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: Care choices

To the editor:U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins was quoted in the Journal-World last Sunday. She said, “Americans are empowered when they are free to make their own health care decisions.”In 2012, Americans citizens didn’t have universal health care. Citizens of 33 other industrialized nations ...

Letter: Kansas control

To the editor:I’ve finally had my fill of out-of-state lobbyists, corporate money and imported campaign managers running things in Kansas. A spoils-system parade of non-Kansans to advise (run) and fill key governmental positions — really? Non-Kansans to fund and manage political ...

Letter: Smart business

To the editor:A high-speed Internet fiber provider is what economists call a local natural monopoly. Since it’s a natural monopoly, it’s best to have only one provider. Since it’s a monopoly, there needs to be government regulation (and subsidies, in certain cases). Since it’s a local ...

Letter: Fine print

To the editor:Saturday, I received a form in the mail, an application for an advance ballot for the Nov. 4 election. First of all, I have always received advance ballots for elections. So, now, I receive a form asking for information to qualify me for an advance ballot. I filled out the ...

Letter: Bus efficiency

To the editor:Most people in northeast Kansas do not seem to grasp all the purposes of public bus systems. They understand that a sought function of public transportation is to enable people to get from point A to point B. That is what essentially all of them do in their private automobiles. ...

Letter: Shocking

To the editor:Oh my gosh! Davis was caught in a nightclub with a woman when he was a 26-year-old unmarried attorney. A nightclub where someone (unidentified) said someone had sold him a “reefer!” Oh my god! Maybe like Clinton he didn’t inhale? I’m shocked — absolutely shocked! ...

Letter: Recycle buildings

To the editor:Why can’t we recycle our vacant fire department and school buildings for the police and teens? Most people think recycling is good because it saves millions of the city and taxpayer money. Why does it have to be several millions more in taxes that have to be paid off for new ...

Letter: Police facility

To the editor:As a retired Lawrence police officer, I am frustrated with the disparity between what is expected of the police force and the conditions the officers work in. The last time the police department had a facility designed to accommodate its needs was in 1951 when the police and fire ...

Letter: A moral issue

To the editor:I have been, for several weeks, mulling over the proposed enlargement of our county jail. I am both full of words and at loss for words: 140 beds, 70 for criminals, 70 for the mentally ill.Our nation’s shameful trend of incarcerating the mentally ill needs to be stopped. Their ...

Letter: Football buses

To the editor:I’d like to commend those involved in the bus service to KU football games. My wife and I are longtime season ticket holders and have taken the bus from downtown to the stadium for years. The drivers and support people are always courteous and the city has made sure there is a ...

Letter: Housing option

To the editor:Looks like my children’s alma mater is going to spend $51 million to house 500 students. Should be pretty nice digs for future KU students. But, look at the math: The proposed cost divided by 500 comes to $102,000 per student. Why not build 500 simple two-bedroom boxy ranch ...

Letter: Interference

To the editor:There are many who think little of the blatant NSA surveillance or IRS abuses, the USDA rules on school lunch programs, the EPA’s micromanagement of our water resources, or the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent proposal to have real-time access to your vehicle’s ...

Letter: Resisting evil

To the editor:Islamic terrorists specialize in the use of fear. The headline in the October issue of “The Voice of the Martyrs” is “Deny or Die.” Nigerian Christians report about Islamic terrorists who say this to non-Muslims. In the 47th Surah of the Koran adherents are ...

Letter: Another view

To the editor:While watching the Bears/Packers game on Sunday (as I am typing this) a crucial play that could have been a touchdown and the subsequent call by the boys in the booth brought up a no-brainer solution that I am surprised hasn’t happened yet. This play ended up not being a ...

Letter: ‘No’ to sales tax

To the editor:About this sales tax! Let’s really put the spin on how cheap it is. One penny for $5 spent. Or tell the truth. The tax is for nine years on everything you buy.Better yet, as an executor of an estate, the funeral bill was over $9,000 and the sales tax was $277, yes in Lawrence, ...

Letter: Uniquely Mass.

To the editor:I grew up in Lawrence. In 1959, at age 25, I moved away. At that time, Mass. Street was all retail. You could buy anything from a new car to groceries, a new suit of clothes or even visit a lumberyardI returned to Lawrence in 2001 and was disappointed to see all of that replaced ...

Letter: Sidewalk displays

To the editor:I recently read an editorial concerning the City Commission needing to be cautious before granting a new business a sidewalk seating area. One of the points in the editorial was, since this was not a restaurant, would other businesses then want the same access. My question is why ...

Letter: Newsworthy event

To the editor:Sept. 21, along with at least 70 other residents of Kansas, Missouri and the surrounding states, I participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City. Despite its overwhelming success in marshaling over 400,000 marchers, media coverage of the demonstration was ...

Letter: Neglected needs

To the editor:In March 2011, the Lawrence Police Department provided the city a “top down review” of priorities, goals, and objectives – it’s available on the department’s website, so see for yourself. The general sense I got when I read it is how behind our department was on having ...

Letter: Acknowledge biases

To the editor:Apparently Kansas University Business School Dean Neeli Bendapudi is more than an adequate politician herself. As a politician would do, she danced around the issues raised by Students for a Sustainable Future but didn’t really address them. Namely, why is Art Hall paid so ...