Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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.

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.

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."

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.

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?

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.

SUNDAY NIGHT EXTRA: GOP should recall 'Saturday Night Massacre'

The common justification given by Senate Republicans for their refusal to consider President Obama's Supreme Court appointment is that Democrats have similarly done so in the past. Usually, the example given is the rejection of Reagan appointee Robert Bork in July 1987, when Reagan had eighteen months remaining in his term of office.

Bathroom coup must be resisted

Insanity. On the heels of Target's ridiculous bathroom policy to allow gender-confused men to have full access to women's bathrooms in their stores, the Obama administration decided to issue a federal mandate requiring all public schools in the nation to comply with similar radical co-ed restroom policies.

Bathroom guy/gal shook reader up

I recently went into the restroom at Target, and I'm certain that the guy who went into the stall behind me was a woman. I felt threatened. I felt disrespected. I felt that my last safe place had been taken from me.

So who can I sue? What good is it to be a litigation nation if you can't profit from your pain, real or imagined?

Eagle would be fitting mascot for university

In regard to the ongoing discussion and suggestions for a University of Illinois mascot, I can think of nothing more fitting as a replacement for our former symbol than that of our own national symbol — the American bald eagle.