Letters to the Editor
Most folks focus on the presidential and senatorial candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary. It is easy to overlook the local races for county board that often have more day-to-day impact basis than what happens in Washington.
I'm concerned with Carol Ammons' recent comments. These comments were critical of Gov. Bruce Rauner's efforts to remedy the financial problems of our state.
I, along with many fellow voters I have spoken with, find the politics-as-usual rhetoric demoralizing.
University of Illinois student Ruby Fernandez-Rivera was clearly wrong when she damaged the menorah at Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.
She publicly apologized. There should be a penalty, but charging her with a felony seems unduly harsh.
In the next Champaign police contract negotiations, officer behavior and conduct on and off duty should be top priority. The badge loses respect and trust when the person wearing it doesn't follow proper procedures when dealing with the public.
The decision not to prosecute Officer Matt Rush for whatever reason is not building trust within the justice system.
I read with interest the article by News-Gazette reporter Julie Wurth on Feb. 17 concerning the resignation of Dan Peterson, a top fundraiser for the University of Illinois, and his move to the University of Washington in Seattle.
I want to congratulate Professors Harwood and Mendenhall and Efad Huq on their thrilling and entirely unexpected discovery that people, especially male college students, sometimes behave badly when they are drunk, as stated in their Feb. 21 guest commentary.
The "one large tree in the center" of the large vacant lot on Prospect Avenue in Champaign, as mentioned in Tom's Mailbag on Feb. 20, is a beautiful, mature specimen of European larch, a deciduous conifer tree rarely seen in this part of the country.
Thank goodness this one has been preserved all these years by the family owners of the lot.
What a delight to see the amazing photograph of Walker Stillman by Liz Brunson on the Feb. 22 front page.
It illustrates so perfectly the amazing skill not only of this tremendous high school athlete (who I hear is also a great student), but the skills of Liz with her camera.