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: Brees’ patriotism

To the editor: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently created a firestorm by his statement regarding kneeling for the national anthem. Brees said, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” He said when he hears the national ...

Letter to the editor: Know, feel and act

To the editor: Young Men, As you grow up, we’ll remember 2020 as the year that evolved dinner talk forever. What weaves into our family fabric matters deeply, for a lot of people. What for others might (but shouldn’t) be uncomfortable becomes empowering. As you mature into adulthood, ...

To the editor: Thank you, officers

To the editor: We’d like to offer our thanks to the officers in the Lawrence Police Department who have interacted in a supportive and positive manner. Last year, our youngest got turned around on a one-way street. He is bi-racial and on the autism spectrum, so we have coached him on how ...

Letter to the editor: Reconsider jail plan

To the editor: Do we really want to increase the number of people inhabiting our county jail? After the recent protests and trying to bring to light the injustices that have occurred and continue to happen, much has been revealed about the inequalities of social justice, housing, health ...

Letter to the editor: Horrific trauma

To the editor: I am horrified and disgusted at the police brutality that stole George Floyd’s life and the lives of so many others. I feel what our collective American soul feels: the grief, anger, shame and desire to rebel for positive change. Recently, I realized I have been looking at ...

Letter to the editor: Privilege barrier

To the editor: Ken Meyer’s sanctimonious letter of June 4 calls for “understanding each other and accommodating our differences” and then proceeds to do the direct opposite. Meyer bemoans “chaos, confusion, violence, protests and disorder” by “protesters, authorities, activists, ...

Letter to the editor: Past not relevant

To the editor: I have noticed some people in social media commenting about the fact that George Floyd had a substance abuse problem. He also had brushes with the criminal justice system. None of that can be used as any justification for what happened to him. In the U.S.A. we cannot allow ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Not racist’ not enough

To the editor: “All Cops Are Bastards,” a sign Sunday read. Surely an outrageous statement. Not all police officers are “bad.” In fact, they were helpful during our march down Massachusetts Street, leading in their cars, handing out water, blocking traffic. Their presence was 100% ...

Letter to the editor: Reformation now

To the editor: Our country is broken. It is failing. We have gone down a path that has transformed us into an oligarchy, sustained a militaristic foreign policy that has diverted trillions of dollars from the crying needs of our people and our infrastructure, and has kept us dangerously ...

Letter to the editor: ‘Do unto others’

To the editor: With all the chaos, confusion, violence, protests and disorder these days, far too many of the participants — be they protesters, authorities, activists, looters, organizers or very concerned citizens — have forgotten, have disdain for, disregarded, or just plain don’t ...

Letter to the editor: Inadequate president

To the editor: One more black man, murdered by police. I want to shout, “Stop it! Stop it! We are better than this!” But, apparently we are not. Meanwhile, our president concentrates on his Twitter account. I want to shake him and scream, “For God’s sake! Pay attention! This is ...

Letter to the editor: True sacrifices

To the editor: I am writing this letter on Memorial Day. I was moved by your recent editorial that reminded us that this holiday is not only for fun but, most importantly, to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice for a greater good. I am also offended by President Donald Trump, ...

Letter to the editor: Good downtown plan

To the editor: Kudos to our civic leaders for the proposed changes to downtown Lawrence. The expanded dining and walking spaces would represent a strong investment in building an increasingly livable, walkable and sustainable downtown environment. I also urge them to not hold back, and to ...

Letter to the editor: KU is being a bully

To the editor: The University of Kansas will get $15.1 million of COVID-19 funds. It behooves KU to give the refunds for housing and dining and not be engaged in a lawsuit. Furthermore, returning students should be offered a 10% discount on housing and dining. Set an example! Do something ...

Letter to the editor: Opening churches

To the editor: OK, let me get this right. Donald Trump wants it to be mandatory to open churches. What church does Trump go to? I have yet to see where he has ever attended church. And I do not believe he is a Christian. He can doubt President Barack Obama’s birthplace and religion. So I ...

Letter to the editor: An epic failure

To the editor: In 2018 I moved to Kansas from West Virginia. The Mountain State suffers from its own brand of political insanity, but at least its legislators had the common sense and decency to expand Medicaid. As a result, the rate of uninsured West Virginians dropped from 35% to 14% with ...

Letter to the editor: National disgrace

To the editor: Today, May 31, exactly marks 99 years since one of the worst racial atrocities in American history. That day armed white men in Tulsa, Okla., invaded the very prosperous and self-sufficient African American neighborhood known as the Greenwood District, shooting, looting and ...

Letter to the editor: Unmasking Trump

To the editor: I have watched, time and time again, as this excuse for a president has rebuffed and demeaned our highest office in the land. Does he not care for the lives of people in contact with him? Is he that vain that a mask hides his adorable face? Please wear the mask so we as ...

Letter to the editor: Selfish behavior

To the editor: I live at one of the intersections of 19th Street east of Massachusetts Street. We’ve experienced the repair and resurfacing of 19th Street for several weeks now. The work has been hampered some by the rain, and even though it has taken some time, it appears to be close to ...

Letter to the editor: Protect voting

To the editor: The League of Women Voters, as well as several community organizations in the Kansas Coalition for Citizen Participation, urge the Kansas secretary of state to exercise his authority under Kansas Statute 25-622 and automatically send mail-in ballots to all registered voters for ...