Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Chief's gone; time for a new mascot

In my 45 years in Champaign-Urbana, I have been a University of Illinois student, employee, parent of graduates, and currently a retiree and wife of a retired associate professor.

Prattle from local polysyllabic punk

In his Jan. 27 letter to the editor, Mr. Eric Vimr says our president is fat, insults his wife's looks and then goes on to call anyone who doesn't agree with him deplorables who love exclusion, are racists and are misogynistic and vacuously stupid.

My oh my, it looks like the mean kid on the playground found a thesaurus.

Hess abounds in contradictions

As if Leonard Pitts' weekly negativity wasn't enough, now we have Elizabeth Hess' column complaining about and insulting conservatives.

Rolling through a red light deadly

According to a recent article by Slate's Steve Casner, rolling right turns on red (and presumably stop signs) are causing 6 percent, and rising, of total pedestrian deaths. Of those, 20 percent are children.

He goes on to say a child is more likely to die when struck by a slow-moving vehicle, as compared with an adult.

RICHARD MANN

Urbana

Pot legalization devalues us all

In order to defend the legalization of marijuana, many have compared it to the use of alcohol. To me, that defense is like comparing apples to oranges.

Politics entangle prosecutor, UI

When is not playing politics playing politics?

Answer: When a state's attorney elects to not press charges against an admitted violator of the law, citing a desire to not get involved in a political fight. Huh?

Lower taxes a boon for clean energy

I would like to commend Congressman John Shimkus for leading the effort to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As an advocate for clean energy, I know these tax cuts will help energy innovators thrive.

Changing minds for better results

If we continue to believe as we have always believed, we will continue to act as we have always acted. If we continue to act as we have always acted, we will continue to get what we have always gotten. If we want different results in our life or work, all we have to do is change our minds.

It seems somehow criminal to some people when others change their minds.

Young voters need to get to the polls

Voting. This word either makes you cringe or flares up a sense of pride as a U.S. citizen. Regardless of your reaction to the word, voting is important. In Illinois, the voting primary is on March 20.

Caulkins too tied to Chicago's Proft

On March 20, we voters have the responsibility in choosing a candidate for state representative in the 101st Illinois House District. With the recent increase in our state income taxes, thanks largely in part to Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, it is important to choose a candidate who accurately and faithfully represents us rather than playing Chicago politics.