Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

NRA can't answer these questions

Gun rights advocates are quick to offer advice following each gun killing, usually in the following order:

1) Don't mess with the Second Amendment, even though many gun control advocates vow that they are not arguing for Second Amendment change.

2) More guns are needed to combat gun violence (NRA's position). Apparently, more than 300 million guns in this country are not enough.

Parking lot owners should make deal

Fluid Events Center in Champaign is a welcome addition to the community for an affordable place to host receptions and other such events. One thing our community is lacking is sufficient, affordable space to host larger groups.

Congressman not following Lincoln

I was present at a Rep. Rodney Davis' event where he was questioned about the Iran nuclear deal, but I wish The News-Gazette's story (Aug. 22) had included my question to the congressman: What do you think will happen if Congress disapproves the deal?

UI AD should be held accountable

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas fired head football coach Tim Beckman before all the facts are in. He should have known about all this already, if true, so he should be fired too. That's his job right?

UI plagued with so many problems

My wife, Sally, and I came to the Champaign-Urbana area in 1958 and have lived here ever since. I have followed the trials and tribulations of the University of Illinois. Over the last few years, it seems as if the UI has been involved in all sorts of them.

Chancellor sought, received opinions

The UI's Aug. 7 supplemental release of email communications shows that I contributed to online conversations with then-Chancellor Phyllis Wise regarding the Steven Salaita case.

Panhandling a real problem in C-U

Panhandling has gotten out of control in the Champaign-Urbana area. Recently my son and I were sitting at McDonald's eating quickly, and a man came up to the car and asked for money rather assertively.

Local capitalists show true colors

This responds to Tom O'Laughlin's Aug. 22 letter, "Real scandal: Chasing off Wise as chancellor," and to emails revealing the machinations of the local 1 percent in relation to the new medical school. Fittingly, O'Laughlin has been identified with the crackpot "Academy for Capitalism and Limited Government."

Beating heart too much for worker

Planned Parenthood oversees over 300,000 abortions a year. A recent Center for Medical Progress video release documents a former Planned Parenthood/StemExpress employee, Holly O'Donnell, describing an incident in which an intact aborted baby's heart was still beating when his brain was being removed for sale by cutting through his face.

Jurors are not required to accept pay

As a former member of the Champaign County Citizens Advisory Committee on Jury Selection, I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the Illinois law that raised pay for jurors beginning June 1.

While most potential jurors do indeed consider jury selection a valuable civic contribution, unfortunately economic realities sometimes prevent people from serving.