July 20, 2017

Champaign electronics recycling registration opens early September

If you are like hundreds of other people in Champaign County you probably have an old television or computer monitor laying around that you need to get out of the basement or garage and into the trash. Saturday, October 14, 2017, is your next opportunity to chuck it and other unwanted electronic devices at the Electronics Collection and Recycling event at Parkland College in Champaign.

Advance registration, which must be completed online (recycling registration event site) and required prior to dropping off items, opens on September 5 at 8am. A resident can only register once, however additional residents from the same address may also submit a registration requests through the site. Once the online form is successfully completed, residents should receive confirmation email or text and a postcard by mail a week prior to the drop off on Saturday.

There is a two TV limit per card and a ten item limit per trip. Other allowable items include video game consoles; desktop and laptops computers; computer networking cables, switches and hubs; telephones; microwaves; and office machines. A complete list of acceptable items can be found here.

Light bulbs, air conditioning units and other Freon based units like refrigerators and freezer will not be accepted at the event.

The event will run rain, lightning, snow - heavens forbid - or shine. Volunteers and staff will help remove items from vehicles to help keep traffic moving as quickly as possible.

For more information visit the Champaign Public Works web page here.

July 14, 2017

We need to learn to use the right door


by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

For years now, I have witnessed the average American's issue with doors. Honestly, I don't think we will never figure out health care, Medicaid and most of our country's issues until we learn how to enter and exit buildings. Almost every day I will encounter someone who doesn't understand how to open a door.

For example if I am entering a building that has a double door, one to enter and one to exit, someone inevitably will always exit the door I am entering while I am trying to enter the door. Instead of opening their door which would be the door on their right or my left, they stand staring at me as if I am supposed to stop and not enter through my door but hold my door open so they can exit from my door.

I believe in being courteous but I can't figure out why so many people want to be discourteous toward me. I have a door to enter and they have a door to exit. I am opening my door and they simply have to open their door to exit. Instead, time and again they stand as if they are incapable or just too lazy to open their own door and expect me to hold my door open for them to exit instead of me entering through my door.

I see this on the flip side. Often when exiting a building someone who should be entering from the door on the left will see me opening my door on the right and instead of entering through their door will stand as if they are incapable of opening their door and will just barge on through the the door I have opened to exit.

This is all terribly uncouth. People simply need to learn to open their own door. Usually, if someone is entering a building and they are right behind me I open the door and motion for them to go ahead in front of me. I feel that is the polite thing to do. If I am exiting a building I am happy to step aside and let someone who is right behind me go first or even the door for him or her. If someone opens the door for me I am grateful and thank him or her for the courtesy.

I just can't understand people who barge through a door that someone else may have opened to enter or exit. They act as if it is their American right to be rude and crude and come on through the door someone else has opened and that the person should just stand and hold it open for them.

Maybe you haven't experienced this. I hope you aren't one of these door offenders because it's really inconsiderate of you if you are.

Some Americans have been taught that this is acceptable and is the American way to get ahead.

Simply barge, push ahead, break line and do whatever is necessary. Manners, courtesy and politeness are out of fashion. Often I find myself standing watching someone as they dart through the door I am entering or exiting because they simply did not want to open the other door. Usually I stand there and think, "Another idiot who doesn't know how to open a door," as they dart through mine without even a thank you but with the obvious expectation that someone is simply expected to hold the door open for them.

This kind of mindset may get you in the door or through the door but it's as far as it will get you. It won't get you invited to the dinner table and I wouldn't want to hire anybody like this who conducts themselves this way.

Don't barge through the door when other people are coming through the door. Use your own door to enter or exit. This is why these doors are installed.

One of the first steps to solving many of America's problems is learning how to enter and exit. After this, it will all be downhill.

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Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author of American Issues, Every American Has An Opinion and ten other books. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization.
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July 5, 2017

Letters: Illinois families will pay more for state to squander away

While Illinois families were celebrating Independence Day, Springfield lawmakers dug deeper into their wallets rather than address decades of irresponsible spending and mismanagement. The massive income tax increase that they approved is unfair to the citizens they are supposedly serving. It is egregious that so many politicians chose to place an even heavier burden on those families and businesses that have not yet left the state.

In approving these new taxes, lawmakers ignored the “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households” issued just two months ago. This alarming report suggests that 62 percent of Americans can’t cover unexpected expenses and almost a quarter cannot pay all their monthly bills. Taking more resources away from citizens to feed the reckless spending habits of government will only exacerbate these problems.

We’ve been here before. From 2011-2014, Illinois politicians raised the income tax while promising to pay down the backlog of bills and stabilize the pension crisis. But that didn’t happen. Unpaid bills and pension debt are even more out of control. Instead of using those extra tax dollars in an effective and efficient manner, government leaders squandered it.

We have no reason to believe they will do better this time.

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
Tinley Park, IL

July 4, 2017

Leavell elected chairman of the NNPA

Dorothy R. Leavell, publisher of the Chicago Crusader and sister publication the Gary Cursader, was re-elected to serve as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The Pine Bluff, AR, native last served as chairman in back-to-back terms from 1995-1999. In addition to serving as the organization's treasure for 11 years, she has also held posts as a regional board member and was president of their association's nonprofit spinoff, the NNPA Foundation.

Founded in 1940, the NNPA represents African-American newspapers from around 29 states with a combined readership of more than 15 million readers according a press release announcing the appointment. The Baltimore Times (MD), Daytona Times (FL), The Charleston Chronicle (SC) and Omaha Star (NE) are just some of the 200 member publications.

The NPPA also operates an electronic news service called Black Press USA highlighting news, faith-based commentaries and other content supplied by members of interest to the African-American community.