Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Torture good for creating enemies

Why release the CIA report in wartime, asks columnist Cal Thomas. When do you suppose it is ever not going to be "wartime" in America, Mr. Thomas, given that the Talibans, al-Qaidas and ISILs of the world show no signs of abating?

Do you mean then that we should continue to let America slide into an immoral, rogue police-state without examining what we're doing?

Superintendent chart was misleading

On behalf of the Urbana School District 116 Board of Education, I want to respond publicly to the Dec. 7 article on superintendent salaries, because ofthe story's misleading representation and inaccuracies.

Urbana School District 116's superintendent, Dr. Donald D. Owen, was listed as the second highest paid superintendent in the region.

Praise, not scorn for protesters

I applaud the students at Centennial High School, and the teachers and principal who supported them, for their demonstration affirming the equal value of life regardless of racial differences.

Common sense missing at protest

How many people in Champaign-Urbana knew about the Centennial High School protest prior to the event?

The students weren't supposed to be in the street. Were they briefed on the rules of engagement prior to the event?

Shop supports local charities

Your excellent article on selecting charities deserving of our support prompts this note: Persons wishing to support Champaign-Urbana charities and stretch their holiday dollar can shop at Twice is Nice, the thrift shop at 607 W. Elm St., U.

Illinois should not follow Arkansas

In their Dec. 14 opinion piece for The News-Gazette, Robert Kaestner and Anthony T. Lo Sasso urge Illinois policymakers to "think big on Medicaid reform."

Sadly, their prescription to replicate Arkansas' Medicaid experiment would be disastrous for Illinois taxpayers.

Sexual assault remains a problem

The Rolling Stone story does bring disgrace to the magazine. It does paint an unfortunate picture for the University of Virginia and for fraternities.

However, the story does not portray an inaccurate account of sexual assault on college campuses.

Champaign mum on meeting request

Recently a group of concerned business owners from North First Street approached the city of Champaign with their concerns over a soup kitchen being placed in their neighborhood. They asked for and, within days, had a meeting with the city over their concerns.

N-G sadly backs torture rationale

The Dec. 14 News-Gazette editorial "Then and Now" is no more compelling on the subject of torture than is its inventive (and incorrect) spelling of the name of former Nebraska Sen. Robert Kerrey.

Party leaders just following the law

There certainly has been a lot of dialogue around the process to fill the Senate seat. Upon searching for the official process, this is on Ballotpedia.org: "Whenever there is a vacancy in the Illinois General Assembly, the state constitution mandates that the seat must be filled by appointment.