Letters to the Editor

Money for Obama library but not vets?

Gov. Pat Quinn, Speaker Michael Madigan and Illinois Democratic legislators thumb their noses at Illinois veterans and Illinois educators while embracing a projected $100 million expenditure for an Obama presidential library. The projected expenditure for the Obama library equals three years' worth of college tuition for Illinois veterans.

Keystone XL pipeline about dirty fuels

A recent letter complained about a California billionaire spending money fighting against approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, talking about all the jobs it would create.

Doctor's letter misses impact of tax loss

Joseph Shumway, a physician who gives his address as St. Louis in his April 24 letter, chastises the people of Urbana — or as he charitably calls them: "you" — for their "trivial" concerns that Carle is not meeting community or citizenship standards by refusing to pay taxes to the community that supports it.

District properly managing habitats

I want to applaud the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for managing our natural areas in such a way that closely mimics what used to be normal and regular ecological processes. Their periodic controlled burns, removal of invasive species, and planting of native species greatly increases the natural diversity which supports the native insects that feed our native wildlife.

Ethanol commentary had inaccuracies

It's amazing that a publication of your caliber would publish a letter with facts approaching tabloid status. The author of "Outdated ethanol policy isn't working as intended" needs to do some more research.

Power Smart Pricing an expensive choice

I am interested to know if other people in the community are aware that people on Ameren's Power Smart Pricing were paying a lot more for their energy this winter than regular Ameren customers.

American medical system too focused on money

Carle physician Joseph Shumway's meditation on gratitude brought to mind a fainting spell I suffered several years ago at a restaurant in Dijon, France.

Runners in the back of the pack felt like stars

Last Saturday, my running partner, Karen Fritts, and I participated in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon. This was our first time to the area and we really loved running through both Champaign and Urbana.

New law not stopping cellphone use in vehicles

For nearly five months, Illinois has had a law against drivers talking on a cellphone while holding it. While sitting at a stop light recently, I watched five cars make left turns through the turn arrow and all five drivers were on their phones and two were texting.

The way I see it, the state lost $375.00 at that one light.



Holocaust crackpots will never understand

Last weekend, there were two programs in Champaign-Urbana on the topic of the Holocaust, and they couldn't have been more different. On Sunday, Sinai Temple hosted a commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, with Yiddish songs, talks on Holocaust education locally and internationally, and prayer.

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