Rights addressed in two Illinois amendments

Guest columnist Bob Velez, president of Graduate Assistants United and political science instructor.    This year Illinois voters will notice a significant addition on the ballots they receive and cast at the polls.  An unprecedented five statewide ... Continue Reading →

An open letter to the SIU community

Climate change is real and it is here. Rising seas and temperatures are fueling more powerful and destructive storms. Unpredictable precipitation patterns are making it more difficult to provide food for growing populations. Ecosystems and ways of life ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor April 24, 2013

Dear Editor, I shared this with family and friends on Facebook, and I was encouraged to share with you as a Saluki alumnus and former cross country team member. 25.86 miles. Roughly two laps of a high school track from the finish line. That is how far ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the editor December 5, 2012

Dear Editor, The American Cancer Society sponsors, donors and volunteers of Southern Illinois are the best. This past Relay For Life season has been unlike any other. During that time, a tornado struck in Gallatin and Saline Counties, there was unbearable ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor November 14, 2012

Veterans Day honors those who have and continue to fight to protect our freedom each and every day. This was made clear in Monday’s Daily Egyptian cover story. However, scrolling through the paper I noticed a picture that was simply appalling. With ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor November 8, 2012

To the editor, We write to share with you our delight at the re-election of President Obama and the newspaper’s decision to cover the election night results so prominently. Thank you for putting this momentous moment in national history on your front ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor November 5, 2012

Dear editor, It has come to my attention that people are defacing Secular Student Alliance advertisements… again. In my experience, those who go so far as to censor others have too little faith in their own ideas to engage in discussion. If you ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor October 2, 2012

Dear Editor: On Oct. 28, several Republican yard signs were taken from their place on my property, stacked up and burned on my lawn. This occurred just a few feet from the front door of my house where my wife and I were sleeping at the time. I am outraged ... Continue Reading →

Letter to the Editor September 25, 2012

Dear Editor: The recent news story of Peabody Coal selling 95 percent of their new Prairie State power plant to municipalities and electric co-ops sounded familiar to me. In the 1980’s, Illinois Power sold 10 percent of their nuclear plant to the Southwest ... Continue Reading →

United States needs more than religion labels

Dear Editor: Evangelicals tell us the United States is not a Christian nation. There are different ways to consider that. But there should be something more important than whether one identifies himself or herself as a Christian, Jew, Muslim, non-religious ... Continue Reading →

Why is the Office of Diversity and Equity supporting hate speech?

Dear Editor: This Wednesday the Office of Diversity and Equity is holding a webinar with self-proclaimed, anti-racist educator Tim Wise. To be fair, Wise is an intelligent person and a well-crafted wordsmith. However, I cannot in good consciousness remain ... Continue Reading →

University officials should brag about — not belittle — SIU and southern Illinois

Dear Editor: As someone who absolutely loves southern Illinois and has had a wonderful experience for nearly a decade as an undergraduate, graduate student and professional administrative staff member, I was appalled to read Jeff Goetz’s startling ... Continue Reading →

Pulliam Pool situation needs to be revisited

Dear Editor: The input from the people who use the pools at Pulliam is very pertinent to the decision to eliminate or retain them. The pools are currently operating quite well and have for some time. It is my understanding that both pools could run for ... Continue Reading →

Financial aid changes are not in best interest of college students

Dear Editor: It’s incredibly upsetting to read that financial aid will no longer be able to be applied to previous semesters.  It is not the university’s or the U.S. Department of Education’s responsibility, or place, to decide where or ... Continue Reading →

Letter to editor ignores tragedy, makes up excuses to attack Israel

Dear Editor: Where to start… I wish to respond to David Christensen’s April 26 letter to the editor. The professor starts by linking between historical and current events and forgetting that Holocaust Memorial Day is about the 11 million people, ... Continue Reading →
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