Letters to the Editor
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.