Letters to the Editor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."