Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Coal mine would have future costs

Advocates for Sunrise Coal's Bulldog Mine near Homer praise its imagined, near-term benefits but say nothing about the real, long-term costs incurred after it's abandoned.

Consider what future taxpayers will pay to keep its immense, 47-acre, 75-foot-high coal waste pile from polluting the neighborhood.

Coach needs time to develop team

As lifelong Illini fans and University of Illinois graduates, we want the Illini to have a winning football program as much as anyone can. But we are greatly disturbed by the voices we hear insisting that coach Tim Beckman must be bowl-bound this season or be fired.

Dey's articles on Salaita a pleasure

Jim Dey has long been a talented reporter and editorial writer for The News-Gazette. But I must shower him with extra accolades for his coverage of the Steven Salaita saga.

His columns on this ongoing tale have been nothing short of brilliant, and, well, highly entertaining. I look for his Salaita story first thing each morning.

Professor's tweets hurtful, harmful

The university is correct, Professor Steven Salaita is not the victim of an attack on his academic freedom. Rather, he is being denied employment because his imprudent and frightening responses to conflicts raises real issues concerning his fitness as a university professor.

Decision reflects corporate mindset

The Steven Salaita case is an example of what is wrong with universities, locally and nationally. As universities become more like corporations, administrators become more like corporate managers. They have lost sight of their primary role in providing an appropriate and supportive environment.

Chancellor wise in her decision

Chancellor Phyllis Wise is the wise one. One thing we do not need in this area is another person with uncontrolled rage like Steven Salaita.

I find it hard to believe there is not someone just as well qualified, but who has the ability to express his opinions in a healthy way.

Stand up, Ms. Wise, and don't let the vocal minority get their way. Do the right thing.