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Wednesday, June 7, 2006 04:13 pm

Letters to the editor

In and around Springfield

We welcome letters, but please include your full name, address, and daytime telephone number. We edit all letters for libel, length, and clarity. Send letters to Letters, Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705; fax 217-753-3958; e-mail editor@illinoistimes.com.
HELP A GOAT, SKIP THE FAIR Was it really necessary to mention the addition of meat goats to the livestock auction at the Illinois State Fair [Job Conger, “Pick of the season,” June 1]? I find it repulsive that people think it’s OK to buy and sell these animals for eating. I hope all concerned with animal rights will show their support by not patronizing this year’s events. Lisa A. McBrien Springfield
THAT’S NOT THE ’HOOD I KNOW LaDonna McClanahan doesn’t know what she is talking about when she says the neighborhood across from Pillsbury is in deplorable condition [“Letters,” May 25]. First of all, it was Pillsbury Mill, not “factory.” Sangamo was a factory. My wife and I lived right across from the mill for more than 20 years. And the street she was talking about as being in bad shape was known as North Park, which takes in the 900 to 1100 block. All the homes in the 1000 block are clean and in good shape. If Ms. McClanahan wants to see a good home, look at 1011 N. 15th. Danny Faulkner Springfield
THE LAKE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL I enjoyed the article “Battered but beautiful” [Jeanne Townsend Handy, May 18]. I grew up on Lake DePue — and still have plenty of family there. My parents’ home is right across the street from Lake DePue. The lake still is very beautiful! The last weekend in July, APBA Championship boat races are held on the lake. This weekend is a longstanding tradition, and the boaters keep returning and praising [the event] year after year. Thank you for the article. Cheryl Davis Springfield  
WHERE’S THE CITY WEATHER REPORT? I mostly get my weather forecast from WICS-TV (Channel 20). The rain on May 31 reminded me of an area where they fall down. They have these folks in small towns who report on rainfall. When it comes to their big audience, they have the info at Abe’s airport. I do not know anyone who cares what the weather is at the airport. On May 31 the airport had less than an inch, but the city had 3 inches or more. They were stuck saying that it must have been “3 or 4 inches.” I appreciate them immensely but would like a city report. Is this too much to ask? Patrick Johnopolos Springfield
PROTECTING CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES By giving the government access to where and when we make our phone calls, the press virtually loses any chance of protecting confidential sources of information. That is a very strong step toward a police state. Who cares who I call? Bush can track me all day, for all I care. In fact, I wish he could hear my phone calls. They would say he has recklessly spent American and Iraqi lives and has robbed us of our dignity and future. But we should care that a news reporter’s every call to a source can be tracked. See what sitting still has gotten us so far? Anne Logue Springfield

CORRECTION Dan Cronin is a Republican member of the state Senate. His party affiliation was incorrect in a recent commentary [“A first step,” May 25]. Illinois Times regrets the error.
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