Letters to the Editor
I went to vote on Nov. 4 only to find that election officials had no record of me in the computer database. They asked for identification and I presented my voter registration card. It was current, so they called the Champaign County clerk's office. An official said I should come to the clerk's office because the secretary of state's office had me listed in Piatt County.
Recently, I was disappointed in The News-Gazette. I picked up my Oct. 30 paper (yes, I still subscribe to home delivery) after watching a very exciting seventh game of the World Series the night before. There was a banner at the top of the page with a photo of Giants Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey — and the rest of the story was on page 3 of the sports section.
I am writing this letter to express my disappointment in the Champaign County clerk's office.
On Election Day, I went to vote and was told I was not registered.
I showed my voter's registration card, told the officials I have lived at this address for 3.5 years, pay real estate and income tax, and have voted at this very poll in the past, yet I am not registered!
I feel compelled to criticize your lead article in the Nov. 2 edition of The News-Gazette. In 2-inch letters it told us to: PAY ATTENTION, then listed all the people with top salaries at the University of Illinois.
This article is clearly designed to elicit negative reactions to the high salaries listed.
This responds to two recent commentaries on Illinois finances, one by Richard Winkel and Richard Dye, another by James Nowlan.
Both commentaries promote government austerity, and thus the four-decade neoliberal/Wall Street agenda that has resulted in radically increased economic inequality, low growth, high trade deficits, high unemployment and onerous household/student debt.
Recently, Amtrak announced that it had a slight increase in ridership, inspiring Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman to call for "more investments in infrastructure particularly on the Northeast Corridor and in Chicago." Boardman claims getting more funding from Congress will prevent Amtrak delays in the future.
It is disappointing that University of Illinois officials feel it is necessary to talk with Delta Chi regarding the giant paddleboard with a Chief leaning over and gutting a gopher.
Who was this offensive to? Gophers?
Had we played Purdue and the Chief was taking apart a steam engine would we still have controversy?
As a former basketball coach and athletic director, I always told people that The News-Gazette has an outstanding sports section.
I worked at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich., for 40 summers. While there, I read the Detroit News and Free Press. These two newspapers could not compare with The News-Gazette.