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: Poor planning

To the editor:Last month, my neighborhood had its water line replaced. This meant digging a trench through every yard, laying the new line, filling in the trench and then replanting grass seed covered by some straw. I have asked City Hall for the cost of the labor, seed and straw for my block ...

Letter: E-cigarette concerns

To the editor:Nicotine has been proven to be a dangerous and addictive drug, and, as doctors, we worry when we hear the usage of electronic cigarettes by youths is skyrocketing. E-cigarette companies are counting on their unregulated marketing ploys to recruit youths into becoming the next ...

Letter: Selling Kansas

To the editor:The Brownback experiment in supply-side economics isn’t working. But maybe the experiment just wasn’t bold enough. My proposal: The Koch brothers like to buy elections. Why not let them purchase an entire state government? Yes, privatize Kansas; call it Koch Brothers’ ...

Letter: Reach out

To the editor:Wake up every morning realizing each day is a new beginning. Decide that this day will be the best ever! All around us we can see chaos, loss, violence, disruption, evil and discord in every activity or decision that is made by other people or sometimes even a choice of our ...

Letter: School access

To the editor:Each morning between 8 and 9:30 and each afternoon between 2 and 3:30, from Monday through Friday, there are cars lined up for a half mile at Deerfield School as parents drop off and pick up their children. This situation is no doubt replicated across the remaining grade schools ...

Letter: Gun concerns

To the editor:The call is out: Deny Iran nuclear weapons — and the ability to make one. Our friends in Israel are scared and urge us to take a stronger stand. (But it’s OK for Israel to have such weapons?) They argue, safety requires such threats/possibilities to be eliminated.Am I ...

Letter: Bill’s impact

To the editor:I wonder if the geniuses in our Kansas Legislature have any idea of the full  impact of Senate Bill 175?  As you recall, that bill will require that Kansas taxpayers subsidize with their tax dollars any student organization on a publicly funded campus that discriminates, so long ...

Letter: History ignored

To the editor:I saw in your paper last week where controlled burns were being done in the wetlands and the sound barrier was going up in the Haskell farm area. It’s called this for a reason. Native students were taken by BIA agents for their whole adolescence to boarding schools to be taught ...

Letter: Waning democracy

To the editor, An oligarchy is a small group of people having control of a country, organization or institution. The Kansas-based Koch brothers (one of many examples) are reportedly planning on spending a billion dollars on very conservative candidates in the upcoming election cycle. We will ...

Letter: Earning trust

With the 2016 campaign season setting off and figures like $2 billion in spending being tossed about, the real question is: Why should I trust any of you? From the administration, which routinely has lied to the American people, through leading senators who knowingly repeat bald-faced lies on ...

Letter: Lawrence memories

To the editor:Whoa! As the huckster says on television, there is more!My family was with me in New Cumberland, Pa., at an army post during the wind-down of the Korean Conflict. It ended in 1954, the year of the city’s centennial celebration. Returning to Lawrence in late 1954, we were ...

Letter: Child awareness

To the editor:We would like to thank Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City and Lecompton mayors and city commissioners and the Douglas County commissioners for declaring April “Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.” As we celebrate this national month of awareness, we are reminded that all ...

Letter: Failed experiment

To the editor:On the KPERS website there is a link to a letter stating that Gov. Brownback did not take money from the KPERS account, he reduced the amount contributed by the state over that which was given in previous years. In my mind and that of others there is no difference except in ...

Letter: Space available

To the editor:Last weekend, I was planning an activity outdoors with a small group of people. When the weather forecast called for rain, I went over to the Rock Chalk sports center on Saturday, and tried to rent a space for the next day. The young man at the counter told me that two weeks ...

Letter: Site proposal

To the editor:Here are my thoughts on a new police facility that’s very much needed and which I do 100 percent support. I believe we should build a facility at the Lawrence airport for the police with an additional amount of money for a smaller fire station housing one pumper truck, one medic ...

Letter: A few rules

To the editor:I am opposed to the new concealed carry law for some the reasons articulated by its opponents. To address some of the objections to the law I propose the following amendment.A person would, under penalty of perjury, apply for a permit from their local police or sheriff’s ...

Letter: ‘An accident’

To the editor:“Just an accident.” With this statement, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office concluded the incident resulting in the death of a bicyclist last August when a westbound motorist attempting to overtake another vehicle struck and killed the eastbound bicyclist in the ...

Letter: Rural protections

To the editor:Last year we were forced to protect our rural community from a 2008 value-added agricultural business: conditional use permit (CUP) being issued on a 5-acre parcel in our area. Now, text amendments are threatening our way of life.Who would have thought this could happen in our ...

Letter: A better future

To the editor:Earth Day, 45 years later, is a global event now celebrated in over 140 nations. But every day should be Earth Day, and, despite the decades of environmental activism and environmental legislation, the effects of climate warming due to greenhouse gas emissions threatening human ...

Letter: Relays tradition

To the editor:The KU Relays are a unique and wonderful thread in our community’s cultural fabric. It is a fun and relaxed event that is easy and affordable for the whole family. I have no idea how big the economic infusion is of so many out-of-town collegiate and high school teams, but it has ...