Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hastert deserves a longer sentence

In his June 2 letter, James B. Britton Jr. of Potomac excellently pointed out the differences in prison sentences for two child abusers. One sentence given to a criminal by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd and the other lesser sentence given to Dennis Hastert, both disgusting criminals.

Mr. Britton asks at the end of the letter, "What's wrong with this picture?"

Lawmakers need to know UI's value

When the best news you get from Springfield in months is the Legislature's failure to override a Gov. Bruce Rauner veto, you know you're in trouble.

Drive just 86 miles east of Springfield on Interstate 72 and you'll come to Champaign, hometown of this campus.

Illinois stuck with abusive politicians

Recently the University of Illinois announced a process to select a "first-ever athletic mascot" — the phrase evidently recognizing the argument that the Chief was not a mascot but a "symbol."

Union helps keep Dems entrenched

In his May 25th letter, Ricky Baldwin, senior field organizer of the Service Employees International Union, defended the "free speech" of the "nonviolent voters and students," as they banged on the walls and yelled so loud as to drown out Gov. Bruce Rauners' speech.

Baldwin took a "big negative blast" at The News-Gazette's accurate reporting on the situation.

Immigration now a woe worldwide

Immigration is becoming (and has become) a problem almost the world over.

The most serious evidence is found in Europe and neighboring countries, where many of the immigrants are Muslim.

Where are all the immigrants coming from — and why? Is the oppression so widely spread in the world that people running from their homes is the only solution? Or is there another motivation?

Worshipping idols of their making

The secular humanists (atheists) are telling the same old lie Satan told Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden 6,000 years ago, as recorded in the Holy Bible. Genesis chapter 3, verse 5 says, "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." This is not a coincidence.

Chief still best symbol for the UI

I know there has been a lot of talk about what we should have for the University of Illinois mascot. Some say we should not have Chief Illiniwek. We have been used to the Chief since the late 1920s.

Now some people suggested different kinds of animals. Eagles, squirrels, etc.

Positive letter was a pleasure to read

The upbeat letter by Janet LeRoy, published on May 25, is an oasis in an arid desert of frequent letters about the obscene ugliness of the current political campaign; the unending complaints of those who curse the world for flaws that do not cater to their just deserts; the tidings of damnation from self-ordained theologians; and various other dark reflections of angry people.

A grateful nation remembers D-Day

On this day in 1944, I was a 10-year-old student at South Side Grade school. We had been at war since Dec. 7, 1941.

My school and every other school in the U.S. had supported the war effort with paper drives and metal drives. The playgrounds of the schools were piled high with what the students had collected.

How did we get these candidates?

When I review the candidates in both the Democratic and Republican parties, I find it interesting and unusual how things have been shaping up.

Has there been a gradual buildup or an instantaneous feeling that we the people are not being well served by our elected officials?