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: Memorial an abiding tribute

To the editor: On Oct. 1, someone added a dozen red roses to the impromptu memorial on the concrete block on the northeast corner of 11th and Massachusetts streets. That memorial recalls the triple murder and mayhem that occurred in the early morning of Oct. 1, 2017. The roses are in a plastic ...

Letter to the editor: Violent extremism

To the editor: Once again we see right-wing extremists taking violent action in Germany, attacking a synagogue on Yom Kippur. This is not an isolated event. As World War II veterans are fading away, the xenophobic, ethnocentric, ultra-nationalistic philosophy they defeated is making a violent ...

Letter to the editor: Have a voting plan?

To the editor: While there is a big election coming up in 2020, there is a consequential election coming up next month with local elections and a vote on a constitutional amendment. Don’t give local elections the cold shoulder. To put it plainly: They matter. Do you have a voting ...

Letter to the editor: Not enough stalls

To the editor: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, last check, Lawrence had a population of nearly 100,000 people. The Lawrence Public Library has three bathroom stalls for men, one of which patrons may not even be aware of in the children’s area, a family restroom. There are two men’s ...

Letter to the editor: Put Trump on trial

To the editor: For years, America has sent troops abroad to fight for democracy. Whether we agree with a specific war or with war in general, it can be stated, I think, that the preservation of democracy has always been the reason that was given for getting involved. It’s time for us to ...

Letter to the editor: Rescind cancellation

To the editor: If you were a college administrator, what would you do if a successful relatively low-cost program under your auspices provides a vital service to the state of Kansas? If you’re the interim dean of KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the program is the STEM ...

Letter to the editor: No sanctuary city

To the editor: Federal law, 8 USC Code 1324, prohibits persons from concealing, harboring or shielding from detection undocumented aliens. Let’s make Lawrence a “Sanctuary City.” While we are at it, let’s ignore other federal laws. I think we should allow ownership of fully automatic ...

Letter to the editor: We all have rights

To the editor: An affordable housing charity organization has requested a zoning rule change. The change would allow the charity to build two houses on a lot zoned for one house without going through the process that would let neighbors petition against the “double density.” I live in ...

Letter to the editor: Create safe routes

To the editor: I am a 12-year-old student at Southwest Middle School who bikes to and from school. Every day, I take my life in my hands! I know that this might sound overly dramatic, but it is not. My route to school is definitely not safe. There is no sidewalk that is continuous on one side ...

Letter to the editor: City should listen

To the editor: If you will let me get a word in for a change on this issue: Kudos to letter writers Scott Henderson, who wrote about the city wasting our money, as well as Craig Voorhees, who wrote concerning the homeless shelter kicking people out. To Scott, we are about to go down ...

Letter to the editor: Ending a war

To the editor: Fifty years ago this Oct. 15, more than 3,500 KU students, faculty and townspeople paraded on Memorial Drive and Jayhawk Boulevard as part of the National Vietnam Moratorium Day. This may have been the largest political march in Lawrence’s history. More than 2 million ...

Letter to the editor: Wasting our money

To the editor: The city wants homeowners to repair public sidewalks and to pay to use the rec centers. The city wants to raise taxes and utility rates. City commissioners wanted a big raise. There are a lot of families having a tough time. Those who raise taxes say we need the money. I say ...

Letter to the editor: KU decision misguided

To the editor: Professor Helen Alexander (Your Turn, Oct. 2) is justifiably concerned about the decision by interim Dean John Colombo of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to terminate the UKanTeach program at KU. Students completing that program receive a bachelor’s degree in a ...

Letter to the editor: American pollution

To the editor: To anyone who thinks that the blame for climate change lies somewhere else besides the U.S., you are picking your facts to distort the truth. U.S. greenhouse gas emissions may be falling, but only because we have polluted so much in the recent past. In spite of the drop, per ...

Letter to the editor: Wheel of fate

To the editor: I would have preferred using my monthly letter-to-the-editor allocation of 250 words for something beautiful like Ken Burns’ tribute to country music. But I can’t. I am forced to use this month’s allotment to speak to honor. Michael Gerson’s brilliant op-ed piece, ...

Letter to the editor: Do it all now

To the editor: A comprehensive approach to climate change will require personal behavior change and, yes, sacrifice. This undoubtedly is true and was a point made by Ken Meyer in a letter on Sept. 26. Mr. Meyer seemed to advise individual actions as more urgent than “rail(ing) against ...

Letter to the editor: Can’t lock a tent

To the editor: I appreciate the Journal-World’s article on homelessness and the city’s actions that aggravate it. I would like to see some follow-up. For example, one friend who was kicked out of her trailer is now in jail. I’m sure that some people who moved various places are ...

Letter to the editor: Start with yourself

To the editor: I watched as the protesters gathered, speechified, chanted and marched. But my question wasn’t answered by their efforts. What are you going to do? As they demanded that the federal level do more, I thought: I grew up without AC in St. Louis; at my grade school and high ...

Letter to the editor: Rural vs. urban

To the editor: I thought your editorial in the most recent Sunday paper, “Rural vs. urban divide harmful,” provided good information for the beginning of an important and necessary discussion. Obviously there are many variables that need to be considered in that discussion. I am ...

Letter to the editor: Clean the real mess

To the editor: Many KU students skipped classes on Friday for the nationwide climate strike. It is clear that students are concerned about the environment. We have all been told that carbon emissions from fossil fuels are the problem and have to be reduced. Here’s a fact: Carbon ...