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Letters to the Editor

Untitled Document We welcome letters. Please include your full name, address, and telephone number. We edit all letters. Send them to Letters, Illinois Times, P.O. Box 5256, Springfield, IL 62705; fax 217-753-3958; e-mail editor@illinoistimes.com.
SPEAKUPFORHEALTHCARE A group, the Health Care Justice Campaign, is working to create a quality health-care system for the state of Illinois. More people are losing their health insurance or experiencing less support. Some people have paid into health insurance for years and gotten laid off, ultimately with no insurance. Logic tells us that good health and good education are  necessary to have a future productive society.      The health group recently traveled all over Illinois to discern the type of health care needed or if health care was available. We need to use these findings and identify some solutions. It is important that business organizations, lawmakers, health-care workers, and consumers work together. It is important that everyone contributes their concerns and    collaborate to improve the situation. Providing quality access and treatment will be cost effective in the long run, as this diminishes the high cost of acute and chronic care. Overall universal health care would be a benefit to our community and society.      Contact your senator, representative, and the governor to relate your concern and   support for access to quality health care. Jon Kronenberg Springfield
I have an idea for a new military-recruiting ad. It goes like this:      “Do you support the war in Iraq? Do you think it is vital for us to win? Do you think if we lose, they will follow us here?      “If you think the stakes are so great that we must not lose, will you please talk to your kids and grandkids about enlisting — so fresh troops can replace the ones who have to be used over and over again in Iraq?      “If you talk the talk, are you willing to walk the walk?      “Uncle Sam needs yours . . . ”
Tom Ferrari Tovey

PROSECUTETHEPROSECUTOR The Duke lacrosse case is all about race, class, and status of the accused athletes. Their only real crime was being affluent, white, and privileged students whose wealthy families have deep pockets.      There are consequences for the unjust financial shakedown of the indicted and their unsuspecting families. There are consquences for falsifying a prosecution. There are consequences for systematically hiding evidence that exonerates the innocent and indicted. There are consequences for pretending evidence exists simultaneous to the manufacture of evidence at will. There are consequences for the systematic lack of integrity in a profession that administers convicted defendants to jail or death penalty.      The nutcase here is not the female accuser but District Attorney Michael Nifong, who thought he could get away with yet another false and malicious prosecution. Nifong won’t feel regret until he himself is railroaded into financial shakedown, disbarment, jail time, and treated to the full extent of the law, as is the case with any common citizen. Tim L. Thornton Springfield

TIMETOSINGANEWTUNE When I heard yet another all-too-cheery person tell me things will get better, we just need to stick with our president and look on the bright side and maybe we ought to have a sing-along, a little part of me snapped, and I came up with these slightly altered song titles to bring to the sing-along. Feel free to join in.      Here they are: “In a White Room at the Hospital (But Not for Long — No Insurance),” “Bye, Bye, My Piece of the American Pie,” “Poorhouse of the Rising Sun,” “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling . . . and Your Job, and Your House, and Your Car,” “Sweet Little 16 Will Get Hired Before You,” “Workin’ in a Coal Mine — Not!” “Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Your Benefits Goodbye,” “Stand by Me — in the Unemployment Line,” “If I Had a Hammer, I’d Probably Have to Sell It, Too,” “Workin’ 9 to 5 but Only Three Days a Week,” and “I Hear You Knockin’ and I’ve Got a Gun.”
Jean Stables Decatur

HOPETHEILLINIAREN’TCURSEDNOW I admit that I am not a big Illini fan. I also know that they fought hard this season and could have won. I am a Cubs fan, and you have all heard about the Cubs’ billy-goat curse.      I hope that people do not rename the Fighting Illini the Surrendering Illini because they gave up their mascot without a really good fight against the forces of political correctness. I could see every losing season being blamed on the “curse” and those who passed it through. Patrick Johnopolos Springfield

THANKSFORSUPPORTINGOURMUSEUM On behalf of the board of the Springfield Children’s Museum, we wish to thank the greater Springfield community for supporting the museum’s rebirth and our exciting public/private partnership with the Springfield Park District in Southwind Park.      The Springfield Children’s Museum is extremely excited to be the educational partner in the park district’s Southwind Park. This is an exciting opportunity for both organizations to work cooperatively to establish the premiere children’s museum in Illinois dedicated to teaching children about wellness, the human body, and the environment’s impact on global health.      We would like to thank St. John’s Children’s Hospital for partially underwriting the Springfield Children’s Museum’s pre-campaign planning and feasibility study, being conducted by Capital Quest, of Knoxville, Tenn. We also wish to acknowledge other generous supporters, including Frye-Williamson Press, Hanson Information Systems, Omni Communications, the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the Springfield Art Association, Springfield Van and Moving Co., Walgreens, and Walton & Associates. Last, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Suggs family for the loss of Michelle Suggs. Michelle was a tireless supporter of the Springfield Children’s Museum, and her positive attitude and high energy will be greatly missed by our board as we embark on this exciting new chapter of the Springfield Children’s Museum’s history.      For more information about the Springfield Children’s Museum, please e-mail thomson@insightbb.com or call 725-1247. Rachael Thomson Board president Springfield Children’s Museum

IMUSDESERVEDACHANCETOGROW MSNBC and CBS succumbed to the evils of political correctness, advertising dollars, and racial pressure by firing Don Imus. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama stated that he would not appear on the Imus show due to the recent remarks. Proctor & Gamble, General Motors, and Staples, among others, pulled their advertising from the Imus show. Sharpton and Jackson continued to stir up the racial hatred and demand he be fired. They contend Imus is a racist because they know a racist when they see one. They should know. Do a Google search on “Gavin Cato,” “Freddy’s Fashion Mart,” and “Tawana Brawley” to learn about Sharpton. Try “hymies,” “Hymietown,” and “Farrakhan” to learn about Jackson.      The nation doesn’t need to see Imus sent away. We need to see him learn and grow from his mistake. Black people need to see a person like Imus learn and grow — but, maybe even more important, white people need to see a person like Imus learn and grow.      I believe people of all races can be racist. It’s not just a black, white, brown, or yellow thing. It’s a human thing. And we need to get a handle on it, or it is going to destroy our nation. Chris Babb Rochester

GODGAVEYOU ABRAIN — USEIT As soon as this April cold snap hit, I was sure that some people would decry global warming as myth. And sure enough, letters to the editor implied that if we were undergoing climate change, there would have been no cold snap. This argument relegates scientific predictions to mere conceit.      Simply put, global warming deals with averages. While specific regions experience cold temperatures, it is undeniable that the average global temperature is climbing. It is also indisputable that glaciers are melting and the ice caps are thinning. The conceit lies not in trying to understand this fact scientifically, nor in implementing solutions. God gave us brains after all. The conceit lies in the belief that we can gorge ourselves on the Earth’s resources like gluttons at the feast and think there will be no consequence. Historians, archaeologists, and  scientists believe that climate change and environmental damage may have led to famines in Europe and the dissolution of the Mayan, Mississippian, and Anasazi  civilizations. There is a lesson in that.      If we do not change, and change damn fast, the consequences will be global in scope and biblical in proportion. William C. Fairchild Elkhart
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