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: Street resources

To the editor: Another winter of dangerous potholes and deteriorating streets with not a street repair crew anywhere. Apparently the city spent all of its repair money remaking the lightly traveled eight blocks of Lawrence Avenue between Clinton Parkway and 31st Street. New pavement, curbs, ...

Letter to the editor: Honor will of voters

To the editor: For several years Douglas County officials have been planning to expand the permanent footprint of the jail. In the spring of 2018 they married a jail expansion with a popular mental health funding question. County officials campaigned for passage and threatened cuts to ...

Letter to the editor: This takes the cake

To the editor: County commissioners should give citizens the right to vote whether or not we want to go into debt to expand the jail. Alternatively, they should give us the modest democratic right to circulate a petition and gather 2,500 signatures within 30 days, placing the question on the ...

Letter to the editor: Proud to live here

To the editor: I would like thank the Journal-World for giving front-page coverage for “Police share draft policy limiting cooperation with ICE.” It was made clear that the city leaders expressed support for the draft. The Lawrence Police Department would limit police cooperation with the ...

Letter to the editor: Homeless struggles

To the editor: The Lawrence Journal-World Editorial titled “City, County must step up on shelters” (Feb. 16) conveys two misconceptions: one, the writer does not fully acknowledge the challenges for the Lawrence Community Shelter in opening 35 additional beds on cold winter nights. Two, ...

Letter to the editor: A bad plastics plan

To the editor: On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Republican Rep. Sean Tarwater introduced a bill, HB2625, in the Kansas Legislature that would stop any and all Kansas cities or counties from prohibiting or regulating the use of single-use plastic items, such as bags or straws. The Kansas Chamber of ...

Letter to the editor: Hear our voices

To the editor: I am a Douglas County citizen. I am a Douglas County voter. I am proud of both. I do not remember how I voted in 1994 regarding a tax increase. I sure do know that I did not expect the passing to mean our County Commission could do whatever it chose to do whenever it chose to ...

Letter to the editor: The rest of the story

To the editor: When one asks a Donald Trump supporter what the president has accomplished, he or she invariably answers, “Well, he has a great economy.” Let’s look at some facts. President Trump has used the media to repeat his message of “having the best economy of any president ...

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk issues

To the editor: Sidewalk repairs are back in the headlines! Despite all the letters, hearings and discussion, some important issues seem to remain obscure. Many have pointed out discrepancies like exist in our neighborhood, where half our neighbors have walks to clear and maintain and half do ...

Letter to the editor: An evil king

To the editor: If this were a fairy tale, the evil king who took money and vital services from the poor and showered more wealth upon the rich would be punished in the end. Some evil would befall him, or perhaps he would experience a transformation causing him suddenly to behave with justice ...

Letter to the editor: The best thing to do

To the editor: Suppose you are hiking with a group in the Flint Hills. Too late you hear a loud rattle, and a young man is bitten by a rattlesnake. What is the single most important piece of emergency equipment you have? Answer: your car key. Get him to an emergency room. What is the single ...

Letter to the editor: What a role model

To the editor: Just when I thought Donald Trump could not stoop any lower. I heard on the news Mr. Trump referred to Mike Bloomberg as “Mini Mike” and ridiculed him as being “5 foot 4.” Don’t parents scold and correct their children who tease other children about their weight , ...

Letter to the editor: Who wins here?

To the editor: Dear KU chancellor and KU athletic director, It has been frustrating beyond measure this basketball season since KU opted to have a number of the men’s basketball games broadcast on ESPN+ and Big 12 Network! KU has always had one of the most loyal and devoted fan bases ...

Letter to the editor: Paperless dangers

To the editor: The software on which votes are counted is protected as a corporate trade secret, and the software is so complex that if malicious code was embedded, no analysis could likely not discover it. Further, because there is no voter-verified paper record, it is not possible to ...

Letter to the editor: Overlooking color

To the editor: In response to Bill Klein’s letter of Jan. 17, 2020, “Our common color.” Mr. Klein asks “why must we continue to identify humans based on the color of their skin pigment?” The answer is history. The phrase “people of color” evolved to describe a group of people ...

Letter to the editor: Local importance

To the editor: In a state divided by political differences, especially during this session of the Legislature, the importance of local government is often forgotten. While debating over state and national issues, it’s easy for one to forget about equally impactful decisions being made in ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s indecency

To the editor: Is Donald Trump a symbol of the society we have become? Have we grown so coarse that we just roll our eyes and shrug our shoulders at the vulgar, insulting and lying behavior of our nation’s president? Setting aside the issues of impeachment, political ideology and party ...

Letter to the editor: Bad equation

To the editor: Michael Gerson’s opinion piece on Saturday equates Donald Trump’s ceasing to pursue the common good in his appeal to “racial resentment, his embrace of white grievance, his demonization of migrants, his abandonment of democratic ideals, his misogyny and xenophobia, his ...

Letter to the editor: Combined effort

To the editor: The editorial and letters page in the Friday paper was tied together neatly: Leslie and Jennie Dienes’ letter to Public Forum clearly expresses that Kansas native and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has failed to defend one of “his” employees and cursed a reporter. You ...

Letter to the editor: Pricey cages

To the editor: Putting aside the additional harm inflicted on those jailed, even a few days on petty offenses, and their families, and just contemplating the fiscal insanity of the county’s $30 million plan to expand the jail beggars the imagination. No one with a modicum of common sense ...