Letters to the Editor
University of Illinois basketball Coach John Groce, did you learn anything from the game against Maryland?
The game proved that you have other guys that can shoot the ball besides Illini senior Rayvonte Rice. It also shows you should play all the guys at some time because you never know what can happen.
Modestly putting aside his own manic partisanship, Jim Dey writes in the Jan. 13 News-Gazette that Steven Salaita's "backers certainly have been noisier than his critics."
Perhaps. But the issue at University of Illinois is not in fact Professor Salaita's thoughts and actions. It's academic freedom, and its reprehensible denial by the university administration.
Thanks to Lee Goodman's News-Gazette Jan. 14 letter on gun control. Readers were reminded of the other side of easily available guns: suicides, accidental shootings of friends and family members and cases of arguments that would never have ended in death had a gun not been handy.
I believe there is a basic obligation to God, Mother Earth, whatever supreme being you do or don't believe in, for good to fight evil. They are hard terms to define as there are many different degrees of each. History records but a handful of people that were all good. Good and evil are not equals and we cannot give evil the slightest advantage.
During the American Civil Rights Movement, Robert F. Kennedy quoted an old curse: "May you live in interesting times." And so my generation and those who have come after continue to.
In high school, we demonstrated for civil rights. We local teens rented an old bar on North First Street and called it Coffee & Cream Coffeehouse, a place where blacks and whites could mingle.
Here we go again. The Unit 4 school construction proposal is back for an April ballot.
New buildings may have many merits for the athletic programs and local contractors; it is a good thing that Dr. Howard and the current Central High are considered.
But let's not be April fools.