Letters to the Editor
If you're a fan of comedy or politics, you gotta love how the Illinois General Assembly has so adeptly manufactured and managed the financial mess known as the pension crisis.
Plan A: Ignore the problem, as well as some laws that require pension payments. That worked really well for a few decades until the Great Recession blew the house down. Time for
Almost 2,000 University of Illinois students of color reported feeling uncomfortable on campus because of their race. They encountered racial stereotypes and demeaning reactions in class and out, from students and faculty. Fraternity and sorority houses are a hot spot.
Black students reported the highest percentage of problems, though they make up only 19 percent of respondents.
I would like to thank Norm Pounder for his insightful letter on May 10.
He points out that with the development of technology replacing human labor, while it is possible to feed and take care of far more humans than ever before, far fewer are profitably employable. He foresees ever fewer people in the labor force, and ever more on the dole of one kind or another.
In his May 11 letter — "Fuel tax increase better for Savoy" — Lowell Mennenga wrote in support of Savoy implementing a fuel tax increase as Urbana and Champaign have done.
The call for this has previously been noted in The News-Gazette because the fuel stations in Savoy have increased their prices commensurate with those in Champaign and Urbana.
The editors of The News Gazette seem to accept without question Gov. Bruce Rauner's formula for improving our state's finances—cutting taxes, removing worker protections, decreasing support for social services and public education.
In your recent editorial, you continue to advocate that Illinois aspire to be one of its lower-compensating neighbors. Despite your hyperbole, union "chieftains" such as Michael Carrigan are fighting for well-paid jobs that support the middle class.
I just read in the May 5 News-Gazette that the Illinois Department of Revenue has granted a property tax exemption to Presence Hospital and 58 properties located in Urbana for the years 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2013 for about $10 million.
The recent settlement in DeWitt County represents a major victory in the continuing battle to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from the toxins, both currently in and proposed to be hauled in to AREA Disposal's Clinton Landfill.