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: Civil service

To the editor:I found myself horrified, but not surprised, by the announcement in Thursday’s Journal-World that our secretary of Administration is preparing to “streamline” civil service protection in order to bring them in line with those of the private sectors. To my knowledge, the ...

Letter: Secret support

To the editor:The recent drive by the Legislature to limit bargaining by teachers seems on a fast track to approval. There were two proposals submitted: one approved and provided by groups of educators, administrators and the Kansas Association of School Boards; the other by Dave Trabert, ...

Letter: Mental health, jail

To the editor:Before we consider the jail expansion, we should consider the expansion of the mental health hospitals or institutions. Many of the beds in the jail are set aside for victims of mental illness who cannot be taken care of effectively by the police. Just because the state closes ...

Letter: Lost and found

To the editor:Saturday evening I either dropped or left my wallet at Target. I didn’t realize it was missing until I reached my car. There was a very nice couple in the customer service line at the store waiting to turn my wallet in. In my panic and rush, I did not thank them very well. I ...

Letter: No incentives

To the editor:About two years ago, entrepreneurs built a lovely Comfort Inn and Suites adjacent to McDonald Drive and the Hallmark facility. It has more than ample private parking. It was built without a single cent of tax rebates or other incentives.As long as investors are willing and able ...

Letter: Recall?

To the editor:Looking over the Journal-World recently, I noticed mental illness in several headlines. To my surprise, not one of these stories was about the Kansas Legislature. What’s wrong with these people?Did I hear someone say “recall”?

Letter: Arts’ value

To the editor:As one who is in the business of piano service, let me respond to the governor’s comment about Sumner Academy’s new grand piano. The fact is that, under budget pressure, our public schools have for years been phasing pianos out of their music programs, replacing them with ...

Letter: Battling sexism

To the editor:As far back as I can remember, my body has been sexualized. Throughout my childhood, I remember being taught to cross my legs when I wore a skirt, and even though all the boys in the neighborhood walked around without shirts, girls cannot do it. It is not lady-like. At the ages of ...

Letter: Audio access

To the editor:Did you know that volunteers for the Audio-Reader Network read the Lawrence Journal-World  every day? Your local newspaper is available, for free, in audible format, via closed circuit radio and on the Internet to anyone who has difficulty reading print due to a disability. My ...

Letter: Sex ed defense

To the editor:This is a reply to Miss Jinkens letter of Feb. 7. Her comments were totally illogical, ridiculous and outright fabrications. She links sex education in school to abortions and particularly Planned Parenthood. This idea is ludicrous. The whole purpose of sex education in schools is ...

Letter: Secret process

To the editor:The Journal-World’s editorial from Feb. 1 (“Closed again”) underscores a continuous flaw with Gov. Brownback and his administration. Last year, I delivered testimony in support of changing the Court of Appeals selection process. One of the primary reasons I supported — and ...

Letter: Tax welfare

To the editor:The past decade has not been kind to our city. Compared to our peer cities, we have remained at or near the bottom in regards to wages and economic growth while our cost of living and tax burden continues to increase. The abusive use of tax abatements and special (stealth) tax ...

Letter: Children, guns

To the editor:Rights are hard-won, rights have limits, rights have consequences. In 2013, the Children’s Defense Fund issued a fact sheet on children and guns in the United States. Here are just a few sobering numbers out of a much longer list which is available on their website.The U.S. ...

Letter: Another atrocity

To the editor:I watched on HBO, a new Holocaust movie entitled “Night Will Fall” on Jan. 26. The producers claimed it contained new British and American footage, including Russian records and personal reports, of the German atrocities against the Jews. It was truly gruesome and is ...

Letter: Further fraud

To the editor:The recent brush-up over removal of words from the territorial “Voting in Kickapoo, Kansas” illustration, completely ignores another issue. The reason that Kickapoo, Kansas, was called as such is because, from 1832 to 1854, this town, now a hamlet above Leavenworth, was on the ...

Letter: Sex ed concern

To the editor:Parents concerned about national sex education standards recently adopted by Lawrence schools, you aren’t alone. Lawrence is the first school district in Kansas to adopt these federal standards. Parents across the nation are fed up and starting to oppose the standards and the ...

Letter: Hardly a horror

To the editor:Bill Getz wrote a recent (Jan. 8) entertaining letter regarding Rock Chalk Park. He used terms such as horror, albatross, coming apart at the seams, dubious reassurance and fiasco. He even maligned used car salespersons. Good job, Bill. Maybe a newly elected city commission ...

Letter: Stop and go

To the editor:I love this town, but some of the drivers leave a lot to be desired. It pains me to witness so many people not knowing how to negotiate a four-way stop intersection. It is tough enough trying to get through a roundabout without getting hit.This morning I witnessed almost two ...

Letter: One less worry

To the editor:I am preparing to graduate from Kansas University this May, and, as is expected during times of transition, there are endless tasks competing for my attention. I’m walking a fine line between savoring the present and preparing for the changes to come in the quickly approaching ...

Letter: Not so simple

To the editor:Teaching science for 35 years in Kansas public schools, I found a statement by Albert Einstein true and a good guiding principle: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” I tried to break concepts down into simpler parts, but not misconstrue ...