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Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:16 am

Letters to the Editor

The Hoogland Center for the Arts hosted All The Way, written by Robert Schenkkan, March 2-4 and 9-11. The play was the subject of a cover story on Feb. 22, by Illinois Times staff writer Scott Faingold.


It seems to me that Illinois Times deserves some public acknowledgement of your recent media sponsorship of All The Way, as well as for Scott Faingold’s excellent March 2 article on All The Way, which was recently performed at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

The vitality of Springfield’s live theater community is one of its most delightful assets, and the value of citizens volunteering to work together across all lines of age, race, gender and political persuasion to mount a production like All The Way cannot be overestimated.

Your frequent sponsorship of such productions at any of several local venues speaks volumes about your commitment to making Springfield a city where everyone is valued simply for being who they are.

Dennis Darling


I was surprised and saddened to see the soon-to-be demise of the crossword puzzle in Illinois Times. Would you please reconsider? For a few years now, the puzzle has been a small thing that I look forward to every week for fun, a challenge, and hopefully to slow down Alzheimer’s disease. If I have to go online – forget it.

It’s not the same!

Crosswords are meant to be done with pencil or pen and actual paper. Please give us a small constant in this ever changing world.

G. Vespa


I strongly protest permanent exile of written puzzles from your publication. Unlike last week’s reader’s mindful and thoughtful criticisms, I begin my hard-copy, tangible Illinois Times journey pondering which puzzle (Crossword, Sudoku, JoshJosh) to start first. This “old fart” has enjoyed many a personal conversation at local establishments (which you advertise) when asked how to work Sudoku (see the bigger picture first; the smaller boxes next). I pass time trying to solve these games waiting for an oil change, meal or appointment. I won’t make nor take the time to go, impersonally, to a computer to digitally work, download or print out these puzzles. Most other newspapers currently have recreational puzzles/games for reader enjoyment. I fervently implore that Illinois Times continues this tradition.

Finally, I understand doing puzzles helps slow down dementia/Alzheimer’s. Since Illinois Times mindfully reminds us several times each publication that “62,950 readers plus you just saw this ad” (an ad within an ad?), I find it hypocritical that you would deny these very same folk (readership plus advertisers) to engage in a little hard copy fun and frivolity when enjoying your tactile local weekly paper.

Janine Toman

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