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letters 5-13-04

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GIVE THEM SHELTER

I was very shocked to read the story about the homeless problem here in Springfield [Todd Spivak, "Packed house," May 6]. I'm also shocked that there is a committee that doesn't know anything about its purpose. It sounds like the mayor isn't very organized with this committee. All around Springfield there are vacant apartment buildings and houses -- and people who don't get into shelters are on the street at night. Something's wrong with this whole situation.

Joseph E. Perkinton
Springfield


SUPPORT THE YWCA

The YWCA's recent "Women of Excellence" award banquet on April 29, 2004 provided Springfield with a reminder of this quiet heroine of a local organization in our midst.

The YW not only provides a historic gathering place for community activities: Through its many programs it also empowers women of all backgrounds, particularly the poor. As evidenced by the million-plus participants of the recent March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C., the need for support of women is greater now than ever before; and any group that supports women is well deserving of financial support.

Women of Springfield can learn more about the YW at a 95th Anniversary Celebration Afternoon Tea at the Executive Mansion to be held on Saturday, June 5 (call 522-8828 for pre-registration).

Diane Lopez Hughes
Springfield


LOG ROLLING

As Americans struggle with difficult economic times, the U.S. Forest Service is giving away millions of tax dollars to corporations for clear-cutting our old-growth Tongass National Forest. The logging industry gets cheap old-growth trees, and we get the bill.

Illinois citizens can ill afford this tax burden. Every year, more than $30 million in tax dollars is spent building roads to nowhere in the world's largest intact coastal temperate rainforest. This great wilderness land in Alaska is threatened by a history of pandering to shortsighted special-interest groups.

We must let our U.S. senators and congressmen know that using tax dollars in this manner is unacceptable. Why should we pay the price for the destruction of our natural legacy?

Lynn Rotunno
Alaska Coalition of Illinois
Glen Ellyn

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