Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

New UI AD made a really big move

Please give new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman the credit he deserves, and stop talking about all the things that could go wrong.

We all know what could go wrong, we've been watching bad football for most of the last 50 years.

'Grapes of Wrath' was just terrific

If your readers haven't yet seen the Illinois Theatre production of Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" at Krannert Center, I urge them to go. It is still being performed March 10-12.

I saw this play and was amazed by every aspect of the production. The UI student-actors were very professional and the stagecraft blew me away.

Mature people take responsibility

America has changed.

When I was growing up in a small town in eastern Illinois 50 years ago, the majority of the homes had firearms. Many of the men were veterans of World War II and Korea. They fully understood the responsibility and the serious business involved in handling a firearm.

Map effort needs help on Tuesday

Volunteers are needed Tuesday (March 15, the day of the primary election) to help collect signatures on petitions for the Independent Map Amendment.

We are 85 percent of the way to achieving our goal of 600,000 signatures for the constitutional amendment to require an independent commission to draw state legislative district maps.

What's position on Chief Illiniwek?

Obviously, Lovie Smith is an incredible football coach, and athletic director Josh Whitman, as a former Illini, has excelled since graduating.

Together, they have a golden opportunity to lead the Illini Nation to greatness.

However, I have a question I would like each man to answer.

Change in state's attorney is needed

A change is due in the Vermilion County state's attorney's office.

Early last summer, I experienced a theft of tools and equipment from my construction company. The theft was well over $8,500 and was reported to Hoopeston police.

Nowlan misses key fact about income

Jim Nowlan (March 2) states, regarding income of Illinois residents from 1978 to 2014: "I also thought real, inflation-adjusted per capita personal income would have grown somewhat during the period as well, but no."

Shelter has new 'marketing strategy'

I've noticed that the Vermilion County Animal Shelter has a clever new — if questionable — "marketing strategy," as evidenced in The Independent-News (Feb. 3, 2016, edition).

Clark best choice in precinct contest

My name is listed on the March 15 ballot as a Democratic candidate for precinct committeeman in Urbana's Cunningham 1.

However, I have dropped out of the race and endorsed Phyllis Clark for this office.

I hope no one opposes Clark, and I regret any misunderstanding.



Savings plan costs are way too high

Geraldine Agilpay's recent letter on the new Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program filled me with mixed emotions.

I have no doubt that this program will increase retirement security for thousands of Illinois residents who do not otherwise contribute to a retirement plan. Nevertheless, the steep program participants will likely face tempers my excitement somewhat.