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  • U of I $12,000 tuition tab too high Jan 30, 2015 5:30 AM
    The U. of I. freezing the annual tuition rate for incoming students next year ($12,036 reported in the Daily Herald, but $20,606 including fees on the school’s website) is a laughably weak response to controlling the ballooning cost of higher education. What’s needed at the U. of I. and every American college and university is a rethinking of the entire process by which students earn high-quality degrees. Governors Perry of Texas and Scott of Florida, for example, have recently challenged their state colleges to develop high-quality degree programs at a total four year tuition cost of only $10,000. Some colleges in those states have already developed such degrees in math, chemistry, geology, computer science, and information systems. These programs typically encourage more advanced placement courses in high schools, allow students to test out of some college courses, take online instruction and some courses at community colleges, and shed administrative dead weight. Another way to reduce cost at the U. of I. is to peel off student tuition funding support for the university professors’ research activities. These highly-paid, largely senior faculty members seldom see the inside of undergraduate classrooms where most teaching is done by junior facility, graduate student teaching assistants (some whose English is barely intelligible), and part-time adjunct instructors. Many research activities at state universities are unquestionably valuable, but could be separately funded by the state and federal governments and by grants from individuals, foundations, and interested private corporations. It’s time that the higher education establishment be subjected to the same processes of disruptive innovation and creative destruction that enable competitive businesses to provide their customers with better products, delivered faster, and at lower cost. Bob Foys Inverness

     
  • Cut pensions to fix pensions Jan 30, 2015 5:30 AM
    If our Illinois elected officials really want to show a commitment in helping to lower the unfunded pension crisis, they can pass a law that all past and present elected officials forward half their pensions to reduce the deficit until the unfunded problem is resolved. They could also work on passing a law that all persons collecting a pension over $50,000 only receive 60%. If the rest of us have to pay to resolve the mess we did not create, Those who receive monies need to be part of the solution too. Steve Grossman Schaumburg

     
  • Use English in government dealings Jan 30, 2015 5:30 AM
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Last week, the Internal Revenue Service mailed out Form 1095-A on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.

     
  • Pressing need for a united Holy Land Jan 29, 2015 6:11 AM
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Would peace in the Holy Land foster peace in the entire Middle East and the world? A united Holy Land peace academy training new diplomats in non-violent conflict resolution would facilitate the success of a new generation of peacemakers.

     
  • Durbin’s hot-air campaign rhetoric? Jan 29, 2015 6:01 AM
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The cartoon in the Jan. 15 issue of the Daily Herald reminded me, that when Dick Durbin was running for re-election, he said he was “fighting” for a bill so people could refinance their student loans at a lower rate.

     
  • If you can’t work, don’t have kids Jan 29, 2015 6:22 AM
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I think President Roosevelt had the best idea when he started the WPA. People had to do work for their check. They had to clean up roads and cut wood in Wisconsin. My dad said they would earn that check each month.

     
  • Key question about tax reductions Jan 29, 2015 1:48 PM
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Although I've been voting in all general and midterm elections in the past half century, during the last 35 years I've carefully scrutinized them, discovering that Democrats usually proposed tax increases for high income earners and Republicans consistently opposing them.

     
  • Participating in the public domain Jan 28, 2015 6:01 AM
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: This is in response to Le Anne Seaver’s recent letter to the editor, in which she implores gay couples to respect the beliefs of those who do not agree with their right to get married. In particular, she mentions the plight of judges and business owners who find their beliefs at odds with rising popular opinion and changing laws which allow same-sex marriage.

     
  • Astounded by global warning ‘deniers’ Jan 28, 2015 6:11 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: After reading Bob Grens’ letter to the editor (tell the truth on global warming), I am astounded by what global warming deniers continue to publish.

     
  • Kids in private school deserve fairness Jan 27, 2015 1:01 AM
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: Mr. Walter O’Brien of Dundee in his letter to the Herald of Jan. 2 complains that a Ms. Lussenhop’s complaint about her children being unable to attend extracurricular activities at her public school is not warranted because she home schools her children and does not send them to that public school.

     
  • Be prepared for tax increases Jan 27, 2015 1:01 AM
    A Barrington letter to the editor: 2015 is the year of the tax.

     
  • Society of respect begins with equal rights Jan 26, 2015 1:01 AM
    A Palatine letter to the editor: “What happened to people’s right to say no?” asks LeAnne Seavers, when defending an individual’s right not to participate in any aspect of same-sex marriage.

     
  • Consider facts on Cuba relations Jan 26, 2015 1:01 AM
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It is frustrating to me that few, if any, critics of President Obama’s recent U.S.-Cuba initiatives are people who’ve ever seen Cuba first-hand.

     
  • Anti-noise groups must join forces Jan 26, 2015 1:01 AM
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Since O’Hare’s runways were reconfigured, noise levels have become unacceptable while air quality has deteriorated.

     
  • Why exclude women from priesthood? Jan 26, 2015 1:01 AM
    A Lily Lake letter to the editor: I couldn’t agree more with Kathleen Parker’s editorial regarding Pope Francis in the Jan. 22 Daily Herald. As a Catholic myself, I’m well aware of a dire shortage of priests, yet the church hierarchy’s policy continues to be antiquated and myopic.

     
  • Just now concerned about middle class? Jan 26, 2015 1:01 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I find it interesting the president has offered an olive branch to the Republican Party since the election that showed him and his party that the people of this country were not happy with his performance.

     
  • She’s having trouble with the curb cuts Jan 26, 2015 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Mary Kay Davis of Arlington Heights says now that she's using a walker temporarily, she finds the stones in the curb cuts to be "downright scary."

     
  • A lot of money for not a lot of value Jan 26, 2015 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Donald Kuntz has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for Des Plaines' search for a new "brand."

     
  • Why all of these parking restrictions? Jan 26, 2015 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: A couple says the overabundance of restrictions in the Arlington Heights parking garage feels like "gotcha" revenue raising.

     
  • Education is the key to a better life Jan 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to congratulate Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, for his recent Op Ed piece regarding the best way to improve the Illinois economy. His logical, fact-based research regarding the best approach to meaningful, long term economic growth in the State unequivocally points to thoughtful investment in public education.

     
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