Recently ("Minimum Politics," Feb. 25) The News-Gazette editors rejected calls by Gov. Pat Quinn and others to raise the state's minimum wage. In support, they cited a Congressional Budget Office estimate of 500,000 job losses if the federal minimum wage rose to $10.10.
Let's get a few things straight on gun stats. Each and every shooting, whether in offense or defense, is tabulated in the federal statistics as a "gun crime." Crimes deterred by defensive use of a firearm where no shots were fired are not counted at all, and oftentimes just not reported.
We greatly appreciated reporter Deb Pressey's Feb. 25 article on Austin's Place. The Center for Women in Transition is proud to work with United Way of Champaign County, First United Methodist Church of Champaign and their dedicated volunteers to make emergency shelter available for women in Champaign-Urbana.
I want to commend the crew that filled the potholes on North Mattis Avenue, north of Bradley Avenue. Sometimes filled potholes are still rough to drive on, but this crew did an excellent job of providing a pretty smooth road, considering what it was before their work.
Who do we have to thank for the dramatic changes going on to The News-Gazette over the last several months, and why are these changes being made?
What I'm referring to is the substantial increase in coverage of local and area news combined with the substantial decrease in coverage of state, national and international news.
It is with much respect for this candidate that I submit my letter of recommendation for Chad Turner who is running for Vermilion County Board in District 5. I have known Chad for the last 14 years. Chad is a lifelong resident of Vermilion County.
Every day I rush home after work to read the editorial page of The News-Gazette, hoping to be enlightened by rational discussion.
And every Wednesday I am informed by editorial columnist Leonard Pitts that I am nothing but a bigot and a racist.