Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Campaign signs were not stolen

My opponent's letter to the editor was in The News-Gazette on Monday implying my campaign and supporters are stealing his yard signs.

Here's the truth: He's either lying or desperately misinformed.

Only Davis solved IRS tax problem

In 2017, for the first time in the 47 years I have paid federal income taxes, I requested an extension from the IRS. There was a hardship involved, as I am retired, and started on Social Security.

Because of a one-month holding period, I had to do without $1,500 in income.

I paid my tax liability well within the 90-day extension I had requested.

War's violence afflicts other kids

I feel encouraged that so many young people took the time to protest both the presence of and the potential for violence in their schools. I hope they feel empowered to carry substantive conversations with their peers and their elders forward.

I also hope they will direct their gaze through the bright lights of the media spotlight to less acknowledged spheres of violence.

Alleged bombers really terrorists

I am very happy that authorities have finally arrested three men from Clarence who apparently are connected to the bombing of the Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., and the attempted bombing of a women's health clinic in Champaign.

Some guns only useful for killers

In Dale Hazard's well-written letter on Feb. 27, he called for banning sale of all assault rifles. Mr. Hazard stated that these weapons should not be in the hands of the public. He stated that these are military weapons and not for hunting and that no person needs a weapon with a 30-round magazine.

I'm totally in agreement with him.

Some inmates are treated as slaves

Slave owners branded their legal slaves so everyone would know their plantation.

Plantation jail masters adorn their black slaves in garments to identify their jail.

Tariffs altered 19th-century trade

While renewed tariff protection may well be good for U.S. aluminum and steel producers, further ramifications remain to be seen. Here is a quick look at the history of U.S. tariffs.

Worrell: Thieves took yard signs

Time and time again, I have had to replace my "Elect Worrell Sheriff" signs, bright yellow with red lettering, posted in various locations throughout Rantoul, Champaign and Sidney.

Convictions must be sent to NICS

Governmental units report violator's convictions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. To let laws work, reporting is critical. NICS often fails because violations are not reported.

Illinois is not one of eight states that require reporting. State rules should be tightened to require reporting, reclaim weapons and keep new weapons out of improper hands.

Poll watchers help keep elections fair

On Election Day, we can all help democracy work a little better.

Illinois statute helps protect the legitimacy of our elections by allowing poll watchers to obtain a copy of results tape at the close of Election Day.

The county clerk can ensure that election judges know this important part of their duties.