Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

New UI trustees enhance board

Congratulations to Ed McMillan, Jill Smart and Ray Cepeda for their appointment by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. They hail from sectors in large corporate agriculture, business consulting and banking. Each brings tremendous strengths in management, understanding large organizations and a passion for the university.

Support humane farming practices

Americans quietly celebrate the nation's hardworking farmers and ranchers during every meal. And National Agriculture Day on March 18 is a good opportunity to reflect and give thanks to those who raise our food and do it right.

Fleetwood Mac 16 seed a mirage?

As we all know, this time of year, everyone is filling out brackets, and everyone is picking their seeds.

Durbin does need historical review

I stand with The News-Gazette. U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin needs to revisit his high school/university history classes.

Specifically, The News-Gazette's March 4 editorial was spot on. Noted historian David Herbert Donald writes that the Emancipation Proclamation was "warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity."

City resolutions deserve discussion

Since I did not see any coverage, I wanted to call attention to the recent unanimous passage by the Urbana City Council of two inspiring, important resolutions.

Letter: Rauner is taking state in the wrong direction

In his budget address, Gov. Bruce Rauner presented proposals he claimed would make our economy grow and consider the needs of the next generation. It's difficult to imagine a package of proposals more damaging to children and families.

Recent fire story was insensitive to cows

In Mary Schenk's article about the Fisher farm fire, she says that four cows and two calves were destroyed by a fire.

How insensitive is that, when she is calling a living being destroyed, instead of killed. They are living animals, not pieces of property.



Resident has concerns about proposed mine

I am concerned that Sunrise Coal's proposed Bulldog Mine near Homer will cause problems for our residential wells. The mine plans to make a 90-acre, 75-foot-high pile of polluted mud near the corner of 800 N and 200 E roads in Vermilion County. The pile is the container for the 4 million cubic yards of dirty water containing chemicals from the coal-washing process.

State pensioner got short shrift

Poor Scott Reeder who writes for the Illinois Policy Institute. On days when he can get away from the busy institute for lunch, he dines with dullards. Had I been his lunch companion, I would have pointed out that if one of every 10 state workers "takes in more than $100,000 a year" then nine of every 10 do not.

President is still truth-challenged

Our president is starting this year no different than ever with his untruthfulness.