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: Protect film building

To the editor: Hopefully the Lawrence City Commission will vote against allowing the Centron building (Oldfather Studios property on West Ninth Street) to be rezoned to allow apartments on the site. This is a historic building that should be protected. Centron Films produced some of the ...

Letter to the editor: Election information

To the editor: COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the 2020 elections. Although there are no plans to change the Aug. 4 primary election or Nov. 3, general election, election officials throughout Kansas are implementing additional measures to protect the health of ...

Letter to the editor: No candidates?

To the editor: Where are all the candidates? We are less than two weeks before the filing deadline for important elective offices and, as of this writing, only four of 28 primary races for area legislative and county offices are contested. Even worse, only two of 14 general election races are ...

Letter to the editor: Take it outside

To the editor: COVID-19 appears to spread mostly via airborne transmission, and the best research suggests that sustained exposure to other people in poorly ventilated indoor spaces poses a risk of infection. Disturbingly, there are now many documented cases of indoor transmission at ...

Letter to the editor: Don’t be dumb

To the editor: Survival of the fittest has a corollary: death of the dumbest. When I see the news videos of people in crowds, without masks, protesting, or going to bars or beaches, I can’t help but think “they will reap what they sow,” and so be it. But that is not true. Most of them ...

Letter to the editor: Look at the choices

To the editor: The choices we have to make today regarding the coronavirus remind me of the theory of the 19th century Austrian economists, that humans make choices between security and freedom. They trade part of their security for freedom and vice versa. During World War II, I fought for ...

Letter to the editor: Pearl Harbor what-if

To the editor: What if Donald Trump had been the president when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941? Based on Trump’s handling of COVID-19 so far, here might be some highlights. Word of the attack spreads; people become fearful. In a fireside chat Trump calms them, saying that ...

Letter to the editor: Shame on us

To the editor: It’s sad that I’m compelled to write this. Like most of us, I’ve been consumed by the strangest experience of my 67 years. I don’t even need to identify it. It’s horrendous enough. But there may be worse. Read about Ahmaud Arbery. Read Charles Blow in the New York ...

Letter to the editor: A tribute to Mom

To the editor: My 94-year-old mother lives in a skilled nursing facility in Connecticut. As of May 5, 20 of the 58 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Five of those 20 have died. She’s trapped on the Titanic; adjacent staterooms are filling up with the sea water. Will she be next? “I ...

Letter to the editor: Big victory for voters

To the editor: The League of Women Voters of Kansas is proud to be part of a voting rights victory for all Kansans as we celebrate the ruling of a federal appeals court that requiring documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties ...

Letter to the editor: Why he dislikes tests

To the editor: According to news reports, President Donald Trump recently stated that too much testing just makes you look bad. I’m guessing that’s a lesson Donald might have learned early on in school. Geography (where is India?), grammar (complete sentences), civics (how many governors ...

Letter to the editor: Crisis concerns

To the editor: As I was reading the Journal-World on Monday, I was struck by two front-page featured articles: 1) Lawrence teacher’s web series brings classic art to students learning at home; and 2) Oil-reliant counties in Kansas predict a gloomy future. Each pertained to consequences ...

Letter to the editor: Endorsement dark side

To the editor: If the NCAA, sports fans and politicians want to help college athletes, aren’t they taking the wrong approach by allowing them to receive money for endorsements? That will certainly enrich a few stars and perhaps keep them in college longer, to their benefit. But what about ...

Letter to the editor: Necessary changes

To the editor: We seem to be turning the corner on the devastating effects of this pandemic; that is yet to be seen. We know the huge toll in death and illness, the “Armageddon” that medical teams have faced in hospitals and nursing facilities, the desperation of the millions who have ...

Letter to the editor: Fritzel’s proposal

To the editor: Thomas Fritzel’s proposal to serve his sentences at home deserves to be explored. Just relieving the local incarcerated population by the absence of a single inmate would not make a difference, of course. If Mr. Fritzel were to extend his offer to take in a significant number ...

Letter to the editor: Tighten our belt

To the editor: I’m writing to congratulate four city commissioners (Jennifer Ananda, Stuart Boley, Brad Finkeldei and Courthey Shipley) on the new swimming pools they’re installing at their homes. Despite the current economic crisis, they apparently feel comfortable moving forward with ...

Letter to the editor: A blessing

To the editor: As we approach the transition to less strict protocols in dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I want to express gratitude for how the many facilities that provide care — assisted living, independent living, nursing homes — in our community have managed, against ...

Letter to the editor: Investigate the allegation

To the editor: Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against then-Sen. Joe Biden was made public on March 25. The liberal media, Democratic politicians and MeToo activists have been almost silent. Based on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that dated back to high school, these same ...

Letter to the editor: Reconstruction theme

To the editor: Perhaps in the new COVID-19 environment an old song, written by Katharine Lee Bates, could be our theme for reconstruction: “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! ...

Letter to the editor: Do better, KU

To the editor: Am I to feel sorry or be impressed that a few KU top administrators are taking a 10% pay cut for six months? Considering their six-figure salaries and the fact that small businesses are ending their own tenures, I think neither sorrow nor admiration is my response. If KU wants ...