Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Gill isn't afraid to tell Illinois voters the truth

As executive director of Demand Universal Healthcare, DUH (Does America need a new health care system? DUH!), I'm interested in candidates' positions on a Medicare for All (M4A), single-payer system.

Recently, I attended a meeting where Dr. David Gill, a congressional candidate in the 13th District, spoke about his support of M4A, among other issues.

Trump turning our nation into a joke

While the people of Puerto Rico struggled in the aftermath of a hurricane, President Donald Trump dispatched Vice President Mike Pence to Indianapolis to watch football players kneel during the national anthem. This was an excuse for another Twitter outrage about disrespecting the flag and our military.

News media miss rest of the story

NFL players kneeling during the national anthem has dominated the news. It began last year when benched quarterback Colin Kaepernick, anticipating getting cut, needed a scapegoat.

Kaepernick has since gone 1 and 10 and rejected a $15 million 2017 option.

Farm Bill should cover local food

In an Oct. 15 guest commentary, Liz Moran Stelk argued that the 2018 Farm Bill must make building our local food systems a priority.

I am a University of Illinois graduate now living in southern Illinois. Stelk could not be more correct about the importance of developing the infrastructure for local food systems.

First Amendment protects people

Jim Dey is right that the core concept of the First Amendment is fairly simple. The problem is, he himself doesn't understand it very well.

In his Oct. 15 column, Dey loses sight of a key point, which is that the First Amendment protects the people from government, not the other way around.

Gun regulations can be reasonable

I am sick of the hypocrisy of legislators who mourn the victims of gun laws which they refuse to change because they like the campaign money received from the gun lobby.

And what is the point of the endless media speculation about motives of the shooter? There will always be other shooters until gun laws change.

What all abortions have in common

There was a recent letter to the editor in praise of Gov. Bruce Rauner's support of abortion.

I've heard the arguments pro-abortionists use many times. There is one statistic that pro-abortionists conveniently, and purposely overlook or ignore.

In 100 percent of all abortions, a defenseless, innocent, living, human being — a child — is killed.

CELENE BAXLEY

Pesotum

Farewell to a great newspaper press

The Oct. 15 photos of the removal of the fondly remembered Goss press from the old News-Gazette building brought a tear to my eye.

When I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1976, my first full-time job was as the advertising artist for the Courier, which had an ancient hot-metal press and used a plastic plate intermediate technology to (poorly) produce some ads.

Writer wrong on election, Trump

It seems that political discourse these days all too frequently consists primarily of name calling and citation of factoids with a cheerful disregard for actual fact.

Columnist correct on free speech

I've admired Jim Dey's investigative reporting — particularly on legal matters — for some time, but I often disagree with his political opinions.

I think he's quite right, though, in his comments in Sunday's paper — "Free Speech: It's Not a Hard Concept" — especially his asseveration "that so-called 'hate speech' is constitutionally protected."