Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Create a way to dispose of old television sets

The front page article on Dec. 26 regarding the disposal problems of old CRT televisions is yet another example of our legislatures' well-meaning (I assume) but short-sighted policies that result in unintended consequences.

Jewish kids forced to sing Christmas carols

The schools in Augusta County, Va., were shut down on Dec. 19 because a page in the world geography workbook asked students to copy an Arabic copy of the shahada, the Islamic statement of faith. But during the 1930s, there was no shutdown of elementary schools on the west side of Chicago when Irish Catholic teachers taught Christmas carols to Jewish children.

No wonder people don't want to speak up

"We all have a part to play in alerting authorities. If you see something suspicious, speak up." That's what Barack Obama said after the Boston Marathon bombings.

UC2B editorial has serious flaws

The Dec. 27 editorial in The News-Gazette on the broadband fiber network project in Champaign-Urbana offers a fine balance of technical and journalistic incompetences.

Guns still legal under gun control

Gun control does not mean taking away legal guns from citizens, any more than our controls on alcohol and tobacco mean that we confiscate those products from legal users.

Gun control means having background checks on all gun sales, so that the streets of our cities don't become battle zones.

How to report parking violations

I am writing in response to Page Johnson Parkhill's Dec. 28 letter concerning misuse of handicapped parking spaces.

I think people who do this are playing the odds that they won't get caught.

Unlike Parkhill, I am not handicapped, but I become very upset when I see people misusing the handicapped parking.

3 ways to lessen global warming

On Dec. 12, 195 nations signed an historic agreement at the COP21 summit in Paris, uniting industrialized nations in the fight against the effects of global warming. These countries committed to reducing carbon pollution in an attempt to hold warming of the Earth to 1.5 degrees.

Once a Marine, always a Marine

In the Dec. 28 article regarding Paul Lewis, U.S. Marine Corps, formerly a hostage in Iran, the headline referred to him as an "ex-Marine."

There is no such thing as an "ex-Marine," nor a "former Marine."

The USMC adage, "Once a Marine, always a Marine" is not a cliche nor simply a constructed jingle to promote the U.S. Marine Corps. The words are an actual statement of fact.

Houses look better when proportional

After reading Tom's Mailbag, by columnist Tom Kacich on Dec. 25, I was reassured that indeed the latest construction on Armory Drive in Champaign is within the letter of the law.

When my wife and I lived in Galesburg, our 3,600-square-foot mid-century modern home was on one-third of an acre. It looked proportional to the land and the neighborhood.

More Americans giving up meat

Once again, it's time for New Year's resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.