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Letters to the Editor 01/28/16

In 2012 alone, the largest factory farms produced an estimated 369 million tons of manure, enough to fill the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium 133 times.
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HIDDEN COST OF FOOD
As consumers, we don’t typically take much time to think about the origins of the food on our plate, so I was glad to read your Jan. 14 article by Brittany Hilderbrand entitled “Slowing down for dinner,” which focused on the Slow Food movement and being conscious of our food choices. However, what wasn’t mentioned in the article is that most of the food we buy in the supermarket and at restaurants comes with an additional cost – polluted waters.

It may shock some readers, but research has shown that one of the biggest threats to clean water is how big corporations are running – and ruining – many of America’s farms. Factory farms are crowding too many animals into too little space with no place to put all their waste, and in 2012 alone the largest factory farms produced an estimated 369 million tons of manure, enough to fill the Dallas Cowboys stadium 133 times.

Corporate agribusinesses are taking too little care to keep all of their manure, fertilizers and other pollutants out of our water. This is having devastating consequences all across the country, from dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico to a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie which left half a million residents around Toledo, Ohio, without access to clean water.

There are many things that corporate agribusinesses can do to keep their pollution out of our waterways, from implementing buffer zones to using cover crops, and it is high time they begin putting these solutions to work. As consumers, it’s time we focus on what’s best, not just for us, but for the planet as well.

Brittany King
Campaign Organizer for Environment Illinois



TRAFFIC SIGNAL REPAIRS
I hope the city includes money in the budget to repair the traffic signal detectors at a number of intersections in Springfield. These bad detectors are causing unnecessary stops for longer than need be which results in waste of gasoline, extra wear on vehicles and more pollution. Three of the most frustrating intersections are Highland and MacArthur, First/Monument and North Grand, and Lewis and Jefferson. It is well past time for these and other intersection detectors to be repaired.

Tyre W. Rees
Springfield



MUSIC SCENE MUSINGS
Making a scene: Will Springfield pay for more and better music?” (Scott Faingold, Dec. 17) was an awesome read. Thank you, Scott, for putting this together. That being said, I would like to interject some input of my own.

Are there any plans to do another one of these panels, this time with musicians? Perhaps representatives of bands to share their insight? I’m aware that a few of these panelists are musicians, but they don’t talk about what it’s like for the acts. This is a perspective that is very significant to the conversation, but is somehow glazed over.

The cover charge and cover band issues go hand-in-hand, and I can easily shed light on the topic. Cover bands get paid directly from the bar/venue. They either charge a flat fee or a percentage of the bar’s revenue that night. That eliminates the need for a cover charge and people can go hear a band play their favorite Skynyrd song. I was a bartender at Tin Can. We actually worked out similar deals with the original bands. It sometimes wasn’t much, but we could still get people through the door that way.

I think Sean is on to something with an indoor, off-season festival. Perhaps online ticket sales... and a ticket will get you into every venue involved. There could even be an “at the door” option where you pay the cover at one venue and get that all-access ticket to go to others.

Jerrid Foiles
Springfield

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