Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hundreds of rules can't match this

What is a rule? To paraphrase Webster: "A rule is an accepted principle or instruction that states the way things are or should be done."

A shallow web surf shows the rule book for Major League Baseball has 95 pages, the National Football League 217 pages, and the National Basketball Association 244 pages.

UI is descending into mediocrity

On the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University of Illinois, perhaps it is useful to reflect on what we once were and what we've become.

There was a time when the University of Illinois stood for quality. Now we stand for diversity.

There was a time when faculty wanted to teach undergraduates. Now faculty only want to flock to Washington to beg at the federal trough.

Teacher deduction minor tax benefit

For the record, I do have some issues with the current Republican tax plan.

However, the potential loss of the educator expense deduction is not one of them. This $250 deduction saves a teacher in the 15 percent bracket $37.50.

Losing this deduction is front-page news?

UI faculty need disability training

The University of Illinois is rated a top 10 college for students who have physical disabilities. The UI is also ranked No. 1 in wheelchair accessibility.

From outside the classrooms, we can see accessible sidewalks and ramps to buildings, but inside these buildings, in the classrooms, something is not right.

Moore episode exposes hypocrisy

Just when I thought partisan politics could not be more disgusting, Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. More appalling was how Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Orin Hatch, et al, collapsed like wet paper bags days after demanding Moore withdraw his candidacy when his history with underage girls was revealed.

Central expansion scatters its sports

The current plans call for Champaign Central High School soccer and softball fields on the block between Church and Hill streets, football at South Side School, and tennis, swimming and baseball at Spalding Park.

The details of this plan are of concern for many reasons:

There's a better option to monitor state voting

The Interstate Crosscheck system analyzes voter data submitted by 28 participating states, including Illinois, to identify duplicate registrations so that state authorities can remove these potentially fraudulent registrations from voter rolls.

Tax proposals bad for public education

There are many reasons to oppose the GOP tax plan. Economists are skeptical that the cuts will stimulate the economy, the tax savings disproportionately benefit the well-to-do, furthering the dangerous level of income inequality, and the plan will significantly grow our national deficit. In addition, the tax plan will harm public education.

Dey column tries to normalize racist

I'm appalled by Jim Dey's column on Dec. 7 about Dennis Toeppen, the owner of Suburban Express. Toeppen sent his customers an email saying that on Suburban Express' buses, you'll find, "Passengers like you. You won't feel like you're in China when you're on our buses."

Tax plan would harm child care

As a parent with two young daughters, I know high-quality early childhood education and child care helps give kids a strong start in life. My girls were lucky; they had quality child care and early learning that prepared them for kindergarten.