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Letters to the Editor 10/10/13


Washington Street Mission, 408 N. Fourth Street, sits just north of the proposed site for a homeless shelter and directly north of the mission is residential high-rise Sangamon Towers, 424 N. Fourth Street. Sangamon Towers’ parking lot is east of its building with access onto Fifth Street where St. John’s Breadline sits across the street at 430 N. Fifth Street.
PHOTO BY DAVID HINE

 

SHELTER FROM THE SWARM
I am a senior citizen resident of Sangamon Towers and have been for several years. The other senior residents and I, who are mostly women, are constantly approached and threatened by beggars and the homeless who loiter in our parking lot while they are waiting for lunch and dinner at St. John’s Breadline and for donuts and coffee at Washington Street Mission. To now propose to locate these very same people in a more permanent manner adjacent to and adjoining our Sangamon Towers parking lot has all our residents scared to death. Please convince our alderman not to locate a homeless shelter next to us at Fourth and Mason.

Jerry Garrison
Springfield


GOOD TO THE LAST DROP
As a longtime supporter of building Hunter Lake, I did an Internet search the other day of “water shortages in the USA.” I was kind of surprised when it came up with 12,800,000 results. The very first link was a US-EPA website, and it had some information I think was telling.

“Water covers approximately 70 percent of the earth’s surface, but less than 1 percent of that is available for human use.” And, “In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions.” And also, “Across the globe, water consumption has tripled in the last 50 years. Managing the supply and availability of water is one of the most critical natural resource issues facing the United States and the world.”

People can live and get by without a lot of things, but water is not one of them.

Reg Davis
Springfield


HAD ENOUGH?
Nearly every week IT has columns referring to the problems of our governmental system. It could be money, corruption, partisanship (aka foolishness), etc. IT can’t print enough columns to emphasis the problem more than the recent finger-pointing and name-calling antics of our elected officials over the shutdown or budgeting process.

So my question to IT readers is, “Have you had enough?”

One of the biggest problems I see in our current government is Republicans and Democrats!  Both parties are more focused on so-called “political victory” over their opponents instead of working on the problem. So much for a “government of the people, for the people.” It’s become “government of the party, for the party.”

So have you seen (endured) enough to vote out both major parties? It should be obvious that both parties have become part of the problem and need to go. It’s too bad we can’t just walk in and fire the officials for being childish.

We are entering a new election cycle. Suck it up, be different, send a message loud and clear: “Get out!” Vote for independents in the upcoming election. The more Democrats and Republicans kicked out, the better it would be.

Jeff Davis
Dawson


UNUSAL SIGNS?
I have noticed the advisory speed signs on the curves on the new section of Recreation Drive/Knight’s Action Park Drive are not marked according to policy based on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Traffic engineers use the manual when designing their signing plans so that drivers expectations are not violated anywhere in the country they drive. Unusual signing is not supposed to be used to scare the driver into thinking the curves are worse than normal. The 15 mph signs would most likely be 30 mph signs and the 10 mph signs would most likely be 20 mph if marked according to policy. Also, the 30 mph speed limit on the straightaway between the curves should be a minimum of 35 mph and would probably be marked 40 mph if marked according to speed limit policy. It is a speed trap as it is presently marked.

Tyre W. Rees
Springfield

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