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: Bad for downtown

To the editor: The proposed project “The Hub at Lawrence” by Chicago-based Core Spaces should cause great concern for anyone who appreciates the historic nature of downtown Lawrence. Core Spaces designs and builds apartment complexes in college towns for students. The location for this ...

Letter to the editor: Thanks, crews

To the editor: After our many snow episodes this winter, our city snow removal crews deserve a big round of applause. They have worked tirelessly to make our Lawrence roads clear of both ice and snow. It hasn’t been easy, but they have done a fantastic job! Thank you!

Letter to the editor: Sidewalk burden

To the editor: I am in disagreement with the editorial support given to the city’s plan for sidewalk maintenance and repair. My displeasure is on several levels: 1. The extensive sidewalk at my home is something I neither want, asked for, nor can get rid of. 2. It is not on my ...

Letter to the editor: How quaint

To the editor: Here are some of the quaint concepts that the pre-World War II generations held as worthy goals: honor, fidelity, honesty, dignity, decency. How fortunate we are to live in a more liberated time! Patrick Shannon, Lawrence

Letter to the editor: Ease sanctions

To the editor: If the United States is seriously concerned about food and medicine shortages in Venezuela, it should ease the economic sanctions against the country. Venezuela has products, oil and minerals, and there is demand for them. To wall off these products from the U.S. and its allies ...

Letter to the editor: Unfair policy

To the editor: While you feel the city of Lawrence sidewalk maintenance policy may make sense, it is grossly unfair to those of us who have sidewalks on their property. Some property owners have sidewalks while those living across the street do not. Neighbors use the sidewalks, often on a ...

Letter to the editor: The bigger picture

To the editor: It appears from the Journal-World article that our representative Eileen Horn thinks that a penalty tax on hybrids and electric cars is a good idea because they are too fuel efficient and the state is losing money on gas tax. This seems insanely backward looking to me at a time ...

Letter to the editor: Good representation

To the editor: I would like to commend the residents of Lawrence. You have Dennis Highberger as your state representative. I found out just last week how compassionate and thoughtful he is. And, yes, I know this is all old news to all of you. I went to the Kansas Legislature last week, having ...

Letter to the editor: Restorative justice

To the editor: Jail overcrowding in Lawrence is a serious concern, but there are many possible ways to alleviate it — not just building an addition. Under the restorative justice model, the victim and the offender meet to discuss the event with the help of a trained volunteer facilitator. ...

Letter to the editor: Owning our responsibility

To the editor: In response to the Steve Lopes letter on Feb. 22, guns are only one aspect of parental and societal responsibility that seems to be nonexistent in our world. Some parents secure their cars and other valuables, but not their guns. Some parents expect their children to act ...

Letter to the editor: Getting guns under control

To the editor: “Being proactive about guns” (Feb. 17 Journal-World) expresses a fine sentiment, but it fails to acknowledge, let alone address, the real issue: lax firearm security. The opening statement: “Lawrence will soon learn how good it is at being proactive” largely places the ...

Letter to the editor: ‘More perfect’

To the editor: “We The People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” That legitimate questions can be asked about the sustainability of our social compact cannot be surprising. During the past 243 years it has always been thus. Our Constitution itself is ...

Letter to the editor: Gun deaths

To the editor: It has been a year since the terrible shootings in Parkland, Fla. Shortly after that tragedy, a poll reported that 71 percent of Americans supported a vigorous attempt at gun restrictions (PBS). Recently, a similar poll showed that number to have dropped to 51 percent. We can ...

Letter to the editor: Innovative health leaders

To the editor: On Thursday, I attended a presentation by Russ Johnson, CEO of LMH Health (formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital), Shannon Oury, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority executive director, and Bob Tryanski, Douglas County director of behavioral health projects. I was pleased ...

Letter to the editor: Too much missed school

To the editor: Weather happens. Every day we have weather. And sometimes we even have snow. Or ice. But life goes on. Except if your kids go to USD 497. I appreciate the concern for safety. But several times this year, school has closed for the “threat” of bad weather that hasn’t ...

Letter to the editor: Fact errors on cats

To the editor: There are some significant factual errors in the letter to the editor from Carol and Dave Kyner, which was published Feb. 11. Veterinarians will not benefit from a trap/neuter/vaccinate/release (TNVR) program, as the Lawrence Humane Society employs its own veterinarians now, ...

Letter to the editor: Mindless spending

To the editor: The city is imposing a sales tax for affordable housing and doesn’t have a plan on how it is to be spent! This is Lawrence, not Washington, D.C. I thought we were smarter than that. Lately it has been the jail fiasco with taxes raised years ago but never spent; out-of-state ...

Letter to the editor: No to feral cat proposal

To the editor: We were not able to access the online survey about the trap/neuter/vaccinate/release (TNVR) program on feral cat colonies. Therefore, we are writing this letter. We have owned two cats for nine of the 12 years we have lived in Lawrence. They were indoor cats that were only ...

Letter to the editor: No open lunch

To the editor: Recently my wife and I attended the Free State High School orientation. The “open lunch” topic came up. Open lunch is a period of time in which students may leave the building on their own. The school official speaking stated that he is not a fan of this and would end it if ...

Letter to the editor: Feral cat facts

To the editor: Recent articles regarding changes to animal control laws have been somewhat misleading, or at least unclear, I believe. I keep seeing references to ‘allowing feral cat colonies’ in Lawrence. The reality is, feral cat colonies already exist here and will continue to exist ...