Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Pro-Chief faction tries intimidation

Naming and attacking other letter writers with whom you disagree does not constitute a reasoned argument for the pro-Chief position.

If you take exception to Stephen Kaufman's ideas, then let's hear your arguments. Repeated letters telling him to get out of town are just plain nasty and seem rather immature.

Double down on Chief by buying

Prompted by retired University of Illinois Professor Stephen Kaufman's most recent threats against those who do not acquiesce to his views, I have gone online and purchased several T-shirts with the Chief emblem.

I encourage all who can to do the same.

And by the way, the "Three-in-One" would make a great ring tone.

ANN SAPOZNIK

Urbana

Chief symptom of UI losing its way

Letters have appeared in The News-Gazette bemoaning the latest Stephen Kaufman demand to eliminate the historic "Three-in-One" from the Marching Illini band program. Writers seem surprised, even taken aback, by such a demand and ask: "How did it ever get to this?"

The answer is easy.

Why 'cutoff age' is inconsiderate

The article on Halloween regarding the age "cutoff" for trick-or-treating was aggravating for this parent.

My son is a 6-foot-5 "developmentally delayed" person who looks forward to this day every year. I spent all week making his special choice of a Spartan costume, then we walked in the freezing rain to get treats.

Danville VA offers excellent care

Recently I've been reading a lot about the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care Center in Danville. I feel that the media have been giving it a black eye.

True, recently the Danville VA has had the departure of a disgraced director and a problem with the newly renovated Building 58 (raccoons, fleas, etc.). These problems have been addressed and properly taken care of.

Every vet should take Honor Flight

On Oct. 27, my husband was able to take an Honor Flight to Washington. He says it was one of the best things he ever got to participate in. Extremely good organization and hundreds of volunteers make Honor Flight a success.

Is Kaufman losing sleep over Chief?

One has to pity retired University of Illinois Professor Stephen Kaufman. He has obsessed about Chief Illiniwek for years.

After finally getting his wish that the Chief be retired, Kaufman is now obsessing about the "Three-in-One" and any references to the Chief in the form of merchandise.

New Willard boss is a positive sign

Great news: Gene Cossey will take his new position as executive director of the University of Illinois Willard Airport in Savoy.

Federal programs hurting Americans

Let's examine some of the fruits of modern liberalism.

America became the most successful nation in history through a government and society based on brilliant founding documents and an economy based on free market capitalism. But along the way some decided those documents should "evolve" and that capitalism greedily exploits the masses.

Planned Parenthood an important health care source

For 99 years, Planned Parenthood has provided birth control, cancer screening, safe and legal abortion, STD and HIV testing and counseling and many other high-quality health care services.

More than half of Planned Parenthood's health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas. Many of the patients are low-income.