Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Stats don't back up closing Gitmo

The White House believes that Guantanamo should be closed because it is a terrorist recruiting tool.

During the past 20 years, we've had the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, 241 killed.

In 1993, the World Trade Center bombing killing six and injuring a 1,000-plus.

In 1998, the bombing of our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, 224 people were killed.

Central project needs to start over

This April 7, we will be asked to approve the construction of a new high school in Champaign.

The wording of the referendum implies that this high school has no specific location, but it does provide a cost. This cost is based on the latest estimate to build a high school on Interstate Drive.

Comcast customer fed up with service

My wife and I have been Comcast customers since 1999 — and under several company names. I have found the service to be reasonably priced and work as advertised, till now.

Example explains Greece's problems

Several years ago my wife and I were vacationing in Greece when we spotted a lovely silver necklace in a jewelry store. The price was $85 if we paid with a credit card or $55 cash.

I paid with cash, the money went under the table, no documents were created, and probably no tax was ever paid on that sale.

Mundos grateful for news coverage

There are no words to express our family's gratitude for the attention you gave us in our desperate efforts to find our missing brother/son Vicente.

The coverage you provided reached far and wide throughout Illinois and helped to raise awareness of a missing University of Illinois college student. Your messages reached thousands of people in pleading for help in the search.

Here are examples of what 'terror' is

I would like to respond to Eric Vimr's letter regarding plutocrats encouraging wars to gain more wealth.

First, I admit that Vimr may be brighter than me. I had to look up "plutocracy" in the dictionary, so I learned a new word. Plutocracy means "a society ruled by a small minority of the wealthiest citizens." (I thought this was called human history.)

Park district has a lot for seniors

In Janet Anderson's Jan. 26 letter to the editor, she complained that there are no programs for seniors, other than potlucks and card games, offered by the Champaign Park District.

As I look at the park district program guide, there are numerous programs for all ages. There are dance classes, tennis instructions, music and others.

Black history has a lot to share

Baby buggy, bicycle frame, clothes dryer, curtain rod and support, door knob, door stop, dust pan, egg beater, elevator, eye protector (goggles), fire escape ladder, fire extinguisher, folding chair, fountain pen, gas mask, golf tee, guitar, hair brush, horse shoe, ice cream scooper, ironing board, key chain, lantern, lawn mower, lawn sprinkler, lemon squeezer, mail box, mop, pencil sharpener,

Unit 4 seeking a park district bailout

In a desperate effort, the Champaign school district is now asking the park board to help save Unit 4's flawed referendum by asking that Dodds Park be made available for a proposed new high school.

If the park board agrees to bail out the school board, what will the taxpayers of Champaign get? Most importantly, it will help the passage of a badly flawed referendum.

N-G's editorial misses on Salaita

With regard to The News-Gazette editorial of Feb. 10, it seems clear that its authors favor making political considerations a priority in University of Illinois faculty hiring decisions.