Letters to the Editor
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.
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!
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.
"Give us this day our daily bread" is a sentiment shared across mainstream religious philosophies and throughout the world. The stats on food insecurity are staggering. People deserve to not be hungry and to have proper nutrition.
There are many hungry people in Champaign-Urbana, and I am proud to be a volunteer at our local soup kitchen, Daily Bread.
I am confused. I don't understand why Delta Chi fraternity's sign "Gut the Gophers" (Oct. 29) merits a "talking to" by the University of Illinois administration. Is it because:
— The critter to be gutted is a gopher, and gophers are included on PETA's endangered species list?