Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Illinois should not follow Arkansas

In their Dec. 14 opinion piece for The News-Gazette, Robert Kaestner and Anthony T. Lo Sasso urge Illinois policymakers to "think big on Medicaid reform."

Sadly, their prescription to replicate Arkansas' Medicaid experiment would be disastrous for Illinois taxpayers.

Sexual assault remains a problem

The Rolling Stone story does bring disgrace to the magazine. It does paint an unfortunate picture for the University of Virginia and for fraternities.

However, the story does not portray an inaccurate account of sexual assault on college campuses.

Champaign mum on meeting request

Recently a group of concerned business owners from North First Street approached the city of Champaign with their concerns over a soup kitchen being placed in their neighborhood. They asked for and, within days, had a meeting with the city over their concerns.

Party leaders just following the law

There certainly has been a lot of dialogue around the process to fill the Senate seat. Upon searching for the official process, this is on Ballotpedia.org: "Whenever there is a vacancy in the Illinois General Assembly, the state constitution mandates that the seat must be filled by appointment.

N-G sadly backs torture rationale

The Dec. 14 News-Gazette editorial "Then and Now" is no more compelling on the subject of torture than is its inventive (and incorrect) spelling of the name of former Nebraska Sen. Robert Kerrey.

Too many things don't make sense

"Ours is not to reason why; ours is to do or die."

The public is not bound by this soldier's lament: no one should accept governance without being allowed to reason why.

For instance, it was reported that Illinois lawmakers were befuddled about how to equalize district expenditures for education. Current per pupil-year costs ranged from $25,289 in Seneca to $6,016 in Paris.

Back up charges with a few facts

Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing (mayor for life) recently stated "Carle does not pay its taxes."

I do not believe this statement is correct. I request the MFL to show evidence that Carle has not paid the taxes it is legally requited to pay.

Common Core will benefit students

Zach Trueblood, in his Dec. 10 letter, excoriates the Common Core State Standards because they require testing, represent government intervention, and were hastily written by noneducators who have "likely never" been in a classroom.

Letter writers hit the right notes

I am thanking William Schuh and David Marrone for the very good letters that were published this month.

These were written in perfect time for this season.

Rape is constant on college campuses

The recent editorial, "Rolling Stone gathered no facts" said that (Rolling Stone magazine) needs to explain itself. Indeed. it does. The N-G said the magazine and the UVA president need to get their facts straight. Indeed they do.