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: Defining growth

To the editor: Reflecting on the Aug. 20 Town Talk on “growth”: In the 21st century perhaps it’s time to reconsider the notion of growth and what that means. Does growth mean increasing the population to achieve economic benefits, or can growth be accomplished by other creative ...

Letter to the editor: Something fishy

To the editor: I don’t know about the rest of Jayhawk Nation, but, speaking for myself, I have to say the circumstances surrounding the departure of KU basketball’s rock star strength coach, Andrea Hudy, don’t pass the smell test. She’s going from being a celebrated staff member at ...

Letter to the editor: Housing blues

To the editor: Coming back to KU for another year of school, paying rent always comes to mind first. This year, I was lucky enough to find affordable housing. But, for many students, rent costs upwards of 50% of their monthly income. Many students accept this systematic fault as living on a ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s ‘niche’

To the editor: Those of us who have children and grandchildren have long found Donald J. Trump’s attitude about the future distressing and Monday offered nothing new. MSNBC, by way of the Daily Beast, reported that Trump skipped out on the G-7 meeting about the climate crisis and the fires ...

Letter to the editor: Protect the most vulnerable

To the editor: The Lawrence Community Shelter is the last resort. People who have families to take them in, or who are eligible for other programs, do no end up in the shelter. I have had to do with some homeless folks lately. The city declared nearby trailers unsafe. There is no place else ...

Letter to the editor: Financial management

To the editor: We have a possible $60 million mistake in our accounting office. Taxes are going up. A water tax is being considered. What next, a tea tax? Ron Wilson, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Troubling assertions

To the editor: Your recent in-depth article dealing with the one-year accomplishments and plans of KU’s athletic director (“Tough Task,” Aug. 4) was troubling on a number of levels. His assertion that “fixing the football program “will ‘raise all boats’ and benefit the ...

Letter to the editor: Utilities too high

To the editor: Whoa! On raising the water bills in Lawrence. I am grateful to have my own small home, but my water bill has been terribly high the last few months: $99 a month. I have a 900-1,000 square-foot home and have a set income — Social Security, which isn’t much. I am also over 60 ...

Letter to the editor: Treasonous negligence

To the editor: Our U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins said of the Mueller Report, “There doesn’t appear to be much there.” (Associated Press, July 31). If you actually read the report, there is enough about Russian interference with our democracy to cause concern, outrage and a sense of urgency. ...

Letter to the editor: City money concerns

To the editor: The story regarding 200 adjustments of more than $60 million to the city’s 2018 financial statements is very concerning. l What were these adjustments? How should these adjustments have affected the decisions made during the budgeting process? l How can Commissioner Stuart ...

Letter to the editor: Toni Morrison’s words

To the editor: Words matter. They can break your heart (“My feelings for you have changed…”), titillate your mind (“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know…”) and enlighten your soul (“I have a dream…”). No one understood this better than the late Toni ...

Letter to the editor: Support the shelter

To the editor: Let me get this straight: Our city commissioners slash funding for the Lawrence Community Shelter to the extent that it has to fire staff and reduce its guest capacity by half. At the same time, it commits to building new high-rise, high-dollar apartment buildings, new stores, ...

Letter to the editor: Narrow margin

To the editor: Regarding a recent article in the Journal-World: Rep. Steve Watkins stated that fewer than 1% of constituents who contacted his office mentioned the Mueller report. “There doesn’t appear to be much there,” Watkins said. I want to point out that he won his seat by less ...

Letter to the editor: Just the opposite

To the editor: I have figured out how to realistically understand what Mr. Trump is trying to make us believe. If you understand what the exact opposites are of what he is telling you, you will understand what the real truth is. “I had the biggest crowd at my inauguration than any other ...

Letter to the editor: Complex care

To the editor: The Democratic debates centered on whether private insurance should be part of a universal health care system. An article by David U. Himmelstein in the Journal of the American Medical Association reflects on the question. We spend twice as much per capita for health care as ...

Letter to the editor: Nourishment

To the editor: Growing up a Jayhawk fan and as a current University of Kansas student, I know the importance of KU sports for the overall community. It wasn’t hard to notice the Jayhawk memorabilia throughout offices of our KS delegates in DC. For a few moments, this made me think how sports ...

Letter to the editor: A house divided

To the editor: John Adams lived in Boston and then Philadelphia before becoming U.S. envoy to France and Holland and ambassador to Great Britain. He had never lived among slaves before moving into the White House as its first occupant. He was dismayed at the effect slavery had on people, both ...

Letter to the editor: No climate plan

To the editor: Thank you for running Marcel Harmon’s “Climate change isn’t a single issue; it frames all” in the July 23 edition. In addition to Mr. Harmon, our outgoing city manager, Tom Markus, Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability Director Jasmin Moore, the Lawrence “hub” of ...

Letter to the editor: Mean streets

To the editor: My Lawrence time’s starting its 50th year, And on balance it’s been pretty good being here. But something now stops me just dead in my tracks; Our streets have gone mean with their potholes and cracks. I’m finding that getting from here on to there Has become a huge ...

Letter to the editor: Expand Medicaid

To the editor: On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bipartisan Social Security Amendments into law, creating Medicaid as the bedrock program providing health care access for low-income Americans. President Johnson declared of Americans, “As a Nation, they want, they need, ...