Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

N-G shamelessly shields Rauner

In The News-Gazette's increasingly Orwellian editorials, when ordinary people stand up to the abusive authority of a rich governor, they are "authoritarian." This "should not be tolerated," says the defender of free speech.

And students are coddled and protected, but coddling and protecting the poor little rich governor is doubleplusgood.

There's much to see on UI campus

Recently, my third grade class took a field trip to the University of Illinois, visiting Spurlock, NCSA, Blue Waters, Plant Biology Greenhouse, and the Rare Book Room in the Graduate Library. From tropical plants, to 3-D movies, and Lincoln's handwritten work, my class was engaged.

Recovering eagle should be mascot

I am not really in favor of a mascot to represent University of Illlinois sports, but if we have to have one, dignity is an important factor, e.g., no student in an animal costume.

I nominate the young bald eagle now recovering from surgery at the UI's College of Veterinary Medicine.

ROD BURTON

Champaign

Rauner should drop his proposals

The state is in its 11th month without a complete budget for the 2016 fiscal year, and we are days away from the deadline for passing a budget for the next fiscal year.

Though House Democrats continue fighting to fund critical state services, including breast cancer screenings and higher education, legislative Republicans and Gov. Rauner block our efforts.

Don't forget about the decent people

When reading the news, one can get a bad impression of human behavior.

Muggings, robberies, shootings and drug crimes — among other nonacceptable behaviors — dominate the news reports.

Good things that people do seldom are deemed newsworthy. But there are good people who do good deeds.

Illinois Seminoles? NCAA would OK

I suggest we Illini make our new mascot the Seminoles.

Osceola and Renegade are the official mascots of the Florida State University Seminoles. Osceola, representing the historical Seminole leader Osceola, and his Appaloosa horse Renegade introduce home football games by riding to midfield with a burning spear and planting it in the turf.

Bear's angel came just in time

I just want to say I am happy that the abused dog, Bear, is recovering and has a new life and home.

He needs all the love and care he can get. The poor dog sure went through a difficult time.

Motorcycle-safety classes important

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Motorcyclists need to be aware of all vehicles on the road as they ride and hope that other motorists are aware of them as they ride.

How did incident get out of control?

I was saddened and embarrassed by the "chest thumping" zeal the police took to hunting down an alleged shooting suspect growing out of a traffic stop.

"We got him."

What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Shouting down governor is A-OK

As it did in the Steven Salaita matter, The News-Gazette is failing to step up to its journalistic responsibility to defend the First Amendment protection of free expression.

A May 9 editorial on the disruption by protesters of a talk by Gov. Bruce Rauner accused the student protesters of "never having learned ... about the most elementary rules of participation in a free society."