Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Refusing refugees wrong reaction

The terrorist attacks in Paris have resulted in reactionary xenophobia in America. Pundits, politicians and citizens have demanded that Syrian refugees not be allowed into America. We must examine the facts.

Holiday help: Fill, donate backpacks

It's backpack time again at Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and we will celebrate the holidays by giving filled backpacks to the guests we serve at lunch.

The men and women we see daily are rarely remembered at Christmas.

For many, these backpacks will be their only presents.

'White guilt' distorts coverage

In his Oct. 28 letter "N-G editorials display racism," P. Gregory Springer writes that racial violence is rampant and that "white privilege" has blinded us.

Time for lawsuit reform in Illinois

This holiday season, Illinois is shrouded in a cloud of uncertainty. The state of Illinois still does not have a budget and our state's economy seems to be stuck in neutral.

Ready to serve Vermilion County

With much careful deliberation, I am seeking to regain a seat on the Vermilion County Board for District 3. I won my election for District 2 back in 2006, but was required by the Hatch Act to step down from that seat in 2010 after I went to work at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Do not send more 'boots on ground'

Enough is enough.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and his brethren politicians who believe "boots on the ground" (News-Gazette page B-1, Nov. 18) is the answer to Middle East chaos, feel free to lead the charge into battle.

Open format for negotiating budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed an open meeting, now rescheduled to Dec. 1, in which he and the four legislative leaders each take 10 minutes at the start to air their views on the budget impasse and outline their ideas to resolve it. Then the meeting would move behind closed doors for the actual negotiations.

Urbana should focus on priorities

This is in reference to the article on page C-4 of the Nov. 21 News-Gazette regarding the leader of the Republic of Urbana's insane letter to Congress. She wrote the letter saying Urbana could take on some Syrian refugees.

Salvation Army deserves our support

By Ellen Kuchenbrod

Have you ever been the victim of a tornado or had your house burn down? Have you been unfortunate enough to know the devastating feeling of having your life's possessions gone in a heartbeat? What do you do? Who is there to help?

Nye not qualified to talk about climate change

The book review of Bill Nye's new book on Nov. 15 was a fairly good example of the mainstream media (AP) tooting the horn for anyone who agrees with them.