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: Shameful move

To the editor: A July 23 Journal-World headline read “Governor’s school delay shot down.” The story related that the Kansas Board of Education had voted 5 to 5 on the issue, thereby rejecting the governor’s wise call for a delay in opening the schools in a virus upturn. Buried in ...

Letter to the editor: Afraid for future

To the editor: The Trump Administration has shown open contempt for the U.S. Constitution and our system of government since the president entered office, but now we perhaps enter a new, even more dangerous stage as we approach the presidential election. Our nerves are frayed badly by ...

Letter to the editor: Support SROs

To the editor: I retired from the Lawrence Public Schools six years ago after a 38-year career in facilities and operations. My job offered me the opportunity to be in any of the schools at any given time. One of the groups of people that I got to know were the school resource officers. I ...

Letter to the editor: A pastoral message

To the editor: This letter is a public confession. We confess that we have too often kept silent while our Black and brown neighbors waited for us to speak up. We confess that we have not declared that Black lives matter in unequivocal terms. We have permitted racism to fester in our ...

Letter to the editor: Our United World

To the editor: The pandemic reminds us that our modern world is an interconnected one. In a roundabout way there is something good about it. It reveals our common humanity with the people of all other nations. Whether we like it or not, in many ways we live in what might be called a United ...

Letter to the editor: We must speak out

To the editor: I too am shocked and outraged at the way our president is abusing his power to “put down” protests (which are inherently American) by using “agents” from DHS, ICE, Border Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, etc. It is time for American citizens, Congress, the Senate, ...

Letter to the editor: Cast a righteous ballot

To the editor: Recently I wrote both of our state’s U.S. senators, pleading with them to “do the righteous thing. Speak out in favor of the new Voting Rights Act (passed by the House of Representatives late last year) and make sure it is named after the late, very honorable ...

Letter to the editor: Right leader for police

To the editor: The Journal-World did a great service to Lawrence by publishing a lengthy interview with the acting police chief on July 15. During a time when so many are using race and accusations of racism to divide Lawrence into different communities based on race, this comment by Capt. ...

Letter to the editor: Other road solutions

To the editor: Apparently, the city of Lawrence has plans for the Mutt Run unleashed dogs park. We are told that the north path, from the parking lot to the border of the youth playing fields, will become a way for cars, in an attempt to solve the traffic problem at the corner of the South ...

Letter to the editor: Leave dog park area alone

To the editor: While few would dispute the need to solve the often long wait times exiting the Youth Sports Complex, the fact remains that the complex is in use approximately 150 days a year, with exiting traffic comprising a couple of hours of that at most. Meanwhile, the Mutt Run is in use ...

Letter to the editor: Give students a voice

To the editor: What if we regarded students as initiators rather than subjects of ideas to promote learning in a COVID-19 environment? What if we truly accepted students as responsible actors who are concerned not only for their own health, but the health of their peers and teachers? What ...

Letter to the editor: Health security needed

To the editor: COVID-19 has caused us to become consumed with our lives and routines. Because of this, we have failed to recognize the devastating effects that this pandemic has and will have on those around the world living in poverty. As a result of the current pandemic, the number of ...

Letter to the editor: Bond fairness

To the editor: Rontarus Washington could afford pretrial freedom only after his bond was reduced from $750,000 to $500,000. Only after that was he able to come up with the bondsman’s 10% fee of $50,000. If he had had access to $75,000 at the time of his arrest, he apparently could have ...

Letter to the editor: Review self-review

To the editor: Good for the City Commission to have voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to review the use of force by the local police! Commissioner Stuart Boley’s encouragement to include the Community Police Review Board in the review is especially important. Perhaps the board and the ...

Letter to the editor: Profit before safety at KU

To the editor: I think it is time that the Lawrence community question the choice that the University of Kansas has made to have the students show up on campus in the fall. It is clear that this choice was not made with the health of students, faculty, workers and the Lawrence community as ...

Letter to the editor: Fireworks not neighborly

To the editor: We have lived in the southwestern corner of Lawrence for seven years, less than a block from the country line. Every year fireworks begin going off days before, and including, the Fourth. Lots belonging to the house where 31st Street to Kansas Highway-10 was closed several ...

Letter to the editor: Trump is no Churchill

To the editor: Recently President Trump and his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany compared him to Churchill, as both great leaders are inspiring to their people in times of difficulty. In 1957, I had the privilege of hearing Churchill addressing the students of Trinity College at the ...

Letter to the editor: Illegal fireworks

To the editor: Year after year we are subjected to illegal fireworks in our neighborhood and our city. It’s my understanding that these kinds of powerful heart-pounding, house-shaking and frightening mortar fireworks are illegal to set off in the city limits. But each year we have to deal ...

Letter to the editor: A racist argument

To the editor: Like the honeysuckle infestation behind my house, some things are hard to eradicate. An invasive species, I battle them continuously, and they just keep popping back up. And, so with racism. The Journal-World published yet another variation on the theme, this writ by Cal ...

Letter to the editor: Name change

To the editor: Having served as the principal at Pinckney Elementary from 2015 to 2019, I have watched the ongoing discussion around changing the name of Pinckney neighborhood and Pinckney Elementary. Pinckney school has such a diverse student body, both racially and economically, so on ...