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: Residential blur

To the editor: I read the article about our new concept for growth in the city — one that would allow small businesses like grocery stores or hairdressers to operate in a residential neighborhood. The concept appears, in my mind, to be fairly narrow minded. I am certain this is another ...

Letter to the editor: Ashamed of GOP

To the editor: The Kansas GOP are un-American Cowards! The vote is the sacred foundation of American democracy. Without the voice of the people, the government is not democratic. The Kansas GOP are silencing the voice of Republican Kansans who support any of the three other GOP presidential ...

Letter to the editor: Destroying the earth

To the editor: Donald Trump, as the “chosen one,” has said he will do more for our country than any other president in history. He is well on his way, at least, to having more effect on climate change than perhaps any other person in history. If you question this, consider these actions ...

Letter to the editor: Endangered peace

To the editor: Since the United States withdrew from its international nuclear arms treaty with Iran despite Iran’s compliance with the terms of that treaty and despite protest from all international co-signers, hostilities between Iran and the U.S. have been escalating. As part of a ...

Letter to the editor: Lower drug prices

To the editor: Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world. It’s important for Congress and the President Donald Trump’s Administration to take action to lower prescription drug prices, the root cause of this problem. That’s why AARP launched a national campaign urging ...

Letter to the editor: City should act on T21

To the editor: I am saddened to see that our City Commission has not acted on supporting Tobacco 21. T21 is a policy that would raise the purchase age of tobacco products to 21. Some may see this as unnecessary because over the past decade there has been a huge decrease in the use of ...

Letter to the editor: Bus system vital

To the editor: Frankly, I’m tired of people writing letters to the editor complaining about empty buses. I ride buses frequently and have never been the only person for more than a few minutes. People get on and off buses constantly along their routes. In fact, there is a whole community of ...

Letter to the editor: Poor character

To the editor: A city’s character can be judged by how it treats the least fortunate. Lawrence has failed this test. Thanks to the Journal-World’s revelation that city officials have kept millions of our unused tax dollars in the bank, we know they preferred to squirrel this money away ...

Letter to the editor: Article omissions

To the editor: Your recent article on the City of Lawrence general fund surplus omits a few important considerations. The 2005 reduction in mill levy created deficit spending in subsequent years that weakened finances going into the last recession of 2008. The U.S. economy is in its ...

Letter to the editor: Rule leads to littering

To the editor: I see posted on the city website that eating, drinking and littering is prohibited on city buses. On Aug. 29 I witnessed a bus rider attempting to get on a city bus near downtown. The rider was initially denied access. He stepped out of the bus, put a drink down on the ...

Letter to the editor: Empty buses

To the editor: Being a Lawrence bus driver must be the loneliest job in town. Here’s hoping our new city manager, as one of his first major hires, takes a chance on a bus-system director bursting with imaginative ideas. I suspect I’m not the only one tired of watching $250,000 buses, ...

Letter to the editor: Sadness at homeless shelter

To the editor: Friday morning I took some camping equipment out to the homeless shelter, a backpack, a rain poncho and a fleece blanket. The staff were happy to get them, but everyone else was looking very sad. There were old men outside the building, one in a wheelchair. A mother was pushing ...

Letter to the editor: Raise tobacco age now

To the editor: The Lawrence City Commission should seriously consider immediately raising the age of sale of tobacco products to 21, bringing its policy into line with Douglas County, 22 other Kansas municipalities—as well as 459 localities in 29 states. Nearly all smokers start before ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Amazing Grace’

To the editor: The debate is about who we are. We seem to be searching the mirrored face of America for clues. How can we know what we should do if we can’t agree about who we are? Health care, immigration, climate change, wars, guns? It boils down to the three basic questions. What can ...

Letter to the editor: Defining growth

To the editor: Reflecting on the Aug. 20 Town Talk on “growth”: In the 21st century perhaps it’s time to reconsider the notion of growth and what that means. Does growth mean increasing the population to achieve economic benefits, or can growth be accomplished by other creative ...

Letter to the editor: Something fishy

To the editor: I don’t know about the rest of Jayhawk Nation, but, speaking for myself, I have to say the circumstances surrounding the departure of KU basketball’s rock star strength coach, Andrea Hudy, don’t pass the smell test. She’s going from being a celebrated staff member at ...

Letter to the editor: Housing blues

To the editor: Coming back to KU for another year of school, paying rent always comes to mind first. This year, I was lucky enough to find affordable housing. But, for many students, rent costs upwards of 50% of their monthly income. Many students accept this systematic fault as living on a ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s ‘niche’

To the editor: Those of us who have children and grandchildren have long found Donald J. Trump’s attitude about the future distressing and Monday offered nothing new. MSNBC, by way of the Daily Beast, reported that Trump skipped out on the G-7 meeting about the climate crisis and the fires ...

Letter to the editor: Protect the most vulnerable

To the editor: The Lawrence Community Shelter is the last resort. People who have families to take them in, or who are eligible for other programs, do no end up in the shelter. I have had to do with some homeless folks lately. The city declared nearby trailers unsafe. There is no place else ...

Letter to the editor: Financial management

To the editor: We have a possible $60 million mistake in our accounting office. Taxes are going up. A water tax is being considered. What next, a tea tax? Ron Wilson, Lawrence