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: Inadequate president

To the editor: One more black man, murdered by police. I want to shout, “Stop it! Stop it! We are better than this!” But, apparently we are not. Meanwhile, our president concentrates on his Twitter account. I want to shake him and scream, “For God’s sake! Pay attention! This is ...

Letter to the editor: True sacrifices

To the editor: I am writing this letter on Memorial Day. I was moved by your recent editorial that reminded us that this holiday is not only for fun but, most importantly, to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice for a greater good. I am also offended by President Donald Trump, ...

Letter to the editor: Good downtown plan

To the editor: Kudos to our civic leaders for the proposed changes to downtown Lawrence. The expanded dining and walking spaces would represent a strong investment in building an increasingly livable, walkable and sustainable downtown environment. I also urge them to not hold back, and to ...

Letter to the editor: KU is being a bully

To the editor: The University of Kansas will get $15.1 million of COVID-19 funds. It behooves KU to give the refunds for housing and dining and not be engaged in a lawsuit. Furthermore, returning students should be offered a 10% discount on housing and dining. Set an example! Do something ...

Letter to the editor: Opening churches

To the editor: OK, let me get this right. Donald Trump wants it to be mandatory to open churches. What church does Trump go to? I have yet to see where he has ever attended church. And I do not believe he is a Christian. He can doubt President Barack Obama’s birthplace and religion. So I ...

Letter to the editor: An epic failure

To the editor: In 2018 I moved to Kansas from West Virginia. The Mountain State suffers from its own brand of political insanity, but at least its legislators had the common sense and decency to expand Medicaid. As a result, the rate of uninsured West Virginians dropped from 35% to 14% with ...

Letter to the editor: National disgrace

To the editor: Today, May 31, exactly marks 99 years since one of the worst racial atrocities in American history. That day armed white men in Tulsa, Okla., invaded the very prosperous and self-sufficient African American neighborhood known as the Greenwood District, shooting, looting and ...

Letter to the editor: Unmasking Trump

To the editor: I have watched, time and time again, as this excuse for a president has rebuffed and demeaned our highest office in the land. Does he not care for the lives of people in contact with him? Is he that vain that a mask hides his adorable face? Please wear the mask so we as ...

Letter to the editor: Selfish behavior

To the editor: I live at one of the intersections of 19th Street east of Massachusetts Street. We’ve experienced the repair and resurfacing of 19th Street for several weeks now. The work has been hampered some by the rain, and even though it has taken some time, it appears to be close to ...

Letter to the editor: Protect voting

To the editor: The League of Women Voters, as well as several community organizations in the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation, urge the Kansas secretary of state to exercise his authority under Kansas Statute 25-622 and automatically send mail-in ballots to all registered voters for ...

Letter to the editor: Protect film building

To the editor: Hopefully the Lawrence City Commission will vote against allowing the Centron building (Oldfather Studios property on West Ninth Street) to be rezoned to allow apartments on the site. This is a historic building that should be protected. Centron Films produced some of the ...

Letter to the editor: Election information

To the editor: COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the 2020 elections. Although there are no plans to change the Aug. 4 primary election or Nov. 3, general election, election officials throughout Kansas are implementing additional measures to protect the health of ...

Letter to the editor: No candidates?

To the editor: Where are all the candidates? We are less than two weeks before the filing deadline for important elective offices and, as of this writing, only four of 28 primary races for area legislative and county offices are contested. Even worse, only two of 14 general election races are ...

Letter to the editor: Take it outside

To the editor: COVID-19 appears to spread mostly via airborne transmission, and the best research suggests that sustained exposure to other people in poorly ventilated indoor spaces poses a risk of infection. Disturbingly, there are now many documented cases of indoor transmission at ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t be dumb

To the editor: Survival of the fittest has a corollary: death of the dumbest. When I see the news videos of people in crowds, without masks, protesting, or going to bars or beaches, I can’t help but think “they will reap what they sow,” and so be it. But that is not true. Most of them ...

Letter to the editor: Look at the choices

To the editor: The choices we have to make today regarding the coronavirus remind me of the theory of the 19th century Austrian economists, that humans make choices between security and freedom. They trade part of their security for freedom and vice versa. During World War II, I fought for ...

Letter to the editor: Pearl Harbor what-if

To the editor: What if Donald Trump had been the president when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941? Based on Trump’s handling of COVID-19 so far, here might be some highlights. Word of the attack spreads; people become fearful. In a fireside chat Trump calms them, saying that ...

Letter to the editor: Shame on us

To the editor: It’s sad that I’m compelled to write this. Like most of us, I’ve been consumed by the strangest experience of my 67 years. I don’t even need to identify it. It’s horrendous enough. But there may be worse. Read about Ahmaud Arbery. Read Charles Blow in the New York ...

Letter to the editor: A tribute to Mom

To the editor: My 94-year-old mother lives in a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut. As of May 5, 20 of the 58 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Five of those 20 have died. She’s trapped on the Titanic; adjacent staterooms are filling up with the sea water. Will she be next? “I ...

Letter to the editor: Big victory for voters

To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Kansas is proud to be part of a voting rights victory for all Kansans as we celebrate the ruling of a federal appeals court that requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties ...