Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

University has to pick a non-human mascot

I see that the mascot controversy has reared its head again at the University of Illinois because of suggestions about replacing the Chief Illiniwek symbol.

Make it historically accurate with doughboy

The only mascot that actually matches up with the origins of Fighting Illini — making it more historically accurate than Chief Illiniwek — is a World War I doughboy.

Considering that almost no one from that era is alive, it can't possibly offend anyone. Plus, his gun and bayonet would be fake so no one could feel unsafe.


Hudson, Ohio

Here's a unique idea for a sports mascot

Illini fans: As a member of the class of 1959, I have a great idea.

Instead of picking some silly meaningless animal as a mascot, why not honor the University of Illinois' heritage?

UI doesn't need 'Purdue Pete' type

Pleeeasse, do not bring in one of those big-headed, shiny-faced, big-eyed goons like the mascots displayed at Michigan State and Purdue.

They're disgusting, and we are the Illini.



Crisis Nursery story disturbing

As a volunteer and supporter of the Crisis Nursery for the past 22 years, I was appalled and heartbroken to read about the abuse at the nursery in 1998-1999.

Rauner should be shouted down

As a second-year doctoral student, I write to strongly condemn the May 3 editorial headlined "Campus disgrace."

OK for 'unheard' to silence speakers

There's an old phrase in Latin: reductio ad absurdum, which means, reduction to the absurd. This seems to be the official policy of The News-Gazette's editorial board.

Can we trust President Trump?

Do you want President Donald Trump's hand on the nuclear trigger?



Prison transition poses a dilemma

I appreciated U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis' guest commentary about the need for change within our criminal justice system. He drew attention to the challenges of reentry.

Central building must be preserved

Because I have lived near Champaign Central High School since 1973, I have observed a lot about the use of the school building and surroundings in the city as a whole.