Letters to the Editor 6/27/13
NO ISSUE WITH THIS ISSUE
How wonderful to see the cast of Les Miserables on your June 20 cover! Muni’s production is a true achievement in local theater and well deserves your reviewer’s high praise (“Les Mis local,” Zach Baliva). The lack of theater reviews in the State Journal-Register is disappointing to say the least, so IT is to be thanked for stepping up with a good article.
I was also pleased to see your article on Starhill Forest Arboretum (“A teaching forest,” Jeanne Townsend Handy), a true gem of nature and valuable research site. Guy and Edie Sternberg had an ambitious vision and dedicated themselves to it, with inspiring results.
EASY WAY TO GIVE
The recent murder of a homeless woman on North Ninth was tragic, but highlights the importance of helping those least fortunate among us. Most people want to help the homeless, but don’t know what to do. This month there’s an easy answer in our CWLP bills. If you haven’t paid your June bill yet, please look for the Round Up insert in it.
By filling out the insert and sending it in with your June bill payment, your future CWLP bills will be rounded up to the next dollar, with the additional cents going to help the homeless. You’ll contribute 1 to 99 cents a month, 50 cents on average. You can also opt to add a specific amount, like $1 or $5. This is good if you’re on the level payment plan. You can also do both. Fifty cents a month doesn’t seem like much, but multiplied by 65,000 CWLP customers or even by a fifth or a tenth of them, and pretty soon you’re talking big money.
Many generous Springfield families already Round Up, helping the Salvation Army to keep the overflow shelter open and Mirror, Inc. to provide meals to homeless families with children. Please join them so we can do a lot more! Watch for the Round Up insert in your CWLP bill; fill it out and send it in with your bill payment, or sign up online at www.cwlp.com. Go to the box on the right, middle, and click on “Round Up To End Homelessness” when it comes up.
Sam Cahnman, Alderman, Ward 5
TOP COP RACE
Bruce Rushton’s examination of issues surrounding candidates for Sangamon County Sheriff (“Wanted: a new sheriff,” June 20) indentified several points voters need to consider.
Jack Campbell has been running the day-to-day operations of the department for over four years. His knowledge of how to get things done is beyond question. He has worked not only with the Sangamon County but with the state on matters involving public safety, making positive changes. There have been no medical issues at the jail since a medical professional was added to the staff.
Mr. Barr, on the other hand, was unable to provide any specifics on changes that he would make. I would hope that before throwing your hat in the ring, a candidate would have taken the time to develop an action plan to state why they are qualified. His work with community service organizations is exemplary, but not germane when it comes to being the top law enforcement officer in Sangamon County. It is interesting that Mr. Barr formed an election committee for the office of township trustee. Making contributions to other politicians with funds from that committee gives the appearance that ginning up support for a run for sheriff has been in the works.
All things considered, Jack Campbell will get my support in this race. His credentials and qualifications make the choice an easy one.
MURAL MAD MONEY
The City Council strikes again. This new expenditure of $50K for murals is at once ludicrous and not well spent. Remember when the city bought benches for downtown at double what they could have been purchased for? It was never made clear that any Illinois or Springfield company bid on these benches. If the city council wants to do murals, then why not replicate the murals that adorned these buildings in time past, not some conceptual or neo-Lincolnesque content. The city council is still being cavalier with public funds in spite of all of the rhetoric of doing a better job when they were running for election. This just shows that power gained in attaining elected office corrupts even the best(?) people. Keep this in mind when elections come around again.