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: Tax truth

To the editor:In his Aug. 30 column, Charles Krauthammer excretes the old right-wing half-truth about the U.S. corporate tax rate being the highest in the world — which it is on paper, though there are a zillion ways to avoid paying that. Not long ago General Electric paid no corporate tax at ...

Letter: Unsecured guns

To the editor:This summer, a 3-year-old child in Wichita died when he found a gun in his home and shot himself. Sadly, such a tragedy is not rare. A recent analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety found that about two American children are killed every week in unintentional shootings. Most often, ...

Letter: Proud of Lawrence

To the editor:My wife and I retired and moved to Lawrence about a year ago and we’re delighted with our decision. We were reminded of that on Aug. 23 when, as volunteers for Just Food, we and other volunteers were at four area grocery stores (a HyVee, Checkers, a Dillon’s and a Walmart), ...

Letter: We’re to blame

To the editor:I was not surprised to learn that most of the 1.74 million registered Kansas voters are Republican or that Republicans outnumber Democrats by nearly 2 to 1 — 44 percent to 24 percent (Journal-World, Aug. 31). What surprised me — doing the math — was that the total ...

Letter: Self-promoters

To the editor:I’m always amazed how the Rev. Al Sharpton shows up wherever there’s a racial incident in the news. He may be sincere about it, but I strongly suspect it’s just a way to keep himself in the national spotlight.I wonder how the people who pay his salary, whoever they are, put ...

Letter: Local response?

To the editor:I have been watching and listening to what has been going on in Ferguson, Mo., due to the tragic death of Michael Brown Jr. and the destruction that followed.I would hope that could not take place in Lawrence. But, if it should ever happen here, would our police force be ...

Letter: Important election

To the editor:Our paranoid Kansas secretary of state and the “do nothing” Congress have joined forces to make our fair state yet again an example of buffoonery for the rest of the country. Mr. Kobach has spent much of his time in office crusading against a non-problem by tightening our ...

Letter: Best police site

To the editor:As a business owner and someone who is involved in the community, I have had many conversations about a consolidated, more efficient police facility. People ask why buy a site when other sites are “free.” In my experience nothing is free. Hallmark: Iowa Street is the city’s ...

Letter: ‘Intellectual shrub’

To the editor:As a non-resident, I won’t comment on concerns expressed in Dolph Simons’ Aug. 23 column that Lawrence might have lost its civic mojo. But I would like to address his fears that Kansas University no longer aspires to Chancellor Franklin Murphy’s hope that the university will ...

Letter: Positive outlook

To the editor:Thank you, Lawrence Journal-World. You came through for us with those inspiring KU Today articles in Sunday’s paper. After the “glass-half empty” pronouncements in Simons’ Saturday Column and chamber of commerce assessments of Lawrence’s economy, it is assuring to have ...

Letter: Online emphasis

To the editor:In the Aug. 25 Journal-World and in a previous edition, you ask for readers to submit issues of importance to us or to Douglas County residents. And then you ask that people submit their suggestions by email.  That may be fine for the online readership, or a large percentage of ...

Letter: Sex attitudes

To the editor:In the Aug. 21 editorial, “Campus sex,” the Journal-World calls for a change in culture, related to attitudes toward sexual harassment and assault.I believe there’s another attitudinal change that is warranted, which could go a long way to reducing sexual harassment and ...

Letter: Overmatched

To the editor:In 2008, the nation elected Barack Obama as its president. Nothing much was known of him. Raised by a single parent and grandparents, he split time between Hawaii and Indonesia. The press wasn’t interested in his college transcripts that had been sealed, as well as other ...

Letter: Plan questioned

To the editor:I applaud Jerry Harper’s call for a thorough, public review of police and security policies and strategies in Lawrence before we vote on increasing the sales tax to pay for a new headquarters building (Your turn, Aug. 20).Given the projected geographic and population growth of ...

Letter: Attitude is just fine

To the editor:To Dolph Simons, Aug. 23 Saturday Column, titled “Changes in Lawrence attitude aren’t for the better,” I say balderdash! That’s an antiquated term befitting his assessment.Because of the Lawrence attitude, we have a beautiful new Theatre Lawrence, funded by Lawrence ...

Letter: Dismal news

To the editor:Who can hum the old “Hee-Haw” tune, “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me”? Thursday’s Journal-World took me in that direction with the news that our 196-bed jail will soon likely need to be expanded by about 140 beds, with 70 of those beds to be devoted to inmates in need of ...

Letter: Not surprised

To the editor:Why am I not surprised? I should have been prepared for this blatantly biased coverage of the governor’s race when I saw the Journal-World editor getting his “marching orders” from the head of the Kansas Chamber, Mike O’Neal, at First Watch several months ago. I should ...

Letter: Campaign ‘facts’

To the editor:During World War II, I often heard that the Nazi machine operated on the principle: Tell them the same story (lie?) enough times and they will believe it.Political campaign 2014 is upon us. Stories, “facts,” charges, claims will be repeated endlessly (thanks to money and more ...

Letter: Get to work

To the editor:C’mon, Lawrencians, what’s your problem? You all need to shape up and get with the plan. Put down that beer, guitar and poetry book and get rid of that easel. Didn’t you hear  the anger and disappointment of The Chamber president and editor regarding your lousy economic ...

Letter: China funds

To the editor:Regular readers of the Saturday Column written by Dolph C. Simons Jr., know two things. First, Simons is very knowledgeable about what is happening at Kansas University. Second, he cares deeply about KU and wants it to prosper.Simons’ concern about KU’s financial situation was ...