Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Berkson has earned re-election to board

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.

Ammons should not back Madigan

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.

Signing petition for independent map

It was refreshing to read the Feb. 22 guest commentary on The News-Gazette's editorial page from four of the former Illinois House members elected to represent Champaign-Urbana.

Felony too harsh in menorah case

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.

Officer behavior must be codified

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.


UIF CEO should show his gratitude

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.

Scalia helped steal 2000 election

In his Feb. 21 "A minute with ..." article on the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia, Jason Mazzone commented that Justice Scalia will be remembered, among other things, for his "unwavering commitment to the rule of law."

UI profs discover vulgar drunks

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.

Large tree on Prospect a rarity

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.



Photographer a local treasure

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.