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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 04:57 pm

Letters to the editor

In and around Springfield

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WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM Rob Williams is one of the most professional police officers to ever wear a uniform, as well as being a man of exceptionally high morals and ethics [Dusty Rhodes, “Reluctant witness,” Jan. 19]. He has paid his dues and earned all that has been bestowed upon him. I only wish to underscore Rob’s obvious integrity and phenomenally sincere approach to giving anyone the benefit of the doubt. The entire law-enforcement community, and the citizens they serve, would benefit immensely from more officers like Rob Williams. G.D. Stone Springfield

OK, SO WHAT DO I DO? I absolutely agree with Rod Helle [“Take back the country,” Jan. 19], but, specifically, what can I do, besides voting, supporting organizations that I believe in, and attempting to be kind in interactions with others? Other than the “being kind” part, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I’d like to see a Helle column that addresses this. Adriel Ippolito Springfield

FOR A MORE PROGRESSIVE CITY Hallelujah! We finally can boast of a first-class presidential museum in honor of Land of Lincoln’s namesake. But we can’t dance in the streets yet or shout praise, because of our dismal lack of progress on racial relations and equality. How sad. The obvious irony of Lincoln’s freeing the slaves should be especially noted here. How can we in good faith and in keeping with our proud heritage possibly not free our minds to embrace true equality for all citizens? Freedom comes in many forms: freedom of speech, [equal] rights, and freeing ourselves from our attitudes of prejudice. It takes a diverse people to make up a great community and progressive ideas to integrate one. Could some of the failure be because of our political system? Probably. But what else? I’d like to think that this city is better than that and not content to settle for second class. Why can’t the powers that be embrace and envision a more progressive, integrated, diverse city in all aspects? It should be reflected in our city’s policies. Janet Roth-Shaw Springfield

ARMY SHOULD HAVE SHOWN RESPECT The Jan. 12 edition updated readers on the controversy regarding the Salvation Army’s proposed building site across from Oak Ridge Cemetery [R.L. Nave, “Feeling the heat”]. It was apparent from the information in the numerous articles and letters concerning this matter that the Salvation Army never entered into honest and open-minded negotiations with those who had concerns with the location of their proposed far north construction site. Forget about the Salvation Army’s charges that those who opposed their plans are prejudiced against low-income and homeless individuals. This was just more of their smokescreen arguments. The attitude of the Salvation Army was one of arrogance and total disregard for the concerns of the citizens of Springfield. The citizens of the community make it possible for the Salvation Army to assist those in need. It seems the Salvation Army of Springfield forgot it too is a citizen of our fair city. Their behavior in this matter was anything but caring. John D. Kolaz Springfield

HATS OFF TO DR. GLENNON PAUL I saw a nice letter written to Illinois Times in the Jan. 19 edition regarding Dr. Glennon Paul from Larry Smith. I am a new patient of Dr. Glennon Paul, and felt compelled to also write a nice letter in defense of Dr. Paul. I saw Dr. Paul in the fall of 2005 for sinus problems. He was the first allergist I had ever seen and I was impressed on how well taken care of I was. The process of allergy testing and investigating the cause of problem was quick and organized. Dr. Paul took the time to meet with me at the beginning of the visit and after all the testing was completed. He was able to tell me what was causing my problem and gave me instructions on how to amend it. He gave me a precise diagnosis, several prescriptions, and explained what all this meant. He was friendly and caring and at one point, I witnessed him contacting a patient at home and telling her to come in and see him that very afternoon, which was on a Friday at 4 p.m. I was stunned to see a doctor call a patient, and tell them he would make the time for them. I have not had any problems with my sinuses since and have recommended him to several other potential patients. Hats off to Dr. Paul! Deb Gossrow Chatham

FILM FEST SAYS THANKS A big “thank you” to Illinois Times for the excellent article by Marissa Monson about the opening of the 15th Annual Film Festival at White Oaks Cinema and the accompanying photos [“Taking action,” Jan. 12]. A very large crowd attended Junebug, the first film, thanks very much to your good write-up. Molly Schlich Springfield

WHY IDPH CIRCUMVENTS THE LAW Whose health does the Illinois Department of Public Health protect when its director, an unelected bureaucrat, can “circumvent” state law that prohibits neurotoxic mercury in vaccines [R.L. Nave, “Mercury rising again,” Jan. 19]? At a meeting on June 29, the IDPH and the American Academy of Pediatrics planned their declaration of exemption strategy. IDPH’s threatening statement that it will continue to file yearly exemptions to the Mercury-Free Law is a slap in legislators’ faces. Perhaps IDHP would provide their science that shows the safety of thimerosal, the ethyl-mercury ingredient in vaccines. Parents need to ask their doctors for vaccine package inserts to determine if thimerosal is still in the recommended vaccines. Illinois provides vaccination exemptions based on personal religious beliefs for grammar, high school, and
college students. It’s safe vaccines that parents want for their children and themselves.
Barbara Alexander Mullarkey President Illinois Vaccine Awareness Coalition Oak Park

GOD IS PART OF THE PROCESS In reading the first few pages of Jan. 12 Illinois Times, I found myself struggling to come up with a nice name for an “idiot-free America.” I can only hope people’s frustration with their leaders will increase their ability to think for themselves, rather than the passive behavior they have shown so far. That being said, in regard to Fletcher Farrar’s piece “The politics of God-talk,” God is part of our legal process. It is ridiculous to truly separate morality and the law. Otherwise it would be legal to murder, steal, and rape. Drawing the line somewhere between religion and state is a tricky and difficult process, but it must be done; otherwise little things like slavery and women as property would exist. Actually, forms of it do exist, just not in your face. I suppose the answer lies in our struggle. As our leadership continues to disappoint, we are forced to think for ourselves, work it out. This could be a good thing if everyone participates. As I read the letters that complained about our laws for gay rights, I lose hope that we are getting anywhere close to a thinking constituency. People are not gay because they want to be. It is not a choice, any more than the color of one’s eyes. If we discriminate against being gay, we are punishing a group of people that do not deserve it. If the Bible was to be taken literally, then men would have proven to be doing a great job at running this world — and we have yet to see that happen. The key is to take all spiritual teachings as guides, not laws, and I hope, as time passes, our consciousness evolves into a higher more compassionate form of understanding and away from the simplistic jargon of the Pat Robertson form of thought. It takes work to grow your faith as the world changes and learns new things. I am not sure America remembers that process. Anne Logue Springfield

THIS IS THE YEAR ROE GOES It has been 33 years since abortion was legalized. [There have been] more than 45 million abortions since that terrible decision.     I’m sure this is the year Roe v. Wade will be overturned. With the two new justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion will come to an end. Then God will bless our nation once again. I’m sure God has chastised America for all the innocent babies that were murdered. Danny Faulkner Springfield
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