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.
I felt compelled to respond to a letter which appeared in the April 27 News-Gazette. That letter, from Brenda Schultz of Champaign, complained about a cartoon which recently ran in the "WuMo" strip.
That someone would actually be offended by a comic strip was enough to catch my attention. It is a COMIC strip, after all.
My mother always told me "know your worth" and never settle for anything less. However, if our worth, or more specifically our economic worth, is measured by how much money we make, Americans have continually been settling for far less than they are worth. What is more alarming is that the average American's economic worth has now fallen compared with middle-class people in other countries.
In response to the April 25 letter from Joseph Shumway, I am sure Carle has many good things to offer. But Dr. Shumway talks about "your hotels" and "your restaurants" indicating that this isn't his community. He takes his probably sizable paycheck and goes home to St. Louis rather than spending his money in this community.
Contrary to Charlie Symth's letter on April 15, terrible Urbana public bicycle policy has caused street maintenance costs to actually double. Urbana's policy of putting bicycle paths on the busiest of streets makes them dangerous for bicycles so bicycles don't use them.
What is missing in the lives of our children now? After watching the world news tonight and seeing the recent attack and death of a student in Connecticut and the repeat of the story of the young student in Pennsylvania who on April 9 slashed one man and 20 fellow students, I wept.
A big "well-done" to all the volunteers and organizers of the 5K walk/run Friday evening, a part of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
I have, however, one big complaint: baby strollers. They should be banned from the event, and the ban should be strictly enforced.
It's perversely ironic for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to excoriate poor people for collecting government subsidies, while ripping off the federal government of a million dollars in grazing fees. But, even if he were to pay up, Bundy and his fellow ranchers would still be living on government welfare.