Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

On Aug. 21, go south for total eclipse

News-Gazette readers are surely aware of the solar eclipse coming our way on Aug. 21.

What I want to do is tell everyone to go see it.

"But I don't have to go see it, it will come to me."

Time is right for election reform

Americans' distressingly low voting rates reflect a widely shared lack of confidence in our elections and government. Many Americans believe, justifiably, that candidates do not reflect their views, and, once elected, are typically responsive only to large donors and party leaders.

So many MTD buses, so few riders

Over the years, there have been letters concerning the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District and the large buses that occupy many of the streets that are not designed for the additional weight.

But more recently CUMTD has noted a decrease in ridership with some statements that the apartment construction closer to the University of Illinois campus has minimized riders.

Previous chiefs no help on N. Korea

Thank you, former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, for delivering to President Donald Trump a North Korea with nukes, taking me back to the 1950s, although now I know hiding under a desk will not work.

Rauner's veto tied to charter schools?

The News-Gazette omitted key facts in its Aug. 7 editorial on the school funding reform bill known as Senate Bill 1.

Schools relying on unreliable money

The current financial status of lllinois' schools (as of Aug. 3) can certainly place a lot of blame on Gov. Bruce Rauner and "czar" Michael Madigan's control of the Illinois General Assembly.

However, a great deal of the schools' financial problems stem from their own ineptitude to confront economic challenges.

Davis taking selfie with Iowa racist

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, recently posted a selfie with Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on social media.

Rep. King stated in March, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

Ousting Madigan, Cullerton the issue

It has been interesting to follow the Democratic candidates vying for election in the 13th Congressional District in Illinois. As someone who has never voted Democratic in his life, I feel free to offer what I consider sage advice to voters who may be considering candidates David Gill, Benjamin Webb, Betsy Londrigan and Eric Jones.

Legislature should override veto

There are glimmers of hope in Washington and Springfield for bipartisan cooperation — if only partisan "politics as usual" can be kept at bay.

During the recent health care debate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., implored his colleagues to return to "regular order." Deliberate, careful debate and bipartisan cooperation are necessary.

Help stop new concealed-carry

On Aug. 3, another man was shot and killed in Champaign. A life ended too soon, and a family and a community will feel the effects for years to come. This is not normal, and not acceptable in any segment of our community. Yet it keeps happening.