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: Sidewalk issues

To the editor: Sidewalk repairs are back in the headlines! Despite all the letters, hearings and discussion, some important issues seem to remain obscure. Many have pointed out discrepancies like exist in our neighborhood, where half our neighbors have walks to clear and maintain and half do ...

Letter to the editor: An evil king

To the editor: If this were a fairy tale, the evil king who took money and vital services from the poor and showered more wealth upon the rich would be punished in the end. Some evil would befall him, or perhaps he would experience a transformation causing him suddenly to behave with justice ...

Letter to the editor: The best thing to do

To the editor: Suppose you are hiking with a group in the Flint Hills. Too late you hear a loud rattle, and a young man is bitten by a rattlesnake. What is the single most important piece of emergency equipment you have? Answer: your car key. Get him to an emergency room. What is the single ...

Letter to the editor: What a role model

To the editor: Just when I thought Donald Trump could not stoop any lower. I heard on the news Mr. Trump referred to Mike Bloomberg as “Mini Mike” and ridiculed him as being “5 foot 4.” Don’t parents scold and correct their children who tease other children about their weight , ...

Letter to the editor: Who wins here?

To the editor: Dear KU chancellor and KU athletic director, It has been frustrating beyond measure this basketball season since KU opted to have a number of the men’s basketball games broadcast on ESPN+ and Big 12 Network! KU has always had one of the most loyal and devoted fan bases ...

Letter to the editor: Paperless dangers

To the editor: The software on which votes are counted is protected as a corporate trade secret, and the software is so complex that if malicious code was embedded, no analysis could likely not discover it. Further, because there is no voter-verified paper record, it is not possible to ...

Letter to the editor: Overlooking color

To the editor: In response to Bill Klein’s letter of Jan. 17, 2020, “Our common color.” Mr. Klein asks “why must we continue to identify humans based on the color of their skin pigment?” The answer is history. The phrase “people of color” evolved to describe a group of people ...

Letter to the editor: Local importance

To the editor: In a state divided by political differences, especially during this session of the Legislature, the importance of local government is often forgotten. While debating over state and national issues, it’s easy for one to forget about equally impactful decisions being made in ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s indecency

To the editor: Is Donald Trump a symbol of the society we have become? Have we grown so coarse that we just roll our eyes and shrug our shoulders at the vulgar, insulting and lying behavior of our nation’s president? Setting aside the issues of impeachment, political ideology and party ...

Letter to the editor: Bad equation

To the editor: Michael Gerson’s opinion piece on Saturday equates Donald Trump’s ceasing to pursue the common good in his appeal to “racial resentment, his embrace of white grievance, his demonization of migrants, his abandonment of democratic ideals, his misogyny and xenophobia, his ...

Letter to the editor: Combined effort

To the editor: The editorial and letters page in the Friday paper was tied together neatly: Leslie and Jennie Dienes’ letter to Public Forum clearly expresses that Kansas native and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has failed to defend one of “his” employees and cursed a reporter. You ...

Letter to the editor: Pricey cages

To the editor: Putting aside the additional harm inflicted on those jailed, even a few days on petty offenses, and their families, and just contemplating the fiscal insanity of the county’s $30 million plan to expand the jail beggars the imagination. No one with a modicum of common sense ...

Letter to the editor: Moran’s failure

To the editor: In 1996, Kansans elected now-Sen. Jerry Moran to the House of Representatives. How such a man ascended to that office, I cannot say; I wasn’t alive. Since I first became politically conscious, however, I have learned enough about Moran’s voting record to expect little of the ...

Letter to the editor: Pompeo’s conduct

To the editor: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cannot defend a U.S. ambassador with an impeccable record and curses at a reporter for doing her job. Americans may not care about Ukraine, as Pompeo says, but they do care about the conduct of their secretary of state. Even in Kansas. Leslie ...

Letter to the editor: Boomer effect

To the editor: Earlier this month the Kansas City Star reported a new poll has Rep. Roger Marshall and Kris Kobach nearly deadlocked in the Republican Senate race. But the most interesting thing the article reported is how the polling firm went about weighting the raw data it collected for ...

Letter to the editor: Shelter emergency

To the editor: This is how crisis happens in a broken system. A lack of funding in August caused almost half of the people at the Lawrence Community Shelter to be forced to leave — with three weeks’ notice. Until this winter, LCS had been the overflow weather shelter. Because of the ...

Letter to the editor: A better way

To the editor: The recent bench-clearing fight between the KU and K-State men’s basketball teams was reprehensible — certainly a black eye and embarrassment for both schools, teams and the entire state of Kansas. Bench-clearing fights, unfortunately, are not new in a variety of sports ...

Letter to the editor: Replace Long

To the editor: As an avid KU basketball fan since 1966, I am convinced that Athletic Director Jeff Long should be replaced. He may be great at administering football programs, but he has consistently steered the KU Basketball ship into the icebergs instead of around them: 1. Playing ...

Letter to the editor: Bad for Kansas

To the editor: In November of 2018, the 2nd Congressional District in Kansas narrowly elected Steve Watkins to the U.S. House of Representatives. While Watkins’ run-in with potential voter fraud has been widely publicized, more than just his behavior reflects negatively on the Republican ...

Letter to the editor: Do the studies

To the editor: The lead story in Sunday’s Journal-World concerns a dismissal of a request to wait until further studies on jail expansion are concluded before deciding on a plan to spend money on expanding the Douglas County Jail. One only needs to look at New York State, where it’s ...