Letters to the Editor
At 1 p.m. Sept. 8, an officer of the Champaign County Animal Control Department came to my home to inform me that a citizen was "concerned that my dogs might be able to jump over the fence" that encloses my front yard.
This hypothetical situation seemed a flimsier-than-usual pretext for an Animal Control visit.
I assured the officer that my dogs had never jumped the fence.
I read Dan Corkery's article on the Mahomet Aquifer with equal parts disbelief and sadness.
He asserts that since the Clinton landfill is 35 miles downstream from us as the aquifer flows, leaking polychlorinated biphenyls and other toxic chemicals will not affect us. "No one in Champaign County would be drinking that poisoned water," he writes.
As students have returned to college campuses for a new school year, I want to take this opportunity to remind them of the detrimental ramifications that may result from using or possessing a fake driver's license or identification card.
I was disappointed to see the recent disparity in coverage given two news events.
Saturday's front-page headliner about a former priest favoring the ordination of women priests continued to one-third of Section A's back page.
For the chairman of the board of trustees of a major research university, Chris Kennedy seems woefully out of touch with reality.
— Steve Salaita's tweets were strongly and profanely anti-Israel. However, they were not anti-Semitic. The hundreds, if not thousands, of Jews who have publicly opposed Salaita's firing understand this, even if Kennedy does not.
Clean water is fundamental for people and wildlife. But right now, 2 million miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands are stuck in a legal limbo, leaving the drinking water supplies for roughly one-third of all Americans and many species of wildlife unprotected.
My take on the Steven Salaita situation: Why can't the University of Illinois save face and take the tenured position away, and hire him on a trial basis with evaluations and peer reviews?
If he turns out to be a good hire, then offer him tenure.
When I went to college, tenure was an earned distinction, an honor rewarded after years of service, not given to new hires.