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: Misguided SRO editorial

To the editor: I want to thank Lawrence school board member Kelly Jones for raising questions about the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. The July 17 Journal-World editorial suggests that if a program has existed 18 years it doesn’t need to be questioned. I don’t understand that logic ...

Letter to the editor: Crossing a line

To the editor: After watching the recorded chants of “Send her back” at his North Carolina hate rally Wednesday, I conclude that President Donald John Trump and his followers are committing federal hate crimes. The line has been crossed. Even small children are being encouraged to chant. ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks to Carrier

To the editor: Reading the weather reports this week made me think it is a good time to give a shout out to Willis Carrier (1876-1950). Although he is no longer around to hear the accolade, I do sing his praises on these toasty summer days for having invented the air conditioner. Kansas’s ...

Letter to the editor: Great city service

To the editor: A big shout-out to the employees in municipal services and operations, particularly those working in the pavement management (pothole repair) and the solid waste divisions. Lawrence roads took a beating after the long winter and heavy rains this past spring, and keeping the many ...

Letter to the editor: Trump’s obvious lies

To the editor: Our president gave a speech last week in which he delivered some of his most significant lies. Why so significant? Because unless his lies are understood, they will make life much more dangerous for my grandchildren and yours. We all know that he has in fact openly lied ...

Letter to the editor: Refugees need help

To the editor: It was the summer of 1971, and a crowd had gathered at the Dubuque, Iowa, airport, awaiting the arrival of our first refugees from Vietnam. Father Thomas Rhomberg represented Catholic Charities, I was with the Dubuque Area Council of Churches, and U.S. Rep. Tom Tauke from ...

Letter to the editor: Another God

To the editor: Shirley Halladay (July 16 letter to the editor) offers a prayer to her God for protection from all who don’t look like her. All who would make our country and Lawrence less desirable and attractive because they are more unemployable, more homeless or more likely to bring crime ...

Letter to the editor: Finding solutions

To the editor: There have been recent reports that Social Security will be in serious trouble in a few years because it will run out of money to keep the government’s promises to millions of people. That was true in the 1980s too. I was the editor of a national trade magazine in Peoria, ...

Letter to the editor: 2 types of intolerance

To the editor: I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas. Previously, I taught young adults with severe autism in New York City. My New York friends warned me about moving to Kansas as a person of color. I figured a university town would be safe. Well, I have experienced ...

Letter to the editor: No sanctuary city

To the editor: To all the city commissioners, we pray to God that the City Commission will not cave in to the recent protest group (many activists from out of town) and turn Lawrence into a sanctuary city! When you were campaigning for office, you promised to help make Lawrence more ...

Letter to the editor: Making peace

To the editor: Thirty-six years ago a world-class Soviet team visited the Kansas Relays during a dangerous period of superpower relations. The event was the brainchild of KU-trained Russian specialist Dr. Mark Scott, who co-founded Athletes United for Peace with me in late 1982. The ...

Letter to the editor: What we can do

To the editor: I realize our president is a compulsive liar. He has spewed so many untruths so often that I generally react with limited outrage to his latest productions. But our president has out-Trumped himself with his colossally bizarre claim on July 8 (Washington Post online) regarding ...

Letter to the editor: Speak out on bags

To the editor: The Sustainability Advisory Board recommendation failed to include a viable exception that I brought to the attention of the sustainability director last September when the topic of a plastic bag penalty was initially introduced. It has also not been noted by anyone ...

Letter to the editor: Anyone else notice?

To the editor: Is there anyone else out there that is tired of the way this city is run? Does anyone feel like we are being lied to daily? Can anyone remember the movie with the line “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”? Seriously, let’s do some evaluating. We ...

Letter to the editor: Rule by the 1%

To the editor: I read recently that many if not most mainland Chinese (we can’t know because there are no polls in China) are critical of freedom protesters in Hong Kong. What use, they are quoted saying, are individual rights when you don’t have enough food? They believe economic ...

Letter to the editor: Common sense

To the editor: Originally the project of converting 21st and 13th streets to bike boulevards was budgeted at $400,000-plus. Now city staff is requesting $700,000-plus for the project. At the last City Commission meeting it was said that the reason for this was because this is the city’s ...

Letter to the editor: Share the funds

To the editor: I do not feel that the Lawrence Community Shelter is being treated fairly by the community. Very kind-hearted people started it and persevered through great obstacles. People with serious mental illness were dying in the streets here; of course they had other problems also. One ...

Letter to the editor: What about drivers?

To the editor: Why are the city rulers so obsessed with the need to spend into the millions of dollars for bicycle paths, “bicycle corridors” and “traffic calming” obstacles for mysteriously unseen throngs of bicyclists? My job has me in every area of the city on a daily basis. Rarely ...

Letter to the editor: Regulating bags

To the editor: I feel compelled to write on the bags issue. The city seems to have a habit of not looking beyond the immediate to side effects of their projects. In the case of the single-use bags, it is this: Reducing pollution is an admirable goal; however, it is important to note that ...

Letter to the editor: Dishonest column

To the editor: George Will’s opinion (Journal-World, June 20) continues his belief that liberal colleges are narcissistic enclosures encouraging student misbehavior with administrative approval. Using allusions and universal associations, he accuses Oberlin College of being “made stupid ...