Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Close the prisons, treat the addicted

Len Gingerich's recent letter suggesting the "undocumented" are crossing the borders of Arizona from Mexico to distribute illegal drugs to American communities is, as usual, targeting the "usual suspects," that being the poor and those unable to defend themselves.

Our ego-mad stars leading people on

I'm certainly tired of listening to Hollywood stars still complaining about their dissatisfaction over Donald Trump being elected president.

They name-call him and even offer mental evaluations of him.

Thus, I'm going to say this about Hollywood stars. They don't stand for anything. They want to lead people over the edge just like lemmings.

PAUL M. HAYES

Urbana

Let's get sports situation fixed

I was born and reared in Danville, and I now live in Tennessee.

I fly my orange flag every game day, but it is not the one they are accustomed to seeing in this region. My flag has a Block I on it.

From the days of sports broadcasters Larry Stewart to Jim Turpin, I have lived and died on their every word, mostly died.

Obamacare has patient protection

Let's face it, health insurance companies do not have our best interest in mind. Because they are motivated by profit rather than patient health, they view sick patients as more of a liability to the company's' bottom line.

While working for an insurance company, I experienced this mentality firsthand in the mid-'90s at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

The Golden Rule is not on display

There should be no misunderstanding about the dual responsibilities of government: It must provide what is immediately necessary, and at the same time make plans allowing citizens the best opportunity to realize the future goals.

Davis wrong about health care critics

On his Facebook page, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis referred to critics of the American Health Care Act as "the extremes in both parties."

Missing cat tale has happy ending

Even though my neighborhood has several cats, for a few weeks I would get a glimpse of a cat I had never seen.

I keep a heated water bowl and an igloo with a heating pad on my front porch. Plus, I put out cat food.

Let's make UI sports great again

Growing up in Champaign and having family that was immersed in many aspects of the University of Illinois, I thought the university was the center of the universe.

Now, more than 30 years removed from Champaign, I still bleed Orange & Blue.

Shimkus is wrong; men should pay

Rep. John Shimkus has brought unwelcome national publicity to our region with his remark that men should not have to pay for prenatal coverage in their health insurance premiums.

Prenatal care is extremely cost-effective, paying for itself financially as well as in reduced suffering if it can reduce neonatal ICU admissions by a couple of cases per thousand births.

Summerville great for our community

My prayers go out to Willie Summerville's family. My heart is very heavy. Nothing I say can do justice to who Willie was and what he meant to so many people.

I was blessed to be a part of many of Willie's "Messiah" productions over the last 12 years. His love for Jesus and music is a great example.