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: Water issue

To the editor: I write to you with concern regarding how the City of Lawrence communicated recent water main breaks in the 1200 block of New York Street (and elsewhere). I live near an affected area, and my water had a pondlike odor that I have never noticed before. Despite the odor, I was ...

Letter to the editor: Winds of war

To the editor: Although there are so many worrisome aspects of the Donald Trump administration, let’s focus today on the inept president’s inability to manage international affairs. The recent attacks on two oil shipments near the Persian Gulf has resulted in the fear many Americans have ...

Letter to the editor: Exercise is for everyone

To the editor: One of the great things about Lawrence is the Parks and Recreation Department. Great leadership and dedicated staff work to provide facilities and programming that promote health and recreational opportunities for city residents. However, as a proposal to fill the LPRD budget ...

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk counterpoint

To the editor: Concerning the sidewalk editorial on June 12, I would like to offer a different view. Example No. 1: Couple A has no children. Couple B has six kids. They both pay the same amount in taxes for public education. This is correct, but when the school needs repairs couple B is ...

Letter to the editor: Unique pool needed

To the editor: As a former public health nurse, I was thrilled to see the recent full-page announcement of all that LMH is doing across Lawrence to address the holistic health of all ages. Yet, as the wife of a seriously disabled senior, I was also distressed that one vital resource, ...

Letter to the editor: In praise of cursive

To the editor: I read with great interest your article about the young lady who won the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest representing Kansas. As a former elementary school teacher of 37 years, I know from firsthand experience how vitally important the proper, sequential teaching of ...

Letter to the editor: Support voting

To the editor: The For the People Act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and introduced to the Senate on March 8, 2019. This comprehensive legislation will give states the power and resources to modernize and secure elections and make them more free, fair and accessible to all ...

Letter to the editor: Border action

To the editor: President Donald Trump hasn’t figured out how to stem the flow of immigrants, asylum seekers and drugs from south of the border in two and a half years. Why is he so certain Mexico can stop it in 30 days? Paul Enos, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Aid and comfort to enemy?

To the editor: Donald Trump, who was president of the United States when last I checked, publicly read a criticism of Joe Biden written by Kim Jong Un, whom he looks forward to working with. The last I heard about the United States’ relationship with Korea, we were in a state of cease fire ...

Letter to the editor: Shelter in a storm

To the editor: On Tuesday when the tornado sirens went off, we happened to be early dining at the Black Stag Brewery with a group of neighbors. The servers came by to tell us to grab our beers and belongings and follow them to the well fortified but unfinished basement. I asked them not to ...

Letter to the editor: Wagle should know

To the editor: I’m writing to express my appreciation for Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle’s assessment of Gov. Laura Kelly’s recent decision to veto an extra $51 million payment to the beleaguered Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. (“Kansas governor signs budget but vetoes ...

Letter to the editor: Crisis of leadership

To the editor: President Trump is really losing it as his presidential reality show is not popular anymore and is not being renewed. America is tired of it and he once again is asking his staff how stable and calm he is. “A stable genius” he calls himself. Meanwhile, we are all scared of ...

Letter to the editor: Our better angels

To the editor: Michael Gerson writes on a variation of an old theme. Following victory at Fredericksburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee said: “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” Gerson cites liberal philosopher William James (“Our ancestors have ...

Letter to the editor: Bicycle benefits

To the editor: Having been ranked sixth in the top U.S. cities for bicycling, I hope that Lawrence does not rest on its laurels. As a frequent cyclist, there’s still much work yet to be done. First and foremost, teaching and encouraging children to ride their bikes to school. Surely one of ...

Letter to the editor: Parking abuses

To the editor: I am a nice guy, but I have to get this off my chest. Handicap parking is for exactly that. People who have a handicap placard or license plate. Once a parking stall is designated as handicap accessible, that parking stall is under the jurisdiction of the police department. Even ...

Letter to the editor: Shopping challenges

To the editor: As a recent resident (three years) I have found it more difficult to shop in Lawrence than in other locations where I have lived. The south Iowa shopping locations are so diverse that I must move my vehicle multiple times, sometimes crossing Iowa street twice, to find what I may ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t disrespect officers

To the editor: I had to take a deep breath before writing in reference to a recent letter appearing in this section. I found it so absurd and offensive to refer to our local police officers as “loose cannons.” I have very good friends — one is an officer with the Lawrence police and one ...

Letter to the editor: Demilitarizing the police

To the editor: Everyone loves to talk about how “progressive” Lawrence is, but until we’re willing to publicly pressure our lawmakers to end disparate policing and school discipline that unjustly targets people of color, Lawrence isn’t very “progressive” at all. While there are a ...

Letter to the editor: Our horror

To the editor: “Moral horror” is the intense dislocation we feel when confronted with evidence, especially visual evidence, of an attack by a government or society on the integrity of a human body, or especially a mass of brutalized bodies, as in photographs of a concentration camp or a ...

Letter to the editor: Military grade

To the editor: Any American soldier overseas can be court-martialed for shooting a civilian just because they felt afraid. A set of “rules of engagement” limits the discretion of soldiers to choose to use deadly force. Unfortunately, there is no such discipline for police officers; dozens ...