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: States rights?

To the editor:Back in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court under Justice Earl Warren made the decision that separate but equal was unconstitutional. States were going to have to let black children go to public school. The state of Arkansas did not take kindly to that. In September 1957, their ...

Letter: Universal care

To the editor:July 30 will be the 49th anniversary of the Medicare Act of 1965. Why can’t we have a system that provides everyone with guaranteed medical care from birth to death? All the other developed countries cover everybody, pay half as much for their health care as we do and provide ...

Letter: Penalty justified

To the editor:I was disappointed the courts threw out the death sentence for the Carr brothers. Most of my life I have been against capital punishment because of the obvious: the wrong man could be convicted using eye-witness accounts, which is the worst kind of evidence. But with the discovery ...

Letter: Self-policing

To the editor:Some people are selling drugs from their home. There has been several witnesses come forward and report the activity and filed complaints to the law enforcement who has jurisdiction. After a while the law enforcement decides to take action. They obtain a warrant go to the resident ...

Letter: Bad governance

To the editor:Mill-levy increases would be less or unwarranted if local governments operated as a democracy. If the majority governed, there would be no cronyism, tax abatements, special tax districts, no-bid contracts or Taj Mahal recreation center. Lawrence finished in 178th place out of 179 ...

Letter: Climate solutions

To the editor:Mitigating climate change might not be as expensive as you think. Adding carbon to the air is the root cause of the problem, so, the solution is to motivate people to reduce the amount of carbon added.  Nothing motivates people like money. So, make the carbon content of fuels ...

Letter: Treatment kudos

To the editor:I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the excellent staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire/Medical Department. A short time ago, my 7-year-old daughter suffered a traumatic injury involving multiple fractures to her right arm. As ...

Letter: Party first?

To the editor:They didn’t have political parties in 1790, just Americans. Their word for “party” was “faction.” There were disagreements between the likes of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, but they identified themselves as Americans. George Washington refused to identify with any ...

Letter: Budget discomfort

To the editor:After reading Chad Lawhorn’s article “Q&A on Lawrence city budget,” I am appalled at the proposed city budget that David Corliss has apparently submitted as a serious proposal. Putting aside the questionable wisdom of passing deficit budgets that require in-year ...

Letter: Police option

To the editor:Following the discussion for a new police facility and the justified concern about rampant spending and tax increases needed to pay for this spending, why hasn’t the empty space at the Riverfront Mall been considered to be remodeled for the police. According to the real estate ...

Letter: Voting counts

To the editor:Daily, in this paper, there are complaints about our city/county government and the decisions they make.Where are your votes at election time? For over 12 years I worked as a supervising judge at the precinct where I live. For most of the small city/county elections anywhere ...

Letter: Indefensible budget

Chad Lawhorn’s Q&A with City Manager David Corliss on the city budget was informative and made clear the many problems with the proposed 2015 budget. City officials portray a property tax increase for the fourth straight year as inevitable. To provide basic services, property taxes ...

Letter: Financial gamble

To the editor:Mr. Simons’ column on July 19 carried a title we all can agree with: “Kansas voters must focus on state’s best interests.” We can even agree on the problem: “Brownback rolled the dice with his taxing strategy for Kansas. If he rolled a winner, the state would be in good ...

Letter: Retail support

To the editor:On July 9, there was an article in the paper regarding a tax abatement for an apartment development at the edge of the Kansas University campus. On the following day, an article appeared concerning a retail development on the corner of South Iowa and the South Lawrence ...

Letter: Kudos due

To the editor:Appreciations to two organizations that often get short shift in the public “kudos” arena, but that, in recent years, have made changes in themselves to the benefit of our community.A great big hooray to the Lawrence chamber of commerce for divorcing itself from the Kansas ...

Letter: Road work

To the editor:The Journal-World ran a good editorial last month about the pathetic road construction situation here in Lawrence this summer. On Wednesday, I was driving past the massive construction site at 23rd and Iowa and only saw three workers puttering around. In the future, the city needs ...

Letter: Senseless deaths

To the editor:We just witnessed another senseless mass shooting that took the lives of four children and two adults, and injured a child. The shooting in the suburbs of Houston illustrates how our federal gun laws — already deemed too restrictive and not worthy of upholding by the Kansas ...

Letter: Public input needed

To the editor:Black Hills Energy is requesting a necessary rate increase for its customers. What’s necessary is for the public to get involved and take a firm stand on opposing their request to raise rates by an average of 6.17 percent of $4.17 per month.Share your comments regarding this ...

Letter: Police facility

To the editor:I can understand the sentiment of several people who have written to express their frustration in regards to additional taxes being needed to fund a police facility. Let’s keep things in perspective.The need for a modern and properly designed police facility is undeniable. If ...

Letter: Great kids

To the editor:We’ve got some great kids in Lawrence. Like many others, we had some severe tree damage in our yard due to the wind storm last week. Early the following morning, my teenage daughter wanted to show her friends this cool tree aberration, so “snap-chatted” a photo of one of our ...