Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

UI courses need true diversity

In his March 20 column, University of Illinois Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua complains about the mandatory multicultural courses being developed. He believes only he and people like him are qualified to teach such a course.

One way to focus on mental health

Mental health has come out of the shadows and so has its particularly vulnerable populations.

In an article published by the National Institute of Health, Dr. Ronald Kessler and colleagues presented findings from an epidemiological study conducted by the World Health Organization. Sixteen countries were chosen for the study including the United States.

Target suffers for bathroom policy

Over the last several months, I have noticed in The News-Gazette that Target has been consistently down in the stock market and in their annual sales.

Coach, keep your eye on the team

I get that I'm a person of advanced age. I also get that the almighty smartphone rules.

But during the March 20 Illini game vs. Boise State, the television coverage repeatedly showed the new Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood and his family obsessing on the phones.

Wouldn't one think the coach would rather be watching his new team?


Gibson City

Taylor good choice for Parkland

In these difficult times for higher education, keeping the doors open and the lights on has to be a concern. But no college should lose sight of its core mission of education, and of giving each student their best and most valuable learning experience.

Energetic Holmes for library board

I came to Rantoul in 1983 and lived there continuously until 2014. I've known Jessica Holmes since 2002 through our participation and leadership of the Rantoul Theatre Group.

She has tremendous energy and dedication to whatever project she is working on at the time.

AFL-CIO offers its endorsements

On behalf of the thousands of men and women represented by the AFL-CIO in Champaign County, I write to announce our endorsements for the consolidated election on April 4.

For Champaign City Council, we endorse Alicia Beck in District 2 and Angela Slates in District 5. For Urbana mayor, we endorse Diane Marlin.

Committed to improving Rantoul

My main reason for running for village board is my overwhelming desire to see Rantoul succeed with a future that is bright and full of promise for us all. If elected, I am committed to working for you the people 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Rep. Davis' vision remains unclear

Rep. Rodney Davis says he won't speak with his constituents about health care because he has been clear where he stands. Yet, his position is far from clear. Davis relies entirely on misleading or false statements. Perhaps he lacks the key facts or prefers to throw out contrived statistics that mean nothing out of context — to find out, we need to converse.

Urbana police highly appreciated

I would like to express gratitude toward the Urbana Police Department. Through the years, as I have worked at one of the grocery stores in Urbana, there have been many times when I have had to make that call to either 911 or the non-emergency number for one reason or another. The arriving officers have always been very helpful.