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: Stormwater questions

To the editor: Given that city commissioners plan to raise stormwater fees (again), I’m still hoping for an in-depth news story about this long-running issue. Although the late Nancy Shontz proposed a stormwater management master plan back in 1980, it took the flood of 1993 to finally push ...

Letter to the editor: Wasting our money

To the editor: The article in the July 30 Journal-World about building a road from 27th Street to the Clinton Dam is another boondoggle idea the city has come up with that wastes taxpayer money. So far this year the city has wasted tens of thousands on creating outside seating areas in ...

Letter to the editor: Too inconvenient?

To the editor: This letter is in regard to the city’s intent to build an access road along the Mutt Run to the Youth Sports Complex. Having watched and coached games at YSC for three decades, I can tell you that slow exits are normal. We wait in line at the bank, Starbucks and any ...

Letter to the editor: Masks are key

To the editor: I am writing to you about COVID-19 and face coverings and why I think they are much needed and also why I think that we as a community should be more willing to wear masks as people are so eager to get back to the real world. For us to make that happen we need to make sure ...

Letter to the editor: Shameful move

To the editor: A July 23 Journal-World headline read “Governor’s school delay shot down.” The story related that the Kansas Board of Education had voted 5 to 5 on the issue, thereby rejecting the governor’s wise call for a delay in opening the schools in a virus upturn. Buried in ...

Letter to the editor: Afraid for future

To the editor: The Trump Administration has shown open contempt for the U.S. Constitution and our system of government since the president entered office, but now we perhaps enter a new, even more dangerous stage as we approach the presidential election. Our nerves are frayed badly by ...

Letter to the editor: Support SROs

To the editor: I retired from the Lawrence Public Schools six years ago after a 38-year career in facilities and operations. My job offered me the opportunity to be in any of the schools at any given time. One of the groups of people that I got to know were the school resource officers. I ...

Letter to the editor: A pastoral message

To the editor: This letter is a public confession. We confess that we have too often kept silent while our Black and brown neighbors waited for us to speak up. We confess that we have not declared that Black lives matter in unequivocal terms. We have permitted racism to fester in our ...

Letter to the editor: Our United World

To the editor: The pandemic reminds us that our modern world is an interconnected one. In a roundabout way there is something good about it. It reveals our common humanity with the people of all other nations. Whether we like it or not, in many ways we live in what might be called a United ...

Letter to the editor: We must speak out

To the editor: I too am shocked and outraged at the way our president is abusing his power to “put down” protests (which are inherently American) by using “agents” from DHS, ICE, Border Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, etc. It is time for American citizens, Congress, the Senate, ...

Letter to the editor: Cast a righteous ballot

To the editor: Recently I wrote both of our state’s U.S. senators, pleading with them to “do the righteous thing. Speak out in favor of the new Voting Rights Act (passed by the House of Representatives late last year) and make sure it is named after the late, very honorable ...

Letter to the editor: Right leader for police

To the editor: The Journal-World did a great service to Lawrence by publishing a lengthy interview with the acting police chief on July 15. During a time when so many are using race and accusations of racism to divide Lawrence into different communities based on race, this comment by Capt. ...

Letter to the editor: Other road solutions

To the editor: Apparently, the city of Lawrence has plans for the Mutt Run unleashed dogs park. We are told that the north path, from the parking lot to the border of the youth playing fields, will become a way for cars, in an attempt to solve the traffic problem at the corner of the South ...

Letter to the editor: Leave dog park area alone

To the editor: While few would dispute the need to solve the often long wait times exiting the Youth Sports Complex, the fact remains that the complex is in use approximately 150 days a year, with exiting traffic comprising a couple of hours of that at most. Meanwhile, the Mutt Run is in use ...

Letter to the editor: Give students a voice

To the editor: What if we regarded students as initiators rather than subjects of ideas to promote learning in a COVID-19 environment? What if we truly accepted students as responsible actors who are concerned not only for their own health, but the health of their peers and teachers? What ...

Letter to the editor: Health security needed

To the editor: COVID-19 has caused us to become consumed with our lives and routines. Because of this, we have failed to recognize the devastating effects that this pandemic has and will have on those around the world living in poverty. As a result of the current pandemic, the number of ...

Letter to the editor: Bond fairness

To the editor: Rontarus Washington could afford pretrial freedom only after his bond was reduced from $750,000 to $500,000. Only after that was he able to come up with the bondsman’s 10% fee of $50,000. If he had had access to $75,000 at the time of his arrest, he apparently could have ...

Letter to the editor: Review self-review

To the editor: Good for the City Commission to have voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to review the use of force by the local police! Commissioner Stuart Boley’s encouragement to include the Community Police Review Board in the review is especially important. Perhaps the board and the ...

Letter to the editor: Profit before safety at KU

To the editor: I think it is time that the Lawrence community question the choice that the University of Kansas has made to have the students show up on campus in the fall. It is clear that this choice was not made with the health of students, faculty, workers and the Lawrence community as ...

Letter to the editor: Fireworks not neighborly

To the editor: We have lived in the southwestern corner of Lawrence for seven years, less than a block from the country line. Every year fireworks begin going off days before, and including, the Fourth. Lots belonging to the house where 31st Street to Kansas Highway-10 was closed several ...