lawrence event implores attendees to remember Holocaust.” It describes how a Lawrence musician’s grandmother escaped from the boxcar on the way to Treblinka extermination camp. I ...

Letter to the editor: Inappropriate home

To the editor: The Castle Tea Room exudes an opulence, outside and even more so on the inside of that beautiful building and Lawrence landmark. I can’t imagine a less appropriate home for the United Way of Douglas County. This umbrella organization has only one purpose: to serve numerous ...

Letter to the editor: Terrible silence

To the editor: I went to hear professor Nadine Strossen, former ACLU president, speak at our public library recently. She spoke about free speech, not censorship, in dealing with hate. She used a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King that struck me. It is: “In the end we will remember not the ...

Letter to the editor: Plain cruelty

To the editor: I read with shock that the proposed abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution provides that “legislators can regulate abortions, including when a pregnancy results from rape or incest or threatens a woman’s life.” Back in the old days, long before Roe — we’re ...

Letter to the editor: Dubious position

To the editor: Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but I received my 2020 (increased) property tax appraisal on the same day city leaders announced they were considering “hiring [an] equity adviser” (March 2 Journal-World). From the headline, I initially thought the city was looking at ...

Letter to the editor: Focus on homeless, not jail

To the editor: I would like to see Douglas County and the City of Lawrence focus on providing shelter and programs for the homeless over enlarging our jail, especially since we have limited resources. I think jail overcrowding can be reduced by other means and without having to farm out ...

Letter to the editor: KU hoops priorities

To the editor: On behalf of Jayhawk Nation’s OK Boomer Division, I’m writing to let coach Bill Self know that we can all get past the Adidas scandal, losing Andrea Hudy, not meeting Zion Williamson’s asking price, Snoop Dogg, stripper poles, Dedric Lawson thinking he was NBA-ready, the ...