Letters to the Editor
If it weren't so embarrassing, it would be amusing. In Tom Kacich's March 18 column in The News-Gazette, Champaign Mayor Don Gerard described himself thusly: "I'm going to be the rude, obnoxious, non-collaborative elected official that I have always been."
Unfortunately, Mr. Gerard doesn't limit his "rude, obnoxious" behavior to only the political arena.
On April 7, Danville's citizens will choose whether to keep Mayor Scott Eisenhauer or not. While I like both candidates personally, swapping Scott Eisenhauer for Jim McMahon would be a huge mistake.
The reason has to do with why our police and firefighter unions have endorsed McMahon.
The new medical school is right out of the neo-liberal playbook, with its leveraging of public infrastructure for private profit. That infrastructure and its research capacity have long been sustained by public funds from all levels of government.
It is disappointing to see the editorial board of The News-Gazette pick a fight with Sen. Dick Durbin over the senator's use of analogy regarding presidential executive orders (The News-Gazette editorials March 1 and 4).
The cover story, entitled "We are Heartbroken" in the March 19 edition of The News-Gazette, should remind all of us to be especially careful near train tracks. Unfortunately, the tragic incident that occurred on March 18 in Tilton plays out too often. (Similar incidents occurred in two other Illinois communities within the past week).
Our legislature has a chance to do something big and bold for Illinois and secure our clean air future. To meet the challenge, legislators must consider market-based, cost-effective policies that will reduce carbon emissions and deliver economic, reliability and environmental benefits for Illinois.
One of President Washington's first priorities was to ask Alexander Hamilton to come up with a plan to foster American manufacturing. He and others since have realized the importance of creating and preserving the manufacturing base of the economy.