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 to the editor: Tone-deaf KU

To the editor: Thank you for your article “KU requests more time to consider controversial tenure policy” on Feb. 6. In her email, the provost wrote, “Because financial exigency applies to an entire institution, and our fiscal challenges are primarily on the Lawrence campus, this is ...

Letter to the editor: Convict him

To the editor: Donald Trump must be convicted and disqualified from running for office. Trump’s remarks at the rally on Jan. 6 make him liable for prosecution for at least three federal crimes: inciting insurrection, sedition and advocating the violent overthrow of the government. The mob ...

Letter to the editor: Support kids

To the editor: Our kids’ doctors give us good advice. Here’s what they tell us about caring for transgender kids: Affirming their gender identity and expression is the healthiest thing we can do. In other words, if our children tell us their gender identity doesn’t match their natal ...

Letter to the editor: Union’s priorities

To the editor: CDC data recently supported the potential safety of schools being open full-time, but the school districts have to have a plan to make it safe. The obvious: masking, physical distancing, hand and surface hygiene, and violators referred back to online learning. One of the ...

Letter to the editor: Connect the county

To the editor: The “Musk’s mission to Mars may hit closer to home” article (Feb. 4) really hit close to home for rural Douglas County residents. As a former city dweller with two DSL options in the backyard and two fiber optic provider boxes in the front yard, I had no idea of the ...

Letter to the editor: Just do your job

To the editor: It is embarrassing as well as greatly distressing to us that people whom we have elected to deal with business matters of the state, instead of doing so, spend so much time and energy trying to manage the personal matters of their constituents. They claim to be in favor of ...

Letter to the editor: Vaccines in prisons

To the editor: I see that Sen. Richard Hilderbrand, a Republican from Galena and chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, is pushing a resolution meant to pressure Gov. Laura Kelly into rescinding plans for including incarcerated adults in the second phase of vaccinations along ...

Letter to the editor: Same mistake

To the editor: My wife and I watched PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” recently. Henry Louis Gates Jr. did a genealogical history for comedian Jim Gaffigan and actor Jane Lynch, both of Irish Catholic ancestry. The show pointed out the extreme hate and persecution suffered by early Irish ...

Letter to the editor: Good counsel

To the editor: Mr. Trump, if you still need counsel to represent you in the impeachment trial, look no further than Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Your defense may depend on showing voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, though there is little evidence of fraud. Schmidt may ...

Letter to the editor: A pandemic lesson

To the editor: While all hell was breaking loose in Washington, D.C., I was visiting my 94-year-old mother in a nursing home in Connecticut. In the coming days, I sat alone in the chair beside Mom’s bed. I listened for her breathing. “Mom, would you like some orange juice?” Weakly, ...

Letter to the editor: Electric challenges

To the editor: The president has made the commitment to change all federal vehicles to electric ones. A daunting task, as there are some 645,000 such things and the feds buy some 50-60,000 new vehicles each year, according to a Jan. 29 report by Bloomberg. Add in the infrastructure needed to ...

Letter to the editor: Leave women alone

To the editor: It is disheartening to watch “lawmakers” in Kansas and the federal government every year laser-focused on eliminating a woman’s right to choose under the misnomer “pro-life.” Now they march to the drumbeat of a constitutional amendment in an August primary hoping ...

Letter to the editor: No comparison

To the editor: Freshman Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall is being disingenuous when he compares Trump’s impeachment trial after he has left office to that of impeaching former President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton after they left office. No! He is cleverly comparing apples to ...

Letter to the editor: A job well done

To the editor: It’s time to give a shout-out to Lawrence-Douglas Public Health. On Jan. 29, we were fortunate enough to receive our COVID-19 vaccinations at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. We were favorably impressed with the management of volunteers and professional staff. Organization, ...

Letter to the editor: Put kids first

To the editor: The number of COVID-19 cases is inching down as well as hospital rates. However, vaccination isn’t enough to make the Lawrence school board and some teachers unions ready to return full-time to classrooms. It seems as though the goal keeps getting moved. Early on, school was ...

Letter to the editor: Street names

To the editor: Having just finished a more thorough search of Lawrence newspapers, to me it’s evident that early settlers named east-west streets for Revolutionary War patriots. In 1906, Sara T. D. Robinson, who may have helped to name those streets, protested against changing such ...

Letter to the editor: The ‘common good’

To the editor: What’s all of this nonsense about “common good”? Who cares about any of that. I care about me, and me only, and what I care about is my freedom! First they tell you to put on that darned mask, and now they even want you to drive in residential areas at no more than 25 ...

Letter to the editor: Celebrate Kansas

To the editor: Paola Elementary School history teacher LeGrand Copley promoted the first celebration of Kansas Day in his classroom at Paola, Jan. 29, 1877. The entire school was encouraged to participate in a contest to come up with questions and answers about Kansas history. The contest ...

Letter to the editor: Our DA’s behavior

To the editor: The Lawrence Journal-World on Jan. 30 brought the news that Douglas County’s recently sworn-in district attorney, Suzanne Valdez, has resigned from the University of Kansas School of Law. Only news that she had been fired would have been better. I’m not a lawyer, but her ...

Letter to the editor: Pro-life how?

To the editor: To Kansas Republican “leaders,” including Senate President Ty Masterson: Do not tell us you are “pro-life” and propose to my fellow Kansans that we should approve your constitutional amendment to end abortion and a woman’s right to choose. The Republican party has ...