Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Rauner bucking corrupt Chicago

The governor is doing what the people of Illinois, who voted him in, wanted him to do.

Instead of blaming him for not passing a budget, why don't you ask House Speaker Michael Madigan why he refuses to accept any of the budget that doesn't apply to Chicago?

The governor wants the entire state to be secure, not just Chicago.

UI women's team has great talent

I am a longtime ladies' basketball fan, and after viewing every home game at Parkland and State Farm Center and listening to away-from-home games on the radio, I've come to the conclusion that I have been treated with the worst display of misuse of players and out-of-position players and inability to manage the clock.

Blame firms for illegal immigrants

I would like for The News-Gazette or one of its erudite readers to explain to us how "illegal immigrants" use public services without paying taxes.

Is there a tax-exempt lane for illegal immigrants at the gas station or grocery store? Do landlords who rent to illegal immigrants get a special exemption from paying property taxes?

Can we apply laws without color?

Congress has enacted many laws to eliminate discrimination.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other laws prohibit discrimination against blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans, based on age, disability, gender, race, religion and national origin, and have helped provided a level playing field in the pursuit of education, employment, housing, medical care, etc.

Flint shows water must be protected

The water crisis that has developed in Flint, Mich., should serve as an example of what we should never even be thinking of anywhere in North America.

Impasse harming most vulnerable

It is vital that we all keep in the forefront of our minds the effects that the state budget impasse is having on our most vulnerable citizens.

Our church has a long history of providing direct support to those in need through our food and benevolence ministries. We also provide funds each year to local social service agencies and groups.

Elderly residents rely on caregivers

I am saddened by the news that an employee of Bickford Cottage in Champaign has betrayed the trust of the residents as well as his supervisors and co-workers.

My grandmother is 98 years old and after living and receiving care from my mother for several years, she moved into Bickford this past fall.

Stats on illegal abortions wrong

I wonder about the sources of the statistics in John Hartford's Jan. 25 letter to editor "What you don't know about Roe," that "only" (only?) 100 women died annually from illegal abortions.

He may believe it was 100, and he may think that 100 is not too many, but CDC data in, e.g., 1947, report 700.

Monticello could use sandwich shop

It seems to me that Monticello could use more sales tax revenue.

What Monticello needs is a Jimmy John's. I work in Urbana, which means this is where I make many of my purchases. Why? Because of convenience. I am already in the Champaign-Urbana area and shop the grocery, restaurant and department stores.

Illinois should pay attention to Flint

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., and the question of who is responsible for it has captured the nation's attention and has also highlighted how important clean water is to us all.

It is clear that preventing such water pollution from taking place to begin with is highly preferable to cleaning it up afterward.