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: Caring touch

To the editor: After weeks of despair from tapping into various county, hospital and pharmacy websites to get an appointment for a COVID-vaccine shot, I finally received an email from Sigler Pharmacy that a clinic was going to be held. Within seconds I hustled to the online portal and got the ...

Letter to the editor: A bad take

To the editor: Tuesday, the Lawrence Journal-World published a letter to the editor from John McQuitty in response to one by Pegah Naemi Jimenez. Naemi Jimenez’s letter pointed to a decision made by editorial staff, noting that this type of behavior reinforces racist stereotypes and ...

Letter to the editor: Vaccine kudos

To the editor: My wife and I received our second Moderna shot Friday at the fairgrounds. We were back home in just over an hour. The organizers are to be commended for learning from the process followed four weeks earlier. Friday’s operation was well planned and efficient. Kudos to everyone ...

Letter to the editor: Why not here?

To the editor: How interesting that the city employees do not want to live in the city but enjoy collecting a paycheck from those that do live in the city. Perhaps all of the employees who want to flee the city from residency could share their secret as to why Lawrence is so undesirable to ...

Letter to the editor: Lost tradition

To the editor: This is a kind of “footnote” to Ben Chappell’s letter about KU’s Humanities program (Journal-World, Feb. 24). Some KU alumni who are Journal-World readers may not realize that Humanities is the program that from 1997 to 2015 was called Humanities & Western ...

Letter to the editor: Quick to label

To the editor: Seventy years ago in the 1950s Sen. Joe McCarthy branded many innocent people as “communists,” seeking to capitalize upon the current fear of the time. He “saw” a communist under every bed. Many innocent people were hurt by McCarthy’s often unfounded accusations. Some ...

Letter to the editor: Better choices

To the editor: We are fortunate to have a local paper that covers our community in depth. The editorial choices of that paper directly influence what issues our community engages with and what is seen as newsworthy. That is why I was particularly disappointed to open the paper on Thursday. On ...

Letter to the editor: Include those with disabilities

To the editor: I read of efforts to emphasize diversity in the work of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center’s upcoming expansion. While I appreciate the effort of our county commissioners to ensure that women and people of color have access to resources and mentorship to succeed, I ...

Letter to the editor: KU programs

To the editor: The coverage of program closures at KU missed some key information. First and foremost, it is not accurate to characterize programs as having low enrollment because of their number of majors. A bachelor’s degree at KU requires 120 credit hours, and the major can account ...

Letter to the editor: A solar storm

To the editor: The recent power disruptions in Texas and elsewhere are just a taste of what could happen if the U.S. is struck by another Carrington Event. This 1859 solar storm knocked out part of the nation’s telegraph system. Another event would knock out the grid for months resulting in ...

Letter to the editor: A much worse threat looms

To the editor: We have just seen the effects of poor planning in Texas. Safeguards against winter storms were left out because they don’t happen too often. There is a much worse global event, a solar storm, that doesn’t happen often. But it will. If we are unprotected, we could see a ...

Letter to the editor: What about the 74 million?

To the editor: We had an opportunity to rise from the rubble with a bipartisan condemnation of Donald Trump. But that was rejected. In the face of damning evidence, the hijacked Republican Party allowed the perpetrator of an attempted coup to walk away unscathed. And that sets a dangerous ...

Letter to the editor: Senators convict themselves

To the editor: When a significant majority of Republican senators, including both Kansas senators, voted that the former president was not guilty of the impeachment charges against him, they convicted themselves of a failure to honor their own oaths to protect and defend the Constitution. The ...

Letter to the editor: A very bad example

To the editor: I’m disappointed and angry over Trump’s Senate acquittal, and I think if all senators were impartial and not partisan/biased in his favor, he would have been found guilty. I think Trump’s legacy will be that he’s been a sore loser, which his behavior and rhetoric ...

Letter to the editor: Justify your votes

To the editor: This is my letter to Sens. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall. Please justify your vote to acquit former President Donald Trump. Fear of loosing your position of power and privilege is not an excuse to give Trump a pass on sedition and insurrection. Seven people are dead from ...

Letter to the editor: We will remember

To the editor: To Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall: You had an opportunity to make a choice: Take a stand to support our constitution and defend our democracy, or turn the page and give lawless thugs a reprieve from following the riotous urging of an extremist anarchist president, create ...

Letter to the editor: Moran’s failure

To the editor: Dear Sen. Moran, You voted to acquit Donald Trump. Kansas demographics cannot be very different from Nebraska, but Sen. Ben Sasse somehow found the voice to speak truth to his constituents. He voted to convict. News reports are that few Americans actually watched much of the ...

Letter to the editor: A good name

To the editor: Your excellent article about the untimely passing of Jesse Milan highlighted his outstanding accomplishments as an educator and civil rights leader. I hope that our school board will memorialize his life and achievements by renaming the Pinckney School in his honor. Graham ...

Letter to the editor: Teachers are heroes

To the editor: A recent letter from Will Manly praised Lawrence Montessori School for remaining open during the pandemic, contrasting the “heroic” actions of LMS teachers with the “smug selfishness” of teachers unions. We also have a child at LMS and are grateful beyond words to our ...

Letter to the editor: Fixing homelessness

To the editor: During these cold winter days, we need to give thanks for the warm homes most of us enjoy. And, we also need to remember that not all people in Lawrence have that benefit. As winter approached, it was learned that there were more people living outside than existing shelter ...